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Old 08-08-2010, 03:34 PM   #781
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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.
I couldn't agree more. The 1st time I stood and watched Wishes with my DW was in the Middle of main street right outside Casey's with the Mini Corn Dogs and Fries. I was snuggling up to my wife and in the middle of the fireworks she started to cry! Great Memories and always a "MUST" on our first night.

I also go on TTA and just enjoy the futuristic feel.

As you guys were talking about the monorail and earlier you made reference to the accident. Have they outlawed riding up in the Front Car with the Operator? We did that on our last visit and the kids loved it!
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Old 08-08-2010, 07:25 PM   #782
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"Have they outlawed riding up in the Front Car with the Operator? We did that on our last visit and the kids loved it! "

I think it's still a banned activity.


Anyone else having football withdrawls? Watching the cowgirls and the Bengals play is just getting me warmed up!
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Old 08-08-2010, 08:45 PM   #783
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As you guys were talking about the monorail and earlier you made reference to the accident. Have they outlawed riding up in the Front Car with the Operator? We did that on our last visit and the kids loved it!
Yeah, it's still not allowed. Which is a bummer, because my kids never got to experience it. It feels like an overreaction, but then again, Disney is probably breathing a sigh of relief that no guests were in the cockpit when the accident happened.

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"Have they outlawed riding up in the Front Car with the Operator? We did that on our last visit and the kids loved it! "

I think it's still a banned activity.


Anyone else having football withdrawls? Watching the cowgirls and the Bengals play is just getting me warmed up!
Every year I get desperate for football and turn on the Hall of Fame game. And every year I think, "Why am I watching this?" But I don't turn it off.
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Old 08-08-2010, 09:17 PM   #784
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"Have they outlawed riding up in the Front Car with the Operator? We did that on our last visit and the kids loved it! "

I think it's still a banned activity.


Anyone else having football withdrawls? Watching the cowgirls and the Bengals play is just getting me warmed up!
Yep still banned good thing I stocked up on co-pilots licenses.

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Yeah, it's still not allowed. Which is a bummer, because my kids never got to experience it. It feels like an overreaction, but then again, Disney is probably breathing a sigh of relief that no guests were in the cockpit when the accident happened.



Every year I get desperate for football and turn on the Hall of Fame game. And every year I think, "Why am I watching this?" But I don't turn it off.
Yep watching the game and I don't know why.

Oh and Crud!!!!
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Old 08-08-2010, 09:30 PM   #785
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I just wanted to mention to the rest of you college football fans that there are 2 more Pitt players in Canton.

I am also putting pressure on DW for an impromptu trip to WDW Sep 1-6. I think I have broken her will. I will know for sure tomorrow. Cheap airline tickets, plus 42% off room only, we have passes for the year. Does anyone know if I can get an additional 10% on top of the 42% if we you the Disney Visa?
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I just wanted to mention to the rest of you college football fans that there are 2 more Pitt players in Canton.
Were still one up on you with Ohio State!!!! Dick LeBeau added to the ranks of Buckeyes in the HOF.

I usually go to the HOF induction ceremonies (live about 45 minutes away), but I had a good reason for missing this year; I was in WDW and just got back this evening from a week at the WL.
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Were still one up on you with Ohio State!!!! Dick LeBeau added to the ranks of Buckeyes in the HOF.

I usually go to the HOF induction ceremonies (live about 45 minutes away), but I had a good reason for missing this year; I was in WDW and just got back this evening from a week at the WL.
Welcome home I hope you had a great time.


I did not know Dick Lebeau was a Buckeye, I am counting him as a Steeler!
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Welcome home I hope you had a great time.


I did not know Dick Lebeau was a Buckeye, I am counting him as a Steeler!
Thanks we had a great time.

Oh, and Dick LeBeau being a member of the Steeler coaching staff is proof that someone will do anything for money.
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Old 08-08-2010, 10:42 PM   #789
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Really pumped for football to start but as much as I tried could not watch much more than the first quarter. College is my game and the Gators started practice this week. Let the season begin. Well soon anyway.

