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(The New Republic)   You've just been fired and have nothing else to do? Why not spend the next 366 days straight at Disneyland?   (tnr.com) divider line 81
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2012-10-05 03:02:21 PM  
Shenanigans! You can't spend 366 straight days at Disneyland; they're always interrupted by Gay Days weekend.
 
2012-10-05 03:16:51 PM  
Not if I have to do it straight
 
2012-10-05 04:04:36 PM  
Sounds like a fate worse than death.
 
2012-10-05 04:15:37 PM  
Because I'm just unemployed, not suicidal.
 
2012-10-05 05:08:47 PM  
Why not? Because I don't hate myself. And I don't have, like, eleventy billion dollars to waste.

Why not have some real fun and make a tour of US amusement parks?
 
2012-10-05 05:08:50 PM  
It's a small world after all
It's a small world after all
It's a small, small world

(repeat ad nauseum)
 
2012-10-05 05:13:04 PM  

cgraves67: It's a small world after all
It's a small world after all
It's a small, small world

(repeat ad nauseum)


rebeccathewrecker.files.wordpress.com
 
2012-10-05 05:13:44 PM  
So, that happened.
 
2012-10-05 05:15:49 PM  
Mouse fetish?
 
2012-10-05 05:19:07 PM  
Meh. Call me when you spend 365 days straight riding "If You Had Wings" all day.

"Eastern Airlines. We're your wings."
 
2012-10-05 05:20:22 PM  
to the tune of Yellow Submarine:

WE ALL LIVE IN THE DISNEYS HAUNTED HOUSE

DISNEYS HAUNTED HOUSE
DISNEYS HAUNTED HOUSE!!
 
2012-10-05 05:20:31 PM  

Uzzah: "Eastern Airlines. We're your wings."


You DO have wings! You can do ALL these things at Eastern Airlines!


/rode it 1000 times because it was FREE
//MAN you just took me back
 
2012-10-05 05:23:33 PM  
www.weirdwildrealm.com
"Guys guess what! I'M FIRED!!"

/hot
 
2012-10-05 05:25:10 PM  

Honest Bender: And I don't have, like, eleventy billion dollars to waste.


So Cal premium pass (no blockout dates) is only ~$600. And if you're going to go a lot, it's totally worth it. I never had a premium pass, but even getting a lesser annual pass changed forever the way I went to Disneyland, and for the better. It stopped being an all-day family ordeal and became a something I did on Friday nights for a couple of hours until I was tired. I was able to go when most of the smaller kids weren't out anymore, ride only the rides with short lines, check out all the side shows and stuff I never got to see while waiting in line all day for rides, etc. Best $250 I ever spent in So Cal.

/Living only 20 minutes from D-land is one of the only things I miss about Orange County
 
2012-10-05 05:25:40 PM  
I'm sure Disneyland is as good a place as any to drum up a new job. After all, it's a small world.
 
2012-10-05 05:27:02 PM  
Wow, I can't even imagine spending another day there. One was enough.
 
2012-10-05 05:28:06 PM  

Honest Bender: Why not? Because I don't hate myself. And I don't have, like, eleventy billion dollars to waste.

Why not have some real fun and make a tour of US amusement parks?


Agreed. Just get fired and spend almost $700. Very foolish.

But I would have done it to see ALL the parks, not just Dismalland.
 
2012-10-05 05:28:58 PM  

whidbey: Wow, I can't even imagine spending another day there. One was enough.


so you're gonna be THAT one eh?
 
2012-10-05 05:30:16 PM  

KingPsyz: whidbey: Wow, I can't even imagine spending another day there. One was enough.

so you're gonna be THAT one eh?


It's a stupid place. So much natural beauty in the State of California and you choose to go to McMickeyland and waste a bunch of money there?

M'kay...
 
2012-10-05 05:34:03 PM  

whidbey: KingPsyz: whidbey: Wow, I can't even imagine spending another day there. One was enough.

so you're gonna be THAT one eh?

It's a stupid place. So much natural beauty in the State of California and you choose to go to McMickeyland and waste a bunch of money there?

M'kay...


Have you EVER been to Orange County?
 
