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Monday, September 29th, 2014
6:53 pm
Long time no see
Hey everyone! I hope everyone is well and doing ok.I was just wondering if anyone knows where I can get a copy of Song of the South and I know it's banned very diffcult to find but Splash mountain is my favorite ride and I've always wanted to watch this movie. I'd really appreaciate the help thanks!
Wednesday, June 25th, 2014
8:59 am
Captain Kidd's All-You-Can-Keep-Down $8.99 Buffet COUPON?!?!?

As I was obsessive-compulsively dream-planning our next trip to Disneyland (end of January, fingers crossed!!!), I found myself internet-tripping over to the Captain Kidd's All-You-Can-Eat $8.99 Buffet website.

If you are not familiar with Captain Kidd's Buffet, congratulations! Strategically located *directly* across from the S. Harbor Main Gate Entrance to Disneyland, their giant 2-story "ALL YOU CAN EAT FOR $8.99" sign draws in frugal tourists who were weary of the $12 cheeseburgers found inside the park. For the price of a half-cup of crushed ice inside Disneyland (approximate cost), you can feed the whole family!

Yeah, but you get to feed your family *this*:

It's like all the people who were ever fired from working at a school cafeteria or in a prison kitchen all said "FINE! Take your high standards and your moral superiority and your unwilling-to-use-horse-meat ways and SHOVE THEM! We're opening a buffet at DISNEYLAND!"

We ate there once - ONCE. From the slightly-above-room-temperature Sushi to the dollar-store breaded "Chick'n" patties, it was just terrible. That night and the following morning I experienced some of the most perilous bowel movements of my entire life - and that's saying quite a lot!

So anywho, back to the reason I originally decided to make this post. As I was looking at the Captain Kidd's All-You-Can-Eat $8.99 Buffet Website, I noticed a link for COUPONS!

Despite the giant $8.99 sign outside, they actually have different prices for different times of the day. Breakfast is actually $8.69, "Lunch" till 4pm is $9.29 and then after 4pm is $10.29... but with the COUPON, you can get BREAKFAST for just $7.99!!!

Not sure who was behind that, which tourists they polled to come to the conclusion that what would really improve the public view of their slop is a 70-cent discount - "Well sure the Noodles With Slices Of American Cheese Melted On Top looks good, and the idea of eating as much Jello as I like for breakfast sounds like heaven, and I do love me some stale baked french fries with fish sticks... but isn't 8 bucks kind of pricey? Now, if there was a coupon that made it, say... $7.50 instead of 8 bucks? NOW we're TALKIN'!"
Saturday, October 26th, 2013
10:44 am
Dedicated to dagna76
For dagna76, who will not be sleepng tonight because tomorrow is DISNEYLAND!!!

Wednesday, October 2nd, 2013
4:13 pm
Tuesday, July 16th, 2013
9:16 pm
Pass or pass on the Disneyland Annual Pass?
So I've been doing some math...

IF you plan on going to Disneyland twice in one year, and each of those trips is going to be at least 4 days long, and each of those trips will include at least one Saturday each, your best value is the Deluxe Disneyland Annual Passport for $499.

Previously, I had thought that your best value would be the Southern California Annual Passport for $359; that passport has every Saturday blacked out, which would cost you $84 each saturday to get in to the parks. That's $427 total, or roughly SEVEN CHURROS that you're OVER-PAYING!!!

Thursday, July 11th, 2013
8:23 am
Saving Mister Banks!

Skip to the 6:15 or 6:20 mark in this video to get your first glimpse of Tom Hanks as WALT DISNEY in the new film "Saving Mister Banks"!!!

I was at Disneyland for the first three days of filming on this movie. Never saw any of the big celebrities in person, just a bunch of extras in late 80's outfits and a bit of the retro-fitting of various attractions to look more like the 1960 version of the park. I've been SO EXCITED for this movie!!!

EDIT: Weird, the video isn't embedding :( Go to http://www.etonline.com/full_episode/111836_Daily_Full_Episode/index.html for the video, please!
Friday, June 21st, 2013
10:36 am
Cheap Disneyland
A charity that my sister is involved with (the Animal Protection Society of Friday Harbor) is having a pretty awesome On-Line Auction (CLICK!) going on right now with lots of great, unique things up for the bidding, but the one I figured would appeal to the folks who may be reading this is the four 1-day Park Hopper tickets to Disneyland with an opening bid of $167 (Retail value of $500).

"That's INCREDIBLE!" you may be saying. "But wait a minute - why isn't Brian taking advantage of this offer???"

