Archive for the ‘Disneyland’ Category

New Monorail Color!

Wednesday, October 8th, 2014

Here’s an unexpected surprise! As Disneyland fans know, the park’s monorails are named for their color, such as  Monorail Blue, Monorail Orange, Monorail Burnt Sienna, and the long-retired Monorail Flesh. Last month, Monorail Plumb went into refurb, and this afternoon it emerged from the roundhouse, newly rechristened Monorail Chrome!

Disneyland's Monorail Chrome

Welcome to October!

Wednesday, October 1st, 2014

It’s October, so things are really kicking into Halloween gear at Disneyland! A few items of significance to keep in mind this month:

  • Make sure to get to Disneyland early on those days when the candy shop is creating its hand-made pumpkin spice candy canes. They always sell out quickly!
  • For the first time during trick or treating, there is a special treat station within the Main Street Opera House just for Disneyland annual passholders! Passholders will receive standard candy plus a specially illustrated, limited-edition annual pass renewal form!
  • Remember to visit Big Thunder Ranch near the end of the month to pick up one of their famous Previously Carved Pumpkin Pies!

Happy Halloween!

Big Funder Danch?

Friday, September 26th, 2014

Big Thunder Ranch logo

Anyone know why the logo for Big Thunder Ranch is the letters “BFD” instead of “BTR”? We’re sure there’s an interesting backstory in there somewhere!

Headless Halloween

Monday, September 22nd, 2014

We always enjoy the Halloween decorations at Big Thunder Ranch. We were thrilled this year to see the new “Headless Horseman” figure.


We aren’t entirely sure why he has two heads, but we suppose that just makes it all the easier to freak out wimpy schoolteachers!


As for the “Headless Ticket Taker” figure…


…we have no idea what his deal is. Maybe Disney was just running short of pumpkins?

Disappointing costume

Wednesday, September 10th, 2014

We were at DCA yesterday doing research and saw the following:


Groot at California Adventure

(Apologies for the poor quality of the photos, but we had to snap this quickly as we walked by.)

It is infrequent that we have  a complaint about Disney’s costume department, because they generally do a terrific job. They really seemed to have made a misstep in this case, though. As much as we love Guardians of the Galaxy, this costume just doesn’t look that much like Groot to us.

Lightning secret!

Monday, September 8th, 2014

The next time you’re visiting the Haunted Mansion, instead of hurrying to your Doombuggie take few minutes to look for one of the attraction’s hidden surprises. Recognize this silhouette?

Haunted Mansion lightning window

That’s right, it’s the Evil Queen from Snow White, being fried by God, Thor, or whomever for her evil deeds. You may have to wait a few dozen minutes for the just the right flash of lightning, but it’s worth it!

There was a bit of an uproar in 2008 when it was decided that, during a lengthy refurbishment, Disney characters would be added to the Haunted Mansion. We have to admit they still seem a little out of place to us, but for those who want to look for them, they are (in order of appearance):

  • Professor Porter from Tarzan (middle figure of the stack of men in the stretching room).
  • The Evil Queen (as seen above).
  • Donald Duck (his face is on a chair near the hallway with the floating candle).
  • Various floating objects from Bedknobs and Broomsticks (in the seance room).
  • Captain Nemo (playing the ballroom organ in ghostly form).
  • Scary trees from Snow White, (in the graveyard).
  • Old Yeller (in ghost form in the graveyard).

Have fun looking for them, and let us know if you find any others!

Distilled What???

Saturday, September 6th, 2014

Off and on for years we have heard rumors about what happened to Walt Disney after he passed away.  Some say he was frozen and put in a chamber beneath Pirates of the Caribbean, some say he changed his name and is living in a secret rest home with J.F.K. and Elvis, and there are even some people so crazy that they think the truth involves cremation and Forest Lawn in Glendale.

Well, the last time we were at Disneyland, we spotted this in the Indiana Jones queue:

Distilled Walter

We don’t know if this answers any more questions than it raises, but we’re putting it here for your comment.

(By the way, if you want to see more pictures of dubious providance, our new book That’s Not At Disneyland! is available at Amazon or you can find it at Lulu for 30% off.)

Juju Secrets: Juju #10 — Sacred Skull

Friday, August 29th, 2014

The most difficult to obtain Juju is the Sacred Scull juju.

Sacred Skull juju

During the first weeks of the Adventure Trading Company activity, guests could get a Sacred Skull by simply trading “one of theirs for one of yours.” All you needed to do was find something in the park that could be fashioned into the shape of a skull (antenna balls, wadded napkins, and the remains of things executed by feral cats were popular) and trade it at the Company for a Sacred Skull juju (after paying the usual “exchange fee,” of course).

This stopped when significant complaints started. It turns out that even though Disney was using only the highest quality, organic, free-range, locally sourced, hand-painted, artisanally shrunken skulls, certain people have an aversion to using human skulls for any purpose they see as “frivolous” or “blasphemous.”

That is why today the Sacred Skull juju is no longer available in the park, is illegal to bring across state lines, and can be found on eBay selling for upwards of $1,000.

Juju Secrets: Juju #9 — Trader Sam’s Recipe

Thursday, August 28th, 2014

This is, by far, the most difficult of all the juju to earn. Before you can receive your juju, you have to gather the ingredients for Trader Sam’s famous punch. There are clues to the ingredients hidden around Adventureland, but after you discover what the ingredients are, you still have to collect them and then follow the instructions in a secret telegram* to know what to do with them.

To save you some time, the ingredients and where you can find them are:

  • 16-year-old scotch (from Merida in Fantasyland, obviously)
  • Hair of the Dug that bit you (found in Redwood Creek Challenge Trail, in DCA)
  • Bathtub jinn (obtained by putting quarters into Aladdin’s Other Lamp until you happen to interrupt the genie while he’s in the bath)

Once you have all of the ingredients, take them to Trader Sam’s Enchanted Tiki Bar at the Disneyland hotel, show what you have collected along with a Disneyland hotel room key, and order the punch!

Trader Sam juju

A word of warning, the Tiki juju has a face expressing obvious disgust. You should take this as a clue before attempting to drink Sam’s punch.

*This is the only juju that requires a visit to a bar to redeem, and therefore is the only one whose activity is specifically geared to an adult audience. With that in mind, we have carefully censored certain adult-oriented portions of the telegrams for the benefit of our more sensitive readers.

Juju Secrets: Juju #8 — The Secret Code

Wednesday, August 27th, 2014

The Pineapple juju is not the most difficult to obtain, but it can prove to be a bit tricky for guests who do not have either a degree in cryptology or a handy enigma machine.

After paying your fee at the usual place, you receive an envelope on which are instructions we didn’t bother to read and in which is a map.

Pineapple juju map

The map has a message in the top left written in what Disney fans refer to as “AT&T Code.” To obtain a key to the code, you must either visit the Indiana Jones Adventure attraction in 1995 or go to a secret, unmarked place within the queue, put your map against the wall, and rub the map with a colored pencil until the key emerges or you are ejected from the park, whichever comes first.

Once decoded, the message reads:

Pineapple juju code

We aren’t sure what that means either. It’s supposed to lead you to another secret message, but we couldn’t find it. However, we did discover that if you go back to the Adventure Trading Post and say, “I tried to decode the second message and it didn’t make any sense,” they’ll give you your juju, so that must be what the second message says.