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Juju Secrets: Juju #6 — Eyeball Cake

Monday, August 25th, 2014

It’s time for a break — try an eyeball cake!

As part of the Adventure Trading Company experience, Tropical Imports has for sale delicious sponge cake covered in pineapple with cherry drizzle and a blackberry in the center that looks uncannily like a human eye! When you purchase one, you will also receive the Eyeball juju (as well as the right the purchase an “I ate an eyeball at Disneyland” t-shirt).

Eyeball juju

Juju Secrets: Juju #5 — Danger Apples

Sunday, August 24th, 2014

This is another simple juju to earn.

It is a well-known fact that a parrot’s beak has enough raw strength to snap your finger right off. A real, live parrot sits atop a perch in the Adventure Trading Company, ready to test guests who want to earn the Courage juju. To pass the test, you pick up one of five objects from a table and offer it to the parrot. If the parrot likes what you offer, it will take it. If the parrot doesn’t like the gift, it will viciously attack.

The five objects you have to choose from are:

  • A bad-tempered cobra
  • A live electrical wire
  • A poisonous spiny sea urchin
  • A bottle of “Just Right for Fingers” barbecue sauce
  • An Apple

The correct answer is the apple. Give that to the bird and, nine times out of ten, you’ll be fine.

Adventureland, juju, parrot

Juju Secrets: Juju #4 — Treehouse Secret

Saturday, August 23rd, 2014

The Treehouse Secret juju is another exceptionally easy one to earn. After paying the Adventure Trading Company, go to Tarzan’s Treehouse and look for the elephant. Once you find it, you will be given an Elephant juju.

Elephant juju

If you are having trouble finding the elephant, look in Tarzan’s refrigerator. The elephant is the thing with the red-painted toenails that is trying to look like a strawberry.

Juju Secrets: Juju #3 — Skipper Training

Friday, August 22nd, 2014

Asking the Adventure Trading Company to sign you up for Skipper Training gets you a small handbook that will help you study to take the official Jungle Cruise Skipper Exam.

Adventureland skipper handbook

Most of the information in the book is stuff you probably already know. For example, the main parts of a ship (crow’s deck, gangwayplank, bilgesprit, poopsail, etc.), the most numerous type of animal in the jungle (animatronic), and the minimum allowable humor score of a Jungle Cruise joke (zero).

When you are done studying, present yourself at the Jungle Cruise exit and take your final exam. The exam has three parts: taking a legally binding oath that includes references to undisclosed small print, paying a substantial “tuition fee,” and telling a Jungle Cruise-style joke.

For most guests, the third part is the most difficult. So that you don’t have to go through the stress of trying to come up with something, we have prepared a list of suitable jokes you can choose from:

  • What’s black and white and red all over? A “sleeping” zebra.
  • Why does a lion wear red suspenders? It ate a firefighter.
  • What has four wheels and flies? That jeep and whoever was trapped under it.
  • How do you stop a hippopotamus from charging? Shoot it.

Bonus joke (for experts only):

  • Why does Africa have a veldt? To keep its vandts up.

Passing the test earns you a Tooth juju. The tooth is similar to that encountered in the last moments of many an adventurer who thought a tiger couldn’t harm them because it was only 10 feet away.

Juju Secrets: Juju #2 — Fish Drink

Thursday, August 21st, 2014

This is one of the two easiest jujus to earn. All you need to do is perform two simple tasks.

First, visit Bengal Barbecue and order the “fish drink special” (it only costs 50% more than the other Adventure Trading Company tasks). You will receive a glass with a strange green liquid in which is floating red spheres. The liquid is a fish-flavored soda (imported from Japan), and the red spheres are salmon roe.

Second, find the “Intestinal Fortitude” testing cast member near the barbecue’s exit and drink the entire beverage in their presence. Half an hour later, if you have managed to keep it down, you earn your Fish juju.

Fish juju

Juju Secrets: Juju #1 — Bird Photos

Wednesday, August 20th, 2014

The Bird Call is a magazine which, if purchased at the Adventure Trading Company, gives you instructions for earning a “bird talent scouting” juju. In order to receive your prize, you must take photographs of five types of bird and then bring those photos to the Tiki Room.

The Bird Call Adventureland juju magazine

Driving all around Southern California looking for birds can be time consuming. Since you’d rather be standing in a queue tweeting and ignoring the people you’re traveling with than searching for birds, we have prepared links to appropriate photos that you can use. Just present these to the Tiki Room bird judge and your will receive your juju.

The five categories of birds you must collect are:

When you complete your task, you receive a Tree juju because birds live in trees.

Juju Secrets: Adventure Trading Company

Tuesday, August 19th, 2014

For the month of August, Disneyland has a series of special adventures available in (coincidentally) Adventureland. Guests wishing to participate in these adventures make their way to the Adventure Trading Company, identified by these signs:

Adventure Trading Company signs

There, guests are able to learn more about available adventures and purchase equipment and information necessary for their completion (limited availability, while supplies last, no discounts, no returns, proceed at your own risk).

