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2013-01-20 12:25:50 AM  
No one in that picture is riding a rascal so I don't think that picture was really DisneyWorld

Also, we didn't have as bad of an obesity problem when Wonders of Life was still around. Bring it back Epcot, bring it back.

/though I'd rather have Horizons, I loved that ride
 
2013-01-20 02:11:07 AM  
It's good that unhealthy habits are no longer portrayed as a problem only of fat kids.  Fit kids shouldn't think "Cheetos only make fat kids fat."

But seriously:  a National Association to Advance Fat Acceptance?
 
2013-01-20 02:16:10 AM  

BarkingUnicorn: It's good that unhealthy habits are no longer portrayed as a problem only of fat kids.  Fit kids shouldn't think "Cheetos only make fat kids fat."

But seriously:  a National Association to Advance Fat Acceptance?


We're here! We're huge! Get around it!
 
2013-01-20 02:48:49 AM  
TheManofPA:  /though I'd rather have Horizons, I loved that ride

Horizons was great, I miss it too.

I'm starting to wish there was some kind of retro/preserved Disney that kept the old rides as they were. Was on Pirates of the Caribbean recently for the first time in years and freakin Johnny Depp pops up throughout it, as do sounds and music from the movie (which I haven't even seen). Completely ruined it for me.

The Carousel of Progress is kind of fun in that way, though, as is the Hall of Presidents. The older hokey parts of those are still there, they just add on.
 
2013-01-20 03:32:45 AM  

BarkingUnicorn: But seriously:  a National Association to Advance Fat Acceptance?


 For a tense few seconds I couldn't decide whether to lol or punch my screen after reading that. Eventually I took the lol option.
 
2013-01-20 04:06:58 AM  
I happen to be the founder of the National
Association to Advance Fat
Acceptance Acceptance League. So there.
 
2013-01-20 04:07:06 AM  

ohnonotfloridaagain: TheManofPA:  /though I'd rather have Horizons, I loved that ride

Horizons was great, I miss it too.

I'm starting to wish there was some kind of retro/preserved Disney that kept the old rides as they were. Was on Pirates of the Caribbean recently for the first time in years and freakin Johnny Depp pops up throughout it, as do sounds and music from the movie (which I haven't even seen). Completely ruined it for me.

The Carousel of Progress is kind of fun in that way, though, as is the Hall of Presidents. The older hokey parts of those are still there, they just add on.


I hate the updated Tiki Bird show. I also miss 20,000 Leagues and Mr. Toad's Wild Ride.
 
2013-01-20 04:07:32 AM  
i.imgur.com
 
2013-01-20 04:24:35 AM  
Perhaps Epcot could start with fixing its horrible food at its park.

/the worst French food I ever had was at the French restaurant at Epcot
 
2013-01-20 04:26:03 AM  

Mock26: I hate the updated Tiki Bird show. I also miss 20,000 Leagues and Mr. Toad's Wild Ride.


Never have seen the tiki birds, but do also miss 20,000 leagues. Best memory of Mr. Toad was waiting in a long line (2+ hours) for it during spring break with some family, including my BIL, who fumed the entire time and was even more pissed after we got off the ride cause it was short and kinda cheesy (in his opinion). Later when they closed the ride they put parts of it up for auction. I generously offered to buy him something from it, but he vehemently refused. He has still never gotten over that experience  :)
 
2013-01-20 04:26:30 AM  
fat-acceptance proponents said its super-sized cartoon characters were cruel stereotypes and hurtful to larger-sized children.

a scathing statement from the National Association to Advance Fat Acceptance

The heavy adolescent who starred in the first edition - as he evolved into a slimmer, fitter teen - also is gone.


God f*cking dammit so much. I just don't have words for this.
 
2013-01-20 04:34:31 AM  

BarkingUnicorn: But seriously:  a National Association to Advance Fat Acceptance?


That is not what my Amurica was founded on! I'm putting on a hoodie and burning calories in fat people's yards!
 
2013-01-20 04:38:29 AM  

BarkingUnicorn: It's good that unhealthy habits are no longer portrayed as a problem only of fat kids.  Fit kids shouldn't think "Cheetos only make fat kids fat."

