View Full Version : Oh, it ain't just us anymore....

09-25-2003, 01:34 AM
I sometimes visit a website put up by Wil Wheaton, the kid from Star Trek. (Wesley Crusher.) He has an interesting look at things and I like his site. I was interested to see the following post that he wrote a couple of days ago.


UPDATE: Avast! I be a day early! Some scurvy bilgerat
scutterd off w'me sextant! Tomorrow be t'day, but
t'entry be in port a day early, ya dawgs. YARR!

Ahoy there, me WWdN mateys! Today be talk like a
pirate day! In honoro'this grand occasion, I be writin'
today in PIRATE! Yarr!

Since I was 14, I've had an annual passt'Disneyland.
me best bucko Darin and I got our passes t'at t'same
time, as Xmas gifts from his mom.

Throughout our teenage years, we wentt'Disneyland
(or "t'kin'dom" as we called it in a desperate
attemptt'sound cool) hundredso'times. In winter, we'd
head downt'Anaheim late on Sunday afternoons, and
stay until t'park closed at midnight. There's somethin'
wonderful about Disneyland late at night when it's
mostly empty. For me, that's when Disneyland feels
t'most "magical." Shiver me timbers!

When I was about 18 or 19, I let me pass lapse, and
didn't renew it until a coupleo'years ago. These days,
Anne and I sneak down thar once or twice a month --
usually while t'sprogs be in school -- and I still get
down thar with Darin from timet'time.

T'last time I was thar, while I was walkin' under what
usedt'be t'People Mover, I looked at t'abandoned
Submarine Lagoon, and noticed for t'first time that
t'waterfalls were turned off . . . and realized that
Tomorrowland sucks. Yarrr!

As I pondered t'change in Tomorrowland, and lamented
t'losso'T'People Mover, Misisont'Mars, t'huge Arcade,
and t'movin'o't'rocket ships downt't'ground, I felt sad .
. . because Disneyland should be a place where time
stands still, aye.

It should be a place that's more or less timeless, where
an adult can reconnect to his childhood in a tactile
way. I'm not suggestin' that Disneyland shouldn't take
advantageo'new technologies and let t'park evolve in
certain ways . . . look at how great t'Indiana Jones
ride be . . . but by takin' just about everythin' I loved
about Tomorrowland, and replacin' it with
t'likeso't'Rocket Rods and Innoventions, Disney has
effectively removed a childhood touchstone from me
life! Yaaarr!!

T'one areao't'park that's almost exactly t'same way it
was when I was a kid be New Orleans Square, so it's
no surprise that me favorite rideso'all time be thar:
T'Pirateso't'Caribbean, and T'Haunted Mansion.

I love Pirates so much, I be willin't'overlook Disney's
stupid political-correct-izin'o't'ride a few years ago.
And I'm such a Nightmare before Christmas geek,
t'Haunted Holiday just makes t'mansion that much
better for me, ya swabbies.

I think it's importantt'have some childhood
touchstones, even if they be at amusement parks . . .
when grown-up life gets me down, I can escape for a
few hours down at T'Kin'dom. I can ride t'Mansion and
recall t'three or four times I got t'couraget'ask a
lasst'ride t'"make out" ride with me, even though I was
always too nerdy and shyt'actually make out. I can
ride Pirates and remember all t'times Darin and I rode it
in a row, when we were tryin't'learn all t'dialogue.
("Shift your cargo,Ahoy!ie. Show 'em your larboard side
. . . ")

I think that Disney could do somethin' really
coolt'Tomorrowland, if they closed it down and
revamped it, t'way they did with Fantasyland aft in
t'80s. Can you imagine how cool it would be if they
rebuilt itt'more-or-less resemble t'Tomorrowlando't'60s?
A Tomorrowland that was flush with optimism and
excitement? When t'Adventure into Innerspace terrified
me, because I was certain that it wouldn't be
ablet'restore met'me original size? When t'Missiont'Mars
was so hokey . . . but that just made it more fun?

Hey, let me have me dreams, ya scurvy bilgerats!

There's a great big beautiful tomorrow, shinin' at
t'endo'every day . . . a pirate's life for meeeee!"

Posted by wil at 12:07 PM | TrackBack (6)

Disney has got to watch out...it's one thing when us Disney old timers talk about how the park isn't the same as it used to be. It's another thing when the "general public" starts to say the same thing. They better kick it into gear or it may not be such a great big beautiful tomorrow at Disney.


BTW - His site is www.wilwheaton.net

09-25-2003, 03:45 AM
Since I was 14, I've had an annual passt'Disneyland.....
These days, Anne and I sneak down thar once or twice a month --
usually while t'sprogs be in school -- and I still get
down thar with Darin from timet'time.

Will sounds just like a Veteran!!

09-25-2003, 09:43 AM
Well, if he's a veteren, I must be on the verge of pushing up daisies! YIKES!

09-25-2003, 10:12 AM
Not everyone has to be close to being worm food in order to be considered a "veteran" as opposed to part of the "general public" when it come to the way we view Disney around here. His history, his memories, his knowledge of the park/rides.............I think he'd fit right in with us and I don't know that his thoughts represent those of the unsuspecting, unknowing, unaware genral public just starting to figure things out.

How old is he now anyway? Heck, he may have more Disney experience than some of the people you consider "veterans" around here ;).

09-25-2003, 10:23 AM
:teeth: I was just playing! :):):)

09-25-2003, 11:29 AM
Originally posted by *Robin*
:teeth: I was just playing! :):):)
I know :). I was just trying to get across that he didn't seem to come across "general public" to me in his post. ;). To me "old timer" or "veteran" status doesn't mean much so long as someone appears to know of which they speak.