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50 things you didn't know about Disneyland
DentonRC.com ^ | Wednesday, November 23, 2005 | By JOHN FLINN

Posted on 11/25/2005 9:46:46 PM PST by Nasty McPhilthy

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To: indcons

As seen in the movie CHITTY CHITTY BANG BANG.


52 posted on 11/26/2005 12:36:48 AM PST by Ruy Dias de Bivar
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To: Nasty McPhilthy
And don't forget: Yesterland.
53 posted on 11/26/2005 12:41:42 AM PST by Jeff Chandler (Peace Begins in the Womb)
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To: this_ol_patriot

I too visited the Worlds Fair that year and was also age 9 the first year (for those that don't know, the NY Worlds Fair ran the summer of 64 and 65). My dad was an executive that dealt with almost all of the corporate sponsors and we got VIP tickets for most of the rides. For Carousel of Progress that included walking on a catwalk over the animatronnic characters on their stages. Did you know that they didn't bother making the parts of the bodies the audience couldn't see? Very disturbing to a 9 year old.

I think you're combining two rides in your memory. I'm pretty sure Small World, sponsored by Pepsi, always used boats. Either Ford or GM was right across the 'street' and it used cars. That's the ride that had the animatronic dinos, I think.


54 posted on 11/26/2005 12:42:48 AM PST by Phsstpok (There are lies, damned lies, statistics and presentation graphics, in descending order of truth)
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To: Nasty McPhilthy

I always like to ask this question about Disney.

Why was he not given he proper credit for his OSWALD THE RABBIT creation?

Boop boop bedoop, boop boop bedoop, boopboop bedoop. That's Oswald!.....From the old cartoon song


55 posted on 11/26/2005 12:43:29 AM PST by Ruy Dias de Bivar
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To: Jeff Chandler
The weirdest thing I did not know about Disneyland not mentioned here is that before one can become an executive, they work in a Disney costume in a park interacting with people to understand the "Disney Magic".

Speaking of the "Disney magic", Mrs. Chandler and I once went to a Holloween costume party where most of the party goers were Disney parade workers. There was one beautiful young woman there dressed as a 'southern belle'. She came with a short black female servant, kind of an "Aunt Jemima" type. Well, the short black servant was really white and the girl friend of the southern belle, who was really a man!

If you ever get invited to a party with Disney costumed personnel, don't pass it up!

56 posted on 11/26/2005 12:46:43 AM PST by Jeff Chandler (Peace Begins in the Womb)
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To: Lockbar

In 1965 my family took a road trip from Chicago of Calif. and spent the Fourth of July At Disneyland. I was vividly remember a street performer doing a Banjo-Comedy act on Main Street. 20 years later I found out that it was a young Steve Martin.


57 posted on 11/26/2005 12:48:14 AM PST by Lockbar (March toward the sound of the guns.)
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To: Lurker
We got stuck on the It's A Small World ride for 2-1/2 hours when I was about 14. To this day that song still sends chills up my spine.

One definition of Hell that keeps me somewhat good is that Hell is being stuck for eternity on the "It's a Small, Small World" ride at Disneyland with no exit...

58 posted on 11/26/2005 1:21:47 AM PST by Swordmaker (Beware of Geeks bearing GIFs.)
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To: Swordmaker
The worst part about it was that we could see the exit to the ride, but park employees wouldn't let us get off!

L

59 posted on 11/26/2005 1:24:17 AM PST by Lurker ("Son, there's only two things you need in this world; love and a .45.")
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To: Nasty McPhilthy
Does anyone remember Michael Iceberg and his Iceberg Machine in Tomorrowland? Here's a link to a copy of a 30-minute show.

-PJ

60 posted on 11/26/2005 1:33:25 AM PST by Political Junkie Too (It's still not safe to vote Democrat.)
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To: Phsstpok
I think you're combining two rides in your memory. I'm pretty sure Small World, sponsored by Pepsi, always used boats. Either Ford or GM was right across the 'street' and it used cars. That's the ride that had the animatronic dinos, I think.

