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2013-04-22 12:32:03 AM
I used to think Mission to Mars was the best thing there........


Of course I was what....6?

And the people mover...and "If I had wings".......

Jesus I'm old........
 
2013-04-22 12:43:11 AM
Last time I was at Disneyland a few years ago, it was just depressing.  Run down, peeling/painted over paint, lines of tourists trapped in a sort of death march through arcades, cheap-looking storefronts and generic fast food lines.  Even the fireworks show over the palace was kind of half-assed and sad.
 
2013-04-22 01:09:24 AM
I remember when the monorail went over the 5, both from inside the monorail and the car.  My favorite ride was a freebie, Voyage to Inner Space.   By Monsanto.

Last time I was there was when Indiana Jones was the new ride.  We got there early, headed right for it, and realized we could either ride Indy and 1 other ride, or hit all the other rides in the park.  Haven't had the urge to go back since.
 
2013-04-22 01:49:33 AM
Hey, it's like watching trees grow.
 
2013-04-22 07:10:46 AM
Real talk: Magic Kingdom > Disneyland
 
2013-04-22 07:11:19 AM
It hasn't changed all that much.
 
2013-04-22 07:23:17 AM

cretinbob: I used to think Mission to Mars was the best thing there........


Of course I was what....6?

And the people mover...and "If I had wings".......

Jesus I'm old........


I remember when you needed a ticket for each ride, that's how far I go.
 
2013-04-22 07:23:19 AM
I still miss the sky buckets.

www.imagineeringdisney.com
 
2013-04-22 07:32:45 AM

ThatGuyGreg: Real talk: Magic Kingdom > Disneyland




That's just a god damn fact.
 
2013-04-22 07:45:36 AM
The future used to be so much cooler than it actually turned out.
 
2013-04-22 08:07:02 AM
I'm only 30 but I remember a lot of that.
 
2013-04-22 08:09:43 AM
So, smaller green spaces, but wider streets, fewer counters in shops where customers interact with staff, but more display cases and a tonally darker, "more modern" color palette?  Color me shocked.
 
2013-04-22 08:12:39 AM
I remember the old more than the new.

Been a while since I've been...
 
2013-04-22 08:17:51 AM
I miss the 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea ride. I remember it being pretty cramped. I'm convinced they closed it because people got too fat to fit.
 
2013-04-22 08:18:47 AM
I see the main difference and I would have thought Disney would have been one of the first to jump on the color bandwagon.

www.reoiv.com
 
2013-04-22 08:20:18 AM

unyon: Hey, it's like watching trees grow.


That was what I was thinking as well. That was sorta' cool looking at their growth over time though.

Pretty interesting how some of the pics don't look much different now and others look nothing like it did back then. It's been over 30 years since I was at Dinsey World and hopefully it'll be another 30 before I go back. Too many idiots for too much money to make it worthwhile. Plus, living in Florida all my life, it's no big deal for most native Floridians anymore.
 
2013-04-22 08:29:07 AM

Muta: It hasn't changed all that much.


yup... not much at all:

THEN
www.20kride.com

NOW
www.20kride.com

yeah... not many changes at all.
 
2013-04-22 08:30:54 AM

Mugato: I miss the 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea ride. I remember it being pretty cramped. I'm convinced they closed it because people got too fat to fit.


you should check out this
 
2013-04-22 08:32:11 AM
redundant headline is redundant?

/cool find, though, subs.
 
2013-04-22 08:32:54 AM
I think it takes a trip to a Universal theme park to truly appreciate how well designed the Disney theme parks and their attractions are. And as these photos show, a lot of those design elements were already in place 40-50 years ago.
 
2013-04-22 08:33:40 AM

Mugato: I miss the 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea ride. I remember it being pretty cramped. I'm convinced they closed it because people got too fat to fit.


No, I think they were turning it into another ride based on the Little Mermaid.


/still mad they closed the Mr. Toad ride
//last visit was in 2009
 
2013-04-22 08:36:00 AM
My girlfriend (Who is the best girlfriend in the history of existence, and you'll see why) took a trip with her son  out to Disneyland to see a "friend" last year.   She spent 5 days there and got in free because the friend was a cast member.    She also had annual Fla Resident passes so she had been a regular visitor of MK, Epcot, Wild Adventures and Hollywood Studios, she took her son every weekend to one of the parks.

