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moral of the story: stay away from Goofy

Full Frontal Newtity (Shakey Mo Collier), Tuesday, 24 January 2012 21:26 (4 years ago) Permalink

garsh

I spend a lot of time thinking about apricots (DJP), Tuesday, 24 January 2012 21:28 (4 years ago) Permalink

i haven't seen that guy in 10 years but there's an ~85% chance he currently posts to reddit

ban opinions (reddening), Tuesday, 24 January 2012 21:31 (4 years ago) Permalink

rip skyway ride

Aerosol, Tuesday, 24 January 2012 21:33 (4 years ago) Permalink

in ref to those pics obv

Aerosol, Tuesday, 24 January 2012 21:33 (4 years ago) Permalink

unfortunately can't get to my 50s-60s photos, waiting for flickr to unlock/renew my account arrgh

Full Frontal Newtity (Shakey Mo Collier), Tuesday, 24 January 2012 21:34 (4 years ago) Permalink

also RIP: creepy waving dolls inside Sleeping Beauty's Castle

ban opinions (reddening), Tuesday, 24 January 2012 21:37 (4 years ago) Permalink

i miss you, disneyland :(

― chaki, Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Aerosol, Tuesday, 24 January 2012 21:38 (4 years ago) Permalink

ohhh just realized you can see Monstro the whale in the background of Shakey's first pic! <3

also i covet the shirt the girl in the lower left corner is wearing

ban opinions (reddening), Tuesday, 24 January 2012 21:47 (4 years ago) Permalink

so.... gossip?

Mordy, Tuesday, 24 January 2012 21:55 (4 years ago) Permalink

here is some gossip for you: last week, Disneyland quietly hooked up the Roger Rabbit's Cartoon Spin Fastpass system to the park-wide network of Fastpasses! for the last decade you could go get a Fastpass for the ride and it wouldn't count against your limited Fastpass total, because it wasn't hooked up to the main network. now you have to either waste a good Fastpass on Roger Rabbit or wait in line, which is of course fascist bullshit.

ban opinions (reddening), Tuesday, 24 January 2012 22:09 (4 years ago) Permalink

this is an outrage

Full Frontal Newtity (Shakey Mo Collier), Tuesday, 24 January 2012 22:14 (4 years ago) Permalink

oh man, i abused the fuck out of the fastpass last time i went cause i was there with my whole family and a bunch of peeps didn't want to ride the fastpass rides so i just grabbed fastpasses with all their tickets and had like five fastpasses at one time

Mordy, Tuesday, 24 January 2012 22:45 (4 years ago) Permalink

how do the fastpasses work?

Full Frontal Newtity (Shakey Mo Collier), Tuesday, 24 January 2012 22:46 (4 years ago) Permalink

instead of waiting in line you go to a machine for the line and swipe your ticket and get a fastpass. the fastpass has a time on it and if you come back at that time you basically get automatic admission to the ride. but you can only have like 1 (or 2?) at a time

Mordy, Tuesday, 24 January 2012 22:49 (4 years ago) Permalink

iirc

Mordy, Tuesday, 24 January 2012 22:49 (4 years ago) Permalink

yeah, i think it goes: you get a fastpass with a return time on it, and then you can't get another one until it's that return time. however, if the return time is way later in the day, you can get another one two hours after you picked up the first one.

ban opinions (reddening), Tuesday, 24 January 2012 22:55 (4 years ago) Permalink

I am going to WDW in April. I am very excited. What are your pro tips, ILX friends?

gnome (remy bean), Tuesday, 24 January 2012 22:55 (4 years ago) Permalink

use your fastpass.

find hidden mickeys.

get autograph book + have characters sign it

get the secret character phone number and call in to stalk, uh, hunt down, uh, find your fave characters.

Mordy, Tuesday, 24 January 2012 22:56 (4 years ago) Permalink

playing drinking around the world where you drink at every country in epcot world pavilion. ride the troll ride.

Mordy, Tuesday, 24 January 2012 22:57 (4 years ago) Permalink

ride the troll ride. 4chanstorm

Mordy, Tuesday, 24 January 2012 22:57 (4 years ago) Permalink

You can get a second Fastpass if you approach the fifteen-minute window of the first -- at least in WDW.

Exile in lolville (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Tuesday, 24 January 2012 22:58 (4 years ago) Permalink

whoa, neat!

