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Old 08-06-2010, 10:22 AM   #736
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Hey guys. For those that don't know, we have another little playground over at www.disdads.com. In the spirit of Captain Oblivious, I have started a non-Disney Trip Report over there. Feel free to check it out!
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Old 08-06-2010, 10:23 AM   #737
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Old 08-06-2010, 11:42 AM   #738
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When I read the news today that they were putting the Peoplemover back into the name of the TTA for some reason I was really happy about it. I think it was because the parks were always meant to evolve and change with the times so you just come to expect things go away; when something comes back, even if it's just a name, it brings back memories with it.

So with that in mind, what is the one thing that you seem to always do at the parks that seems to be the constant with all your trips? I know for most people Space Mountain, Dumbo, Haunted Mansion are must rides but I'm looking for the little things, the stuff that someone visiting the parks for the first time now would probably overlook or even think "why is that even here?".

I'll start, we've been a lot over the last 2 1/2 years and there are some pretty big rides we've skipped on a couple of trips for no reason other than we were doing other things. But no matter what is going on we always end up on the TTA at least once every time we are in MK. I think it's one of those rides where you get to regroup and plan your next few things you are going to do in the parks. It was my training ground for DS to get him ready for some "big kid" rides, he always rides backwards by himself so every time it takes a corner he falls over and laughs.
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So with that in mind, what is the one thing that you seem to always do at the parks that seems to be the constant with all your trips? I know for most people Space Mountain, Dumbo, Haunted Mansion are must rides but I'm looking for the little things, the stuff that someone visiting the parks for the first time now would probably overlook or even think "why is that even here?".
Mine would be "Living With The Land" for some reason I can ride this ride (and have) several times in a row. Its relaxing and informative. My wife teases me everytime we walk into The LAnd, With a big sigh she will exclaim, " Yes honey we can ride it".
That and a Mickey Mouse head Icecream on a stick! Dont get much better then that.
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Old 08-06-2010, 12:27 PM   #740
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So with that in mind, what is the one thing that you seem to always do at the parks that seems to be the constant with all your trips? I know for most people Space Mountain, Dumbo, Haunted Mansion are must rides but I'm looking for the little things, the stuff that someone visiting the parks for the first time now would probably overlook or even think "why is that even here?".
It's not an attraction, but every trip, whether planned or just by fate, we always seem to get Casey's mini corn dogs and fries while watching Spectro or Wishes. Are they any different than the frozen corn dogs that I can get in the 10 pound box at Sam's Club? Probably not. But the always seem to taste sooo much better while the family is sharing them while watching the fireworks.
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Ours is the Carousel of Progress. Love that attraction and make sure we go on it at least once every trip.
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We like watching the parade from the curb in front of Tony's. It's the one thing we do every trip.
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For some reason we always mark the arrival with Lunch at Earl of Sandwich....

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We kind of browse around Downtown, then check in...

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So with that in mind, what is the one thing that you seem to always do at the parks that seems to be the constant with all your trips? I know for most people Space Mountain, Dumbo, Haunted Mansion are must rides but I'm looking for the little things, the stuff that someone visiting the parks for the first time now would probably overlook or even think "why is that even here?".
I think for us, it's the monorail. The technology is now 40 years old or so, yet it still feels futuristic. I used to want to ride it all the time when I was a kid. Now my kids can't get enough of it. If there's any chance we can get to a park via monorail instead of a bus, we do it (come to think of it, we do the same with the boats, too). We'll even ride it at night without any intention of going into the parks, just to see MK and Epcot all lit up.

What do you think--who's having more fun here?

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So with that in mind, what is the one thing that you seem to always do at the parks that seems to be the constant with all your trips? I know for most people Space Mountain, Dumbo, Haunted Mansion are must rides but I'm looking for the little things, the stuff that someone visiting the parks for the first time now would probably overlook or even think "why is that even here?".
As a family, we have several seemingly trivial and unimportant stops that we are just compelled to make at each park, but if I HAVE to pick just one, the unanimous choice for everyone in my warped little household would be Ice Station Cool at EPCOT.

