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Disneyland measles button

Monday, February 9th, 2015

We’ve been so busy promoting our new That’s Not At Disneyland books that we’ve hardly had time to visit the Disneyland Resort in the last two months. We were finally able to visit over the weekend, and were thrilled to see all the new entertainment and changes throughout both parks.

One interesting details we discovered at City Hall was that Disneyland now has these buttons available:

Disneyland "vaccinated" button

We asked a cast member to hold one of the buttons and tell us a little bit about it. According to her, “I’m happy to help, but it’s too bad I didn’t do my nails last night. I’m not a professional hand model.”

Assuming that the buttons were created in reaction to the recent outbreak of measles that was traced to Disneyland, we asked if she had more details. “Not that there’s anything wrong with professional hand models,” she said. “It’s a great career and I wouldn’t mind getting into it, so long as I could work around my Disneyland job.”

After we took our pictures, we asked if Guest Services had been inundated with questions about communicable diseases in the parks, availability of measles vaccinations at First Aid, and annoying “it’s a smallpox world” and “Jungle (Cruise) fever” jokes. She had little to say about that but, as we were leaving, did add, “You’ll let me know about any hand modeling opportunities you hear of, won’t you?”

Frozen Singalong II

Tuesday, January 6th, 2015

The new Frozen-themed attractions in Disney California Adventure have proved to be even more popular than park management anticipated. Said one person who claims to share sandwiches with park management, “It’s cool how hot they are! (Get it? Cool? Hot?)”

The Frozen singalong performance in the former Muppetvision 3D theater is having trouble meeting demand, so the resort will be opening a second Frozen singalong, this time in Disneyland. “Walt Disney’s Frozen Tiki Room” will begin performances in March, after a month-long refurbishment to upgrade and reprogram the TIki Room’s inhabitants. Changes will include replacing many birds with penguins and puffins, adding frostbite to the plants, reworking the totem polls to resemble the film’s Marshmallow character, replacing the tiki gods with animatronic Olafs, and changing the climactic rainstorm into a snowstorm.

The show’s music will also (obviously) be changed. For example, at the start of the show:

Olaf! Olaf! Its showtime!

In the frozen, frozen, frozen, frozen tiki room,
In the frozen, frozen, frozen, frozen tiki room,
All the birds wear coats and snowmen croon,
In the frozen, frozen, frozen, frozen tiki room.

Welcome to a movie-themed overlay, you lucky people, you.
Our home in Arendelle go the chills today,
So we flew south to be with you.

After much shenanigans and banter, guests will be introduced to the ice-carved Birdmobile and asked to sing along with a new tune, “Do You Want To Find Rosita?” It begins:

Hey what happened to Rosita?
I hope that she’s okay.
She isn’t on the Birdmobile
And now I feel
She might have flown away.

She used to sing so pretty
And now she’s gone.
Was it something that I squawked?

Hey what happened to Rosita?
(At least I think her name’s Rosita.)

The traditional singing of “Heigh Ho” as guests leave the attraction is replaced (of course) by Frozen’s signature song, “Let It Go.” The modified tune ends like this:

Let it snow, let it snow,
While you all leave us in a lurch.
Let it snow, let it snow,
I’m frozen to my perch.
We all sing
In the Tiki way.
What else rhymes with “perch?”

I don’t know so get up and go away.

A secret message from Disney?

Saturday, December 6th, 2014

Sometimes coincidences happen, but when a corporation as control-oriented as Disney is involved, true coincidences are few and far between. With that in mind, consider these facts:

  • Disneyland’s 60th anniversary is quickly approaching.
  • Yesterday was Walt Disney’s birthday.
  • Yesterday, Disneyland made a number announcements related to things that are “frozen” coming to the park.

Clearly they are hinting at something, and I’m sure all the true Disneyland fans out there can guess what it is.

Now if you’ll excuse us, we have to go out and corner the market on “Welcome Back Walt!” t-shirts.

A pardon from Mayor Mickey

Wednesday, November 26th, 2014

Today, in the traditional pre-Thanksgiving ceremony, Toontown mayor Mickey Mouse officially pardoned one outdoor vending cart full of turkey legs.

Said Mickey, “It is a little puzzling that I do this every year, but I will say that I enjoy it, because with all the tough stuff that rolls around in Toontown, it’s nice once in a while just to say, ‘Happy Thanksgiving’ and this is a great excuse to do it. Tomorrow is a special moment where we give thanks for people we love and where we’re mindful of all the magical things that have happened in the past year.”

