reddening's thread of DISNEY PARKS gossip

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just got back this morning - i'll aim to update later. had a great time, really loved epcot and animal kingdom. watched disney vets do gut surgery on a goat at the, err 'conservation station' and ate the best buffet food of my life at animal kingdom lodge. wish i'd stayed at the lodge, actually...

fka snush (remy bean), Monday, 30 April 2012 22:39 (2 years ago) Permalink

the fantasyland expansion looks very lovely, but it meant that the MK was greatly reduced. the new art of animation resort looks really amazing, also.

fka snush (remy bean), Monday, 30 April 2012 22:47 (2 years ago) Permalink

what do you mean reduced -- it's smaller?

Exile in lolville (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Monday, 30 April 2012 22:49 (2 years ago) Permalink

yeah. a lot of real estate has been taken over in the building of 'storybook circus.' it's hard to know what to expect – a very odd forced-perspective beauty and the beast castle is rising out of rocks installed behind constuction panels.

fka snush (remy bean), Monday, 30 April 2012 22:58 (2 years ago) Permalink

when I went in February it looked like a physical expansion of Fantasyland not a foreshortening -- ugh.

Exile in lolville (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Monday, 30 April 2012 23:01 (2 years ago) Permalink

In a dozen trips since 2001 I STIlL haven't been to Animal Kingdom or the Lodge, despite hearing wonders about Jiko and its South African wine selection.

Exile in lolville (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Monday, 30 April 2012 23:02 (2 years ago) Permalink

♆ (gr8080), Monday, 30 April 2012 23:03 (2 years ago) Permalink

3 weeks pass...

Is there a book for strange disney facts & history?

we gotta move these refrigerators (CaptainLorax), Saturday, 26 May 2012 17:25 (2 years ago) Permalink

toandos, Saturday, 26 May 2012 17:30 (2 years ago) Permalink


browsing through amazon, maybe this is the one for me. this one's about epcot. i'm about to go to disney world so I don't want to read something too dark

we gotta move these refrigerators (CaptainLorax), Saturday, 26 May 2012 17:35 (2 years ago) Permalink

Bah, I'm leaving for Disney World tonight and none of the bookstores have this book (Walt and the Promise of Progress City)

we gotta move these refrigerators (CaptainLorax), Saturday, 26 May 2012 19:37 (2 years ago) Permalink

Here's a good one:

http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/1029724.Mouse_Tales

From 1994. Goes into plenty of great detail.

Choad of Choad Hall (kingfish), Sunday, 27 May 2012 04:11 (2 years ago) Permalink

Carl Hiassen's book has good anecdotes beneath the snark.

go down on you in a thyatrr (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Sunday, 27 May 2012 11:15 (2 years ago) Permalink

2 weeks pass...

apologies in advance to whiney for this picture of community creator dan harmon wearing a turkey leg t-shirt at disneyland:

the bibles fake lol don't trust a book (reddening), Friday, 15 June 2012 16:54 (2 years ago) Permalink

oh yeah and "cars land" opens today at DCA, everyone says it's amazing, w/e

the bibles fake lol don't trust a book (reddening), Friday, 15 June 2012 16:56 (2 years ago) Permalink

have to admit that I was kind of bummed to miss it when I visited DCA back in March

Moodles, Friday, 15 June 2012 16:58 (2 years ago) Permalink

yeah i'm seething with jealousy as i read twitter ppl's reactions to it. i don't care about the cars franchise at all but the rides + theming sound pretty top-notch.

the bibles fake lol don't trust a book (reddening), Friday, 15 June 2012 17:04 (2 years ago) Permalink

well on his way into brian wilson territory I see

Grimy Little Pimp (Jimmy The Mod Awaits The Return Of His Beloved), Friday, 15 June 2012 17:58 (2 years ago) Permalink

Every time I see this thread I think it says "The Reddening of Disney Parks"

a regina spektor is haunting europe (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Friday, 15 June 2012 18:01 (2 years ago) Permalink

2 months pass...

comment section puritans aghast that beer and wine will be sold in wdw's magic kingdom (in one restaurant, only with dinner) starting this november.

also as an anaheim girl i haven't been paying attention to wdw news closely enough, this fantasyland re-do is way bigger than i realized. a second whole castle, well AREN'T we fancy