2012-10-05 05:34:05 PM  
For the tl;dr crowd, I'll summarize the article for you:

TF headline + zzzzz.

/you're welcome
 
2012-10-05 05:35:05 PM  
We used to write English class essays over in New Orleans Square after class. Live jazz, nice weather, and you can find out of the way corners to just relax. I think everyone in OC has an annual pass, it's like a requirement or something.

/Ex Cast Member
//Every 7 and a half minutes...
 
2012-10-05 05:35:14 PM  

zabadu: Agreed. Just get fired and spend almost $700. Very foolish.

at the end of 2011, both received holiday gifts of a $649 annual pass to the park


They didn't spend it, it was a gift. RTFA.

/still think it's kind of retarded to go every day
 
2012-10-05 05:35:15 PM  
I remember doing it's a small world with my xgf bout 15 years ago... after we were done she said
"y'know, that'd be a hell of a lot more fun if they gave everybody a twelve gauge and a box of shells"
Funniest thing she ever said over the seven years we were together...
 
2012-10-05 05:35:24 PM  

zabadu: whidbey: KingPsyz: whidbey: Wow, I can't even imagine spending another day there. One was enough.

so you're gonna be THAT one eh?

It's a stupid place. So much natural beauty in the State of California and you choose to go to McMickeyland and waste a bunch of money there?

M'kay...

Have you EVER been to Orange County?


Yeah. I wouldn't take my kids there....
 
2012-10-05 05:37:32 PM  
I would cock-punch that mouse by day 3.
 
2012-10-05 05:38:11 PM  
Disneyland sucks, I don't know how you could even do one day there. Disney World is like way better.

And holy farking shiat on a stick, $650 for a season pass? That would buy like 5+ years worth of passes at practically any other park on the planet.
 
2012-10-05 05:39:16 PM  

whidbey: KingPsyz: whidbey: Wow, I can't even imagine spending another day there. One was enough.

so you're gonna be THAT one eh?

It's a stupid place. So much natural beauty in the State of California and you choose to go to McMickeyland and waste a bunch of money there?

M'kay...


Have you EVER been to Orange County?

oh_please: zabadu: Agreed. Just get fired and spend almost $700. Very foolish.

at the end of 2011, both received holiday gifts of a $649 annual pass to the park

They didn't spend it, it was a gift. RTFA.

/still think it's kind of retarded to go every day


So her boyfriend is unemployed, needs to pay child support....she's unemployed...and they get passes for Disneyland for gifts? I guess "practical" doesn't run in the family.
 
2012-10-05 05:46:16 PM  
If I was forced to spend 3.66 days in Disneyland I'd be forced to spend the rest of my life in prison as the greatest mass murderer in US history.
 
2012-10-05 05:47:33 PM  
That's right Uncle John just punched out Mickey.
 
2012-10-05 05:48:55 PM  

vodka: Disneyland sucks, I don't know how you could even do one day there. Disney World is like way better.

And holy farking shiat on a stick, $650 for a season pass? That would buy like 5+ years worth of passes at practically any other park on the planet.


That's only the most expensive level of pass, which gets you free admission to BOTH parks (D-land and CA Adventure) 365 days a year plus free parking and discounts at most places to eat and shops inside of the parks. A "SoCal" level pass is about half as much, but some days are blocked out (most of the summer, holidays, saturdays--read: days you don't want to be there anyway because of crowds). It still comes with discounts.

Given how expensive the regular park hopper tickets is, the number of times you have to go to the park in order to save the amount you spent on the pass is relatively low and you also get other perks on top of that. And once you don't have to spend all day waiting in lines in order to get your "money's worth" out of your $120 1 day park hopper ticket, Disneyland suddenly becomes infinitely more enjoyable.

I get that Disneyland isn't going to be everyone's cup of tea, but the passes historically haven't been bad deal if you live in Orange County and like to visit more than two or three times a year.
 
2012-10-05 05:51:29 PM  
Disney to me is hours of waiting in line, filled by moments of terror on the rides. The only saving grace is that the California Adventure has wine.
 
2012-10-05 06:01:15 PM  

fred_chan: vodka: Disneyland sucks, I don't know how you could even do one day there. Disney World is like way better.