She says its not even close to a comparison, its like comparing apples and 20 oz bacon-wrapped sirloins.  Land has everything stacked on top of each other, and no room to sprawl out and grow.  Whereas World has <b>6</b> separate parks all within the "Disney World" complex.   Her son is special needs and so he gets a fast pass good for 3 months at a time for as many people in her group.    This year with her tax return she bought me an annual pass too.  We've been 5 times already and plan on going back every weekend.   The last time I went to WDW, I was 5 or maybe 6, and we only went for one day.   And we damn sure didn't have this awesome-sent-from-God-himself fast pass.  

My only complaint:  Every farking pain in the ass tourist rushing past everyone trying to squeeze everything in to their 2 or 3 days that they're here.  Have some goddamn manners you pieces of shiat, we're nice enough to let you in, return the courtesy.

/And the Brazilians.  Holy Farking shiat, half of Brazil must be on Vacation.
//The "friend" was before she knew me.
 
2013-04-22 08:39:52 AM

Winterlight: I still miss the sky buckets.

[www.imagineeringdisney.com image 850x449]


I do as well, one guy kills himself on them and poof they're gone.
 
2013-04-22 08:42:03 AM
Who's the old guy in all the pictures?  Couldn't they have asked him to get out of the shot?
 
2013-04-22 08:45:39 AM
Also no surprise that Epcot looks basically the same as in the early 1980s, only less crowded.  That park needs a serious updating.
 
2013-04-22 08:46:37 AM

Mugato: I miss the 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea ride. I remember it being pretty cramped. I'm convinced they closed it because people got too fat to fit.


No, it had two problems: it had very limited seating, so the guest turnover was really low, and it broke down a lot.  Because of the nature of the cars (subs) it was difficult to clear the ride when it broke down.

CSB: last time I was at WDW was in 1987.  We got into the park as soon as it opened, and by the time we got to 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, there were already about 200 people in line.  It's the one ride in the park I never got to go on.
 
2013-04-22 08:50:02 AM
I feel old when on occasion I still use the term "E ticket", and no one knows what I'm talking about. But you've got to go to the parks in the correct order. Disneyland, then to Disneyworld. Never do Disneyworld first, then Disneyland.
 
2013-04-22 08:50:52 AM

cretinbob: And the people mover...and "If I had wings".......


Mugato: I remember when you needed a ticket for each ride, that's how far I go.


Me too!  And "If You Had Wings" was the Eastern Airlines commercial ride and it didn't require ANY tickets so I would ride that over and over!
 
2013-04-22 08:58:55 AM

kimwim: I feel old when on occasion I still use the term "E ticket", and no one knows what I'm talking about. But you've got to go to the parks in the correct order. Disneyland, then to Disneyworld. Never do Disneyworld first, then Disneyland.


My kids, who are both under 20, are familiar with the phrase "an E-ticket ride" because I use it so soften, usually in reference to their mother. At the end of the day, if you went back towards the entrance, you'd find abandoned booklets full of A and B-tickets on the top of the fence.

Disneyland looks remarkably the same now as then, except the guests were thinner and better dressed back then.

This is the 50th anniversary of the Tiki Room, so I am hoping to make it back west for a visit this summer.
 
2013-04-22 09:01:40 AM

Wellon Dowd: usually in reference to their mother.


You made me smile.
 
2013-04-22 09:01:47 AM
I'm still pissed that as crappy as the park apparently is by comparison, Disney Land got the Indiana Jones Ride and World got the silly stunt show. But whenever I'm in California, Disney Land isn't on my list of things to do.
 
2013-04-22 09:11:36 AM

poot_rootbeer: I think it takes a trip to a Universal theme park to truly appreciate how well designed the Disney theme parks and their attractions are. And as these photos show, a lot of those design elements were already in place 40-50 years ago.


Or even compare the Disney water parks in Orlando to others.  While others may have 'wilder' rides, the park design and flow is miles better.
 
2013-04-22 09:12:11 AM

unyon: Hey, it's like watching trees grow.


Precisely what I was thinking- now with trees.
 
2013-04-22 09:13:39 AM

Mugato: I'm still pissed that as crappy as the park apparently is by comparison, Disney Land got the Indiana Jones Ride and World got the silly stunt show.


DINOSAUR at WDW Animal Kingdom is basically the same ride, down to the track layout.
 
2013-04-22 09:13:58 AM

Winterlight: I still miss the sky buckets.

[www.imagineeringdisney.com image 850x449]


Those are gone?! That place sucks. Where are you supposed to toke up now?
 
