Archive for April, 2014

Postcard: “Welcome to the Magic Kingdom”

Thursday, April 3rd, 2014



We are aV the Polynesian Village. IV is neally nice here. Having fun.

Cathy, Dudley + Sue Ann

The handwriting here is a little shaky and uncertain, giving rise to misspellings and putting a lie to the message’s otherwise pleasant tone. The trouble most likely is that the visitor is at the hotel in 1975, shortly after John Lennon visited it to sign paperwork that officially ended the Beatles. This fact so shocked hotel guests that the hotel was forced to change its name some time later in an attempt to put some of the horrible association behind it.

Postcard: Reliving the “good old days”

Wednesday, April 2nd, 2014



Florida is great. Had agood flight and am staying at a beautiful Hotel. Saw Disney today Hope to see some of Florida tomorrow then back to Disney etc. Hope it warms up enough to see the pool. Coed at night. Better than snow here

Bob & Elain

When the author mentions seeing Disney, it isn’t clear who is meant. Both Walt and Roy died before 1978, so it must have been either one of the Disney children or a ghost (probably of Roy, since Walt tends to haunt in California).

The reference to the hotel pool being coed at night might seem unusual to modern readers, but until 1980 all Disney World pools were separated by gender until night time, during which hours coed bathing was allowed but children were banned from the area. Also, full-body swimsuits were required until 1985 (which in itself was an improvement from the original 1971 policy, which required bathers to remain in their street clothes).

Frozen sequel announced

Wednesday, April 2nd, 2014

Disney has officially announced a sequel to Frozen, it’s animated musical about a pair of princesses who have to work together to learn about the true meaning of love, sisterhood, and global box-office records.

We do not have full details at this time, but our unreliable sources have determined that the plot of the film will be something along these lines:

A few years after the events depicted in the first film, Elsa has completely mastered her power over the cold. Her sister Anna, on the other hand, has discovered that she too has magical powers, but her ability to control fire and heat lay dormant until her traumatizing near death.

Anna and Elsa remain close, but decide to divide the kingdom in half, with one half in eternal winter and the other in an endless summer. All of this will be explained in a pair of songs, “The Snow Princess Song” and “The Heat Princess Song.”

Conflict arises when it is learned that Santa Claus has a cold and has decided that he is going to skip Christmas this year because nobody really cares about him. Mrs. Claus and the elves — due to a series of complicated circumstances — can only save Christmas if they can convince Anna to allow Elsa to make it snow for one day in the sunny part of Arendelle (which she’d rather not do).

The situation is resolved through the intervention of Mother Nature (voiced by Dena Dietrich).

April Fool’s Day at Disneyland

Tuesday, April 1st, 2014

As long-time readers of this blog know, Disneyland plays a prank on its guests every year on April Fool’s day. It might be as simple as mixing up the heads on costumed characters (who can forget Cruella de Duck or Mickey the Pooh?) or as complicated as running Splash Mountain backwards (so that it dries guests off).

This year, Disney has gone to great lengths to bring guests a resort-wide prank of epic proportions! Pipes and special, custom-designed sprinklers have been installed on the roofs of every building in the resort so that, at the flip of a switch, torrential rain will pour from the sky! Even though the rain will be fake (it will be municipal water, not rain water), park shops will join in the fun by selling ponchos, umbrellas, and commemorative water bottles.

Update: Since we initially wrote this post, it has come to our attention that some elements of Disneyland management are not convinced that this harmless prank will be well received. Because of this, the latest reports are showing that Disneyland will test the system before park opening but will not have a fake rainstorm during the day. There is, however, a 60% chance they will create a “storm” late in the evening.

Postcard: Take a look at your aluminum future

Tuesday, April 1st, 2014


I post this to myself as a reminder: once home, investigate telescope, bubble hat, corporate sponsorship. -Leonardo

We’ve always said Disneyland was inspirational!

Postcard: Pirates of the Caribbean — New Orleans Square

Tuesday, April 1st, 2014


Dearest Dominick: I have spent the past two days investigating this “park of amusements” as you called it. There are a number of missile-shaped structures and “attractions,” as well as numerous tunnels. The vagabond boat ride with scenes of men chased by women is particularly telling. I will be writing of this for weeks.

Yours truly, Sigmund

P.S. Remind me to tell you of the edible “churro” phallic symbols!

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