Monday, August 4, 2014

EPCOT Late Night Flyer From 1988 (SALT-N-PEPA AT BIERGARTEN?)

My quest to collect (and bring you) the most obscure pieces of Disney ephemera that no one else in the world would care about has brought me this flyer from a 1988 EPCOT Late Night. When I first saw this flyer I brushed it off as just a small piece of yet another one-off Disney event. But then I looked at the back and saw the lineup of performers. Taylor Dayne at the American Gardens Theatre? SALT-N-PEPA AT BIERGARTEN, ARE YOU KIDDING ME?! There are a lot of Disney theme park things that I'm crushed I never got to experience and now hearing Salt-N-Pepa perform in Biergarten is on that last. I'm also trying to imagine how uncontrollably excited I would be to hear Taylor Dayne sing "Tell It to My Heart" as Spaceship Earth sits in the background.
I don't know of any other way to describe the front of the flyer besides calling it "very eighties."
The back shows the full list of acts. I'm not going to lie, there are more than one of these that I've never heard of (The Radiators?). The crazy thing here is that some of the performances started at 3:30 AM. Crazy. That's a very long day at EPCOT. Being 1988, all the classics are still there in the park. Horizons, World of Motion, the original Journey, etc. The one thing that is missing is the Norway World Showcase pavilion, which opened in June of 1998.

Sunday, July 20, 2014

My Disneyland 50: Part 3 of 3

Better late than never. Here is part 3 of my ranking of all Disneyland attractions. These 10 attractions are the foundation of Disneyland and are a must experience when you're visiting. If you missed any of my other My Disneyland 50 posts, you can find part 1 here and part 2 here

Even though Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln is all about teaching us the history of one of America's greatest presidents, it does it in such an amazing way. The animatronics are stunning and I love the music that is used throughout the attraction. I always feel more America after experiencing this attraction.

I know many people that have never had the chance to experience any of the Main Street vehicles and it's a shame. They are the best way to experience Main Street and you get a different perspective of Disneyland. You may not get a thrill but you leave each Main Street vehicle with a smile on your face.

Monday, July 14, 2014

My Disneyland 50: Part 2 of 3

Part 2 of My Disneyland 50 is here! This is a ranking of every Disneyland attraction from my least to favorite. You can read part 1 here and stay tune for part 3.

29) Storybook Land Canal Boats
Has to be one of the most relaxing attractions at Disneyland. I love when Cast Members play a role in an attraction.

28) Casey Jr. Circus Train
Storybook Land Canal Boats
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 As a child, I use to ride this attraction multiple times a visit. My favorite spot to sit is the caboose. You get to sit backwards and you get a great view of Storybook Land.

27) Davey Crockette's Explorer Canoes
This is the only Disneyland attraction where you get a workout in the process. Another example of a good attraction where guest get to interact with Cast Members.

26) Rodger Rabbit's Car Toon Spin
I love Rodger Rabbit, and this attraction embodies the craziness that is the film and Rodger, himself, have to offer. Also, has to be one of the most misleading queses out of any Disneyland attraction. You think you'll be waiting 20 minutes but then you figure out how long the line really is.

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

My Disneyland 50: Part 1 of 3

I was looking through Disneyland's official website and realized that there are 50 attractions at Disneyland, which got me thinking: which attractions are the best? So, I took it upon myself to rank each present day Disneyland attraction starting from 50 all the way to number 1. The attractions on this list are taken from the official Disneyland website under the description "attractions". That means shows and parades will not be on this list. My ranking is based on one thing: my personal enjoyment of each attraction. The less I enjoy an attraction, the higher (which isn't a good thing) on my list it will be. It's that simple. So, without further ado, here is part 1 of 3 of My Disneyland 50:

50) Chip 'N Dale Treehouse
I do not even know why this is called an attraction at Disneyland. Even when the slide and ball pit was there, it was still terrible. It is too bad to because I love Chip 'N Dale. 

Can't believe Chip 'N Dale Treehouse is an "attraction". 
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49) Frontierland Shootin' Explosion
Just a plain old shooting gallery. I have only paid once to play. Never done it since.

48) Goofy's Playhouse
It was fun to watch all the kids go crazy when it was a bouncy house but not it is just a lame walkthorugh.

47) Minnie's House
Just another ToonTown walkthrough. There are times when Minnie is there and you can take pictures with her which is cool.                            

Friday, June 20, 2014

Remembering the Return of Captain EO

picture by @Guyselga
Being a child from the 80’s was the best. We had the best music, video games, and cartoons. During this magnificent time, there was one man who defined it. That individual was Michael Jackson. Who would have thought that two of my favorite things (Disneyland and Michael Jackson) would come together to create one of the best attractions ever created: Captain EO.

As a kid, I remember experiencing Captain EO multiple times whenever I would go to Disneyland, and when it first closed in 1997, I was heart broken. Captain EO was taken out to make room for for Honey, I Shrunk the Audience, which was an underwhelming attraction for an underwhelming film. It was truly a sad day. Jump to February 23rd, 2010. The return of Michael Jackson and his rag-time-crew members to Disneyland.

