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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.

Snow White’s “Naughty” Adventure

Monday, May 26th, 2014

Here’s something to try if you’re visiting Disneyland with someone who thinks they’re too grown up for it to be any fun:

  1. Ask them if they’d like to see something naughty in one of the attractions.
  2. Take them on Snow White’s Scary Adventures.
  3. Show them this:

    Knotty picture from Snow White

  4. Say, “See that rope? Pretty knotty, isn’t it?”
  5. Enjoy their ribald laughter.

Miniature dungeon for sale!

Sunday, May 25th, 2014

During our spare time in the last few months, the staff of DisneyLies has been working hard on a new hobby — creating Disney miniatures! Our first creation, after thousands of work hours, is now complete. It’s a Ken/Barbie-scale version of the dungeon seen in the Disneyland Snow White’s Scary Adventure queue!

The amount of detail we put into this is, we think, unbelievable. Knowing how much guests like to throw money into the scene, we even populated it with hundreds of real electromagnetically shrunken pieces of change!

Snow White's Scary Adventures queue dungeon model

To give you an idea of the level of detail, the spell book is an actual, hand-bound little book that has content on every page, the stone is mold-pressed paper pulp (from our large collection of historic Disneyland guide maps and ticket media), and the skull is lovingly hand-carved from a peanut!

Snow White's Scary Adventures queue dungeon model

Because we really don’t have anywhere in the DisneyLies office to put this thing, we have decided to offer it for sale. It’s on eBay right now if you ‘d like to give it a good home! (Link)

Update: We’ve removed the eBay link, since the model has been sold. In retrospect, the “Buy it now” price of $20 (with free shipping) might have been lowballing. Oh well — just wait until we complete our miniature, fully-functional Matterhorn. Nobody’s getting away with that for less than three figures!

Let’s all go see the goats!

Saturday, May 24th, 2014

With the line to see the Frozen princesses growing so long (so long, in fact, that they have installed restrooms and a restaurant next to it), Disneyland guests are desperate for relaxation after their moving-slow-as-ice ordeal. This has led many guests to head over to the low-energy Big Thunder Ranch after visiting the princesses, and consequently forced Disney to take measures to handle the new crowds in this animal-positive area.

Disneyland goat loading zone sign

The biggest change is in the goat-petting area. The line to pet goats is now pretty significant, often reaching nearly to Fantasyland, and necessitating the installation of guide rails and signage to stop things from getting out of control.

Fortunately, Disney has really stepped up in this instance. They not only have additional staff (“Goat Guides”) to help manage the goat experience, they have also further themed the goats by assigning each animal a name and personality.

For example, here is “Butty” — supposedly the most evil goat in existence.

Most evil goat in the worldAfter seeing the picture, can you doubt it’s true?

Cow stacking!

Friday, May 23rd, 2014

Here’s an interesting Disneyland detail! In the window of one of the Main Street shops — right next to the Carnation restaurant — there is a display of old-fashioned toys. One of these is a traditional Stack of Cows.

Traditional stack of cows in Disneyland shop window

Today, few people remember that a cow-stacking set (a dozen progressively smaller cows sold in a tin container shaped like a milk bottle) was a traditional present for American children around the time Walt Disney was a youth. Back then, these were as common on Christmas morning as Noah’s Arks, rolling hoops, and documents of factory indenture!

Toontown Window Cutouts

Thursday, May 22nd, 2014

We have just returned from our most recent Disneyland research trip (hence the resounding silence of the last few days), and have a few interesting (sic.) things to share with you before we return to our current mania for posting the contents of other people’s mail.

One thing we noticed for the first time at Disneyland was the pattern of window cutouts in the homes in Toontown. Take a look:

Toontown Window Cutouts

  • Minnie’s house shows heart cutouts, because she’s so full of love.
  • Mickey’s house has diamonds, because he’s the shining jewel of Toontown.
  • Goofy’s house has clubs, because his house is a clubhouse.
  • Pluto’s dog house (not pictured here) has spades, but we’re not sure why.

