reddening's thread of DISNEY PARKS gossip

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moral of the story: stay away from Goofy

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

garsh

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

rip skyway ride

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

in ref to those pics obv

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

http://26.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_ltt5kzPqxh1qbh9d4o1_500.jpg

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

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

i miss you, disneyland :(

― chaki, Tuesday, February 12, 2008

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

so.... gossip?

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

this is an outrage

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

how do the fastpasses work?

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

iirc

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

ride the troll ride. 4chanstorm

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

mistakes!

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

Disney regretted the development around the Disneyland park.

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

Yeah. Future World doesn't feel dowdy.

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

if anything it's MORE Disneyfied

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

redbox proves that people will generally still make you wait in line while they decide what to swipe their bracelet on

Sufjan Grafton, Tuesday, 28 March 2017 19:49 (two months ago) Permalink

one month passes...

Oh dear

The main thing you notice when entering Pandora is that it feels like you’re leaving one theme park to go to another. Pandora feels separate from everything else in Animal Kingdom and, while you’re inside, the flora—even the land itself—differs to create the illusion. Every single employee working in Pandora is in character. They greet you in the native language; they swear you are on another planet, not in a theme park, and they refer to James Cameron’s Avatar as a documentary and tell you detailed stories about the animal life, plant life, and mostly, how the wars that raged on Pandora finally gave way to peace and understanding.

Ned Raggett, Friday, 26 May 2017 17:18 (one month ago) Permalink

Even before you get on the ride, the narrative explains everything else going on in Pandora. How humans link with Avatars, what happened in the past, and why the Avatar program was restarted in the first place by its founder, played by Sigourney Weaver, in a nice nod to the film.

Like in the movies, before the ride can start, everyone has to be matched to an avatar in order to ride the banshee. A good chunk of time is spent creating that illusion and setting you up for the experience, which I won’t spoil. Then, in the attached gift shop called Windtraders, for $74.99 you can have your face scanned and actually have an Avatar of yourself made. This may sound weird and random, but it actually links back to the ride and everything else in Pandora.

As the employee scans you (an employee who, again, is totally committed to the idea you’re all on another planet) they explain that these scans help collect data that’ll improve link connections on the ride, making them stronger and faster. Obviously, this isn’t true, but the fact Disney has linked a little experience to the bigger one just enriches the whole thing.

Alfred can you go get your face scanned so we can see your avatar with a cocktail

Ned Raggett, Friday, 26 May 2017 17:19 (one month ago) Permalink

It's too big a ship to turn around quickly once they come to their senses, so I'll give it maybe four years before they've changed that entire section of the park into something less stupid.

human/hutt hybrid (Old Lunch), Friday, 26 May 2017 17:21 (one month ago) Permalink

"And what's this?"

"The Groovy Rave Forest. We have smartdrinks!"

Ned Raggett, Friday, 26 May 2017 17:23 (one month ago) Permalink

Either I have completely misjudged how the world sees Avatar, but I really don't understand why they are spending all this money to build an immersive land for a movie no one likes.

Jay Elettronica Viva (Whiney G. Weingarten), Friday, 26 May 2017 17:38 (one month ago) Permalink

I love the detail about how it's a generation after the film(s). "Yeah there are a bunch of new films coming out." "Okay so will there be any tension as to whether the whole place survives?" "Well, um, no..."

Ned Raggett, Friday, 26 May 2017 17:42 (one month ago) Permalink

Like people write multiple thinkpieces like this

http://screencrush.com/back-to-pandora-why-is-avatar-forgotten/
http://www.avclub.com/article/read-how-avatar-made-27-billion-and-garnered-almos-230327

Is that all just ELITE MEDIA BUBBLE BIAS nonsense?

Jay Elettronica Viva (Whiney G. Weingarten), Friday, 26 May 2017 17:46 (one month ago) Permalink

There are four sequels coming. Avatar will be popular and remembered forever. I guarantee it. Nothing could possibly go wrong. This will be a success on every conceivable level. Cross my heart.

human/hutt hybrid (Old Lunch), Friday, 26 May 2017 17:50 (one month ago) Permalink

cmon whiney get yr blue on! dont be avatardy for the party!