Disney changed the name to Club Cool after rebuilding and completely reworking the physical appearance of this of this little drink stand in about 2005 (depriving it of nearly all its original charm and whimsy in my opinion), but you can still drop in anytime and get free samples of soft drinks more common in other parts of the world. Each of us has our favorite (mine being the ginger ale from Mozambique), but we also get a kick out if watching the reactions of the newbies just as they take their first big gulp of the “Italian Stuff” (yah, I know that’s awful, but it’s usually pretty dang funny too ).
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I think for us, it's the monorail. The technology is now 40 years old or so, yet it still feels futuristic. I used to want to ride it all the time when I was a kid. Now my kids can't get enough of it. If there's any chance we can get to a park via monorail instead of a bus, we do it (come to think of it, we do the same with the boats, too). We'll even ride it at night without any intention of going into the parks, just to see MK and Epcot all lit up.
Actually, it would be more around 51 years old - at least in the Disney universe. But Walt and his crew didn't dream up the system themselves for the original application at Disneyland in 1959. Rather, they co-opted it from Germany. And both the DL and WDW versions have been updated several times through the years with all new trains... so what we all ride on today at WDW is actually the 3rd incarnation of the original WDW fleet. Not to get too technical on ya there, Mark! Because you're absolutely right - no matter how old the technology is ... it still feels futuristic and downright cool.
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Disney changed the name to Club Cool after rebuilding and completely reworking the physical appearance of this of this little drink stand in about 2005 (depriving it of nearly all its original charm and whimsy in my opinion)
I was having a conversation with a cast member about this a few years ago. She said she grew up in Maine, and jumped at the chance to come to Florida on the College Program. She was excited about the sun, the warm weather, etc. The first job they gave her? Shoveling snow in the ice cave that was the original entrance to Ice Station Cool!

And during our last trip, on my back to the Land Pavilion after getting FastPasses to Test Track, I swung by Club Cool just to have a Beverly. That nasty taste is uniquely Disney to me!
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Actually, it would be more around 51 years old - at least in the Disney universe. But Walt and his crew didn't dream up the system themselves for the original application at Disneyland in 1959. Rather, they co-opted it from Germany. And both the DL and WDW versions have been updated several times through the years with all new trains... so what we all ride on today at WDW is actually the 3rd incarnation of the original WDW fleet. Not to get too technical on ya there, Mark! Because you're absolutely right - no matter how old the technology is ... it still feels futuristic and downright cool.
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It's ok Mark.... I will reprimand Chris and send him to his room (although that isn't really bad considering all the WDW memorabilia he will get to look at!)
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Flashback Friday

Ok, I've found a few more old shots from Disneyland in the 1980's.

These first few are from CIRCUS FANTASY, which was a special promotion that ran in the park in the early months, like Jan - Mar in 1986, 87 and 88. Back in those days seasonal promotions were the norm - not the year, year-and-a-half or two-year promos we see today (i.e. Year of a Million Dreams, What Will You Celebrate?, etc). Other promos in those days included Blast to the Past, which celebrated the 1950's, as well as State Fair - which... you guessed it... was in celebration of your typical State Fair - with an actual Ferris Wheel placed in the center of the Hub (where the Partners statue stands today - directly in front of the castle!)

Here's a pic of a button from the promo. Buttons used to be such a big thing... only to be replaced by pins. Sigh. I have so many buttons from the past that just sit in a box.


This was a full on circus brought in to the park. There were aerialists and acrobats above Main Street - with an actual high wire and trapeze equipment on the rooftops with the acts actually taking place over Main Street. There was a big top set up behind Big Thunder Mountain at the Big Thunder Ranch, and lots of various shows going on here and there. Additionally there was a parade that featured live animals, clowns, and other performers.

Here are a few shots from the parade, taken while standing in the Hub, looking north up the parade route, with the Matterhorn in the background.






Oh look - Fed's friendly transport must have been on vacation before heading back to the desert...


This particular float has been featured in many, many DL parades through the years - usually carrying princesses and the like, but here - a bunch of clowns






This one is hard to see, as s/he already pretty much passed by, but on the right side, the person in pink is a stilt walker.



And then finally - something totally unrelated to Circus Fantasy - but still kind of fun....

this shot was taken in 1983 at the Tomorrowland Stage, located directly in front of and below the queue for Space Mountain and which was closed in 1984 to make way for the construction that would then enclose it making a brand new theatre in 1985 for the upcoming 1986 premiere of Captain Eo! However before Captain Eo premiered, the theatre was used for a limited time run of Magic Journeys... remember that one from Epcot? Here is one of the fun old, flashy stage shows they like to put on there - "ShowBiz Is..." featuring the Fab 5 themselves.

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Yes, yes... and Rick never actually says, "Play it again, Sam" in Casablanca...

Anyway, the point was that it's been around forever, but looks and feels exotic and futuristic. And we totally agree there!

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