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  • [Fun] Disneyland references in plays, movies, songs...

    Popular culture, I guess.

    I just got home from a locally produced play (the Rubicon Theatre in Ventura) that made some rather nostalgic and poignant references to my favorite theme park.

    And it got me to wondering about other such Disneyland references.

    Like the Tony Curtis movie, 40 Pounds of Trouble, from the early 60's where they lose a little kid running all over the park.

    And songs. When I was 12, I remember not liking the song "Little Green Apples" when it said "there's no such thing as Disneyland". Then I figured out what it really meant.

    And a song by War, "Summer", with "kids of all ages diggin Disneyland".

    I'm sure you guys remember others.

    By the way, if you live near the Ventura area, I highly recommend the play, "Spin Cycle" at the Rubicon. It just started tonight.

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    There is a morbidly themed surf rock band, The Ghastly Ones, who play a sped up guitar/drum/bass version of Grim Grinning Ghosts on their cd as a intro song is the first one I have
    when the spooks have a midnight jamboree....

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      Not directly to DL, but, in the Simpsons movie, Bart puts a black bra on his head and says, "I am the mascot for an evil empire!" (Or something very close to that.)

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        There is a Simpsons episode featuring Disneyworld, or something very close to it...they comment or visit a monorail, the house of the future, and of course, a churros joke.
        when the spooks have a midnight jamboree....

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          Did I miss something? When did we get to Disneyland?

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            Originally posted by Sosai X View Post


            Did I miss something? When did we get to Disneyland?
            I that from Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome with the wonderful Tina Turner?
            WELCOME ABOARD
            THE DISNEYLAND MONORAIL SYSTEM!

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              Or how about Family Guy when Peter and Stewie go to DisneyWorld?

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                There were references to Disneyland in the show Full House (the one with John Stamos and the young Olsen twins), and they taped episodes at WDW....
                God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference.

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                  I don't know if anyone watches Venture Brothers, but one episode features animator and madman, Walt Brisby, and his park, Brisbyland, which has a sickness inducing tea cup ride. The local people, who wear giant oranges on their heads, for Orange County, are seeking to kick out Brisby and drive the park away as it angers them and attracts clueless tourists.
                  when the spooks have a midnight jamboree....

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                    Originally posted by krystledm View Post
                    Or how about Family Guy when Peter and Stewie go to DisneyWorld?
                    That one was so funny. Stewie had to sing it's a tiny world or else be in a Christmas movie with Tim Allen. Also the Indiana Jones Adventure parody too.

                    There's a song by Gwen Stefani called Orange County Girl. In it, she says she's living the E-Ticket dream. Herself being born and raised in Anaheim, she probably went to Disneyland a few times and that was a reference.

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                      I just remembered another one. My history teacher played a song called, "We Didn't Start the Fire" which was about the Cold War. It lists major events in order and in the middle of the song, Disneyland is mentioned.

                      EDIT: It was by Billy Joel

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                        I began to read the book Neuromancer, and the narrator said something involving "Disney" within the first chapter...forgot why...


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                          Re: Disneyland references in plays, movies, songs...

                          Here are some other fun ones: http://www.islandnet.com/~kpolsson/d...p/disn1990.htm


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                              Re: Disneyland references in plays, movies, songs...

                              Great thread

                              On an episode of "The Dick Van Dyke Show", Rob Petrie waxes poetic that you can either look at marriage like a prison, where the walls hold you in, or like Disneyland, where anything your heart could desire is contained within its borders (or something like that).

                              In "Escape from the Planet of the Apes" a TV reporter announces that Cornelius (an intelligent chimp from the future who has become a celebrity) will Christen a new boat on Disneyland's Jungle Cruise.

                              On an episode of "Ducktales", Fenton Crackshell (a.k.a. GizmoDuck) and his girlfriend Gandra Dee visit a theme park called Dizzyland, which includes a "teacup ride" in which you ride in giant tea bags that are dipped into the teacups.

                              On the final episode of "Cheers", Dianne calls Rebecca "The emotional equivalent of Mr. Toad's Wild Ride."

                              On the episode of "All in the Family" where Mike and Gloria are moving to California, Archie and Edith tell their grandson Joey he's going to go to Disneyland and see Mickey Mouse and Donald Duck. (In another episode, Archie is planning a trip to Disney World and is excited about seeing the "bears that sing.")

                              In a cartoon on the "Garfield and Friends" TV show, Garfield, Jon and Odie visit a run-down theme park (really depicted as more of an amusement park) called Wonderland, founded by "Wilson Wonder", and run by recurring villain Al G. Swindler. It turns out that Wilson Wonder lives underneath the park and is horrified when Garfield reveals what Swindler has been doing to it (and fires him )

                              In "Smile!",the short-lived Broadway musical about a beauty pageant, there's a song about called "Disneyland". It was written by Howard Ashman (Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin) and Marvin Hamlisch (A Chorus Line), and sung by Jodi Benson, who later went on to voice Ariel.

                              http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=http:...?v=TVeGgV8MtJA

                              They did a sketch on The Ben Stiller Show about "Oliver Stone Land":

                              http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=http:...?v=UTtevKhf2eI

                              This episode of "Muppet Babies" was very inspitational to me as a kid - they design their own Disneyland!

                              http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=http:...?v=HlG-Xocz8KE

                              There was also an episode of "It's Garry Shandling's Show" where they went to Shandlingland and there were people in costume dressed as the characters from the show with giant heads.
                              "Happy Working Song" parody for DCA remodel: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x-TYESfNTP8&feature=plcp

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                              Retro Rant Review of "Home on the Range" (comedy review of Disney movie):
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