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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.

Your Disneyland Bucket List

Friday, October 10th, 2014

It’s a sad but true fact that there are some people who will only have the opportunity to visit Disneyland once in their lives. For these poor, blighted individuals, it can be very difficult to decide what to do and what to see since time may be limited and it would be very disappointing to learn that you had missed something when you will have no opportunity to return.

To assist these individuals, we have put together a suggested “bucket list” of attractions, sights, and entertainment at Disneyland that should not be missed under any conditions. If you are taking a once-and-only trip to the park, bring this list with you as a handy way to make sure you haven’t missed anything important. (And remember, this isn’t an exhaustive list, just a “best of the best.” If your favorite isn’t listed, let us know!)

Not To Be Missed Items at Disneyland

  • 20th Century Music Company
  • Adventureland Bazaar
  • Adventureland Entrance Restrooms
  • Aladdin’s Oasis Restrooms
  • Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland
  • Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland Restrooms
  • Astro Orbiter
  • Atmosphere Characters (various)
  • Autopia
  • Autopia FASTPASS machines
  • Autopia Restrooms
  • Baby Care Center
  • Bengal Barbecue
  • Benches (various)
  • Bibbidi Bobbidi Botique
  • Big Thunder Mountain Railroad
  • Big Thunder Mountain Railroad FASTPASS machines
  • Big Thunder Ranch
  • Big Thunder Ranch Barbecue
  • Big Thunder Ranch Barbecue Restrooms
  • Blue Bayou Restaurant
  • Blue Bayou Restaurant Restrooms
  • Bonanza Outfitters
  • The Briar Patch
  • Buzz Lightyear Astro Blasters
  • Cafe Orleans
  • Candy Kitchen
  • Candy Palace
  • Captain America: The Living Legend and Symbol of Courage
  • Captain EO Tribute (or whatever is currently displacing it)
  • Captain’s Treasure at Pirate’s Lair on Tom Sawyer Island
  • Carnation Café
  • Carnation Café Restrooms
  • Casey Jr. Circus Train
  • The Castle Heraldry Shop
  • Castmembers asking you for your email address
  • Cemetery at Pirate’s Lair on Tom Sawyer Island
  • China Closet
  • Chip ‘n Dale’s Treehouse
  • Churro cart
  • City Hall
  • City Hall Restrooms
  • Clarabelle’s Frozen Yogurt
  • Club 33
  • Club 33 Restrooms
  • Cristal d’Orleans
  • Crystal Palace
  • Cultivating the Magic Tour
  • Daisy’s Diner
  • The Dapper Dans
  • Davy Crockett’s Explorer Canoes
  • Dead Man’s Grotto at Pirate’s Lair on Tom Sawyer Island
  • Disney California Adventure
  • Discover the Magic Tour
  • Disney Clothiers, Ltd.
  • The Disney Gallery
  • The Disney Gallery Restrooms
  • Disney Showcase
  • Disneyana
  • Disneyland Monorail
  • Disneyland Railroad – Main Street, U.S.A.
  • Disneyland Railroad – Mickey’s Toontown
  • Disneyland Railroad – New Orleans Square
  • Disneyland Railroad – Tomorrowland
  • The Disneyland Story presenting Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln
  • Disney’s Happiest Haunts Tour
  • Donald’s Boat
  • Downtown Disney
  • Dream Suite
  • Ducks
  • Dumbo the Flying Elephant
  • Edelweiss Snacks
  • Emporium
  • Esmeralda
  • Evil Queen window
  • Fairy Tale Treasures
  • Fantasmic!
  • Fantasy Faire
  • Fantasyland Theatre Restrooms
  • Feral cats
  • Finding Nemo Submarine Voyage
  • Fireworks
  • First Aid
  • Flag Retreat Ceremony
  • Floral Mickey
  • Former Mine Train Through Nature’s Wonderland tunnel
  • Fort Wilderness
  • Fort Wilderness Restrooms
  • Fowler’s Harbor
  • Fortune Red
  • French Market Restaurant
  • Frontierland “Cigar Store Indian”
  • Frontierland Shootin’ Exposition
  • Frozen treat cart
  • Gadget’s Go Coaster
  • Gag Factory
  • Gibson Girl Ice Cream Parlor
  • Goat trick
  • Goofy’s Gas Station Restrooms
  • Goofy’s Playhouse
  • Golden Horseshoe
  • Grand Canyon Diorama
  • Guided Tour Pavilion Restrooms
  • Harbour Galley
  • Haunted Mansion
  • Hidden Mickeys (various)
  • The Hub
  • Hungry Bear Restaurant
  • Hungry Bear Restaurant Restrooms
  • Indiana Jones Adventure Outpost
  • Indiana Jones Adventure: Temple of the Forbidden Eye
  • Indiana Jones Adventure: Temple of the Forbidden Eye FASTPASS machines
  • Indiana Jones Adventure: Temple of the Forbidden Eye queue
  • Innoventions
  • “it’s a small world”
  • “it’s a small world” Toy Shop
  • Jambalaya Jazz
  • Jedi Training Academy
  • Jolly Holiday Bakery Café
  • Jungle Cruise
  • King Arthur Carrousel
  • La Mascarade D’Orleans
  • Lafitte’s Anchor
  • Landscaping (various)
  • Le Bat en Rouge
  • Le Petit Chalet
  • Lily Belle Train Car
  • Little Green Men Store Command
  • The Mad Hatter
  • Mad Tea Party