But seriously:  a National Association to Advance Fat Acceptance?


Look at America and laugh!
 
2013-01-20 04:41:58 AM  
farm1.staticflickr.com
Those Mickey Mouse ice cream bars aren't gonna eat themselves you know.
 
2013-01-20 04:46:22 AM  
How dare they say being fat and unhealthy is unhealthy!

Amurica, f*ck yeah!
Now bring me another plate or two of food.
 
2013-01-20 04:49:25 AM  

gingerjet: Perhaps Epcot could start with fixing its horrible food at its park.

/the worst French food I ever had was at the French restaurant at Epcot


Disney food is weird. Even in their top-of-the-line restaurants their food is just ok IMO (although I haven't yet tried Victoria and Albert's). We recently ate at Artist Point in the Wilderness Lodge and had yet another baffling experience. Lovely, detailed menu - fresh, unique ingredients and preparation -> blah on the plate. I don't get why this happens. Is it because they are trying to cook for palates from all over the world (and kids too), so purposely make everything bland and somewhat flavorless? Don't know, but if I'm gonna pay those kind of prices for a meal I will go somewhere local and independent from now on.
 
2013-01-20 04:50:52 AM  

TheManofPA: No one in that picture is riding a rascal so I don't think that picture was really DisneyWorld


My most vivid Disney memory is the END of the day my wife and I did Epcot -- all of Epcot...every ride, every show -- in a single day. We were there for "rope drop" and thanks to the extended hours for on-site hotel guests we managed to get it done.

Needless to say by the end we were exhausted, and the massive line for the shuttle bus back to our hotel was brutal enough until...an entire family of ham beasts rolled up on a parade of straining rental scooters. There were five of them ranging in ages from teenage to elderly. The elderly woman was the only one who looked like she could really need the scooter, yet she was the slimmest by far --  was kind of like being the member of Aerosmith who did the least heroin in '79.

These shambling land manatees rolled their scooters past the entire line to the "Handicapped" area, where they all dismounted their scooters with enough ease to belie the concept of being actually handicapped with anything more than an unquenchable longing for fried mozzarella.

The next shuttle bus arrived and the Corn Syrup Clan sat by and watched as the bus driver -- a small woman -- was forced to load the scooters into the bus alone. By the time all five scooters were loaded and the human pork rinds climbed aboard that was it. An entire bus -- a bus as large as a city bus -- was full. With a single family and their rental scooters.

I wonder if that family are the ones who complained about this new ride, except it was clear that this family and shame were as well-acquainted as this family and the production of lactic acid.

/Capital Yarn, Old Sod.
 
2013-01-20 05:13:15 AM  
Believe me, they already do subby. I used to be annoyed by that, but now I just feel sorry for them. As irritating as it can be (see fat scooter bus post above) I am happy and grateful that I can still get around under my own power and still manage to drink my way around the world with ease.
 
2013-01-20 05:23:36 AM  
Hh.

Would Mickey's Mousercise be considered hate-speech programming now?
 
2013-01-20 05:40:35 AM  
I just got back from CES where they responded to accusations of sexism last year by rolling out booth babes in thongs and body paint this year. It was incredibly refreshing to see someone stand up to the PC police and feminazis by saying if you're offended please stay away. But I guess this way Disney can say they tried while still selling people 10,000 Calories a day in food.
 
2013-01-20 05:40:45 AM  
I used to work with this HUGE woman. 500 pounds easy. She literally ate a jar of mayonnaise for lunch. fark it was gross.
 
2013-01-20 06:20:16 AM  

Mr. Coffee Nerves: TheManofPA: No one in that picture is riding a rascal so I don't think that picture was really DisneyWorld

My most vivid Disney memory is the END of the day my wife and I did Epcot -- all of Epcot...every ride, every show -- in a single day. We were there for "rope drop" and thanks to the extended hours for on-site hotel guests we managed to get it done.

Needless to say by the end we were exhausted, and the massive line for the shuttle bus back to our hotel was brutal enough until...an entire family of ham beasts rolled up on a parade of straining rental scooters. There were five of them ranging in ages from teenage to elderly. The elderly woman was the only one who looked like she could really need the scooter, yet she was the slimmest by far --  was kind of like being the member of Aerosmith who did the least heroin in '79.