Yoni Loves Chocha (VegemiteGrrl), Friday, 26 May 2017 18:01 (one month ago) Permalink

sorry

Yoni Loves Chocha (VegemiteGrrl), Friday, 26 May 2017 18:01 (one month ago) Permalink

Planning a DW trip for next year. Now I feel like I have to go to animal kingdom just to check out this nonsense

Moodles, Friday, 26 May 2017 18:19 (one month ago) Permalink

This will be a great addition to the Disney Parks...for me to poop and/or apply other bodily wastes on.

human/hutt hybrid (Old Lunch), Friday, 26 May 2017 18:26 (one month ago) Permalink

Either I have completely misjudged how the world sees Avatar, but I really don't understand why they are spending all this money to build an immersive land for a movie no one likes.

― Jay Elettronica Viva (Whiney G. Weingarten), Friday, May 26, 2017

nine years later!

the Rain Man of nationalism. (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Friday, 26 May 2017 18:29 (one month ago) Permalink

Hollywood Studios, which was dead when I visited in December save for the (admittedly impressive) Imperial stormtrooper march, is supposed to transform into a Star Wars park iirc

the Rain Man of nationalism. (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Friday, 26 May 2017 18:30 (one month ago) Permalink

I think they're just building a Star Wars subdivision.

human/hutt hybrid (Old Lunch), Friday, 26 May 2017 18:36 (one month ago) Permalink

yes Paris Disney is adding a new Star Wars section in the regular (non studio) park, replacing the star tours thing.

Avatar thing sounds crazy

droit au butt (Euler), Friday, 26 May 2017 21:01 (one month ago) Permalink

~$75~ to be turned into an Avatar? Jesus. May as well pony up for actual plastic surgery

Yoni Loves Chocha (VegemiteGrrl), Friday, 26 May 2017 21:11 (one month ago) Permalink

Trump may get silent treatment in Hall of Presidents

pplains, Friday, 26 May 2017 23:41 (one month ago) Permalink

~$75~ to be turned into an Avatar? Jesus. May as well pony up for actual plastic surgery

esp considering the avatars in the movie looked nothing like the real people (blue Sigorney Weaver avatar not exactly a dead ringer for Sigorney Weaver) and this probably has all the sophistication of a Skyrim character creator

AdamVania (Adam Bruneau), Sunday, 28 May 2017 21:34 (four weeks ago) Permalink

I request Alfred to buy one of these spots so we can all visit and stay for free.

https://www.disneygoldenoak.com/

Ned Raggett, Friday, 9 June 2017 18:27 (two weeks ago) Permalink

I'm so obsessed with that fucking singing Na'vi shamen animatronic. It's horrifying and sexual and beautiful and sickening

kurt schwitterz, Friday, 9 June 2017 19:11 (two weeks ago) Permalink

We need you to go to Florida and create the unauthorized sequel to Escape From Tomorrow, except, you know, good.

Ned Raggett, Friday, 9 June 2017 19:14 (two weeks ago) Permalink

It's horrifying and sexual and beautiful and sickening

I've been called worse

the Rain Man of nationalism. (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Friday, 9 June 2017 19:29 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Tower of Terror was always a pretty lame ride, but the new GotG reboot of it is even worse.

#realdisneytalk

Jersey Al (Albert R. Broccoli), Friday, 9 June 2017 19:49 (two weeks ago) Permalink

i liked tower of terror, because we got on it with our 5 year old, not realizing what it was like, because there was no line, and then my wife and kid almost died from screaming while on it.

akm, Friday, 9 June 2017 20:38 (two weeks ago) Permalink

I rode it for the first time since '94 in January and it scared the shit out of me.

the Rain Man of nationalism. (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Friday, 9 June 2017 21:05 (two weeks ago) Permalink

I liked ToT, sad to see it go.

Moodles, Friday, 9 June 2017 21:43 (two weeks ago) Permalink

The ToT was worth it for the gorgeous queue

kurt schwitterz, Friday, 9 June 2017 22:22 (two weeks ago) Permalink

True

Moodles, Saturday, 10 June 2017 00:34 (two weeks ago) Permalink


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