1 day in Magic Kingdom
1 day in Animal Kingdom & Epcot (together)
1 day at Sea World

Sound good? I would skip Sea World but girlfriend is a big coaster fiend, and I don't think I can get away w/o going to another park outside Disney. I don't like coasters terribly much, so I figure Sea World might be kind of fun when she's whipping around upside down.

gnome (remy bean), Tuesday, 24 January 2012 22:59 (4 years ago) Permalink

if you have a smartphone, i believe there's an app that shows you the wait times for all the rides. there's one for disneyland at least, i'm sure wdw has one too.

ban opinions (reddening), Tuesday, 24 January 2012 23:01 (4 years ago) Permalink

Confession: ten trips to WDW since '98, still haven't visited Animal Kingdom.

Exile in lolville (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Tuesday, 24 January 2012 23:01 (4 years ago) Permalink

I would go for Universal Studios for your coaster needs.

Is Disneyland a completely different beast than WDW? We are tentatively considering a West Coast trip and loved WDW so much that Disneyland is under consideration.

ailsa, Tuesday, 24 January 2012 23:04 (4 years ago) Permalink

Animal Kingdom is great. Not sure about feasibility of doing AK + Epcot on the same day, though. Epcot is my fave park. Also you're going to miss MGM? Tower of Terror is classic. Other good stuff (like 3D Muppet Movie! Star Wars ride!) worth doing there too.

Mordy, Tuesday, 24 January 2012 23:04 (4 years ago) Permalink

Is Disneyland a completely different beast than WDW?

yes. it's much smaller for one thing.

Full Frontal Newtity (Shakey Mo Collier), Tuesday, 24 January 2012 23:05 (4 years ago) Permalink

I would go to MGM instead of Sea World and ride Tower of Terror and Aerosmith roller coaster which are both thrillier rides than most of WDW attractions.

Mordy, Tuesday, 24 January 2012 23:05 (4 years ago) Permalink

also it's way older, there's stuff there from the 50s

xp

Full Frontal Newtity (Shakey Mo Collier), Tuesday, 24 January 2012 23:06 (4 years ago) Permalink

There's no comparison: WDW is immersive. You can hang out in a Disney hotel playing golf, swimming, eating, and hanging with bros and not step foot in a park.

Exile in lolville (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Tuesday, 24 January 2012 23:06 (4 years ago) Permalink

even the drive into the Magic Kingdom represents a triumph of Walt Disney learning from the mistakes of Disneyland. You drive further and further north until you're forced to park at the Transportation and Ticket Center, and even then you still can't see the park until you're on the monorail or ferry boat.

Exile in lolville (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Tuesday, 24 January 2012 23:07 (4 years ago) Permalink

mistakes!

Full Frontal Newtity (Shakey Mo Collier), Tuesday, 24 January 2012 23:08 (4 years ago) Permalink

Also you're going to miss MGM? Tower of Terror is classic.

Isn't MGM now called Disney Hollywood Studios? Is that the same thing? We've done Muppets and Star Wars in California, so really we'd only be going for Tower of Terror.

I like the idea of Epcot, but a lot of what I've read says it's very out of date, and I don't want to invest myself in too much hoakum.

gnome (remy bean), Tuesday, 24 January 2012 23:08 (4 years ago) Permalink

I remember it so fondly from the '87, I'm worried it won't hold up

gnome (remy bean), Tuesday, 24 January 2012 23:08 (4 years ago) Permalink

Disney regretted the development around the Disneyland park.

Exile in lolville (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Tuesday, 24 January 2012 23:08 (4 years ago) Permalink

Epoct is by far the best park! It's the one with all the restaurants, and you can Drink Around the World.

Exile in lolville (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Tuesday, 24 January 2012 23:09 (4 years ago) Permalink

I've never been to WDW but yeah it seems much closer to, like, an actual functioning city or resort town than Disneyland, which is very much an amusement park.

I am also very fond of Disneyland's original inspiration (which is even smaller in scale), Children's Fairyland in Oakland.

xp

Full Frontal Newtity (Shakey Mo Collier), Tuesday, 24 January 2012 23:09 (4 years ago) Permalink

some parts of epcot are out of date (like the technology pavilion, the growing grain pavilion, and the communications throughout history pavilion) but they're out of date in an incredibly sincere optimistic way about the future of humanity and the promise of technology. it's a very renewing experience!