These shambling land manatees rolled their scooters past the entire line to the "Handicapped" area, where they all dismounted their scooters with enough ease to belie the concept of being actually handicapped with anything more than an unquenchable longing for fried mozzarella.

The next shuttle bus arrived and the Corn Syrup Clan sat by and watched as the bus driver -- a small woman -- was forced to load the scooters into the bus alone. By the time all five scooters were loaded and the human pork rinds climbed aboard that was it. An entire bus -- a bus as large as a city bus -- was full. With a single family and their rental scooters.

I wonder if that family are the ones who complained about this new ride, except it was clear that this family and shame were as well-acquainted as this family and the production of lactic acid.

/Capital Yarn, Old Sod.


Well done, sir. Well done.
 
2013-01-20 06:21:38 AM  

ohnonotfloridaagain: gingerjet: Perhaps Epcot could start with fixing its horrible food at its park.

/the worst French food I ever had was at the French restaurant at Epcot

Disney food is weird. Even in their top-of-the-line restaurants their food is just ok IMO (although I haven't yet tried Victoria and Albert's). We recently ate at Artist Point in the Wilderness Lodge and had yet another baffling experience. Lovely, detailed menu - fresh, unique ingredients and preparation -> blah on the plate. I don't get why this happens. Is it because they are trying to cook for palates from all over the world (and kids too), so purposely make everything bland and somewhat flavorless? Don't know, but if I'm gonna pay those kind of prices for a meal I will go somewhere local and independent from now on.


Sadly, after you've lived in Orlando for a while you realize that Disney's restaurants really are some of the best in town. One notable exception is the Ravenous Pig in Winter Park. That restaurant gives me hope for Orlando. Pricey but worth checking out if you want to experience "real" Orlando.

/still miss living in Charleston SC... there is an amazing amount of great restaurants for being a small city.
 
2013-01-20 06:23:35 AM  
I've never seen so many fat fatties in the world as when I went to disney world

I saw fat parents pushing around their fat 9 year old kids in fat kiddie carts. seriously. 9 year olds. fat 9 year olds

if I had the money I'd scour to globe to find some backwards cannibal tribe out of some jungle just to send them to Disney World and they really would be in their Magic Kingdom.

tasty.
 
2013-01-20 06:23:53 AM  

BarkingUnicorn: It's good that unhealthy habits are no longer portrayed as a problem only of fat kids.  Fit kids shouldn't think "Cheetos only make fat kids fat."

But seriously:  a National Association to Advance Fat Acceptance?


It makes the whole story sound like a satire of some kind.
 
2013-01-20 06:24:03 AM  

arghyematey: ohnonotfloridaagain: gingerjet: Perhaps Epcot could start with fixing its horrible food at its park.

/the worst French food I ever had was at the French restaurant at Epcot

Disney food is weird. Even in their top-of-the-line restaurants their food is just ok IMO (although I haven't yet tried Victoria and Albert's). We recently ate at Artist Point in the Wilderness Lodge and had yet another baffling experience. Lovely, detailed menu - fresh, unique ingredients and preparation -> blah on the plate. I don't get why this happens. Is it because they are trying to cook for palates from all over the world (and kids too), so purposely make everything bland and somewhat flavorless? Don't know, but if I'm gonna pay those kind of prices for a meal I will go somewhere local and independent from now on.

Sadly, after you've lived in Orlando for a while you realize that Disney's restaurants really are some of the best in town. One notable exception is the Ravenous Pig in Winter Park. That restaurant gives me hope for Orlando. Pricey but worth checking out if you want to experience "real" Orlando.

/still miss living in Charleston SC... there is an amazing amount of great restaurants for being a small city.


"real Orlando" ... lol

Sorry, nothing personal, but that made me LOL
 
2013-01-20 06:33:11 AM  

SDRR: arghyematey: ohnonotfloridaagain: gingerjet: Perhaps Epcot could start with fixing its horrible food at its park.

