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(Page Six)   The reason Disneyland got rid of the Skyway ride that transported people from Tomorrowland to Fantasyland was because too many guests were getting busy in the sky buckets   (pagesix.com) divider line 91
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2013-12-18 05:33:08 PM
Anyone interested in more wacky stories and shenanigans that went on behind the scenes at Disney should read the book Mouse Tales

http://www.amazon.com/Mouse-Tales-Behind-The-Ears-Look-Disneyland/dp /0 964060566/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1387405842&sr=8-2&keywords=Mouse+Tale s

The author wrote a sequel as well, but it's not as interesting, it focuses too much on esoteric conflict between the companies and the employees.
 
2013-12-18 05:39:35 PM
It was good for burning a joint, too

/or so I heard
 
2013-12-18 05:44:31 PM

MaudlinMutantMollusk: It was good for burning a joint, too

/or so I heard


That's what I used to use it for. It's impossible to light up in Disney World these days and it's a long way back to the car.
 
2013-12-18 06:04:07 PM
Happiest Place Above Earth
 
2013-12-18 06:07:11 PM
You'd think couple dressed as a hooker and a cop waiting to ride to Fantasyland would have been a dead giveaway.
 
2013-12-18 06:07:12 PM
I remember a similar ride at another park when I was a kid There was a sign posted on the cable pylons: "No spitting, $50 fine."

To this day, when asked to say something aloud, or suggest a name for someone's new pet or band, or type something to test out a keyboard, I usually go with "No spitting, $50 fine."
 
2013-12-18 06:09:12 PM

spman: Anyone interested in more wacky stories and shenanigans that went on behind the scenes at Disney should read the book Mouse Tales

http://www.amazon.com/Mouse-Tales-Behind-The-Ears-Look-Disneyland/dp /0 964060566/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1387405842&sr=8-2&keywords=Mouse+Tale s

The author wrote a sequel as well, but it's not as interesting, it focuses too much on esoteric conflict between the companies and the employees.


How about "Team Rodent: How Disney Devours the World" by Carl Hiaasen.
 
2013-12-18 06:11:03 PM

Confabulat: MaudlinMutantMollusk: It was good for burning a joint, too

/or so I heard

That's what I used to use it for. It's impossible to light up in Disney World these days and it's a long way back to the car.


We solved that problem by bringing brownies. Good times.
 
2013-12-18 06:11:30 PM
God forbid anyone have fun at your amusement park
 
2013-12-18 06:12:20 PM

MaudlinMutantMollusk: It was good for burning a joint, too

/or so I heard


I have heard that as well.
 
2013-12-18 06:12:44 PM
Happiest place on Earth my ass.
 
2013-12-18 06:13:29 PM
Any dark ride is kind of an invite for that behavior. The real reason that the skyride is gone at almost every theme park because guests can fall out of them.
 
2013-12-18 06:14:14 PM

the_foo: God forbid anyone have fun at your amusement park


If you're going to have fun, it's going to be MY way, bucko.  No improvisation allowed!
 
2013-12-18 06:14:30 PM

SDRR: MaudlinMutantMollusk: It was good for burning a joint, too

/or so I heard

I have heard that as well.


You can still do that at the San Diego Zoo ride buckets....or so I heard
 
2013-12-18 06:14:47 PM
I got busy up there once.
Next time I'm going to take someone with me.
 
2013-12-18 06:14:49 PM

Crass and Jaded Mother Farker: You'd think couple dressed as a hooker and a cop waiting to ride to Fantasyland would have been a dead giveaway.


You haven't been to Disneyland recently, have you
 
2013-12-18 06:15:50 PM

strangeguitar: I got busy up there once.
Next time I'm going to take someone with me.


Good luck with that.
 
2013-12-18 06:16:04 PM

GentDirkly: Any dark ride is kind of an invite for that behavior. The real reason that the skyride is gone at almost every theme park because guests can fall out of them.


I always heard it was because they had to close them down so often because of weather. Disney World's, anyway. Not sure if that was ever as much of an issue at Disneyland since I don't think it really gets battered with storms the way Florida does.

Also, Tom Hanks as Walt Disney is so wrong on so many levels.
 
2013-12-18 06:16:22 PM
They busted me up there for smoking a joint. I was just trying to add to the "Happiest Place On Earth."
 
2013-12-18 06:17:24 PM
Also, the Haunted Mansion is much better. Longer ride, and it's very dark. And the music is super loud.
 
2013-12-18 06:18:04 PM

GentDirkly: Any dark ride is kind of an invite for that behavior. The real reason that the skyride is gone at almost every theme park because guests can fall out of them.


or drop stuff out of them onto people below.
 
2013-12-18 06:18:22 PM

doloresonthedottedline: GentDirkly: Any dark ride is kind of an invite for that behavior. The real reason that the skyride is gone at almost every theme park because guests can fall out of them.

