Archive for April, 2011

Disneyland’s 2011 April Fools prank

Friday, April 1st, 2011

This morning, riders of Disneyland’s Space Mountain received quite a surprise. In honor of April Fool’s Day, Disney Imagineers replaced the attraction’s iconic rocking soundtrack with a specially modified version of Rebecca Black’s popular ballad “Friday.”

Said an Imagineer we managed to corner as he attempted to flee a screaming mob:

This might seem silly or flighty, but believe it or not we’ve been working on this for weeks. There’s more to it than just replacing the song, because the music has to be carefully synchronized with the attraction in order to make it effective, and the duration of the attraction varies with the weight of the individual ride vehicle. The “Wake up in the morning” verse occurs during the initial lift, moving into “Kickin’ in the front seat” as the descent begins. It really gets moving around “Crusin’ so fast, I want time to fly,” and just gets more awesome from there until you hit “Yesterday was Thursday, Thursday” in the brake tunnel. When you think about it, it’s really poetry in motion. Literally. Because it’s a poem and you’re moving.

This is definitely the best thing we’ve done since we Rickrolled the Lincoln robot.

The modified attraction will continue to operate for the rest of the day. If you have a chance to ride it, leave your review in the comments!

Disneyland Tour: Fortuosity Shop

Friday, April 1st, 2011

Disneyland Tour: Fortuosity Shop

Currently, the Fortuosity Shop is a fortuositer in name only, selling watches and stylish clothing. But back when the park opened, it was an actual traditional fortuosity retailer (sponsored by Leningan’s), complete with a dedicated fortuositer on site every single day. The fortuosities themselves were elemated by hand and assembled at a workstation by the shops window, so that passing guests could stop and watch. They were then permuted in a glass-doored hobash for two to four days before being set out for sale in either one of the display cases or in the customary “pemicade” masternauser near the register for those who wanted a more up-close-and-personal buying experience (using available disposable plines).

Changes in American style and eating habits (as well as new USDA regulations and the expense of having to keep a sampatino on hand 24/7) eventually made the sale of fortuosities at Disneyland unprofitable. The store officially changed to a watch shop in 1963, but for several years guests still stopped by wearing their finest fitules and precosities to compare waft and tine and reminisce about days gone by.

Coming up next: Custom watches