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Oxford, United Kingdom
September 15, 2012
Greensboro, North Carolina
March 28, 2010
From journal Disneyland and Disney World: Understanding and Enjoying Disney Theme Parks
park city, Kansas
March 4, 2010
From journal Visit to the OC
bridlington, United Kingdom
October 20, 2009
Baton Rouge, Louisiana
June 4, 2007
From journal Los Angeles
May 4, 2007
From journal Delving Deep into Disneyland - A Local Perspective
These days, guests will not find many one-of-a-kind Disney theme park attractions. Disney has been installing attractions proven successful in other Disney theme parks. Called a "lift," Walt Disney Imagineering lifted several attractions from existing theme parks and built Hong Kong Disneyland. At EPCOT, Imagineering also installed Soarin’, the ultra-popular attraction that exists at Disney’s California Adventure.With that said, the Matterhorn Bobsleds holds much significance as the only one in the world. Only Disneyland features it in its attractions menu. The Matterhorn is also rumored to be the oldest tubular roller coaster west of the Mississippi. Built in 1965, Walt Disney fashioned the Matterhorn after its Alpine namesake. Inside, high-speed bobsleds careened through icy slopes. Back then, the Skyway traveled through the mountain to give guests, who needed extra encouragement, a glimpse.Many changes have occurred since 1965. The Skyway is gone, as are the two holes in the mountain that allowed the Skyway’s passage. An ominous creature took up residence inside the mountain. The Abominable Snowman, named Harold by Cast Members, appears throughout the ride. Small children will easily fear his menacing face and loud roars. All of the original tubular track on which the bobsleds glide has been replaced. Guests begin their experience in a Swiss chalet-styled queue. Complete with yodeling and themed music, the load area does not hint of the thrills inside. Only the occasional roar from Harold and screams from guests reveal the attraction’s true nature. As the bobsleds slowly ascend up the initial slope inside the mountain, guests see ice caverns and a memorial to Disney’s late President, Frank Wells. Killed in a helicopter accident, Disneyland created a memorial which shows climbing equipment marked "Wells Expedition," honoring Frank Wells’ mountain climbing experience.Guests have a choice of two ride experiences. The A Track, on the right side of the load area, tends to feature a milder ride with fewer sudden drops. The B Track will leave your bottom a bit more bumped and bruised but overall, the ride is more exhilarating. Children as young as 3 have boarded the coaster, but riding the attraction depends on their height. Guests sit tandem style, with the larger passenger in the back and the smaller in the front.Because the Matterhorn consists of curving tubular track, the technology found in Space Mountain and Big Thunder Mountain will not work due to the lack of straight sections of track. As such, the braking system on the Matterhorn tends to be a little rough. At the end of the ride, bobsleds splash down into a pool of water, which helps to slow down the vehicle. As the vehicle comes to a stop, brace yourself for quite a jolt.I recommend this 2-minute attraction as a must-experience. Children need to be aware of the Abominable Snowman and that his is rather scary. You may find yourself wishing that Disney would "lift" this ride to a Disney theme park near you.
Los Angeles, California
April 7, 2007
New Orleans Square is one of the most beautiful areas in the park and houses some of the best and expensive restaurants in the park. There are a lot of nook and crannies to explore here making a place that you want to see in the light. I made the mistake of trying to do the rides there at night and couldn’t find anything. The Haunted Mansion is home to 999 spokes with room for one more. Once you enter this mansion you are taken into the foyer, which magically stretches reveling what happened to the people in the painting on the walls. From there you are taken to a car, which moves you through the house. Although a little corny, it’s a must see on every visit. From hitchhiking ghosts to zombies popping poorly hidden zombies that pop out from behind the tombstones there is always something to see.
My favorite part of the ride is the cast members who work here. They really act the part saying everything from "please fill in the dead space" to "step on the blood red carpet". This isn’t a ride for small children. I remember going on it when I was 4 and was never so scared in my life. Pirates of the Caribbean is another great ride in the park. Recently Captain Jack Sparrow was included into the ride. When you get on a slow moving boat ride that takes you past guests who are dining at the Blue Bayou. From there you head into the depths of a cave, past various pirate treasures and finally into a town over run by pirates. This is one of the longer rides in the park. I believe the whole ride takes about 15 minutes. This ride can be a bit hard to find and very easy to pass. It is located near Tarzan’s Tree house. Look for the walkway passing by the Royal Street Veranda. The entrance to the ride is under the walkway.
From journal War Tactics on How to Survive the Happiest Place
What a fun and colorful place this is. Even if you aren’t at the park with kids I suggest that you stop by and see this place, look at the different signs for at good laugh. One of the great things about this place is that you can meet many of the characters here such as Mickey. Also many things in Toon Town can be poked, prodded, and make sounds. There is a set of dumb bells that are smashed into the ground that people can pretend to try and lift and wiggly bars that you can escape thought. This place is nothing but fun.
Toon Town closes before the rest of the park so make sure that you get there early and check the times that the posted in the Entertainment Times Guide that you can get at the park entrance. Chip ‘n Dales Treehouse is a cute tree house with a spiral staircase inside so that you can go to the balcony on the second floor. Donald’s Boat is another great place to walk though; however my favorite was Mickey and Minnie’s houses. Minnie’s House is decorated in pink with a large vanity, a bed, and living room in which you can sit. There is even a computer where you can check her e-mail from her friends.
Mickey’s house is right next door. You enter into his living room complete with couch, fireplace, and desk. Everything in these two houses is a great photo opt regardless of how old you are. If you had out the back though and into the barn you can visit Mickey. This line is long and takes a really long time to though. Roger Rabbit’s Car Toon Spin is another ride that you can get a fastpass for, although the line isn’t really that long. This is a crazy ride aboard a Toon taxi following Rodger though Toon Town as he is being chased by the Weasels. The fun part about this is that the wheel in the car can be used to turn the car as you pass though the China shop and Gag Warehouse.
April 6, 2007
Main Street USA is a throwback to the Walt Disney’s boyhood hometown. Along the streets you’ll find shops, bakeries, and restaurants. The first sight that you’ll see upon entering the park, even before you can see Sleeping Beauty’s castle is the Disneyland Railroad. Here you can get aboard a steam engine that will take you around to the various lands with in the park. You can also see a fire engine and a horse drawn streetcar going up and down Main Street. Guests of the park can take a trip on these from one end of Main Street to another. The shops contain almost any Disney souvenir that you could want among many items that you may have forgot to bring.
The 20th Century Music Company sells CDs and the greatest variety of videos in the park; however the number of videos is a bit disappointing. They sell only videos that aren’t in the vault and can be found in most stores. While there the only "classics" that we could find were Peter Pan, The Little Mermaid, Dumbo, and Lady and the Tramp. Most of the movies in the park are current things like High School Musical and cartoons like Chip N Dales Rescue Rangers and Dark Wing Duck. Main Street Photo Supply you can find cameras, film, and batteries that you might need. They also develop film for you. The Mad Hatter is a great place to get your ears or any crazy hat that you may want.
There are also various shops where you can find t-shits, sweaters, mugs, magnets, scrapbook supplies, statues, and other Disney souvenirs. The Blue Ribbon Bakery is located on Main Street, and isn’t worth the stop. I went before the fireworks at 9 and stood in line for about 20 minutes. The bakery is cute, and has a hometown feel but is more overpriced then the rest of the park. They have a variety of cookies, cake, and coffee. I got an oversized Mickey cookie for just under $3. It was a nice treat, but dry and not worth the money.