New Monorail Color!

October 8th, 2014

Here’s an unexpected surprise! As Disneyland fans know, the park’s monorails are named for their color, such asĀ  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

Mickey’s Fun Wheel madness!

October 3rd, 2014

Disney loves to surprise and delight its guests, and yesterday dozens of Disney California Adventure visitors got an unexpected something extra.

“It was awesome!” said Erica Highflurf, a teenager who agreed to be quoted but not fact checked. “I love Mickey’s Fun Wheel, and it was really neat that they let us stay on an extra long time as a surprise.”

“We were there for like ten times the normal ride time,” sad Tiffany “Princess” Eggdaws, friend of Highflurf. “Every minute, we were like ‘Oh my God, I can’t believe this!”

Steve “Just Steve” Stevenson, Highflurf’s cynical boyfriend, added, “Maybe if the thing was moving or if we hadn’t been just one car from the ground it would have been okay, but whatever.”

“He’s mad because he had just drank like six beers,” Higflurf added.

Asked for details, a bystander claiming to speak authoritatively for the company said, “Disney has been testing these ‘Extended Experiences’ or ‘Attraction Residencies’ for years. Interestingly, the reaction from guests varies quite a bit depending on what the attraction is. The Jungle Cruise isn’t that popular for Extended Experiences because after an hour or so most skippers have run through the bulk of their A-list material. ‘it’s a small world’ is a different story all together. We’ve spoken to guests who have had ‘small world’ EEs that said the experience impacted them so much that they practically couldn’t get the attraction’s famous theme song out of their head, sometimes to the point of requiring medical assistance.”

Midway Movie Mania

October 2nd, 2014

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!

Marvel Midway Mania

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.

Positive

  • 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!

Negative

  • 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).

Welcome to October!

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!

Historic Spelling

September 29th, 2014

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:

Horrible Disney spelling

(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!

Big Funder Danch?

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!

The wonderful thing about fishing…

September 24th, 2014

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:

Record catch Tigger

It’s so nice to see the characters wandering the parks (and this definitely explains Tigger’s usually inexplicable odor!)

Headless Halloween

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.

2014-0922_Headless-horseman

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…

2014-0922_Headless-ticket-booth

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

Disney’s Happiest Haunts Tour review

September 20th, 2014

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:

Disney's Happiest Haunts Tour hosts

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.

 

The Mermaid’s Many Moods

September 19th, 2014

The many moods of the Little Mermaid