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  • #21
    Re: Make up a phony "urban legend" about Disneyland

    Originally posted by sediment View Post
    So, tell us something we don't (and, according to the thread, you don't) know about the trains?
    No way, sed.

    I've got enough false rumors about the trains to rectify to last me a lifetime already, without me adding to them!

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    • #22
      Re: Make up a phony "urban legend" about Disneyland

      Originally posted by Steve DeGaetano View Post
      No way, sed.

      I've got enough false rumors about the trains to rectify to last me a lifetime already, without me adding to them!
      The trains are actually powered by highly trained guinea pigs who were also the stunt doubles in GForce!
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      • #23
        Re: Make up a phony "urban legend" about Disneyland

        Originally posted by techskip View Post
        The trains are actually powered by highly trained guinea pigs who were also the stunt doubles in GForce!
        If Steve can verify this, then I know it must be true!

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        • #24
          Re: Make up a phony "urban legend" about Disneyland

          Metallica was meant to be the honorary band for opening day, but they declined so Walt got his Mouseketeers when they all got into a horrible bus crash on their way to the ceremonies. That's where Walt got the for the Haunted Mansion and Metallica volunteered to give their music for the ride, but Walt thought that heavy metal would be too silly for such a serious ride.
          "I did do the nasty in the pasty" -Philip J. Fry

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          • #25
            Re: Make up a phony "urban legend" about Disneyland

            The Matterhorn was originally intended to be a walk through attraction

            The Matterhorn was constructed to hide the body of Jimmy Hoffa

            Fantasyland's skyway station has not been torn down because it is considered a historical landmark

            They originally had live bears in Bear country Jamboree but a lady jumped a fence and got killed so they had to close it for a year and put in robot bears
            "All my life I've had one dream, to achieve my many goals.
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            • #26
              Re: Make up a phony "urban legend" about Disneyland

              One of the toucans on the Jungle Cruise is real. It stays near the animatronic one because it was hatched in captivity and believes the mechanical bird to be its mother. It even mimics its movements.

              When the lighthouse in Fantasyland was painted gold for the 50th Anniversary, it was actually moved to a workshop backstage so the painters wouldn't have to work around the planters and things. When it was re-installed that evening, a time capsule was buried underneath it containing all 51 "Magical Milestones" pressed pennies.

              CMs working on Peter Pan's Flight were once investigated by the FBI when an anonymous tipster claimed that "pixie dust" was slang for a potent mixture of marijuana and cocaine.

              For Hidden Mickey seekers: if you stand on the crossover point of the Jolly Trolley track at exactly noon PST (one p.m. during Daylight Savings Time), face the "Toontown" sign, cross your eyes slightly and slowly tilt your head to the left, you will look like a moron.
              Last edited by Karalora; 09-21-2009, 04:36 PM.
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              • #27
                Re: Make up a phony "urban legend" about Disneyland

                If an off-duty cast member (in no Disney costume and wearing no badge or anything that would identify them as an employee) overhears you saying "This is the Happiest Place on Earth!" they will ask you to wait while they call a park videographer, and then ask you to repeat what you said for the camera, then they will escort you to an office upstairs in Main Street where another employee will issue a free lifetime pass to the park - however you will have to sign a release form allowing Disney to use your photo, voice and video they took in any advertising, in any form of media, forever. If you don't sign that release you don't get the lifetime pass.

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                • #28
                  Re: Make up a phony "urban legend" about Disneyland

                  In DCA, your child can appear in Aladdin at the Hyperion. Before the show starts, have them bust out a Hannah Montana Song and dance routine in front of a cast member. If the cast member is impressed, your child will be asked to be in the show.