=life on the chesapeake= (reddening), Friday, 14 September 2012 06:00 (1 year ago) Permalink

2 months pass...

mitt romney is currently inside disneyland, nobody go to disneyland

sad faces at Terror Castle (reddening), Tuesday, 20 November 2012 20:53 (1 year ago) Permalink

i thought disney only associated itself with winners, bad PR move for them frankly

sad faces at Terror Castle (reddening), Tuesday, 20 November 2012 20:53 (1 year ago) Permalink

also i'm getting a little creeped out that mitt romney keeps popping up in environs that i frequent, next he'll be posting to twitter about how there's not enough emily/nolan time in this season's revenge

sad faces at Terror Castle (reddening), Tuesday, 20 November 2012 20:56 (1 year ago) Permalink

1 month passes...

A http://www.fastcodesign.com/1671616/a-1-billion-project-to-remake-the-disney-world-experience-using-rfid#1 Billion Project To Remake The Disney World Experience, Using RFID

Animatronics will see a similar personalization, so the otherwise obtuse talking robots can specifically acknowledge the people standing in front of them.

No, why that's not creepy at all!

pplains, Monday, 14 January 2013 14:39 (1 year ago) Permalink

My sister-in-law is taking her family there very soon and they will be doing the MagicBands. I'm curious to see how that goes for them.

Moodles, Monday, 14 January 2013 14:46 (1 year ago) Permalink

"That's right! I'm talking to you… Moodles!"

pplains, Monday, 14 January 2013 14:52 (1 year ago) Permalink

Yikes!

There's a fair chance that Disney can pull this off in a non-creepy way. The Kim Possible adventure that they had at Epcot is a good example of a more interactive experience that worked really well.

Moodles, Monday, 14 January 2013 15:16 (1 year ago) Permalink

i might go to disneyland sometime in the next couple of months, for a day. should i?? i grew up with disney stuff and have tons of nostalgic attachment to 50s-60s disneyana. plus i like fun.

Author ~ Coach ~ Goddess (s1ocki), Monday, 14 January 2013 15:45 (1 year ago) Permalink

Ned goes often!

the little prince of inane false binary hype (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Monday, 14 January 2013 15:46 (1 year ago) Permalink

Definitely go s1ocki

Moodles, Monday, 14 January 2013 15:51 (1 year ago) Permalink

My daughter did the interactive Phineas and Ferb quest and loved it. Basically a scavenger hunt with fake cell phones.

Anybody seen the new Fantasyland in WDW yet?

Josh in Chicago, Monday, 14 January 2013 16:00 (1 year ago) Permalink

My sis, who visited with her family in November, said the line for the first restaurant serving alcohol in the MK was out the door.

the little prince of inane false binary hype (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Monday, 14 January 2013 16:04 (1 year ago) Permalink

still waiting to plan a trip with whiney

the little prince of inane false binary hype (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Monday, 14 January 2013 16:04 (1 year ago) Permalink

Basically a scavenger hunt with fake cell phones.

Sounds like this is the replacement for the Kim Possible one, which worked the same way.

Moodles, Monday, 14 January 2013 16:05 (1 year ago) Permalink

My sis, who visited with her family in November, said the line for the first restaurant serving alcohol in the MK was out the door.

Considering dining plan and reservations months in advance seem to rule the restaurants, I'm surprised there was a line, unless they were all impulsive last-minute hopefuls. Wonder what they charge for a beer at Disney?

Josh in Chicago, Monday, 14 January 2013 16:11 (1 year ago) Permalink

any tips for tix, trix, etc??

Author ~ Coach ~ Goddess (s1ocki), Monday, 14 January 2013 16:14 (1 year ago) Permalink

If you visit during a slow time of year (i.e. away from holidays) you should have no trouble making same-day reservations at hotel restaurants (which are better than park restaurants anyway).

s1ocki, figure out your budget. I can't stress that enough.

the little prince of inane false binary hype (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Monday, 14 January 2013 16:16 (1 year ago) Permalink

You absolutely need to book meals in advance if you want a sit down meal at a park.

My favorite ride at Disneyland is the Indiana Jones one, make sure to get a fast pass for it. Fast passes are very good to get in general.