I always heard it was because they had to close them down so often because of weather. Disney World's, anyway. Not sure if that was ever as much of an issue at Disneyland since I don't think it really gets battered with storms the way Florida does.

Also, Tom Hanks as Walt Disney is so wrong on so many levels.


Six Flags over Texas has the same kind of thing but it just goes straight up and straight down. It's closed about half the time.
 
2013-12-18 06:18:52 PM
I understand that's where Hanks' co-star Colin Farrell schtuuped Liz Taylor.
 
2013-12-18 06:22:20 PM
If this sky bucket is a rockin', don't bother dockin'!
 
2013-12-18 06:23:10 PM

doloresonthedottedline: Also, the Haunted Mansion is much better. Longer ride, and it's very dark. And the music is super loud.


I've always wanted to get a handjob narrated by Paul Frees.
 
2013-12-18 06:23:50 PM
I had actually heard it was because there was no way to make it handicap accessible.   Mile high club and joint smoking could also be secondary causes.
 
2013-12-18 06:25:17 PM
Girl, this Skyway isn't the only thing that's gonna take you to Fantasyland.

/I'll show myself out
 
2013-12-18 06:26:24 PM

gunther_bumpass: doloresonthedottedline: Also, the Haunted Mansion is much better. Longer ride, and it's very dark. And the music is super loud.

I've always wanted to get a handjob narrated by Paul Frees.

blog.rifftrax.com

'You have passion Ray.  Misguided tho it may be, it is still a passion.'

or

'People will come Ray, they most definitely will come.'
 
2013-12-18 06:26:45 PM

GentDirkly: Any dark ride is kind of an invite for that behavior.


And almost all of the dark rides have infrared cameras for just such an occasion. I've read too many posts from current and former cast members about the stuff they've seen while monitoring the cameras watching, say, the Peoplemover or the Haunted Mansion to ever consider messing around with the wife on such a ride.

I agree with you that, yes, risk of falling is probably the prime reason for its removal from the California park, but my cynical side wants to say "inability to put a camera in it" would be high on the list as well.
 
2013-12-18 06:28:10 PM
Is it that kind of Fantasy?
 
2013-12-18 06:29:13 PM
Dancing on the roof, shooting holes in the moon.
 
2013-12-18 06:29:45 PM
the closest  ever came to that was a handy on the Sandia tram.
 
2013-12-18 06:29:48 PM
CSB:
My wife and I got stoned solid in the skyway during our honeymoon. The Haunted Mansion was freaking awesome.
 
2013-12-18 06:30:23 PM
Aw man, they got rid of that? That was my favorite ride as a kid.

A guy I used to know worked at DL in the Adventure thru Inner Space ride. He said while the ride looked like the surroundings were dark from the car, he and his fellow employees standing there unobserved could easily see in, and he was forever telling couples to knock it off and check into the DL hotel if they wanted a place to screw.
 
2013-12-18 06:33:15 PM

Uzzah: I remember a similar ride at another park when I was a kid There was a sign posted on the cable pylons: "No spitting, $50 fine."

To this day, when asked to say something aloud, or suggest a name for someone's new pet or band, or type something to test out a keyboard, I usually go with "No spitting, $50 fine."


I'll say that to my next date. I'll let you know how it went.
 
2013-12-18 06:36:27 PM
My cousin spit off it one time. Not on anybody, just over one of the buildings. And it was when we were way out there when they did it, so I don't know how it was spotted, but when we stepped off at the end an employee told us we'd be kicked out of the park. We then had to follow them around for a few minutes and then they finally told us we were only banned from any of the sky rides.

/csb
 
2013-12-18 06:40:33 PM

doloresonthedottedline: Also, the Haunted Mansion is much better. Longer ride, and it's very dark. And the music is super loud.


You might THINK you're getting away with something on Haunted Mansion, but believe me, there are crew members standing in dark corners watching. We were riding on Grad Nite, so our large group was put in several adjoining cars. We stayed seated but would slap the sides of our friends' cars when we could. That is, until a crew member popped out and told us to stop. He was polite, but it still scared the crap out of us!
 
2013-12-18 06:45:56 PM

niteowl9: doloresonthedottedline: Also, the Haunted Mansion is much better. Longer ride, and it's very dark. And the music is super loud.

You might THINK you're getting away with something on Haunted Mansion, but believe me, there are crew members standing in dark corners watching. We were riding on Grad Nite, so our large group was put in several adjoining cars. We stayed seated but would slap the sides of our friends' cars when we could. That is, until a crew member popped out and told us to stop. He was polite, but it still scared the crap out of us!


Good. I want them to see.
 
2013-12-18 06:46:55 PM

niteowl9: doloresonthedottedline: Also, the Haunted Mansion is much better. Longer ride, and it's very dark. And the music is super loud.