Yes, yes you're right, it was so long ago. I remember something else, a exhibit that made an explosion on purpose, a big whump, scared the bejesus out of me and my brother, it was some kind simulated fusion expolosion. OK I did a search and cheated it was the GE "Fusion on Earth" exhibit, the Fords were from the "Magic Skyway" exhibit.

Hey check this out:

nywf64.com

Man I forgot tons more than I remembered.

61 posted on 11/26/2005 1:33:27 AM PST by this_ol_patriot (What's good for the goose and all that.)
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To: Lurker

Many years ago I took Mrs. Swordmaker and our two daughters to Disneyland on Thanksgiving. It was open on Thanksgiving until midnight. Our family decided we would take the LAST tour of the Haunted Mansion Ride at midnight... we timed it so that they closed the doors right after we entered. When we rode the roomsized elevator down to the entry hall, my older daughter, then about 12, laid down on the floor... followed by my younger daughter... and then my wife and I did likewise so we could watch the events transpiring on the stretching walls and ceiling easier. Before the ride ended everyone on the elevator was stretched out comfortably on the floor and the Disney employees were laughing!

Years later, Mrs. Swordmaker and I were in Disneyland and decided to take the same midnight closing Haunted Mansion Tour... and discovered our daughter's impromptu act of many years before had become a "tradition," allowed only on the last tour at midnight. I have heard from others about this tradition since then so it must be continuing.


62 posted on 11/26/2005 1:40:05 AM PST by Swordmaker (Beware of Geeks bearing GIFs.)
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To: this_ol_patriot
Oh, I remember that. It scared me, too. I was young, but I think the Carousel of Progress exited into that because I was too small to see what was happening, but I always cupped my hands over my ears because of the loud noise. I wouldn't have gone into it if something else didn't exit through it.

I also still have two decks of World's Fair playing cards from back then, that my grandparents had.

-PJ

63 posted on 11/26/2005 1:42:01 AM PST by Political Junkie Too (It's still not safe to vote Democrat.)
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To: Darth Republican

my step father Jan Merlin, of tv series, 'space cadets' attended the festivities as well. He still has his ticket stubs.


64 posted on 11/26/2005 1:49:55 AM PST by television is just wrong (Our sympathies are misguided with illegal aliens...)
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To: Experiment 6-2-6

Been to club 33 twice. once with a former friend, who worked at imagineering,

second time with a friend who had a company party there.


65 posted on 11/26/2005 1:57:28 AM PST by television is just wrong (Our sympathies are misguided with illegal aliens...)
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To: Nasty McPhilthy
Here's a link to a site with a 40-minute tribute video of the Carousel of Progress. Talk about memories!

-PJ

66 posted on 11/26/2005 2:00:53 AM PST by Political Junkie Too (It's still not safe to vote Democrat.)
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To: Political Junkie Too
Yep it was part of the same exhibit, different section.

I cried when we had to go home, I loved that stuff. Same with Disney, a high school senior all teared up over Tinkerbell, sheesh, those innocent days before I started to see political demons in everything, take me back.

67 posted on 11/26/2005 2:10:38 AM PST by this_ol_patriot (What's good for the goose and all that.)
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To: Phsstpok; this_ol_patriot
Wow, two other "kids of Flushing Meadows" (and one of you is obviously a Larry Niven fan - small world!) I went there both years, when I was 9 and 10 years old. Do either of you remember the pavilion that had the huge model train layout in it? That was my favorite at the time but I've long since forgotten who the sponsor was.

I do remember getting special treatment at the Pepsi pavilion because my cousin worked there. Ironically, I haven't been back to NYC since even though I live in Maryland and it's only 4 hours away or so - I totally missed the WTC twin towers.