The cart full of turkey legs, each weighing about a pound and a half, was then made Grand Marshal of the Christmas Fantasy parade before being sent to spend the remainder of its existence on an enormous vending-cart retirement farm in Leesburg, Virginia.

Dealing with rain at Disneyland

Thursday, November 20th, 2014

Winter is upon us, so we at DisneyLies thought this would be as good a time as any to post our tips for how to deal with Southern California rain when visiting Disneyland. If you happen to find yourself at Disneyland and it begins to rain, here’s what you need to do:

  1. Find a sheltered spot, take out your cell phone, and use a map application to see your precise current location. If you are in a Disney park and it is raining, you’re probably actually in Florida.
  2. If you are a Southern California native traveling with small children, go to a calm, quiet, friendly seeming place where you can explain to your children what rain is and why they should not be afraid of it. Maybe you can tell them Uncle Walt is taking a shower in Heaven or something.
  3. Get a large plastic popcorn bucket, make sure it’s completely empty, and catch as much rain as you possibly can. You can sell the collected rainwater to local farmers for big bucks.
  4. Buy a plastic poncho (many Disneyland stores will have them in a pile in a cabinet somewhere, possibly covered with dust). Use the poncho to wrap your cell phone, ipod, Google Glass, camera, fitbit, electronic game system, etc., so it isn’t destroyed.
  5. After your get home, tell all your friends that it rained once so California’s drought is finally over!

Special Passholder Event

Wednesday, November 19th, 2014

Last night, Disneyland held a special event for selected annual passholders. Those lucky enough to receive an invitation were able to visit the park from 8 a.m. to midnight, after normal operating hours. Special treats for this event included:

  • The opportunity to feel superior to “normal” guests who had to leave the park 4 hours before you did.
  • The opportunity to feel horrible guilt as hordes of very young “normal” guests cry because they don’t understand why they have to leave when all these other people get to stay.
  • Near continual performance of Main Street’s famous “soap suds for snow” presentation, making it the go-to spot for guests who wanted a free shampoo or stroller wash.
  • A special performance of Fantasmic! (marred only by the fact that the dragon was being refurbished and had to perform without a head, the Mark Twain’s performance was carried out completely from its static position in dry dock, and Micky Mouse was sick* so his part was played by Big Al).
  • Many unusual characters were available to take photos with guests, such as Robin Hood, Baloo, and Cynthia Harris.
  • As a special treat, Photopass photographers were available and guests could download electronic versions of any photos taken at the party from the Photopass website without having to pay a shipping fee.
  • At the end of the evening, all guests were given a Christmas tree ornament tastefully plastered with advertisements for upcoming ABC holiday specials.

*Mickey Mouse is currently not appearing at Disneyland because he has the flu. Apparently, he did not get a flu shot because Daisy has convinced Minnie that it will give him Mouskeautism.

Best cast member costume

Friday, October 31st, 2014

We saved our favorite for last. This year at Mickey’s Halloween Party, we saw many Disney characters in costume, but this was by far our favorite — Donald Duck dressed up as Daisy Duck!

Donald as Daisy

Best guest costume

Thursday, October 30th, 2014

At Mickey’s Halloween Party, we spotted what we think was the best guest costume of the night:

Best Halloween Costume

If we are correct, it’s the bride from Mike Myers’ film So I Married an Axe Murderer.

Loki at Disneyland?

Wednesday, October 29th, 2014

Even the Avengers are getting in on the fun this Halloween! We visited Innoventions during Mickey’s Halloween Party and what did we find? Thor dressed as his brother Loki! (Albeit minimally with just a cardboard helmet — but for Halloween it’s the thought that counts!)

Thor as Loki

Three things we learned this year at Mickey’s Halloween Party

Monday, October 27th, 2014

As has become a tradition, the entire DisneyLies crew visited Mickey’s Halloween Party this year for some much-needed after-hours candy wrangling. We took copious notes this year, and there are three things we learned that we thought were worth passing along to our loyal readers:

  1. The lines for the treat trails are enormous, so make sure to get FASTPASSes for them.
  2. Some cast members consider a “Crazed Nintety-Nine-Percenter Carrying the Severed Head of Scrooge McDuck” costume “inappropriate.”
  3. Candy is dandy, but liquor is not sold on Disneyland property.