Because we buy Annual Passes. If we end up going for just two visits during the year (where we stay for 5 to 7 days, of course), the Annual Pass makes our daily park-hopping cost under $50 per day per person (plus we get the Annual Passholder discounts and perks)!

SO! Go and bid! Save some animals and some cash!
Monday, May 20th, 2013
12:53 pm
Best Of Disneyland: NEW ORLEANS SQUARE tie-breaker!
There were ENTIRELY too many tie-votes in our Best Of New Orlean's Square nomination post, the Top-Fiveinator has needed to be rebooted TWELVE TIMES now because these close numbers are so close they break down the decide-a-tron! So if you wouldn't mind, please kindly vote for NO MORE THAN THREE of the things listed below so w can determin once and for all what the Top 5 Things About New Orlean's Square really are!

Thank you :)

Poll #1914509 New Orleans Square

Most Magical Part Of New Orleans Square

Th Blue Bayou Restaurant
"This chamber has NO WINDOWS and NO DOORS!"
Cafe Orleans
Club 33
Le Bat en Rouge (aka "The Disney Goth Store")
The Morse Code message at the Train Station
The Disney Dream Suite
The quartet of busts singing "Grim Grinning Ghosts"
Nightmare Before Christmas Haunted Mansion Holiday Layover
Getting a portrait drawn in the back streets of New Orlean's Square
Tuesday, May 7th, 2013
11:15 am
BEST CURE FOR SATONBAD ("Sick And Tired Of Not Being At Disneyland")!
Anybody here familiar with the Window To The Magic podcast?

It's not your standard "People I don't know talking to each other about things I like" podcast - it's SOUNDS FROM DISNEYLAND!

For example, my current favorite episode (Episode #372) is a 70-minute HD Surround-Sound recording of a guy standing next to the speakers in the esplanade by DCA. SEVENTY MINUTES of that wonderful "OMG WE'RE ABOUT TO BE IN DISNEYLAND!!!" music, accompanied by various families walking by and chatting. This is the happiest sound in the world!


And you can listen to this episode (plus several of the nearly 400 different episodes they have done) for FREE on Stitcher.com!

They also occasionally do this little audio game called "Where In The Park", where the guy (Paul Barrie, to be exact) will start at the main gate and then just record his walk to a certain destination and you have to figure out where you are just from the audibl clues. There's the train whistle... the clip-clop of the horses on main street... people around him walking and talking sound like they're going through a tunnel... melodic version of "Once Upon A Dream" mixing with pipe organ music... Pipe organ music is now louder than anything else, now fading a little bit... sound of a train coming to a stop and people getting off...

Where are we? What ride are we now in line for?

Friday, April 19th, 2013
12:35 pm
Best Suicide-Themed Ride EVAR!!!

Did you ever notice that The Haunted Mansion is just a great big trip through madness that ends in suicide? Consider this...

At the beginning of the ride the Ghost Host (the narrator) says the only way to escape the mansion is to die, and he shows that he hanged himself, but not before pointing out that "This chamber has no windows and no doors, which offers you this chilling challenge: to find a way out!"

You venture in to the darkened hallways of the mansion and witness horror after horror. You're unable to change your course and are compelled to continue upwards in to the attic, all the while having ghosts try to frighten you. Eventually you can't take it any more, you need to get outside, get some fresh air to clear your head. You find yourself outside, on the roof of the mansion, looking down on the graveyard that is absolutely SWARMING with ghosts. You can't take it any more.

You turn your back to the graveyard and lean back, allowing yourself to fall from the roof and through the trees to the cold hard ground below. The fall is gentle, almost relaxing, as you let go of all the madness. Your decent slows as you seem to almost float to ground level, right at the entrance to the graveyard - only the kindly old groundskeeper nor his trusty dog seem to notice you.

You step in to the graveyard and still see all the ghosts, only now instead of trying to frighten you, they're WELCOMING YOU with a big party!

Welcome to The Land Of The Dead! You found the one way out - DEATH! You're free to leave, but hurry BAAAAAAA-aaack... and be sure to bring your DEATH Certificate...
Thursday, April 18th, 2013
10:08 am
Best Of Disneyland Scientific Poll: STRAIGHT OR FLOAT?

Folks, stop EVERYTHING and LISTEN UP! This is IMPORTANT! You can leave an impassioned argument in the commnts, or even just a simple line saying which you prefer, but we need to know the answer FOR SCIENCE:

Tuesday, April 16th, 2013
6:14 pm

As promised, here are the Top 5 Things That Make ADVENTURELAND awesome, scientifically calculated via the comments on the original post which can be found by clicking here if you don't believe me!