Saturday, June 14, 2014

Top 5: Most Annoying Things at Disneyland


Disneyland is one of my favorite places on planet Earth but there are a handful of things that can be extremely annoying.The sad thing is that it has nothing to do with Disneyland itself but rather outside forces. Here are my top five things that annoy me the most when I am at The Resort:

5) Map Lookers
I do not might people that need to look at the map to see where everything is but do you really need to stop right in the middle of the walkway to do so? The answer is no. Move over to the right hand-side and look at your map.

4) People Who Complain About Being In Line
You’re at a theme park. What did you expect? No lines at all. Instead of being upset about the long lines, how about you enjoy your day with your family and friends and be happy that you are at Disneyland!

Friday, June 13, 2014

12 Things You Need To See From The Fall 1990 Issue of Disney News Magazine

Disney News Magazine was something I treasured as a child. I would wait for every issue with almost as much anticipation as going to the parks themselves. Whenever I revisit this magazine I realize that 1, the content still holds up, and 2, they are a treasure trove of Disney obscura and oddities. Here today I present to you 11 things you need to see from the Fall 1990 issue of Disney News Magazine.

1. The cover
 This issue was released just as Disney's Yacht & Beach club had opened in Walt Disney World. Check out Mickey's fantastic captains outfit. Also of note in this issue was some of the first information released to the public about Euro Disneyland. That address label shows the address of the house I grew up in and my grandma's name.

2. Disney trying to make their theme park food not so bad for you
 I included this mostly because of the picture that was included in the article. I like that the article is about healthy food, but the picture was taken inside Plaza Inn. Which menu is made up of one salad (covered in bacon and cheese) and three other extremely unhealthy entrees.

3. The mailbox we with we all had
Imagine opening your mailbox only to find that Mickey Mouse, an alarm clock, several balloons, and an ear hat has exploded in to your face. You then cling to life after being bulldozed by these items, and you think the worst is over. But no there's more. Sleeping Beauty Castle, a Star Speeder 3000, and Spaceship Earth fly at your with the force of an atom bomb. As the last seconds of your life count down you see the new issue of Disney News Magazine sitting in your mailbox. It was worth it.

4. Before the internet, we wrote letters
This couple was arguing over the voice of Jessica Rabbit. Their relationship probably took on tremendous stress as they waited for months to see if Disney News would answer their question. As the months went on the arguments grew more fierce. Without the internet and IMDB they couldn't look up the film credits, and Who Framed Roger Rabbit wasn't out on video yet! Just as their constant arguing reached a boiling point and their marriage was on their last legs, the new issue of Disney News arrived. The couple opened their mailbox and somehow dodged all the items seen in the previous picture. They frantically flipped through the magazine to get to the reader mail section and found a response to their letter. Miraculously Disney News finally answered their question and the argument was settled. Betty Jo Holley and her husband are still together to this day, and their bond is stronger than ever thanks to Disney News.

5. This Disney Dollars ad
 Aunt Martha really made this kid's day. But here's what I don't understand about Disney Dollars. They're actual currency that can be used in Disney theme parks, right? But what if you aren't going to a park anytime soon? Do you just save them as collectibles? If you are going to a Disney park soon, why wouldn't you just buy them there and save on shipping? I guess I'm over thinking this.

6. This Yacht & Beach Club ad
It's weird to think that Disney's Yacht & Beach Club Resort is almost 25 years old now. I included this not because the ad is anything too spectacular. I included it because I really like like Disney models. This page includes pictures of two of them!

7. The Rescuers Down Under/Haunted Mansion crossover
We'll never know what kind of wild adventures the Rescuers would get to inside the Haunted Mansion, but this drawing may help spark some ideas.

8. Cafe Orleans recipes from Disneyland
 Mark my words, someday I will recreate this (or some other old recipe from Disney News) and post it on this blog.

 9. A $3 off coupon for the Queen Mary
This probably wont be of interest to any of you, but I grew up in Long Beach California and love the town very much. Queen Mary is basically our icon, even though it's something you really only visit when you're a kid. At one point Disney actually owned the Queen Mary (and the Spruce Goose next door). The company obtained the Queen when they purchased the Wrather Corporation in 1989. The only reason why they purchased the company was to gain ownership of the Disneyland Hotel, which was owned by Jack Wrather from 1955 to 1989.

10. A membership ad for Mickey Mouse Club
Apparently Disney thought the Mickey Mouse Club was popular enough in 1990 to simply call it "The Club." I'm not sure if it was but I can't deny that $12.95 was a bargain for all the crap you get for joining. I don't know if you can see it, but one of the items is a $5 off coupon for a Walt Disney World ticket. I would have paid $13 bucks for the watch alone!

11. Mickey's Kitchen, the failed Disney Store concept
 I remember reading about Mickey's Kitchen and being blown away. I thought "Disney food in a mall! How cool!" But as an adult I realize this probably just meant that low quality theme park food was made available for theme park prices, but not in a theme park. I'm not surprised this experiment failed. I posted about it on Twitter and several people shared stories about how they had one near them but their parents never let them eat there. Anyway, Mickeys Kitchen lasted for a couple of years before it's two locations were closed forever.

12. 1990 Chevy Lumina and Sleeping Beauty Castle
I bet you never thought you'd see a bulky early 90s mid-sized sedan parked in front of Sleeping Beauty Castle, but there it is. Thanks National Car Rental for making our dreams come true.