Also, there was a Gator inducted today. I believe he is the leading rusher in NFL history.
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Old 08-08-2010, 10:43 PM   #790
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My parents & sister's family will be at WDW starting Sun, When they 1st booked I tryed to give them info, but found a deaf ear, Told them to book ADR's at 180 days, they did more around 85 and IMO they are pretty crappy. Since no one wanted to listen when I was offering, with six days left before the trip, now I'm playing the deaf ear ( I guess I don't know whats going on ) My parents haven't been there since like 86 (been throwing my dad some info, since he is the only one who didn't have the deaf ear) My sister is a know it all ( who know's nothing about WDW) I know the vacation IMO will be crap, but to them will be awesome, Since they all think they have it all down pat, I don't really want to get involved, since I got blown off in the begining, I kind of feel bad, but on the other hand you can lead a horse to water, but you can't make it drink
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My parents & sister's family will be at WDW starting Sun, When they 1st booked I tryed to give them info, but found a deaf ear, Told them to book ADR's at 180 days, they did more around 85 and IMO they are pretty crappy. Since no one wanted to listen when I was offering, with six days left before the trip, now I'm playing the deaf ear ( I guess I don't know whats going on ) My parents haven't been there since like 86 (been throwing my dad some info, since he is the only one who didn't have the deaf ear) My sister is a know it all ( who know's nothing about WDW) I know the vacation IMO will be crap, but to them will be awesome, Since they all think they have it all down pat, I don't really want to get involved, since I got blown off in the begining, I kind of feel bad, but on the other hand you can lead a horse to water, but you can't make it drink
I've "assisted" a few with planning vacations. I even helped my boss and her family a year or so ago. While they were down there, she send me a text message, saying they were getting sick of the same burgers and chicken fingers. Despite all my coaching, she didn't realize there were table service restaurants!
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Looks like everyone had a pretty good weekend (with the exception of Christopher's wallet). Had a good day at Sandbridge Beach yesterday with DD. It's nice being 30 minutes from the beach... even though this was only the first time I've been this year! The waves were about 6-8 feet.. so we had fun with the boogie boards. As we were driving down Sandpiper road, DD says from the back seat, "Dad, when I grow up I want one of these houses." LOL! I'm going to have a hard time keeping this kid in school when she gets old enough to drive! She'll want to be at the beach EVERY DAY!

p.s. Still trying to sneak in a day at WDW during our Tampa stay... SHHHHH!
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My parents & sister's family will be at WDW starting Sun, When they 1st booked I tryed to give them info, but found a deaf ear, Told them to book ADR's at 180 days, they did more around 85 and IMO they are pretty crappy. Since no one wanted to listen when I was offering, with six days left before the trip, now I'm playing the deaf ear ( I guess I don't know whats going on ) My parents haven't been there since like 86 (been throwing my dad some info, since he is the only one who didn't have the deaf ear) My sister is a know it all ( who know's nothing about WDW) I know the vacation IMO will be crap, but to them will be awesome, Since they all think they have it all down pat, I don't really want to get involved, since I got blown off in the begining, I kind of feel bad, but on the other hand you can lead a horse to water, but you can't make it drink
i get the same thing but people ask me what they should do. make your adrs, be at the park on rope drop,etc.... they argue with me. i hand them a map, pat them on the head and say have at it bucko!! they came back all pissy, we couldnt get in any were to eat. the lines were so long. how do you do it again??? i spent 8 grand, you must make alot of money to go as often as you do. i tell people to ask there travel agent anymore. as dw says, im getting to be a grumpy old man.
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Happy 41st to The Haunted Mansion!





Originally opened at Disneyland August 9, 1969, followed by a version at Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom on October 1, 1971, Tokyo Disneyland April 1, 1983 and Disneyland Paris April 15, 1992 - and to be joined by the newest version sometime in 2011 at Hong Kong Disneyland.



The Haunted Mansion is the only attraction to be located in a different land in every single park it is located in. New Orleans Square, Liberty Square, Fantasyland, Frontierland and soon to be Adventureland. It has been a plantation from the old south; a more gothic manor from the Hudson River valley; a old west mansion from the wilds of the frontier; and will be a mystic & mysterious hodge podge of architectural styles drawing mostly from baltic & central asian stylings in the newest version. The Ghost Host has narrated in English, Japanese and French and soon will be in Chinese.





It has been a classic "people eater" attraction thrilling the operational folks year after year with its' omnimover "Doom Buggy" ride vehicles, cycling thousands through its' classic, comically, scary-lite scenes every single hour.
















It has sparked numerous fan webpages, as well as numerous Facebook Fan pages, fan meets and other commemorations. There have been a number of special events hosted by Disneyland commemorating anniversarsies since it turned 30, with lots of special, event-only merchandise available for purchase.





Three different records were made in the '70's about the Haunted Mansion. A special CD was recorded in 1999 celebrating it's 30th Anniversary.



A 1970's board game was created and sold whereby players could ride through the Mansion and experience its' wonders "at home".



A number of toys and commemorative pieces have been created and sold through the years celebrating the Mansion. Haunted Mansion related pins are very popular, as well as Haunted Mansion branded games such as Clue, Life, and Uno, as well as traditional playing cards.



A feature film about the attraction was made in 2003, with the sets on display at the Studios at WDW for several months thereafter and an entirely new film will be made in 2010/11.

For the past 13 years at Disneyland, and the past 5 years at Tokyo Disneyland it has played host to the end of year seasonal overlay "Haunted Mansion Holiday" featuring the characters, themes and stylings of the Tim Burton film "A Nightmare Before Christmas" adding hundreds of thousands of more devoted fans.



















In 2009, for the 40th anniversary of the attraction, one lucky winning caller to a California radio contest and her family was able to spend the night inside the Mansion on August 9th.

Happy Birthday beloved old friend. I can't wait to take a spin through your halls once more.
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Stopher - thanks for the pics and info. Having never been to any parks but the ones in Florida, its always odd for me to see the Haunted Mansion as anything but the Gothic Manor on the Hudson. Someday I'll get to Disneyland to see the original. The others, well...
I'm assuming you're partial to the original, but how different (aside from the outside) are the attractions on the inside? Or did Disney copy clone one to the other?
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