The month is almost over, so for the next few days we will be sharing details of each of the adventures as well as the secrets needed to complete it without having to go to all the trouble to actually do the activities you paid to do.

See you tomorrow!

3D at Disneyland!

Monday, August 18th, 2014

Disneyland is always trying out new technology to enhance the guest experience. Today, as part of the ramp up to next year’s 60th anniversary celebration, Disneyland placed a few of their new “3Disneytm” objects in the park.

Select guests were given pairs of 3D glasses (the old-fashioned ones with different colored lenses) that they could use to view certain “3Disnifiedtm” objects, such as one of the Main Street cannons, seen here:

3D Cannon

It’s impossible to recreate this effect online, but trust us when we say that when you look at the cannon through the glasses it appears to be in real, honest-to-goodness 3D, just like in the movies!

Our favorite test of this new technology was, of course, animatronic Lincoln. Too bad that they don’t allow photographs in there!

Happy Birthday, Disneyland!

Thursday, July 17th, 2014

In honor of its 59th birthday today, Disneyland got itself a “Happy Birthday Disneyland” button at City Hall and wore it proudly. One entertaining side effect of this was that for the whole day cast members who noticed the button referred to Disneyland by name.

Cultivating the Magic tour highlights

Tuesday, June 3rd, 2014

Yesterday, the DisneyLies staff took a completely unearned break and went on the Disneyland “Cultivating the Magic” guided tour (not to be confused with Disneyland’s “Magic Cultivation Internship,” which is a long-term commitment opportunity to visit the park after hours and assist with grounds-keeping without the burden of summer heat or wages).

Cultivating the Magic tour badge

Before the tour, guests are given a customized “Cultivating the Magic” badge. This helps keep the group together, and gives participants a sense of superiority over those who only paid for park admission.

The tour spans some twelve hours and involves in-depth discussion of and interaction with the 8,000+ species and varieties of plants on Disneyland grounds. Guests are reminded to wear long sleeves and to tuck their jeans into their boots. Standard booster shots are recommended but not required.

We will not detail the entire tour here. Instead, we present our 10 favorite bits of information learned during the experience.

1: Disney is a leader in planet-friendly gardening. For example, did you know that every single plant at Disneyland is entirely solar powered?

2: Disney’s water system is completely self contained. Water cycles endlessly through a series of underground pipes to keep it from stagnating, and evaporation is counteracted annually with the tears of guests when ticket prices are increased.

Cultivating the Magic tour: Jungle Cruise

3: The Jungle Cruise has many plants, quite a few of which are cleverly cultivated to mimic jungle plants that are unable to grow in California’s climate. For example, many vines are simulated with the roots of orange trees that have been planted upside down, necessitating extensive digging at each orange harvest.

Cultivating the Magic tour: Jungle Cruise gorilla

4: The bananas set in front of this animatronic gorilla have to be replaced each day to keep them fresh. A stickler for tradition, Disney grows their bananas using trees that, instead of being grown from banana seeds, were created by taking cuttings from the first banana tree ever used.

Cultivating the Magic tour: Dominguez palm

5: This Adventureland palm tree, the tallest in the park, is named the “Dominguez Palm” in honor of the son of the owner of the property on which Disneyland was built, Ron Palm.

Cultivating the Magic tour: Dinosaur Plants

6: The plants in the Primeval World Diorama were grown using genetic material culled from the remains of seeds found in the stomachs of amber-preserved prehistoric vegetarian mosquitoes.

Cultivating the Magic tour: Hanging basket

7: The hanging baskets found throughout the park are created by wrapping a golf ball in layer upon layer of roots until a giant ball is formed, into which flowers are stuck.

Cultivating the Magic tour: Haunted Mansion

8: The Haunted Mansion’s “Little Leota” holds a bloom of hemlock. It’s widely known that all of the plants in Tomorrowland are edible and none of the plants in Toontown contain right angles, but did you know that every plants visible in the Haunted Mansion is either poisonous or venomous?

Cultivating the Magic tour: Storybook Land

9: To keep the plants in Storybook Land small, they are each planted in a small, buried pot. This is why it is often said that this attraction is full of pot plants, much to the delight of junior high school students and those who sympathize with their sense of humor.

Cultivating the Magic tour: Disney Rose

The rose bed behind the Dumbo attraction contains the official Disney rose, copyrightus Disneyanus. The rose was bred to bloom in the precise PMS color of Disney-logo blue. Seeds are available at most gardening centers, but before you plant your garden, be sure to read the small print on the packet. Although Disney is happy to let you grow and enjoy their rose, they technically only grant you a license to use their rose, so you do not really own the flowers outright, and Disney does not guarantee that the plants will be compatible with future soil conditions.