68 posted on 11/26/2005 2:35:50 AM PST by Heatseeker (Never underestimate the left's tendency to underestimate us.)
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To: Heatseeker

I missed the Pierson's Puppeteers exhibit, yes a Niven fan too. Read most of the known space books and the stuff he wrote with Jerry Pournelle, Was also a big Chaos Manor fan from Byte mag. Read Greg Bear too.


69 posted on 11/26/2005 2:57:13 AM PST by this_ol_patriot (What's good for the goose and all that.)
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To: this_ol_patriot
I quit reading SF about 20 years ago when cyberpunk was coming in so missed the more recent stuff. But I liked the old Known Space series especially the original Ringworld.
70 posted on 11/26/2005 3:15:08 AM PST by Heatseeker (Never underestimate the left's tendency to underestimate us.)
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To: Nasty McPhilthy
Walt Disney kept a 600-square-foot studio apartment above the firehouse on Main Street. It’s maintained as a shrine to the park’s founder and kept just as he left it, with Victorian antiques, red velvet carpeting and a device for making grilled cheese sandwiches. Outsiders are rarely allowed inside. A light shines from the window at all times as a symbol of Disney’s eternal presence.

Weird.

71 posted on 11/26/2005 4:09:20 AM PST by SkyPilot
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To: Jeff Chandler
before one can become an executive, they work in a Disney costume in a park interacting with people to understand the "Disney Magic".

My employer made all of us service managers take the "Disney Magic" course over three days at Disney World in 1990.

The most interesting part of the course (and the only thing I stayed awake for) was the tour of Unter Disney World.

Disney World is actually the second layer of the enterprise, built over all of the offices, maintenance shops and warehouses. All of the overpriced merchandise reaches the shelves above ground from below so the marks, I mean tourists, don't see any clutter, carts or shift changes.

72 posted on 11/26/2005 4:18:58 AM PST by woofer (Me? Ambivalent? Well, yes and no.)
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To: woofer
In 1978, I had a two-day interview for a management position at Disney World (This was just before animators Don Bluth, Gary Goldman, and John Pomeroy left; the costs associated with that helped kill the program for which I was being interviewed).

Finding out that I'd spend an extended period in the park as part of my training (in a costume, as a street cleaner, a ride operator, security, retail, etc.) was odd, but understandable, because this was pre-Eisner Disney and there really was a Disney culture that you had to learn (or so I was told).

However, as a child growing up in LA, I'd probably been to Disneyland 15 times and was still bright-eyed and innocent about the Disneyland and Disney World parks themselves. The tours under the park and the tour behind the Main Street buildings was a shock. Man, that place generates trash, and the number of stuffed characters being shuttled underground from retail outlet to retail outlet is amazing.

At the parade staging area, Goofy had his head off and held under one arm, with part of his upper costume pulled down over his shoulders (he was wearing a "wife-beater" t-shirt) and was sharing a cigarette with Snow White. Apparently, either smoking in costume (even with your head off and hidden in the staging area) or wearing the t-shirt, was a MAJOR no-no. The executive riding with me in the double-seater golf cart made the driver stop. He lectured Goofy and Snow White (out of earshot).

The tour ruined Disney's mystique for me. I've taken my kids to Disney World six to eight times since then and every time I see Goofy or Snow White in the parade, I picture wife-beater Goofy passing the butt to Snow White so she can take a long, deep drag.

73 posted on 11/26/2005 7:03:51 AM PST by Scoutmaster
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To: Nasty McPhilthy

Re: “...but they can’t pee in the street.”

Evidently, he hasn't been to the West Coast lately...


74 posted on 11/26/2005 7:08:17 AM PST by Bender2 (Even dirty old robots need love!)
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To: Scoutmaster

marker Bump


75 posted on 11/26/2005 7:22:50 AM PST by alfa6 (Got a plane ya want featured let me know)
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To: Scoutmaster
The tour ruined Disney's mystique for me.

Since that tour, I have absolutely no desire to even visit the Orlando area. Once you've seen the 'World" from backstage, it quickly loses all the charm and I see it little better than the wallet vacuums called 'casinos'.