/the worst French food I ever had was at the French restaurant at Epcot

Disney food is weird. Even in their top-of-the-line restaurants their food is just ok IMO (although I haven't yet tried Victoria and Albert's). We recently ate at Artist Point in the Wilderness Lodge and had yet another baffling experience. Lovely, detailed menu - fresh, unique ingredients and preparation -> blah on the plate. I don't get why this happens. Is it because they are trying to cook for palates from all over the world (and kids too), so purposely make everything bland and somewhat flavorless? Don't know, but if I'm gonna pay those kind of prices for a meal I will go somewhere local and independent from now on.

Sadly, after you've lived in Orlando for a while you realize that Disney's restaurants really are some of the best in town. One notable exception is the Ravenous Pig in Winter Park. That restaurant gives me hope for Orlando. Pricey but worth checking out if you want to experience "real" Orlando.

/still miss living in Charleston SC... there is an amazing amount of great restaurants for being a small city.

"real Orlando" ... lol

Sorry, nothing personal, but that made me LOL

I can understand this reflex...

But it's true, there is more to Orlando than Disney. Winter Park, College Park, and downtown especially all have some really great local businesses. Another favorite spot is Redlight Redlight- it is a serious beer bar, the best one that I've ever been to... and another good reason to get out of the touristy part of town.
 
2013-01-20 06:39:48 AM  
We went recently (thanksgiving 2012) and were amazed and disgusted at the scooter crowd. One of them ran over my heels, it was blindingly painful. I accidentally threw an elbow and caught her in the nose when she didn't even slow down or stop. Land manatees is accurate.

On another note, Artist Point is mostly bland but I found their buffalo steak with some sort of vegetable topping was really good. We also ate at the Brown derby and that just plain kicked ass. Loved it.
 
2013-01-20 06:40:51 AM  
I'm not the only one who loves Redlight Redlight. They have an especially awesome draft selection.
 
2013-01-20 07:04:48 AM  

TV's Vinnie: [farm1.staticflickr.com image 638x1024]
Those Mickey Mouse ice cream bars aren't gonna eat themselves you know.


I was there yesterday. I lost weight dodging around folks.
 
2013-01-20 07:07:21 AM  

TV's Vinnie: [farm1.staticflickr.com image 638x1024]
Those Mickey Mouse ice cream bars aren't gonna eat themselves you know.


And she probably rides up to Guest Relations in her motorized scooter demanding a GAC card so she doesn't have to stand lay down in the line for each attraction.
 
2013-01-20 07:14:36 AM  

gingerjet: Perhaps Epcot could start with fixing its horrible food at its park.

/the worst French food I ever had was at the French restaurant at Epcot


Most of Disney's counter service food is mediocre at best. There are some good restaurants on property though.
 
2013-01-20 07:17:58 AM  

ModernLuddite: I used to work with this HUGE woman. 500 pounds easy. She literally ate a jar of mayonnaise for lunch. fark it was gross.


Did you catch her TotalFark handle?
 
2013-01-20 07:18:40 AM  
fark'em. Disney should have left the movie as is. People biatch about illegal immigrants flooding ER's and driving up the cost of healthcare. It's these blobs of American fat that increase the cost of healthcare. Diabetes, heart disease, hypertension, kidney failure. Hell, their sugary diets and the resulting dental care is expensive. Lose some goddamn weight already.
You choose to be fat, and I choose to be disgusted by the sight of you.
 
2013-01-20 07:28:36 AM  
Don't forget the German place in downtown Sanford. I know that isn't Orlando proper but close enough. Awesome food and awesomer beer!
 
2013-01-20 07:32:57 AM  
pixti.me
 
2013-01-20 07:38:16 AM  

REO-Weedwagon: [pixti.me image 700x500]


How Wall-E esque.

I wonder if Disney will give that "The Song of the South" treatment now?
 
2013-01-20 07:38:17 AM  
I'm going to Disney World with the family for the first time ever this week, so I'm getting a kick out of these replies.

/Day 1 today: Magic Kingdom
 
2013-01-20 07:42:23 AM  

SDRR: Believe me, they already do subby. I used to be annoyed by that, but now I just feel sorry for them. As irritating as it can be (see fat scooter bus post above) I am happy and grateful that I can still get around under my own power and still manage to drink my way around the world with ease.


