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Old 12-18-2004, 03:25 PM   #1
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Question about National Lampoon's Vacation

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I just watched the movie National Lampoon's Vacation which I haven't seen in many years.

Tell me, is Wally World supposed to be Disney World. Was it filmed at Disney World in California?

Just curious.
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Old 12-18-2004, 03:30 PM   #2
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The park was Six Flags Magic Mountain. They wanted to use Disneyland as the destination, but Disney objected, saying they would never close down like that.
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The premisis for Wally World is based around the Disney empire though.
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Old 12-18-2004, 03:38 PM   #4
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Thanks, PryncessChrysty. What I mean is, the park used for filming was Six Flags, but was supposed to be a "Disney"-like park. The powers that be at Disney wouldn't let them use the Disney name though.
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Old 12-18-2004, 03:43 PM   #5
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Actually, I read somewhere recently that the reason everything is such a reminder of WDW, is that the movie was based on a true story involving a trip to Disneyland. My guess is that copyright laws, about which Disney has a reputation of being very strict-and they want their piece of the profits on everything-made the change necessary, so that now it's a "fictional" park trip.
It made so much sense to me when I learned that the story was (sort of) based on a true family trip to Disneyland.
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I love the National Lampoon's Vacation series! We just got back from the mall and I bought some DVDs including "Christmas Vacation" (you don't have to celebrate Christmas to enjoy this movie!), and "Vegas Vacation" (again, you don't have to be a gambler to enjoy it!).... I still want to get the original Vacation movie. The only one that I really didn't like was "European Vacation".

I want to write to whoever and tell them that the next in the series should be "National Lampoon's Cruise Vacation". Cruising as a family vacation is really on the rise in recent years and I think the setting could make for a very funny movie.
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We just watched that too! When they said Wally World and showed the park, Remy said, "That is the biggest coolest Wal-mart ever!" LOL, see what happens when you refer to Walmart as Wally World.
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Lol -- that movie is just starting here in LA - it's almost 2pm.

It was fun for us watching that movie since we've been to Magic Mountain (before its 6 Flags days) a few times, and rode the Colossus - that white rollercoaster, and American Revolution (first loop coaster in the world... or so we were told. )
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Thanks, PryncessChrysty. What I mean is, the park used for filming was Six Flags, but was supposed to be a "Disney"-like park. The powers that be at Disney wouldn't let them use the Disney name though.
Oh right, I'm sorry. I totally knew what you were saying. I didn't mean to come across as if I were correcting you at all, I was just trying to add to your statement. Since you had already let the OP know that it was filmed at MM, I was just adding that it was supposed to be about Disney. I'm sorry for the confusion!
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Old 12-18-2004, 06:20 PM   #10
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LOL!! No problem at all... I knew what you were doing. You just inspired me to clarify.

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Old 12-18-2004, 07:40 PM   #11
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Not to mention Roy Walley, the owner of Walley World had an pretty close likeness to Roy Disney. But IMHO of all the cameos...John Candy's was the best.

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Old 12-18-2004, 08:26 PM   #12
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here's the original story by John Hughes from National Lampoon

<a href="http://users.ncia.net/~rwoodson/vacation.htm">here</a>

sorry it's not formatted

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<a href="http://users.ncia.net/~rwoodson/dancin_cross_the_usa.rm">DANCIN' 'CROSS THE U.S.A</a>

Chevy Chase looked really sick on that roller coaster

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