76 posted on 11/26/2005 8:37:50 AM PST by woofer (Me? Ambivalent? Well, yes and no.)
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To: woofie
Since 1955, 3562 divorces were initiated in the Disneyland parking lot.

LOL. At our recent visit, that was almost upped to 3563.

77 posted on 11/26/2005 8:40:37 AM PST by conservative cat
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To: Nasty McPhilthy

My neice is a spoon in the current parade.


78 posted on 11/26/2005 8:42:04 AM PST by bigsigh
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To: Nasty McPhilthy

The city council of Pomona, CA turned down Disney after walking through the fields by the LA County Fairgrounds while he described his project. They said they had the Fair and that was enough.


79 posted on 11/26/2005 8:43:35 AM PST by bigsigh
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To: Scoutmaster

Last week there one of the cast members told me that he park was sold out - - 75,000 people there.

They must have one hell of a sewage disposal system.


80 posted on 11/26/2005 8:45:01 AM PST by Loud Mime (Bad Lawmakers = Bad Law = Infinite Lawyers)
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To: Nasty McPhilthy
There was a Japanese family which owned a strawberry field near D-Land. Disney tried for decades to buy them out. The elders died and the family sold out in the mid 90s. Don't know the exact location.

In the 80s, Long Beach turned down a Disney Park which would have been mostly on the water.

81 posted on 11/26/2005 8:46:00 AM PST by bigsigh
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To: Nasty McPhilthy
Of the fifty, the only ones I didn't know were 4, 6, 7, 11, 16, 22, and 29. Then again, I grew up about fifteen miles from Disneyland.

According to what Disney teaches their own employees, the real story about Khrushchev is simply that Walt didn't want the commie in his park. The security story was just an excuse. Also, I am skeptical about number 44.
82 posted on 11/26/2005 8:51:29 AM PST by SoCal Pubbie
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To: Loud Mime

54. Kevin Costner's ex-wife Cindy was one person who played the part of Cinderella at Disneyland.

55. The giant Christmas Tree is decorated with items that are in scale with the size of the tree, which adds to the size illusion.


83 posted on 11/26/2005 9:02:56 AM PST by ridesthemiles (ridesthemiles)
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To: Nasty McPhilthy
Cool stuff.

Saw this was posted from the DRC... paper of my former home town.

Props to dynamic Denton, Texas.

84 posted on 11/26/2005 9:06:49 AM PST by Trajan88 (www.bullittclub.com)
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To: ridesthemiles

56. When disneyland was built, the electronics that ran the TIKI ROOM were so numerous, that it made Walt Disney the second highest purchaser of same, second only to the U S Government. It was a marvel.

I have been to Disneyland 38 times, and was there 6 times in 9 weeks, with visiting friends and relatives. I liked alot of the older rides better than the newer ones, like the big plastic house and the Carousel of Progress, where the seats moved around in a circle around the stages. The stores in Frontiesland were neat, and I still have an outfit I made with wool plaid I bought at the Pendleton store.


85 posted on 11/26/2005 9:10:53 AM PST by ridesthemiles (ridesthemiles)
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To: SkyPilot

Walt Disney kept a 600-square-foot studio apartment above the firehouse on Main Street. It’s maintained as a shrine to the park’s founder and kept just as he left it, with Victorian antiques, red velvet carpeting and a device for making grilled cheese sandwiches. Outsiders are rarely allowed inside. A light shines from the window at all times as a symbol of Disney’s eternal presence.
Weird.""

Not weird to me. He did outsranding work and todays creative work is just not as detailed, IMO. More animated, but not as detailed. I remember Japanese guests being wowed by the Abe Lincoln display, when he "stood up".


86 posted on 11/26/2005 9:13:06 AM PST by ridesthemiles (ridesthemiles)
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To: Nasty McPhilthy

Well I beat all of you other pervs to "flash mountain" before we crashed the site-pretty funny.