Same here. I actually had the same thought when I saw the picture of the block of cheese Rascal girl. You know, the one with the cheezits for backup. I am horrified when I imagine what it must me like to live in a prison of your own making. The cycle of self-loathing and binge eating. Being trapped in your own farking Skinner box. The pity for the Rascal crowd is almost strong enough to forgive whatever ugliness they may have as human beings. They will never have a normal life. Their organs have been damaged to the point that they can't "just exercise", and any diet that resulted in appreciable weight loss would be life threatening. And they have to live with the fact, every moment of every day, that they did it to themselves.
 
2013-01-20 07:48:54 AM  

ohnonotfloridaagain: gingerjet: Perhaps Epcot could start with fixing its horrible food at its park.

/the worst French food I ever had was at the French restaurant at Epcot

Disney food is weird. Even in their top-of-the-line restaurants their food is just ok IMO (although I haven't yet tried Victoria and Albert's). We recently ate at Artist Point in the Wilderness Lodge and had yet another baffling experience. Lovely, detailed menu - fresh, unique ingredients and preparation -> blah on the plate. I don't get why this happens. Is it because they are trying to cook for palates from all over the world (and kids too), so purposely make everything bland and somewhat flavorless? Don't know, but if I'm gonna pay those kind of prices for a meal I will go somewhere local and independent from now on.


Good luck with that...
 
2013-01-20 07:55:55 AM  

DrVoice: I'm going to Disney World with the family for the first time ever this week, so I'm getting a kick out of these replies.

/Day 1 today: Magic Kingdom


Ha, cool! We were just EPCOT yesterday. Missed the game, but saw a bunch of fat people.

Magic Kingdom though: unfortunately, Splash Mountain is closed, but I think everything else is open. Watch out in fantasyland, it's basically a huge stroller parking area.

My best tip for you: get fast passes for anything that is less than 2 hours away. When you get one, they make you wait 2 hours or until the fast pass is good before you can get another one, so you can get a lot more that way. Get the Disney Mobile Magic app too, you can check the FastPass times on it.

Good luck!
 
2013-01-20 07:58:52 AM  

arghyematey: SDRR: arghyematey: ohnonotfloridaagain: gingerjet: Perhaps Epcot could start with fixing its horrible food at its park.

/the worst French food I ever had was at the French restaurant at Epcot

Disney food is weird. Even in their top-of-the-line restaurants their food is just ok IMO (although I haven't yet tried Victoria and Albert's). We recently ate at Artist Point in the Wilderness Lodge and had yet another baffling experience. Lovely, detailed menu - fresh, unique ingredients and preparation -> blah on the plate. I don't get why this happens. Is it because they are trying to cook for palates from all over the world (and kids too), so purposely make everything bland and somewhat flavorless? Don't know, but if I'm gonna pay those kind of prices for a meal I will go somewhere local and independent from now on.

Sadly, after you've lived in Orlando for a while you realize that Disney's restaurants really are some of the best in town. One notable exception is the Ravenous Pig in Winter Park. That restaurant gives me hope for Orlando. Pricey but worth checking out if you want to experience "real" Orlando.

/still miss living in Charleston SC... there is an amazing amount of great restaurants for being a small city.

"real Orlando" ... lol

Sorry, nothing personal, but that made me LOL
I can understand this reflex...

But it's true, there is more to Orlando than Disney. Winter Park, College Park, and downtown especially all have some really great local businesses. Another favorite spot is Redlight Redlight- it is a serious beer bar, the best one that I've ever been to... and another good reason to get out of the touristy part of town.


We are fortunate to have friends that live in Orlando. They know some great restaurants. My husband dreams about the Ravenous Pig. Winter Park Farmers Market is wonderful, too.
 
2013-01-20 08:16:32 AM  

ohnonotfloridaagain: Mock26: I hate the updated Tiki Bird show. I also miss 20,000 Leagues and Mr. Toad's Wild Ride.