Mordy, Tuesday, 24 January 2012 23:10 (4 years ago) Permalink

Hollywood Studios is the one to miss if you can't do them all, but I had the most fun on the Toy Story Midway Mania ride there, and my coaster-loving other half loved the Rock'n'Rollercoaster.

End your Animal Kingdom/Epcot day at Epcot for the IllumiNations show, do Animal Kingdom in the morning.

ailsa, Tuesday, 24 January 2012 23:10 (4 years ago) Permalink

Epcot is really the only thing I am curious about at WDW

Full Frontal Newtity (Shakey Mo Collier), Tuesday, 24 January 2012 23:11 (4 years ago) Permalink

Yeah. Future World doesn't feel dowdy.

Exile in lolville (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Tuesday, 24 January 2012 23:11 (4 years ago) Permalink

Epcot is the one park in which I feel no pressure to ride anything. You can walk with a beer and soak it in.

Exile in lolville (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Tuesday, 24 January 2012 23:13 (4 years ago) Permalink

Okay, we'll do Epcot. Only thing: neither of us drink. Will it still be fun? We can afford three days at theme parks. We both want to do Animal Kingdom (suckers for giraffes), and obv. Magic Kingdom. Epcot would be our third day, just want to make sure it's a good call, and that we're not gonna regret skipping Sea World and/or Universal Studios.

gnome (remy bean), Tuesday, 24 January 2012 23:13 (4 years ago) Permalink

Cheers all, I realised it was smaller and older, is it just that it's not so Disneyfied? We stayed offsite in Orlando, but visited a park about 10 out of our 14 days. This would just be because we're there and wouldn't be the major point of our trip.

ailsa, Tuesday, 24 January 2012 23:14 (4 years ago) Permalink

if anything it's MORE Disneyfied

Full Frontal Newtity (Shakey Mo Collier), Tuesday, 24 January 2012 23:16 (4 years ago) Permalink

basically every ride/feature is tied to a specific Disney film or property

Full Frontal Newtity (Shakey Mo Collier), Tuesday, 24 January 2012 23:16 (4 years ago) Permalink

Ah, cool. I think I meant how WDW is so immersive with hotels and transport and whathaveyou, I sort of feel Disneyland seems more pop in then pop out again as opposed to being swallowed up in the whole culture of it. I may have this all wrong in my head.

ailsa, Tuesday, 24 January 2012 23:19 (4 years ago) Permalink

yeah, i think the fact that it's older + smaller actually makes it ideal for a "just popping by" trip. also the new cars land is going to open this summer, presumably with new rides that haven't made it to wdw yet? i heard one of the new rides is going to be like the old flying saucer ride and i am psyyyyyyyched

ban opinions (reddening), Tuesday, 24 January 2012 23:20 (4 years ago) Permalink

I dunno when yr in Disneyland you are IN Disneyland, the outside world sort of ceases to exist, there are no signs of it. in my humble opinion anyway.

Full Frontal Newtity (Shakey Mo Collier), Tuesday, 24 January 2012 23:22 (4 years ago) Permalink

i got my photo taken with Chip at the character breakfast. i was 27 & we were there with my 5 yo niece :)

my general recommendation is dont b nervous abt tomorrow! dont get too hung up on plans...if it's fun hang out longer, if it sucks move on, rest when you get tired ( or go to a fun sitting down thing) & if you're completely & utterly over it, concede. i mean, with kids thats easier said than done. but it's a huuuge place. just enjoy each bit as it comes.

we planned to take my niece through all of epcot. we made it as far as england where mr veg & niece who were v tired of walking, promptly fell asleep on a park bench while the fake beatles played. nb it was fking august & like walking around in a crockpot :(
but we still had a fun day!

difficult-difficult lemon-difficult (VegemiteGrrl), Tuesday, 23 December 2014 03:56 (1 year ago) Permalink

the Dolphin is a favorite of conventioneers, therefore there's more smoking.