Any theories on why there is a card theme to these cutouts? Or why Donald’s boat has circles instead of more card-related shapes?

We are sure there is some deep meaning here, but are unable to puzzle it out.

“it’s a small world” — best lyrics

Monday, March 31st, 2014

After an enormous amount of research and experimentation, DisneyLies.com is proud to present you with the complete, definitive list of “it’s a small world” theme-song lyrics, in order, from worst to best.

18. It’s a small, small world.

17. It’s a small, small world.

16. It’s a small world after all.

15. It’s a small world after all.

14. It’s a small world after all.

13. It’s a small world after all.

12. It’s a small world after all.

11. It’s a small world after all.

10. It’s a small world after all.

9. It’s a small world after all.

8. That it’s time we’re aware

7. There is just one moon and one golden sun.

6. And the oceans are wide

5. Though the mountains divide,

4. It’s a world of hopes and a world of fears.

3. It’s a world of laughter, a world of tears.

2. There’s so much that we share,

1. And a smile means friendship to everyone.

“it’s a small everything”

Sunday, March 30th, 2014

“it’s a small world” is notable for its song, the train-wreck-like fascination it brings, and the strange capitalization in its ever-quoted name. In honor of the attraction’s upcoming 50th anniversary, we hereby offer a little look at what a list of Disneyland attractions might look like if all of them were named in the style of “it’s a small world.”

Main Street, U.S.A.

  • “it’s an old railroad”
  • “it’s some classic cartoons”
  • “it’s a one-way ride”
  • “it’s a robot president”

Tomorrowland

  • “it’s a circle rocket”
  • “it’s a small car”
  • “it’s a single rail”
  • “it’s a fish tube”
  • “it’s a round building”
  • “it’s a rocket coaster”
  • “it’s a space tour”
  • “it’s a zurg blaster”
  • “it’s a space musical”

Fantasyland

  • “it’s a curious ride”
  • “it’s a small train”
  • “it’s a princess queue”
  • “it’s a fairy queue”
  • “it’s an elephant queue”
  • “it’s a small world”
  • “it’s a white horse”
  • “it’s a tea party”
  • “it’s a yeti sled”
  • “it’s a wild ride”
  • “it’s a flying ship”
  • “it’s a real boy”
  • “it’s a charming walk-through”
  • “it’s a wishing well”
  • “it’s a scary ride with a witch that may be too intense for small children”
  • “it’s a tiny village”

Frontierland

  • “it’s a runaway train”
  • “it’s an infrared gun”
  • “it’s a stage show”
  • “it’s a white steamboat”
  • “it’s a pirate’s lair”
  • “it’s a brief raft ride”
  • “it’s a copy of a ship”

Adventureland

  • “it’s a forbidden eye”
  • “it’s an old joke”
  • “it’s a tree house”
  • “it’s a bird room”

New Orleans Square

  • “it’s a ghostly retreat”
  • “it’s a pirate’s life”

Critter Country

  • “it’s an unpowered canoe”
  • “it’s a damp log”
  • “it’s a horrible mistake”

Mickey’s Toontown

  • “it’s a rodent’s tree-house”
  • “it’s a duck’s boat”
  • “it’s a small roller-coaster”
  • “it’s an age-restricted playhouse”
  • “it’s a mascot’s house”
  • “it’s his girlfriend’s house”
  • “it’s a caustic dip”

Misc

  • “it’s a parade”
  • “it’s a river show!”
  • “it’s a crowd watching fireworks”

 

10 Questions Frequent Disneyland Visitors Are Tired of Hearing

Saturday, March 22nd, 2014
  1. Are you going to Disneyland?
  2. You’re not going to Disneyland, are you?
  3. You’re going to Disneyland again?
  4. No, really, you’re going again?
  5. Weren’t you just there like yesterday?
  6. Why do you go to Disneyland so much?
  7. You don’t think that’s normal behavior, do you?
  8. Don’t you get tired of it?
  9. How many times have you gone this year?
  10. Anyway, can I go with you?