And holy farking shiat on a stick, $650 for a season pass? That would buy like 5+ years worth of passes at practically any other park on the planet.

That's only the most expensive level of pass, which gets you free admission to BOTH parks (D-land and CA Adventure) 365 days a year plus free parking and discounts at most places to eat and shops inside of the parks. A "SoCal" level pass is about half as much, but some days are blocked out (most of the summer, holidays, saturdays--read: days you don't want to be there anyway because of crowds). It still comes with discounts.

Given how expensive the regular park hopper tickets is, the number of times you have to go to the park in order to save the amount you spent on the pass is relatively low and you also get other perks on top of that. And once you don't have to spend all day waiting in lines in order to get your "money's worth" out of your $120 1 day park hopper ticket, Disneyland suddenly becomes infinitely more enjoyable.

I get that Disneyland isn't going to be everyone's cup of tea, but the passes historically haven't been bad deal if you live in Orange County and like to visit more than two or three times a year.


The point, though, is that they are way more expensive than parks which (if you like roller coasters) are way better.

The various Cedar Faire parks and Six Flags parks certainly are better for people who like rides more than costumed characters.
 
2012-10-05 06:02:47 PM  
I'm impressed. I had a pass when I lived nearby and usually went once or twice a week. Didn't cost $650, tho. I think I paid $450. It was pretty sweet. Lots of times, I'd go after work, grab a corn dog, hit a ride or three, and head home. I love living out in the country now but I miss having fun things like Disneyland available on a whim. Now it's 20 minutes each way just to get to a decent grocery store.

Just checked the pricing. I paid $439. Then it was increased to $499 after I left and to $649 this year. That's nearly a 50% increase in 2 years. You magnificent bastards. I tip my hat to you. FWIW, I'm mostly okay with that. There were a lot of times (mostly weekends) when the park was way too crowded. Higher prices keep the riff-raff out.
 
2012-10-05 06:04:45 PM  

sandi_fish: Disney to me is hours of waiting in line, filled by moments of terror on the rides. The only saving grace is that the California Adventure has wine.


One of these: Link (amazon.com) plus a small cup to pour it in, and a camelback for hydration during the hot days, and suddenly Disneyland becomes incredibly pleasant.
 
2012-10-05 06:08:02 PM  

fred_chan: I get that Disneyland isn't going to be everyone's cup of tea, but the passes historically haven't been bad deal if you live in Orange County and like to visit more than two or three times a year.


Which is likely since every friend and relative that visits from out of state wants to go.
 
2012-10-05 06:08:12 PM  

sandi_fish: Disney to me is hours of waiting in line, filled by moments of terror on the rides. The only saving grace is that the California Adventure has wine.


This is why you need 366 days of Disneyland. You *might* actually get to ride all the rides.
 
2012-10-05 06:10:57 PM  
Disney seems to be trying to squeeze out the college locals and other non-desireable people by jacking the prices up a LOT. A bunch of my friends have given up their annual passes because they can't shell out 500+ anymore.
 
2012-10-05 06:16:16 PM  

ConConHead: Disney seems to be trying to squeeze out the college locals and other non-desireable people by jacking the prices up a LOT. A bunch of my friends have given up their annual passes because they can't shell out 500+ anymore.


When I was a kid growing up in SoCal in the '90s, it was ~$35 for an adult ticket. It's now up to $87.
 
2012-10-05 06:18:51 PM  

sandi_fish: Disney to me is hours of waiting in line, filled by moments of terror on the rides. The only saving grace is that the California Adventure has wine.


California Screamin' was my first roller coaster. Just something about the 0->50+ MPH shot down the track using railgun-esque induction motors that made me go for it.

Would go again in a heartbeat.

/Happiest place on earth...providing you have the money.
 
2012-10-05 06:19:02 PM  
My second to last trip to Disneyland started with this...
imageshack.us
 
2012-10-05 06:23:22 PM  
Because I'm sane.
 
2012-10-05 06:24:28 PM  

meanmutton: The point, though, is that they are way more expensive than parks which (if you like roller coasters) are way better.

The various Cedar Faire parks and Six Flags parks certainly are better for people who like rides more than costumed characters.