2013-04-22 09:17:14 AM
Mission to Mars and 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea were the highlights of my childhood trip to WDW.  Also enjoyed the giant house-sized fish tank in EPCOT's Living Seas pavilion on a subsequent trip.
 
2013-04-22 09:19:06 AM

poot_rootbeer: DINOSAUR at WDW Animal Kingdom is basically the same ride, down to the track layout.


That's a scary ride. It's pitch black and then suddenly the lights come on and a farking dinosaur is in your face. You couldn't handle that shiat on strong acid.
 
2013-04-22 09:20:44 AM
I liked seeing the trees go from saplings to mature.
 
2013-04-22 09:23:22 AM
Some changes are good - the steampunk style Tomorrowland was a necessity, and while I loved 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea it was WAY out of date.

Some changes are criminal - look at the candy shop picture.  Just sad.
 
2013-04-22 09:24:10 AM

Mugato: I'm still pissed that as crappy as the park apparently is by comparison, Disney Land got the Indiana Jones Ride and World got the silly stunt show. But whenever I'm in California, Disney Land isn't on my list of things to do.


I must be the only one, but I find Indiana Jones to be a huge disappointment. I'll ride it once per visit if I get a FastPass, but otherwise it is not with waiting in line for. Your mileage may vary.

i.imgur.com

Wow, the Tiki Room was an E-ticket. I love the Tiki Room but that seems a bit much.
 
2013-04-22 09:24:54 AM

Rev. Skarekroe: Some changes are good - the steampunk style Tomorrowland was a necessity, and while I loved 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea it was WAY out of date.

Some changes are criminal - look at the candy shop picture.  Just sad.


That and the Penny Arcade.
 
2013-04-22 09:24:57 AM
Interesting how much fatter people got in 50 years.

/sad
 
2013-04-22 09:27:14 AM
Not a bookmark for later!

\bookmark
 
2013-04-22 09:35:06 AM
Last time I was at Disneyworld was 1992, Disneyland in 1995.  What I mostly remember is that both parks seemed stuck in the 1970s, even in the 1990s.
 
2013-04-22 09:36:56 AM

Tom_Slick: That and the Penny Arcade.


Removing the penny arcade and the magic shop to put in a sporting goods store selling the same f*cking t-shirts you can get anywhere else in the Disney complex almost made me never want to go back again.  Walt Disney was always about updating his attractions for the times, but I have a feeling that would have appalled him.

Thankfully, I ran into my favorite penny arcade movie, a Felix the Cat cartoon, in the lobby of another Disney hotel, so at least that one got saved from auction.
 
2013-04-22 09:38:52 AM

Rev. Skarekroe: Removing the penny arcade and the magic shop to put in a sporting goods store


Oh shiat, I remember that magic shop. I dropped a lot of money there.
 
2013-04-22 09:49:15 AM
Nice touch how they included River Country. They let it rot back to nature, if it's even possible.

Too bad they didn't include the old Imageworks from Imagination.
 
2013-04-22 10:12:51 AM

Rev. Skarekroe: Tom_Slick: That and the Penny Arcade.

Removing the penny arcade and the magic shop to put in a sporting goods store selling the same f*cking t-shirts you can get anywhere else in the Disney complex almost made me never want to go back again.  Walt Disney was always about updating his attractions for the times, but I have a feeling that would have appalled him.

Thankfully, I ran into my favorite penny arcade movie, a Felix the Cat cartoon, in the lobby of another Disney hotel, so at least that one got saved from auction.


The Magic Shop, I had forgotten about that now I remember buy a fake rock and squirting nickel from that place.
 
2013-04-22 10:13:17 AM
Here's a site I love to check out occassionally to see changes at the Disney parks: Yesterland
 
2013-04-22 10:21:20 AM

Mugato: I miss the 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea ride. I remember it being pretty cramped. I'm convinced they closed it because people got too fat to fit.


My uncle used to be a submarine Captain in the '60s and '70s. He told me that at the time, Didneylan' had the 9th largest submarine fleet in the world. He's still got the uniform.

When I was a kid (early '70s), we used to live two miles from DisneyLand. We'd sit on the roof of our house and watch the fireworks every night in the summer. My brother and I would ride our bikes down Katella Avenue, and ride up the Harbor Freeway onramp, ditch our bikes in the brush, and go through a culvert to emerge right behind the Small World exhibit. Then we'd cadge tickets from people who were leaving, and trade up to the good ones. It was hard to have a bad day at DisneyLand when you were eleven or so. I haven't been back, since.
 
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