Never have seen the tiki birds, but do also miss 20,000 leagues. Best memory of Mr. Toad was waiting in a long line (2+ hours) for it during spring break with some family, including my BIL, who fumed the entire time and was even more pissed after we got off the ride cause it was short and kinda cheesy (in his opinion). Later when they closed the ride they put parts of it up for auction. I generously offered to buy him something from it, but he vehemently refused. He has still never gotten over that experience  :)


I am still trying to come to grips with the after effects of It's A Small World.
 
2013-01-20 08:21:27 AM  

DrVoice: I'm going to Disney World with the family for the first time ever this week, so I'm getting a kick out of these replies.

/Day 1 today: Magic Kingdom


If you go to the Animal Kingdom, get one of those Pineapple ice cream float thingies.
 
2013-01-20 08:23:55 AM  

Mr. Holmes: DrVoice: I'm going to Disney World with the family for the first time ever this week, so I'm getting a kick out of these replies.

/Day 1 today: Magic Kingdom

Ha, cool! We were just EPCOT yesterday. Missed the game, but saw a bunch of fat people.

Magic Kingdom though: unfortunately, Splash Mountain is closed, but I think everything else is open. Watch out in fantasyland, it's basically a huge stroller parking area.

My best tip for you: get fast passes for anything that is less than 2 hours away. When you get one, they make you wait 2 hours or until the fast pass is good before you can get another one, so you can get a lot more that way. Get the Disney Mobile Magic app too, you can check the FastPass times on it.

Good luck!


Considering the subject, I read that as FatPass. To limit the weight the ride will have to endure...
 
2013-01-20 08:27:51 AM  
They are re-redoing the tiki room. The "new" version with that Gilbert Godfried voiced abomination had to go.
 
2013-01-20 08:36:00 AM  
I'll reiterate what others have posted above. Orlando is a great place to live as long as you avoid the southwest quadrant (the tourist area). I've lived here for 45 years and remember visiting Disney before the Magic Kingdom was even open. We just saw a presentation of what it was going to be. We went many times as I was growing up and I even worked there one summer when I was 16. I haven't been back since and only travel in that direction when my work calls.

The advantages of living in a city fed by tourist dollars is fantastic. And if you can't make a decent living here then you probably can't make it anywhere. I've considered moving many times but never could find an area with such a large target market for my business. I've been around the country a couple times and will travel more in the future, but I'll always come home to Seminole County.
 
2013-01-20 08:43:40 AM  

Mock26: ohnonotfloridaagain: TheManofPA:  /though I'd rather have Horizons, I loved that ride

Horizons was great, I miss it too.

I'm starting to wish there was some kind of retro/preserved Disney that kept the old rides as they were. Was on Pirates of the Caribbean recently for the first time in years and freakin Johnny Depp pops up throughout it, as do sounds and music from the movie (which I haven't even seen). Completely ruined it for me.

The Carousel of Progress is kind of fun in that way, though, as is the Hall of Presidents. The older hokey parts of those are still there, they just add on.

I hate the updated Tiki Bird show. I also miss 20,000 Leagues and Mr. Toad's Wild Ride.


Disneyland has the original Tiki Room and a Nemo version of the submarine ride. I forget if it has Mr. Toad's Wild Ride still.

Also, you'll like Yesterland's website.
 
2013-01-20 08:49:25 AM  
Disney World is a blast...if you enjoy standing in line all farking day.
 
2013-01-20 08:51:55 AM  

Lershac: We went recently (thanksgiving 2012) and were amazed and disgusted at the scooter crowd. One of them ran over my heels, it was blindingly painful. I accidentally threw an elbow and caught her in the nose when she didn't even slow down or stop. Land manatees is accurate.

On another note, Artist Point is mostly bland but I found their buffalo steak with some sort of vegetable topping was really good. We also ate at the Brown derby and that just plain kicked ass. Loved it.


We were actually pretty disappointed in the Brown Derby.

I think it's partly what you order. They always have some bland options but most places have something good. Jiko and Whisperong Canyon Cafe especially. Had bourbon (or whiskey,I forget) glazed trout (or something) over an arugula salad that was pretty great.

Not sure it's worth the prices but not an issue if you go when the hotels include free dining. Then it's only the price of the tip.
 
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