The annual passes to Disney Parks are indeed much more expensive than one to Six Flags or a similar park with more thrill rides.

HOWEVER, my annual pass at Walt Disney World (no, not the California parks, but for comparison)...
- Covers parking at no charge. At Six Flags it's $10 per throw. Or another $20 for the parking pass that needs to be stuck to the vehicle. At Disney I flash the pass and I'm through the gates.
- Works for an entire year. Six Flags is open daily for three to four months and weekends for another couple. For half the year the place is closed.
- Covers four parks, not one.
- Gets me into a park that doesn't look like it's falling down. The general condition of ANY Disney park is far better than Six Flags; I've seen rot on buildings at Six Flags that would have had people being hung from the battlements on Cinderella's Castle at Disney. Six Flags may have more thrill rides but it's a hole by comparison. In my own opinion, the Disney pass costs more because it's worth that much more (but then again, the annual pass for WDW ran me about $400 or so with my DVC discount).

Oh, and prices on things in a Disney park are more reasonable than the average Six Flags. Two crappy burger meals at Six Flags is pushing $25-30 and the quality sucks. At most counter service locations at WDW I can get more choice with better quality at a lower price.

Thrill rides are fine if that's your thing, but Disney (while they do have some of those) tends to go more for the immersive experience than for just throwing a bunch of rides with wild G forces in the same general area. Six Flags will keep you entertained for one day, MAYBE two. You can spend a full week or more at WDW and not exhaust the range of things to do.
 
2012-10-05 06:26:31 PM  

zabadu: Honest Bender: Why not? Because I don't hate myself. And I don't have, like, eleventy billion dollars to waste.

Why not have some real fun and make a tour of US amusement parks?

Agreed. Just get fired and spend almost $700. Very foolish.


So that $700 covers food and drinks? Because you can't take your own into the park.
 
2012-10-05 06:28:23 PM  
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The only reason I'd go that much.
 
2012-10-05 06:31:17 PM  

zabadu: whidbey: KingPsyz: whidbey: Wow, I can't even imagine spending another day there. One was enough.

so you're gonna be THAT one eh?

It's a stupid place. So much natural beauty in the State of California and you choose to go to McMickeyland and waste a bunch of money there?

M'kay...

Have you EVER been to Orange County? oh_please: zabadu: Agreed. Just get fired and spend almost $700. Very foolish.

at the end of 2011, both received holiday gifts of a $649 annual pass to the park

They didn't spend it, it was a gift. RTFA.

/still think it's kind of retarded to go every day

So her boyfriend is unemployed, needs to pay child support....she's unemployed...and they get passes for Disneyland for gifts? I guess "practical" doesn't run in the family.


They aren't dating. Rtfa
 
2012-10-05 06:41:29 PM  

ConConHead: Disney seems to be trying to squeeze out the college locals and other non-desireable people by jacking the prices up a LOT. A bunch of my friends have given up their annual passes because they can't shell out 500+ anymore.


That's cool. They can go to Knott's. :)
 
2012-10-05 06:44:49 PM  

vodka: Disneyland sucks, I don't know how you could even do one day there. Disney World is like way better.

And holy farking shiat on a stick, $650 for a season pass? That would buy like 5+ years worth of passes at practically any other park on the planet.


Unlike most parks, that one is open year round, so it's a year pass, not a season pass. I think they also get admission to all of the parks.

If you're really into Disney, it's a bargain.
 
2012-10-05 06:50:13 PM  
My wife and I saved up a bunch of $ and were able to take a year off to travel and just enjoy life. We got a season pass to Disney World and went four times for about a week each time**. At the middle of the fourth trip I told my wife "I've had about enough Disney as I can take". She immediatly agreed. It's a fun place but every day for a year?

BTW, I recommend living in a smaller house, driving an older car, cooking meals at home and saving up for putting reality on hold for a year. This was the greatest year ever. I've actually built up the cash to do it again, but my wife is having a parade of major medical issues and we can't go anywhere. Live life while you're still young and healthy.

** Yes, we went a bunch of other places I wont mention because this is a thread about Disney.
 
2012-10-05 06:57:36 PM  
Sorry, Subby, but I'm leaning towards bath salts.
 
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