                  In the Haunted Mansion the portrait of the greek priestess / medusa was actually based off a real lady. The imagineer who was designing the picture was going through a bitter divorce while working on it, so he used his ex-wife as a model for the portrait.
                  Growing older is manditory
                  Growing up is however, optional

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                  • #29
                    Re: Make up a phony "urban legend" about Disneyland

                    Good ones! In 1995 a maintenance worker noticed a gap of about 2.5 inches between two walls near the bottom of Space Mountain. Park architects and geologists speculate that the Northridge earthquake of January 17, 1994 caused the northwest edge of the foundation of Space Mountain to drop by about 4 inches, but declared that the building was structurally sound in spite of it. The track and show elements were not damaged, but the riders are 2.5 inches closer to the ceiling than in the attraction's original design. Part of the 2-year refurbishment of Space Mountain (2003-2005) included an expansion of (and seismic retrofitting of) the foundation of Space Mountain, which begins 15 feet below the ground level. This was costly but the park will not discuss the costs or details. At the same time the track was replaced with a stronger version and all show elements were made more secure. During the late 1990s and extensive survey of the entire park was conducted for earthquake safety. Most buildings passed the assessment but a few minor wooden ones, mainly in Frontierland, still have not been retrofitted and may not ever be. Rocket Rods was a short-lived attraction, run on the same track used by the venerated PeopleMover, that could not achieve high speed on the PeopleMover track as the curves were not banked enough and the rods had to slow down for the curves. To rebuild the track with the proper banking for the curves would have cost the park too much, as the entire original track would have to be torn down and rebuilt from the ground up, due to the upgraded standards in California that went into law after the 1989 Loma Prieta quake.

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                    • #30
                      Re: Make up a phony "urban legend" about Disneyland

                      If a CM sees you wearing your Honorary Citizen's button they'll take you to city hall and you get to take "In Walt's Footsteps" tour AND ride the Lily Belle
                      "I did do the nasty in the pasty" -Philip J. Fry

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                      • #31
                        Re: Make up a phony "urban legend" about Disneyland

                        Much has been made of the numerous "hidden Mickeys" throughout Disneyland, but park observers frequently pass right by hundreds of "hidden Minnies" often just steps away. There's even a hidden Pepe Le Pew in Pixie Hollow. Sharp-eyed guests on "it's a small world" can spot the recently added hidden Hannah Montana, lip-syncing the song while playing air guitar. And at the end of the Jungle Cruise, if you look at the headhunters upside-down, you will see that they are hidden Jonas Brothers. In response to written complaints that many of the Mickeys are too well-hidden, the park will introduce a series of "Not-so-Hidden Mickeys" which even a small child could easily pick out. And to bring the park into full compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, a special area of "Hidden Mickeys for the Visually Impaired" will be constructed by late 2010, in an office of the Guest Relations Department.

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                        • #32
                          Re: Make up a phony "urban legend" about Disneyland

                          Walt Disney's body is frozen inside the walls of one of the walk-in freezers in the subterranean (not really underground) New Orleans Main Kitchen.

                          Then, during the recent total remodeling, someone dug in the wrong place and.....
                          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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                          • #33
                            Re: Make up a phony "urban legend" about Disneyland

                            Oh... so that explains the "turkey legs."

                            Most park visitors today remember the decoder cards handed out in the queue for the Indiana Jones attraction, which allowed the guests to while away the hours waiting to get on the ride by deciphering the marks made on the walls of the queue. Few of today's guests remember the debut of Space Mountain in the spring of 1977, which saw lines as long as 5 hours to get on the ride. Sorry, but I'm going to call a ride a ride. Worried about the negative publicity the long wait might cause, park management had copies of Einstein's General Theory of Relativity (1916) printed and handed out by cast members to anyone in line for Space Mountain who wanted a copy. Surprisingly many people were able to finish the entire publication before getting to the loading area, and most could explain how gravity affects dimensions and even calculate the approximate size of the universe when given a pocket calculator. One particularly sharp 8-year-old observed sarcastically before taking her seat, "They should be calling this Space-Time Mountain." Her exhausted father added, "I hope this thing travels faster than the speed of light, then we could erase the last five hours."

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                            • #34
                              Re: Make up a phony "urban legend" about Disneyland

                              Originally posted by Karalora View Post
                              Food prices at Disneyland are really no higher than they are anywhere else. They just appear that way because of forced perspective.
                              Probably the funniest thing ever posted on MiceChat.

