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!
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What a surprise! With no prior announcement, Disney California Adventure today held a preview of a new limited-time attraction — an overlay of Toy Story Midway Mania featuring Marvel theatrical films!
Guests boarded the attraction vehicles as usual, but instead of playing the usual game they were whisked away for a private showing of a popular Marvel feature film in glorious, high-quality 3D!
Given that this is an entirely new concept for the park, there were both positive and negative aspects of the attraction.
- You get to see four full-length Marvel films (after the first finishes, you are whisked to a different screen to see another).
- Films are randomly chosen, so it’s a big surprise!
- Some films let you use the attraction vehicle’s gun to, for example, shoot cream pies at the Red Skull!
- Free (virtual) popcorn!
- Because the movies are randomly chosen, if you have bad luck, you might end up seeing films in the wrong order (e.g., Iron Man 3 before Iron Man 2) or the same movie more than once (e.g., The Hulk four times in a row).
- It’s rather a long time to go without access for a restroom.
- Lines for the attraction were lengthy (estimated weight times were generally in the 45 to 60 hour range).
We were working on photographs for volume 2 of That’s Not At Disneyland! (which you should definitely buy, particularly if you want a chance at a free skull juju), when we noticed something interesting. This is from the overhead theming in a store on Buena Vista Street at Disney California Adventure:
(You can click the image to see it better.)
Check out the horrible spelling of “Doctor” on the microscope kit!
At first, we were feeling all superior because of our advanced spelling skills, but then we got to thinking — what if Disney spelled the word this way on purpose?
To test that possibility, we found a random stranger who admitted to being a Disney Imagineer after we followed him around long enough. According to him:
The spelling is actually correct for the time period depicted in the store’s theming. You see, the store is set in an era before standardized spelling arrived in the United States, so what might seem to us like deviant spelling was completely common at the time.
Once again Imagineers have impressed us with their incredible accuracy!
Not much going on in the way of Disney news today (aside from that big Star Wars announcement), so we thought we’d share one of our favorite photos from a recent visit:
It’s so nice to see the characters wandering the parks (and this definitely explains Tigger’s usually inexplicable odor!)
Last night, the entire DisneyLies staff took the Disney’s Happiest Haunts Tour at Disneyland. The tour is a bit pricy at $600 (90% off with an annual pass or AAA discount), but it does include rides on many attractions and several treats over the course of its six hours, so the cost is justifiable (particularly if you are fabulously wealthy). We don’t want to spoil anything, but we thought we’d share a few highlights with you.
The tour provides guests with both “tricks” and “treats.” There are four Halloween-style treats over the course of the tour, including a “fun size” candy pumpkin on a stick, a “ginger-psycho” man cookie, a candy apple with a gummy razor blade in it, and a commemorative pin (exclusive to the tour and containing an actual piece of ectoplasm).
There were also several tricks. We don’t want to reveal them here, but we will say that there was something a bit unusual about one of the tour’s hosts. Here’s a picture:
See what makes one of the hosts different from the other? That’s right — she never smiles for the camera! Hilarious!
The most interesting and entertaining part of the tour, though, was the revelation of many Disneyland mysteries. Guests were taken to attractions and locations around the park, each of which had a “Halloween mystery” associated with it. They (and their associated mysteries) were:
- City Hall: Why do guests sometimes here echoes of ghostly gunshots in the distance?
- The Enchanted Tiki Room: What happened to Rosita?
- The Haunted Mansion: Why are the Doombuggies full of guests when they leave but empty when they return?
- Big Thunder Ranch: Why are we stopping here when it’s already closed for the evening?
- Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride: Why are we going on this instead of Snow White’s Scary Adventures?
- Chip ‘n’ Dale Treehouse: Why was it abandoned and left empty for all these years?
- Disneyland Monorail: Didn’t this used to stop at the Disneyland Hotel?
- Space Mountain Ghost Galaxy: What’s with the crabby space guy?
- Walt Disney’s apartment: Why can’t they turn off that lamp in the window, no matter how hard they try?
We learned a few interesting tidbits over the course of the tour, including:
- The Haunted Mansion only has room for 1,000 haunts, but it has accommodated many more since 2010 when it went timeshare.
- Ray Bradbury’s Halloween Tree in Frontierland was named after the famous author Ray Tree.
- Some cast members swear that, late at night when the park is closed and empty, they sometimes catch sight of a ghostly Peoplemover car sailing through Tomorrowland.
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:
We don’t know if this answers any more questions than it raises, but we’re putting it here for your comment.
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:
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.
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!
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:
- 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.