  • Main Gate Restrooms
  • Main Street Cannons
  • Main Street “Cigar Store Indian”
  • Main Street Cinema
  • Main Street Fire Station
  • Main Street Lockers
  • Main Street Magic Shop
  • Main Street mezuzah
  • Main Street Piano Player
  • Main Street Pin Shop
  • Main Street Vehicles — Fire Engine
  • Main Street Vehicles — Horse-Drawn Streetcar
  • Main Street Vehicles — Jitney
  • Main Street Vehicles — Omnibus
  • The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh
  • Mark Twain Riverboat
  • Market House
  • Matterhorn Bobsleds
  • Matterhorn Mountain basketball court
  • Maurice’s Treats Snack Cart
  • Meet Anna and Elsa from Frozen
  • Meet Tinker Bell & a Fairy Friend at Pixie Hollow
  • Merchant of Venus
  • Mickey and the Magical Map
  • Mickey’s House and Meet Mickey
  • Mickey’s Soundsational Parade
  • Mickey’s Star Trader
  • Minnie’s House
  • Mint Julep Bar
  • Mlle. Antoinette’s Parfumerie
  • Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride
  • New Century Jewelry
  • New Orleans Square Restrooms
  • New Orleans Square Station Telegraph
  • Newsstand
  • Observatron
  • Parking
  • Parking lot tram
  • Penny Arcade
  • People watching
  • Peter Pan’s Flight
  • Petrified Tree
  • Photopass photographers (various)
  • Pieces of Eight
  • Pin trading opportunities (various)
  • Pinocchio’s Daring Journey
  • Pioneer Mercantile
  • Pirate’s Den at Pirate’s Lair on Tom Sawyer Island
  • Pirate’s Lair on Tom Sawyer Island
  • Pirate’s Lair on Tom Sawyer Island Mill Dock Restrooms
  • Pirate’s League
  • Pirates of the Caribbean
  • Plaza Inn
  • Pluto’s Dog House
  • Pontoon Bridge at Pirate’s Lair on Tom Sawyer Island
  • Pooh Corner
  • Popcorn cart
  • Port Royal
  • Pressed Penny Machines (various)
  • Primeval World Diorama
  • Professor Barnaby Owl’s Photographic Art Studio
  • Rafts to Pirate’s Lair on Tom Sawyer Island
  • Rancho del Zocalo Restaurante
  • Rancho del Zocalo Restaurante Restrooms
  • Real human skull in Pirates of the Caribbean
  • Recorded conversations (Main Street)
  • Recorded conversation (New Orleans Square)
  • Redd Rockett’s Pizza Port
  • Refreshment Corner
  • River Belle Terrace
  • Rivers of America
  • Roger Rabbit’s Car Toon Spin
  • Roger Rabbit’s Car Toon Spin FASTPASS machines
  • Royal Street Bachelors
  • Royal Street Sweets
  • Royal Street Veranda
  • Sailing Ship Columbia
  • Secret Cave at Pirate’s Lair on Tom Sawyer Island
  • Shipwreck at Pirate’s Lair on Tom Sawyer Island
  • Silver Spur
  • Skyway to Tomorrowland building (abandonded)
  • Sleeping Beauty Castle
  • Sleeping Beauty Castle Exact Center of Disneyland Before Toontown Was Built Mark
  • Sleeping Beauty Castle Walkthrough
  • Smuggler’s Cove at Pirate’s Lair on Tom Sawyer Island
  • Snow White Grotto
  • Snow White’s Scary Adventures
  • South Seas Traders
  • Space Mountain
  • Space Mountain FASTPASS machines
  • Space Mountain Restrooms
  • Splash Mountain
  • Splash Mountain FASTPASS machines
  • Stage Door Café
  • Star Tours — The Adventures Continue
  • Star Tours — The Adventures Continue FASTPASS machines
  • Starcade
  • Storybook Land Canal Boats
  • The Straw Hatters
  • Stroller Rentals
  • Suspension Bridge at Pirate’s Lair on Tom Sawyer Island
  • Sword in the Stone
  • Tarzan’s Treehouse
  • The Golden Horseshoe
  • Thor: Treasures of Asgard
  • Tiki Juice Bar
  • Tomorrowland Entrance Restrooms
  • Tomorrowland Terrace
  • Tomorrowlanding
  • Toontown Five and Dime
  • Trash cans in Main Street, U.S.A.
  • Trash cans in Adventureland
  • Trash cans in Adventureland (Indiana Jones queue)
  • Trash cans in New Orleans Sqaure (near Pirates of the Caribbean)
  • Trash cans in New Orleans Square (near the Haunted Mansion)
  • Trash cans in Frontierland
  • Trash cans in Frontierland (Fowlers Harbor)
  • Trash cans in Frontierland (Pirate’s Lair on Tom Sawyer Island)
  • Trash cans in Frontierland (dock area)
  • Trash cans in Frontierland (on the Mark Twain
  • Trash cans in Fantasyland
  • Trash cans in Fantasyland (“it’s a small world” area)
  • Trash cans in Toontown
  • Trash cans in Tomorrowland
  • Tropical Imports
  • Troubadour Tavern
  • Turkey leg cart
  • Village Haus Restaurant
  • Village Haus Restaurant Restrooms
  • W. Turner Blacksmith Shop at Pirate’s Lair on Tom Sawyer Island
  • “Walk in Walt’s Footsteps” Tour
  • Walt Disney’s Apartment
  • Walt Disney’s Apartment’s Restroom
  • Walt Disney’s Enchanted Tiki Room
  • Walt Disney’s Enchanted Tiki Room Restrooms
  • Wandering Balloon Sales
  • Watching over-stimulated children melt down (various)
  • Water fountains (various)
  • Welcome to Disneyland Tour
  • Westward Ho Trading Company

That’s it — enjoy your trip!

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.