Wednesday, December 12, 2007

Vintage ad from the Walt Disney Presents TV show

They have known all this time that their target market has weight issues.

Monday, December 10, 2007

Reader submission: Ah yes the cheese in the mousetrap!

This is the photo-spot where you would find the Britney/ Ex-Britney/Kevin crowd. Taking pictures at this cart is just like fishing at a fish farm. Sure you can get a lot of pictures of people eating monster freako "turkey" legs but where is the fun in that? The trick is to find someone on the opposite end of the part eating one. To be honest I have never seen a person eating a turkey leg more than 500 yards from this cart.

Next time you are in the park please call them out on the glaring mistake on this "menu". Assorted means you get several different kinds... right?
I have to say their description of a LARGE bag of chips is not correct either. I've seen larger. I'd call that a small bag... like the kind you get a Subway with your Turkey club..

Thank you to my loyal reader who's submissions are always right on target.

Sunday, December 09, 2007

Costume day.

Today was a very special day for TMB. For some odd reason people in the park wanted to play dress-up.

Here was a lovely Tweedle-something chatting on its phone. No doubt calling the other Tweedle to find out where to meet up for a quick bite.

Next up is a heard of Heffalumps storming the castle.

Finally I caught up with Auntie Uncle-Sam outside of Splash Mountain. A fine outfit indeed. This ensamble screams "IMANAMERICANDAMNIT!" No need to search her at the gate. There is no way she(?) could be a terrorist. I wanted to give her a free plane ticket to anywhere outside the U.S. but only if she traveled in that outfit. Have a camera crew follow her around. It could be a nice stop-gap show during the writers strike.

Saturday, November 10, 2007

Youre gonna need a bigger boat

From the L.A. Times:

Disneyland's 'Small World' attraction to get upgrade
Disneyland insists fat tourists aren't to blame, but the park's upgrade of its 41-year-old attraction will include deepening the waterway and making its boats more buoyant.
By Kimi Yoshino, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
November 9, 2007

The annoyingly catchy song at Disneyland's "It's a Small World" attraction reminds riders that "the oceans are wide."

Whether they're deep enough is another story.

Forty-one years after the whimsical ride debuted at the Anaheim park,Disneyland plans to shutter the attraction in January to give it a much-needed face-lift -- and deal with the delicate problem of bottoming-out boats.

Heavier-than-anticipated loads have been causing the boats to come to a standstill in two different spots, allowing for an extra-long gander at the Canadian Mounties and the Scandinavian geese, said Al Lutz, whose website MiceAge first reported the refurbishment plans.

"If these boats get stuck . . . they have to send someone back in there to lighten the load on the boat," said Lutz, who has been on the ride when a guest or two was asked to disembark.

"They've even built a platform next to that [Mounties] curve because they've had so many problems."

Disneyland plans to add an inch of depth to the water channel and design more-buoyant boats, Lutz said.

Perhaps in an effort to protect visitors' egos, the park insists that fat tourists aren't to blame.

The boats get stuck because "layers and layers" of fiberglass have built up where maintenance teams have patched and re-patched problem areas, said Disneyland Resort spokesman Bob Tucker.

"The only thing that's true is that we are going down in January and it's for 10 months and it's to replace the flumes," Tucker said.

But Disneyland is well aware of America's expanding waistlines.

In recent years, the park has redesigned many of its costumes and started stocking them in larger sizes to accommodate ever-expanding waistlines. Adult men and women are about 25 pounds heavier than they were in 1960, and 65% are considered overweight, according to the National Center for Health Statistics. The average weight for men jumped from 166 pounds in 1960 to 191 pounds in 2002; women average 164 pounds instead of 140.

Of course, this is a world of fantasy and the perfect place to forget about that diet for a few hours. So when somebody gets booted from the boat, Lutz said, Disneyland ride operators make sure the guests don't leave disappointed: They hand them a food ticket.

Churro, anyone?

Sunday, November 04, 2007

Why arn't the churros filled? The fair had better churros!

The merlot loving mom from Palmdale

She was buzzed and forced her child to push her in the stroller. Buckle up kids it's going to be a fun ride home!

Monday, October 22, 2007

Reader submission: Happyhorns

A frequent reader of THE MAJESTIC BUTTERHORN sent this photo in.

Fine hornspotting in New Orleans Square.

Sunday, September 30, 2007

Butterhorn Patrol

Cast members are concerned about rumors that Disney is planning on outsourcing the security department. Some claim that the short contract is just to buy time for Disney to contract with some other company to take over. While existing contracts prevent a total outsourcing of the department, Disney is allowed to outsource up to 10 percent of the staff to outside companies, and can expand beyond that in certain circumstances. Layoffs or staff reductions as a result of outsourcing are explicitly prohibited. Any changes to that policy would require a modification to the contract. When asked about Disney's claims that there are no current outsourcing plans, one officer replied, “Many are suspicious, and have no doubt they will eventually try.”

Saturday, September 15, 2007