Yes ladies-and-gentlemen-boys-and-girls, get your cameras ready, it’s the amazing, astounding BACK SIDE OF WATER!!! This one particular bit of The Jungle Cruise was mentioned enough to warrant it's own entry in the Top 5!


THE BENGAL BBQ! The smell of fresh grilling meats and veggies IS the smell of Adventureland!


TIE! JUNGLE CRUISE AT NIGHT and GETTING THE RIGHT JUNGLE CRUISE SKIPPER! It's rumored that people who get the perfect Skipper at Night explode in to a shower of giggle little fuzzy ducklings #TrueFax!


THE INDIANA JONES TEMPLE OF THE FORBIDDEN EYE! Best cue line for any ride in any of the parks, and a pretty darned good ride to boot!


DOLE WHIP WHILE YOU WAIT IN LINE FOR THE TIKI ROOM!!! Folks, seriously... spend the extra buck to upgrade to a Dole Whip Float!
Sunday, April 14th, 2013
12:27 pm
Disneyland’s Matterhorn, Space Mountain, Soarin’ Closed Indefinitely Due to OSHA Citation

You guys all read this, right? After FIFTY YEARS, in a scene reminiscent to the "Shut It All Down" scene from Ghostbustrs, the folks at OSHA decided that the lack of secondary back-up hand rails on back-stage areas that went over heigts of more than 30 inches. The inspection was prompted by an accident last November where an outside contractor (hired to clean The Matterhorn) slipped and suffered from what were reportedly "Slight Injuries".

Let that sink in. Back stage (no guests are at risk). Fifty Years. One "slight" accident 5 months ago. Th situation wasn't severe enough to get the inspectors there for almost half a year, but it IS severe enough to force the immediate and indefinite closure of three major attractions right in the middle of the busiest Spring Break season.

Sounds like SOMEBODY forgot to grease I few palms down at the OSHA offices, or maybe somebody had an axe to grind?
Wednesday, April 10th, 2013
8:51 am

As promised, here are the Top 5 Things That Make TOMORROWLAND awesome, scientifically calculated via the comments on the original post which can be found by clicking here if you don't believe me!


AUTOPIA! Something about standing in line and huffing gas fumes for a half-hour before getting in to a little car just makes driving SO MUCH FUN!


CAPTAIN EO! My daughter's absolute FAVORITE SHOW in all of Disneyland! If you've got a good audience and a good cast member running the show, this becomes an epic audience participation event along the lines of The Rocky Horror Picture Show!


REDD ROCKET'S PIZZA PORT! The one restaurant in all of Disneyland where EVERYBODY in the family can find something they want!


STAR TOURS! The best non-Disney thing in the park that ever became a Disney Thing!


SPACE MOUNTAIN! The biggest and best "Weenie" in all of Tomorrowland!
Monday, April 8th, 2013
6:28 pm
7:58 am
New Souvenir @ Disneyland

Have you seen the pictures of the new Dumbo Souvenir Popcorn Buckets at Disneyland? HOW CUTE ARE THEY?!?!?

Still, not sure if we'd have room for it in our collection... looks kind of awkwardly shaped...

We try to collect the Souvenir Travel Coffee Mugs every trip because then when we come home we have the perfect reminder of Disneyland every morning with our coffee (we're Seattle folk and live up to the streotype thenkyewveramuch), but we also have a few of the Popcorn Buckets and other "Free With Purchase" or "Cheap With Purchase" upgrade souvenirs like a black plastic Jack Skellington coffin had a sandwich in it and several dozen cups from the "Happiest Birthday On Earth" clebration (so sad to see that go).

ANybody else collect these things?
Saturday, April 6th, 2013
2:37 pm

As promised, here are the Top 5 Things That Make Main Street USA awesome, scientifically calculated via the comments on the original post which can be found by clicking here if you don't believe me!