You might THINK you're getting away with something on Haunted Mansion, but believe me, there are crew members standing in dark corners watching. We were riding on Grad Nite, so our large group was put in several adjoining cars. We stayed seated but would slap the sides of our friends' cars when we could. That is, until a crew member popped out and told us to stop. He was polite, but it still scared the crap out of us!


It was actually a ghost!
 
2013-12-18 06:50:03 PM
Sky buckets in flight, afternoon delight.
 
2013-12-18 06:50:34 PM

spman: Anyone interested in more wacky stories and shenanigans that went on behind the scenes at Disney should read the book Mouse Tales

http://www.amazon.com/Mouse-Tales-Behind-The-Ears-Look-Disneyland/dp /0 964060566/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1387405842&sr=8-2&keywords=Mouse+Tale s

The author wrote a sequel as well, but it's not as interesting, it focuses too much on esoteric conflict between the companies and the employees.


Know him.  Nice guy. Knows a whole bunch.
 
2013-12-18 06:51:32 PM

Uzzah: I remember a similar ride at another park when I was a kid There was a sign posted on the cable pylons: "No spitting, $50 fine."

To this day, when asked to say something aloud, or suggest a name for someone's new pet or band, or type something to test out a keyboard, I usually go with "No spitting, $50 fine."


As a young lad, I got thrown in Disneyland jail for a few hours for throwing Pez off that ride. But I type "Hello, world!" to test code, not "throw pez off skyway, get thrown in disneyland jail."
 
2013-12-18 06:54:29 PM
I was a ride operator (AKA "Attractions Host") there in the early 80s. We had to close down the Adventures in Inner Space ride during Grad Nights for the same reason.

/the Autopia ride was best for cleavage peeking
//We would turn down the A/C in the submarine for nefarious purpose
///triple CSB
 
2013-12-18 06:56:51 PM
Disneyland is like Terry Benedict;s hotels in Ocean's 11, someone is  always watching.   Cameras everywhere, and night vision ones inside the dark rides like Haunted Mansion and Pireats.

From what I understand, the Skyway was closed for a bunch of reasons.  First, it was a much more "normal" ride than most of the later ones.  Walt's vision was to have a unique park, and a bog standard gondola ride just like the one at the San Diego Zoo or at Six Flags was certainly not special.

Second, it committed a cardinal sin by "breaking the fourth awl" as it were.  Disenyland is constructed like a giant movie set.  You can't tell for instance, that you are only a stones throw from Main St when you are going along the back of the Jungle Cruise in Adventureland.  By putting people so high in the air for so long to "sightsee", it was killing the magic of all the careful design.

Third, the thing was apparently a maintenance nightmare by the time the pulled it down in the 80's.

And yeah, fourth, it was a liability.  It wasn't so much unsafe, as it was dangerous to let dipshiat idiots up in a gondola where they could monkey with the latch on the door.

Trust me, people try to make out/ get laid on all sorts of rides at the park.  And they usually only find out they are in serious trouble when Mickey's Minions are waiting for them at the end, sometimes with the Anaheim PD.
 
2013-12-18 06:57:40 PM
"breaking the fourth WALL"

Stupid autocorrect.
 
2013-12-18 06:57:56 PM
A bullet snorter full of cocaine and the Pirates of the Caribbean ride used to make for a fun combination back in the '80s.
 
2013-12-18 07:05:19 PM

shower_in_my_socks: My cousin spit off it one time. Not on anybody, just over one of the buildings. And it was when we were way out there when they did it, so I don't know how it was spotted, but when we stepped off at the end an employee told us we'd be kicked out of the park. We then had to follow them around for a few minutes and then they finally told us we were only banned from any of the sky rides.

/csb


Yeah, you know that pirate ship ride that every crappy amusement park has?  My cousin and I got banned for spitting off it while it was at the apex, and we hit the people at the other end of the boat.

Yeah, it was totally uncool to do it, but we were 13 at the time, and I guess, just a couple of jackasses.  We weren't trying to spit on people purposely.  It does beg the question, what if someone yarfed under those same circumstances, and showered the people with vomit?  Would they be banned form the ride too?

/csb
 
2013-12-18 07:13:35 PM
Went down there to D-land with this this semi religious chick who had a thing for wanting to get it on outdoors.
Her place of choice, Tom Sawyers Island.
Mellow day at the park, sun was just starting to set.
Geezus...she was a freak.
Memories........
 
2013-12-18 07:18:52 PM
I'm in the OC and a bunch of  coworkers are ex-Mouseketeers and the consensus is not that the little bastards were getting busy it was that they were peeing on the crowds of people below.  But Hanks' story proves the saying about a salacious lie will cover up the nastier truth and turns an ugh into an ahhhh.
 
2013-12-18 07:18:56 PM
I'm no fan of bending my life around others' crotchfruit, but seriously, people.... just as a nice restaurant is not for loud and disruptive children, the Disney parks are not the places to have public sex or smoke pot.
 
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