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                              • #35
                                Re: Make up a phony "urban legend" about Disneyland

                                The stone underneath the partners statue is the last thing in Disneyland that Walt touched before he died.
                                Growing older is manditory
                                Growing up is however, optional

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                                • #36
                                  Re: Make up a phony "urban legend" about Disneyland

                                  Originally posted by bee1000 View Post
                                  Probably the funniest thing ever posted on MiceChat.
                                  Thank you! Although I've developed a nagging suspicion that I actually got it from somewhere else. Possibly The Liar's Guide to Disneyland.
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                                  • #37
                                    Re: Make up a phony "urban legend" about Disneyland

                                    The site that Disneyland is built on used to be a parking lot. Walt Disney's original magic kingdom, DCA, was so popular that Disneyland was built next door to handle the crowds.
                                    My Micechat cruise trip report, Part 1:http://micechat.com/14795-disney-wonder/

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                                    • #38
                                      Re: Make up a phony "urban legend" about Disneyland

                                      Clever.

                                      Oranges are the unofficial "fruit of Disneyland," not only because Anaheim lies within Orange County, but also because the parks were built on land that was formerly occupied by orange groves. Seeds from decades of fallen oranges lie buried within the soil, and from time to time (usually after spring rains) sprout spontaneously in the less-developed areas of the parks. Park gardeners who spot the seedlings carefully transplant them into pots and then raise them for a year in the park's nursery. After the year, the are offered for free to any cast member (or even administrative employee) who promises to plant them and care for them in their own yard. Quite a few employees have accepted them over the years, and by now many of the plants have grown into mature trees, producing fruit every winter. Thus the famous orange groves that Disneyland replaced live on in a way, though scattered all over southern California rather than being concentrated on one property. Employees sometimes bring bags of these oranges to work, and of course they are highly prized as "original Disneyland oranges." Employees that own these trees may even buy (at cost) a stamp that allows them to stamp the Disneyland logo on the oranges. These are often given out by employees, but selling them is considered blasphemous. As years pass, park gardeners discover fewer and fewer seedlings, in fact only 8 were found in 2009.
                                      The original concept artwork for the Orange Stinger in Disney's California Adventure included rows of orange trees lining the queue for the ride, with the idea that guests waiting in line could pick and even eat the oranges as part of the overall experience. The hope was that the many oranges being peeled would provide a natural orange scent to the area, although that would have to be replaced with artificial orange flavoring in the summer when no fruit was ripe enough to pick. Paul Pressler famously drew an X in heavy marker over the orange trees during a meeting and said sternly, "Over my dead body." However he did like the idea of the artificial orange scent and ordered that it be sprayed in the air inside the Orange Stinger during each operation of the ride. This was added to the ride but ironically on the day of the final walk-through and sign off, Pressler rode the Orange Stinger and the machinery to provide the spray broke down. It was eventually fixed but not until several days after the opening day of Disney's California Adventure. Pressler fumed about it for a couple of weeks, but did not fire anyone over the malfunction, since there was too much press attention being given to the park at that time, and the new park was already receiving mixed reviews. Michael Eisner advised him to do nothing until the press and media had left. Eventually, Pressler forgot all about the incident - until eighteen months later, when an anonymous employee left a bottle of orange body spray on his desk. Pressler pretended to ignore it, but within 72 hours he had handed in his resignation.

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                                      • #39
                                        Re: Make up a phony "urban legend" about Disneyland

                                        If disneyland catches on fire then they have to put it out with their own firefighters from Mainstreet. The city of Anaheim will not provide them with local firefighters since they have their own.
                                        "I love Mickey Mouse more than any woman I have ever known."-Walt Disney

                                        Hope I was helpful!

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                                        • #40
                                          Re: Make up a phony "urban legend" about Disneyland

                                          Similair to the It's A Small World situation, the Skyway had to be closed as the modern "robust" Disney guests resulted in the Skyway buckets dragging along the ground.

                                          There is a drop in Pirates of the Carribbean in order to allow the boats to travel underground beneath the railway tracks and outside Disneyland's berm. During the ride you actually travel under the Jungle Cruise, under Tower of Terror, eventually going as far south as the Convention center. The journey back to the unload station is beneath Paradise Pier bay. When World of Colour opens, Pirates of the Carribbean will close during show times, as the noise of the pyrotechnics would interfere with the attraction.
                                          Last edited by BC_DisneyGeek; 09-22-2009, 10:22 AM.
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