I never reported back on my trip two weeks ago. May do it tomorrow.

guess that bundt gettin eaten (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Tuesday, 23 December 2014 04:05 (1 year ago) Permalink

I was in the Magic Kingdom for 16 straight hours yesterday, ask me anything

Guayaquil (eephus!), Wednesday, 24 December 2014 13:27 (1 year ago) Permalink

I was at the MK for eight hours two Saturdays ago; we crawled to the Contemporary's lounge.

guess that bundt gettin eaten (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Wednesday, 24 December 2014 14:10 (1 year ago) Permalink

4 weeks pass...

in the ongoing war for supremacy between disneyland and walt disney world, disneyland is definitely winning the category of "total guests infected with a virulent disease."

bonkers candle ancestors (reddening), Thursday, 22 January 2015 18:54 (1 year ago) Permalink

No Disney work for Jenny McCarthy for a long time - I hope I hope - Jenny gets twitter hijacked

BlackIronPrison, Thursday, 22 January 2015 18:55 (1 year ago) Permalink

I'm going to Disneyland in March, will I get measels?

Free Me's Electric Trumpet (Moodles), Thursday, 22 January 2015 19:33 (1 year ago) Permalink

or even better, will I get a sweet discount on tickets and lodging?

Free Me's Electric Trumpet (Moodles), Thursday, 22 January 2015 19:33 (1 year ago) Permalink

The answers lie behind this door:

Josh in Chicago, Thursday, 22 January 2015 19:47 (1 year ago) Permalink

nickn, Friday, 23 January 2015 05:28 (1 year ago) Permalink

one of the measles carriers is from our town, reddening! there was an article in the RG yesterday about all the places he went, warning people.

ilx polls with striking imago (sleeve), Friday, 23 January 2015 15:52 (1 year ago) Permalink

haha well shit, that measles guy and i go to the same grocery store. i'm going to be SO PISSED if i get the disneyland measles without even getting to GO to disneyland!

bonkers candle ancestors (reddening), Friday, 23 January 2015 18:21 (1 year ago) Permalink

It is a small world after all.

pplains, Friday, 23 January 2015 18:32 (1 year ago) Permalink

At least it's not a small pox world. Yet.

Josh in Chicago, Friday, 23 January 2015 18:37 (1 year ago) Permalink

3 months pass...

Haven't posted much on here as I should. Went to Disneyland yesterday for one final visit before my move -- my pass officially runs through late November, though, so I may sneak down as I can for a later visit in mid-November as various friends are planning on the Avengers Half-Marathon. A couple of friends were able to join me for most of the day but I ended up doing Toy Story's Midway Mania by myself and then having a (perfectly wonderful) meal at the Carthay Circle to wrap things up, along with chatting with some friendly folks visiting from Portland in the lounge beforehand.

Which made the appearance of this from Rich Juzwiak well timed:

http://gawker.com/alone-in-disney-world-1693714369

And if you missed Rich and Caity Weaver's amazing EPCOT food/drink experience from earlier:

http://bestrestaurant.gawker.com/the-best-restaurant-in-the-world-is-disneys-epcot-them-1700655297

Ned Raggett, Monday, 4 May 2015 14:46 (1 year ago) Permalink

7 months pass...

goin to Disneyland on the 27th. We had planned this trip and totally forgotten about all the Star Wars crap, I assume the park is going to be pretty nuts/crowded but too late to back out now!

Οὖτις, Tuesday, 15 December 2015 16:51 (5 months ago) Permalink

I think you'll be OK. In the LA area, there will be dozens of other places to bump into crowds gathered to see people in storm trooper costumes. If anything Disneyland will be controlled chaos, taking into consideration that Christmas time is probably peak crowd volume regardless of Star Wars.

Josh in Chicago, Tuesday, 15 December 2015 16:55 (5 months ago) Permalink

yeah I've never been there over the Xmas break, don't really know what to expect

Οὖτις, Tuesday, 15 December 2015 16:57 (5 months ago) Permalink

Josh in Chicago, Tuesday, 15 December 2015 16:58 (5 months ago) Permalink

I have heard anecdotal accounts that the crowds have gotten worse at Disney World in general, and/or that crowd management has gotten worse?

on entre O.K. on sort K.O. (man alive), Tuesday, 15 December 2015 17:00 (5 months ago) Permalink

We went to Yellowstone over the summer, and I guess it was the third summer in a row with record crowds. 3.8 million people this year, with more this past September than any other time recorded. Disney probably reflects similar trends. Just saw this: "With 19,332,000 guests, Magic Kingdom was once again the most visited theme park in the world, seeing a 4 percent increase from 2013." So yeah.

