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moral of the story: stay away from Goofy

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

garsh

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

rip skyway ride

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

in ref to those pics obv

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

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

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

i miss you, disneyland :(

― chaki, Tuesday, February 12, 2008

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

so.... gossip?

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

this is an outrage

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

how do the fastpasses work?

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

iirc

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

ride the troll ride. 4chanstorm

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

mistakes!

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

Disney regretted the development around the Disneyland park.

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

Yeah. Future World doesn't feel dowdy.

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

if anything it's MORE Disneyfied

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

one 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 (ten months ago) Permalink

four months pass...

December visit.

The burrito of ennui (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Wednesday, 8 June 2016 17:58 (six months ago) Permalink

nice!

I really want to try out the Snow White mine carts and see the re-vamped Hollywood Studios, don't know when I'll be back though.

Will be in L.A. this August. Definitely going to Universal Studios for a day, considering if I can fit Disneyland in there too.

Al Moon Faced Poon (Moodles), Wednesday, 8 June 2016 19:26 (six months ago) Permalink

i recently saw the gay romantic short film that was surreptitiously shot in D'land in the late '60s

we can be heroes just for about 3.6 seconds (Dr Morbius), Wednesday, 8 June 2016 19:38 (six months ago) Permalink

so did i

le Histoire du Edgy Miley (difficult listening hour), Wednesday, 8 June 2016 19:42 (six months ago) Permalink

i was the projectionist at its director's 90th birthday celebration

le Histoire du Edgy Miley (difficult listening hour), Wednesday, 8 June 2016 19:43 (six months ago) Permalink

what's it called?

Al Moon Faced Poon (Moodles), Wednesday, 8 June 2016 19:43 (six months ago) Permalink

Country Bear Jamboree, iirc?

What's Your Definition of a Dirty Baby? (Old Lunch), Wednesday, 8 June 2016 19:45 (six months ago) Permalink

in his opening remarks he called it discovery; the title card read disneyland discovery; its release title i believe was ron and chuck in disneyland discovery

le Histoire du Edgy Miley (difficult listening hour), Wednesday, 8 June 2016 19:45 (six months ago) Permalink

yes

the director phoned into the Lincoln Center screening, and gave out his number in Hawaii. "call anytime"

Disney's lawyers threatened him w/ prosecution, but to avoid publicity instead banned him from the parks for life.

we can be heroes just for about 3.6 seconds (Dr Morbius), Wednesday, 8 June 2016 19:50 (six months ago) Permalink

it was sweet and iirc featured good ecstatic use of "when you wish upon a star"

le Histoire du Edgy Miley (difficult listening hour), Wednesday, 8 June 2016 19:50 (six months ago) Permalink

i hope lincoln center had better turnout

le Histoire du Edgy Miley (difficult listening hour), Wednesday, 8 June 2016 19:52 (six months ago) Permalink

wow I would love to see that!

Οὖτις, Wednesday, 8 June 2016 19:59 (six months ago) Permalink

a few dozen in a smallish theater; sound was fuct up tho

xp

we can be heroes just for about 3.6 seconds (Dr Morbius), Wednesday, 8 June 2016 19:59 (six months ago) Permalink

now Disney makes a mint on Gay Days.

The burrito of ennui (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Wednesday, 8 June 2016 20:18 (six months ago) Permalink

while I'm here, might as well show off these sweet Star Wars glasses done in the style of classic Disneyland posters that my sister-in-law brought back from Orlando

Al Moon Faced Poon (Moodles), Wednesday, 8 June 2016 20:43 (six months ago) Permalink

wow those are super cool

Mordy, Wednesday, 8 June 2016 20:44 (six months ago) Permalink

Last I read there is a lot afoot at the parks, including longer hours for Animal Kingdom, which now lights up on cool ways and gives safaris in the dark.

Josh in Chicago, Wednesday, 8 June 2016 20:45 (six months ago) Permalink

i was the projectionist at its director's 90th birthday celebration

― le Histoire du Edgy Miley (difficult listening hour), Wednesday, June 8, 2016 9:43 AM Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

this post crossed my mind for no reason while i was driving and i realized it's ridiculous; it was not his 90th birthday. sorry. i forget how old he is but i was confusing him with a venerable member of the local japanese chamber of commerce. the program was extremely long -- don't know what context you saw the film in morbz but i am p much a major scholar of his now. there was a sort of hitchcock pastiche, or maybe it was a blow up pastiche -- a lot of prolonged stops at parties. disneyland discovery was the highlight i thought, tho there was Hotter stuff. up in the booth shutting everything down afterwards i missed the chance to claim a t-shirt with his face on it.

le Histoire du Edgy Miley (difficult listening hour), Thursday, 9 June 2016 23:12 (five months ago) Permalink

while i was driving

The burrito of ennui (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Thursday, 9 June 2016 23:19 (five months ago) Permalink

As if Orlando couldn't handle more bad news.

The burrito of ennui (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Wednesday, 15 June 2016 13:10 (five months ago) Permalink

Heard that first thing this morning, that story is insane.

Josh in Chicago, Wednesday, 15 June 2016 13:15 (five months ago) Permalink


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