87 posted on 11/26/2005 9:15:12 AM PST by mrmargaritaville
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To: beaver fever

He was wrong, though. My 3-year-old nephew did that, right outside the Dumbo ride, before we noticed what was going on. Disney HazMat team was on it like...well, you know. With all us freaking out and the white-glove team racing in, I expect the kid may be traumatized for life.


88 posted on 11/26/2005 9:36:03 AM PST by BBT
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To: Lurker
Shoot, Lurker, the line was 2-1/2 hours when IASM first opened. The only thing interrupting the repetitive song was the big clock doing its number ever 15 minutes.

Until IASM came along, the music from the Swiss Family Robinson Tree House was the most obnoxious in the park. You had to hear that stupid polka about 30 times while waiting in line for the Jungle Cruise. I believe the tree house is gone now. Good riddance.

89 posted on 11/26/2005 9:36:11 AM PST by logician2u
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To: Nasty McPhilthy
49. When you enter the Star Tours ride, a voice over the loudspeaker asks for an “Egroeg Sacul” to come to the booth. That’s “George Lucas” spelled backward.

No, "Sacul Egroeg" would be George Lucas backwards.

"Egroeg Sacul" would be Lucas George backwards.

90 posted on 11/26/2005 9:36:41 AM PST by savedbygrace
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To: television is just wrong; martin_fierro
Yeah, Club 33 is nice.

The best part, of course, is drinking a nice red in the French Quarter and listening to jazz. (the only place you can LEGALLY drink alcohol...

But there are, sadly, BETTER clubs that are LESS EXPENSIVE.

I spoil myself that way, and just do the premium pass that allows unlimited entry to the parks 365 days a year, with parking included. Though, two years ago the price was $200.00 a pass. Last year it went up to $325.00 a pass.

I hate to think what it will be this year, and I end up buying four at a time (the other three for my adopted family)

91 posted on 11/26/2005 9:48:36 AM PST by Experiment 6-2-6 (Admn Mods: tiny, malicious things that glare and gibber from dark corners.They have pins and dolls..)
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To: Sociopathocracy

Another little interesting tid-bit of information. Walt Disney was a devote communist.


92 posted on 11/26/2005 10:00:56 AM PST by Mikey (Freedom isn't free, but slavery is.)
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To: Nasty McPhilthy

bump for posterity


93 posted on 11/26/2005 10:21:17 AM PST by BallparkBoys
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To: Mikey

I'm sure you have a citation to back up that statement . .


94 posted on 11/26/2005 10:21:51 AM PST by logician2u
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To: Nasty McPhilthy

Thanks for the posting. Really enjoyed it.


95 posted on 11/26/2005 10:25:10 AM PST by righttackle44 (The most dangerous weapon in the world is a Marine with his rifle and the American people behind him)
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To: Mikey

You may want to try a Google search on, say, Disney & communist and then offer your apologies.


96 posted on 11/26/2005 10:30:45 AM PST by Mr. Lucky
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To: ridesthemiles
It still sounds weird to me, and it smacks of worship.

You're entitled to your opinion, and I am entitled to mine.

97 posted on 11/26/2005 10:32:20 AM PST by SkyPilot
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To: Nasty McPhilthy
Ron Ziegler, Richard Nixon’s press secretary during the Watergate scandal, once worked as a skipper on the Jungle Cruise ride.

"This Ride is now closed due to no controlling legal authority"

98 posted on 11/26/2005 10:35:27 AM PST by Semper Paratus
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To: Mikey

Odd way of showing it.


99 posted on 11/26/2005 10:36:17 AM PST by bigsigh
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To: Nasty McPhilthy
The ... theme song for It’s a Small World was written by ..., Richard and Robert Sherman

... and strongly resembles the Italian Folk tune, "The Jolly Coppersmith" ,aka "Funiculi Funicula".

100 posted on 11/26/2005 10:37:12 AM PST by Lonesome in Massachussets (NY Times headline: Protocols of the Learned Elders of CBS, Fake but Accurate, Experts Say)
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