Josh in Chicago, Tuesday, 15 December 2015 17:04 (5 months ago) Permalink

I'm pretty familiar with how to handle the crowds at Disneyland - get there when the park opens, immediately go on whatever rides are top priority before the park fills up. After that, stake out which land has the most rides with the shortest lines that everyone wants to go on, go on those. Then get lunch and do something that's not popular/doesn't typically have huge lines (the Mark Twain/whatever they call the island now, the Tiki Room, etc.) By mid-afternoon the park is at peak capacity (due to the overlap between families that got their early and younger/childless folks who arrived later) so you're not going to get on much of anything very quickly - good time to either do some shopping or just wander around Toontown or something like that. As the sun goes down, families with younger children will start to leave, so the crowd starts to thin out a little bit - try to get in on any rides you've missed over the course of the day until the parade/fireworks. the end.

Οὖτις, Tuesday, 15 December 2015 17:05 (5 months ago) Permalink

I loved whatever crowd app we bought, with real-time line info. Totally came in handy.

Josh in Chicago, Tuesday, 15 December 2015 17:13 (5 months ago) Permalink

I have heard anecdotal accounts that the crowds have gotten worse at Disney World in general, and/or that crowd management has gotten worse?

― on entre O.K. on sort K.O. (man alive), Tuesday, December 15, 2015 12:00 PM

Well, stuff like Food & Wine festival, designed to boost attendance during what was for thirty years the slowest time of year, keeps the parks hopping year around. AK and Epcot didn't seem particularly crowded (the bartender at the Rose & Crown, on whose bar I leaned uninterrupted and unshoved for 30 mins, said it was unusually quiet). But the real crazy time is Dec. 15 through Jan. 1.

Customer service was as good as ever.

The burrito of ennui (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Tuesday, 15 December 2015 17:26 (5 months ago) Permalink

if you're a resort guest who buys passes, you can also reserve Fastpasses many weeks in advance.

The burrito of ennui (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Tuesday, 15 December 2015 17:27 (5 months ago) Permalink

Returning to Rich's piece from a few months ago, I reread this bit:

What I encountered during my first solo trip to Disney World wasn’t exactly meditative solitude. Mere minutes into my most recent journey through the enchanted fiefdom a suspicion was confirmed: There’s so much stimulation in every cubic square foot that you simply do not need a companion to have an enriching experience. Without another person to consider, I was free to enjoy the park exactly as I wanted. I could move as quickly as humanly possible through the Magic Kingdom, and then on a whim slow down to ponder the attractions, treating them as the works of art that they are.

This is OTM. My trip was essentially solo (I met my parents on the second day). At restaurants I could order dinner at the bar and talk to the bartenders. I wasn't condescended to either.

The burrito of ennui (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Tuesday, 15 December 2015 17:34 (5 months ago) Permalink

Huh. I like Disney a lot, but my enjoyment has largely been communal/vicarious. That is, I love watching other people have fun there, and love having others have fun with me. But alone? It would never occur to me to pay to do that.

Josh in Chicago, Tuesday, 15 December 2015 17:38 (5 months ago) Permalink

Should say, I love watching other people I know have fun there. But I suppose the Happiest Place on Earth would be no less enjoyable if I was solo.

Josh in Chicago, Tuesday, 15 December 2015 17:43 (5 months ago) Permalink

I went solo once. It was pretty awesome. It's so great to take exactly as much time as you want to do whatever you want. I just sat around in a bunch of the Epcot countries and appreciated the vibe. While drinking, natch.

Some Pizza Grudge From Twenty Years Ago (Old Lunch), Tuesday, 15 December 2015 17:51 (5 months ago) Permalink

1 month passes...

long time listener, first time caller-- I got back from WDW a couple weeks ago and Hollywood Studios is dismal. a good half of the park is empty at any given time because all the stores and restaurants have shuttered in preparation for Star Wars and Frozen absorbing their spots. on the plus side I'm an annual passholder now until January 2017 so maybe I'll get to see some of it (I definitely want to go to the Halloween party regardless)

Andrew Kornfan, Sunday, 7 February 2016 19:23 (3 months ago) Permalink


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