Moodles, Monday, 14 January 2013 16:17 (1 year ago) Permalink

ooh, good tip.

besides park admission, what are costs i should expect?

how do fast passes work - do i buy one with my pass, or are they available to all visitors?

Author ~ Coach ~ Goddess (s1ocki), Monday, 14 January 2013 16:19 (1 year ago) Permalink

Anyone with a park ticket qualifies. You stick your Key to the World (lol) into the FP machine and it dispenses a slip informing you when your turn is up.

the little prince of inane false binary hype (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Monday, 14 January 2013 16:22 (1 year ago) Permalink

We went (as a family, for the first time) at the tail end of September into October, which I guess is the statistically slowest time of the year for WDW. Best move we made, since lack of lines made things so much more enjoyable.

You can get apps that actually do a great job planning visits. It's say, say, enter the park, head straight to X ride, but on the way grab a fast pass for Y ride. Fast Pass is free, but you can only have one at a time. You get them at the entrance to the ride, and it gives you a time to return.

Also: best tip is to avoid eating at the park, where even the most rudimentary meal can set you back $$$. There are some great restaurants scattered around, though, so maybe set aside some money for a splurge or two. Animal Kingdom Lodge has some great, surprisingly authentic eats.

Josh in Chicago, Monday, 14 January 2013 16:22 (1 year ago) Permalink

Also, getting to the parks early makes a big dif. Bunch of lazy butts don't waddle in until after lunch, when things get much more crowded. And btw, you will be amazed/bummed at how many people - couples, even - you'll see in motorized scooters.

Josh in Chicago, Monday, 14 January 2013 16:24 (1 year ago) Permalink

Certain popular rides provide fast passes which allow you to quickly move to the front of the line during a specified one hour window. At the ride you will see a fast pass display that shows which hour window is currently available. There is a fast pass machine with a slot where you insert your park ticket to get your fast pass. Once you get a fast pass with your ticket, you will not be allowed to get another one until a specified time, so you need to plan carefully.

The hour interval for fast passes moves forward in 5 minute increments with only a certain amount of fast passes available for each interval on any given ride. For example, there will be a certain amount of passes available for 10 - 11 am, once those are gone there will be passes available for 10:05 - 11:05.

Moodles, Monday, 14 January 2013 16:25 (1 year ago) Permalink

otm on all points. Also: if it's your first visit, arrive early, like Josh said, and plan to take a midday break if you're staying on property. It really makes a difference. Use the pool, nap, have a drink, etc.

the little prince of inane false binary hype (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Monday, 14 January 2013 16:28 (1 year ago) Permalink

A good place to get quickish snacks, treats, and light meals at Disneyland without reservations is the new Jolly Holiday Bakery, which is located at the end of Main Street

Moodles, Monday, 14 January 2013 16:29 (1 year ago) Permalink

TOWER OF TERROR IS ESSENTIAL

DJP, Monday, 14 January 2013 16:29 (1 year ago) Permalink

Josh in Chicago, Monday, 14 January 2013 16:31 (1 year ago) Permalink

I went on Tower of Terror for the first time last April at California Adventure, and yes, it was pretty amazing. The whole attention to design on it was fantastic.

Also good to note: California Adventure has a bunch of Pixar Cars rides and attractions that recently opened.

Moodles, Monday, 14 January 2013 16:32 (1 year ago) Permalink

so is Dan's favorite, the BLUE THERMONUCLEAR TINI

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the little prince of inane false binary hype (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Monday, 14 January 2013 16:32 (1 year ago) Permalink

Oh god I had the worst time on Tower of Terror. It was my own fault. TOTALLY my own fault. I hate that falling sensation more than anything. But I looked at the tower and I was like, eh it's not THAT tall and maybe this will be a good way to overcome my fear since I love the Twilight Zone and was really into the theme of the ride. WRONG. Oh god it was horrible, the way they made you fall over and over and over again...I screamed the whole time, like crying. Then I sat on a park bench afterwards catatonic like "bubububububbubu" Goldie Hawn in Overboard for like an hour. Again, totally my own fault. I should have stayed away.

but everyone else I know loves it so yes, highly recommended lol

set the controls for the heart of the sun (VegemiteGrrl), Monday, 14 January 2013 17:21 (1 year ago) Permalink


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