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SEASONAL DECORATIONS! The park certainly does like to get decked out for every holiday, but Main Street is usually your first big taste of those decorations :) (btw that's my family and I at Disneyland last Halloween)


THE VIEW OF THE CASTLE! I read a beautiful bit about Main Street once about how it's laid out as a kind of Map Of Life. We start out walking down Main Street USA, everything seeming old-fashioned and familiar, yet there in the distance we can see a bright, shining fairytale castle that we're always moving towards. It's not till we get to the castle that we see there are all sorts of directions we could go - Towards a bright future? Towards a world of Adventure? To the wild, unexplored Frontiers? Or maybe you'll stay on that course you originally plotted, walking right over the drawbridge in to the worlds of Fantasy. The choice is yours :)


THE MARKET HOUSE! An exclusive assortment of coffee blends available only at Disneyland, with FREE REFILLS! We are lucky enough to have seen and experienced this soon-to-be-extinct feature of Disneyland! It'll go down in history, like The Mickey Mouse Club Circus; something that we can brag about to future generations :)


THE PARTNERS STATUE! Like being welcomed to the park by Walt himself! Going back to the whole "Map Of Life" theory, I love that Walt and Mickey are right there at the crossroads of adulthood. Every time we get there, I can hear Walt saying "Well, where are we going?"


MAIN STREET STATION/THE TRAINS/THE LILLY BELLE! Aside from the castle itself, I think the Trains must be the most iconic part of the park! And it all starts right here at Main Street Station :)
Monday, April 1st, 2013
7:53 am

As you all know, I've been using your input and SCIENCE to determine the Top 5 Things about each land in Disneyland and share the results right here. But then over the weekend i thought "Why introduce the element of Human Error to th equation when I could just turn the entire project over to the hive-mind data of The Internet?" And so that's what I've done, writing a simple script that mined data from 7 different major search engines and ran it through my Disnescinetographicationator so we can get to the ROOT of what makes Disneyland so great!


WAITING IN LINE! When you're really tired and just need a break, there's nothing better than waiting in line for a minute or ninety!


UNEXPECTED BATHROOM CLOSURES! What a great opportunity to experience a brisk walk through the park with your butt cheeks clenched tightly as you search for the closest open restroom!




CRYING KIDS! I love this part SO MUCH, I'll even pop balloons, knock ice cream cones out of hands and/or poke kids in the eye when their parents aren't looking just so I can get that perfect Disneyland Sound Experience going!


EPCOT CENTER! Who doesn't love seeing that great big golf ball in the center of Disneyland?

(In case you hadn't figured it out yet, yeah, this is an April Fools Day post... we will return to our regularly scheduled Disneyland Appreciation tomorrow) :P
Friday, March 29th, 2013
10:07 am

As promised, here are the Top 5 Things That Make Frontierland Awesome, scientifically calculated via the comments on the original post which can be found by clicking here if you don't believe me!


THE LITTLE DETAILS! The horse shoe prints, the little pond with jumping fish, the music... it's The Little Things that make Frontierland so awesome :)


RANCHO DEL ZOCOLO! Apparently this is some of the tastiest food in the entire park! I've never been to Rancho Del Zocolo (one of the two places I haven't eaten at in the park, the other being Club 33), but based on it's ranking here I know I'll have to try it :)


BILLY HILL & THE HILLBILLIES/THE GOLDEN HORSESHOE ! Hooray for the implied incestuous musical comedy styling of Billy Hill and his brother-cousins, always a hoot! I think my favorite show of theirs is the Halloween one with "Ghost Riders In The Sky" and "Devil Went Down To Georgia" - LOVED IT!!!


TIE (AGAIN)! TOM SAWYER'S ISLAND/PIRATE"S LAIR and THE MARK TWAIN RIVER BOAT/FANTASMIC! You people an your ties! Thank goodness that the Science I'm using to calculate these results has a less-than-0.04% error margin, otherwise I'd think it was FIXED! Running around on Tom Sawyer's Island is just such a great way to blow off steam, an who doesn't get excited when they see the Mark Twain full of all our favorite Disney friends?


BIG THUNDER MOUNTAIN RAILROAD! Hold on to yoru hats, folks! These here is the wildest ride in the wilderness! ALso, the most awesomest thing in all of Frontierland, according to our science :)
Wednesday, March 27th, 2013
2:27 pm
Disneyland Collection Challenege - Opening Day Comic Book

(This post is in reference to the open Disneyland Collection Challenge I issued earlier today)

1955 Richfield Oil "Adventure in Disneyland" promotional comic book. The legend behind this little beauty is that the fine folks at Richfield Oil (sponsors of the Autopia) produced this little gem months before the opening of Disneyland and based the whole thing on a second-hand telling of what was going to be in the park when it opened. Thousands were handed out, thousands were trampled, and a few copies were actually saved by kids who thought it would be neat to keep.

This copy is in *Very Fine Plus* condition (7.5) and was purchased by my wife, for me, at this year's Emerald City Comic Con :)

Very large pics of every page behind this cut for anyone who wants to rad the advntures of a space-family and their adventure in DisneylandCollapse )
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