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(SacBee)   In another brilliant decision by Disney, the cups on the Mad Tea Party ride have been made almost impossible to spin   ( divider line
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2004-02-29 01:11:34 PM  

Whoa. SacBee makes me feel almost brand new.
2004-02-29 01:31:39 PM  
this, requires, an asshat tag
2004-02-29 01:51:34 PM  
I am from California and I grew up far away enough and poor enough that Disneyland used to be an event for me and my family. There was magic, fun and a sense of something real going on when I was a kid.

Since then, all I see are plastic robots, cardboard cutouts and a mad grab for my cash and the cash of people my age who now have kids who are still under the delusion that the magic they felt as a kid is still there.

I still go there from time to time now and the one of the only things there that truly allows me to remember what fun Disneyland used to be is the Mad Tea Party ride.

The magic is gone people, let Comcast buy up Disney and make Disneyland a ride park. The sooner we do it the better.
2004-02-29 01:55:38 PM  
Don't blame Disney, blame asshat park goers and their lawyers. We're just one step closer to that Vonnegut story where everyone is made the same by law.
2004-02-29 02:10:21 PM  
Who cares about Disney as long as there is a Las Vegas!!
2004-02-29 02:10:25 PM  
"My arms were a little sore just from tugging and tugging. I finally gave up and said, 'Oh, forget it.'"

I think Disney is right to shun perverts like him.
2004-02-29 02:10:35 PM  
Ain't Disney's fault. They would rather have it fast.

It's asshats in America who would sue Disney for their own retarded mistakes that are the problem.

Disneyland could use more magic like the old days- but the people running it now are doing a better job I think (than the people who were running it a year ago).

They explain just what happened with the teacups in the last two updates at
2004-02-29 02:11:23 PM  
What they should worry about is people passing out from working so hard to try to get the damn things to spin faster.

/needed a nap after sucky teacups...
2004-02-29 02:11:32 PM  
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2004-02-29 02:11:41 PM  
Kids these days don't care about Disneyland. They have Counter-Strike, German scheisse porn, and the pedophiles in AOL chat rooms to amuse them.
2004-02-29 02:12:15 PM  
Well, that just sucks.
2004-02-29 02:12:18 PM  
I had no idea the park opened in 1995. I could have sworn I was there as a kid in the 70s several times. But who am I going to believe? My personal experience or a quality news journal like the Sac Bee.
2004-02-29 02:13:10 PM  
"The Disney fan who plays by the rules - who keeps his hands and arms inside the vehicle at all times - has seen his experienced degraded, his thrills cut back little by little each year as Disney tries to foresee potential problems."

That's a great point by Koenig (he's written some cool books about Disneyland).

So many of us who follow the rules and do things right in this country are penalized because of the number of idiots who screw things up and don't follow them.
2004-02-29 02:17:43 PM  
The good news is, I have something that Disney fans all over the world can sit on and spin.
2004-02-29 02:17:59 PM  
The move has prompted fans of the ride to march to City Hall on Disneyland's Main Street in protest

Uh, do these people know it's not really a City Hall?
2004-02-29 02:18:00 PM  
What is this world coming to? Next, they'll try to take away the homicidally insane robots.

/Itchy and Scratchy Land
2004-02-29 02:18:39 PM  
Oh and before I forget - fark Disney.
2004-02-29 02:19:21 PM  
"My arms were a little sore just from tugging and tugging. I finally gave up and said, 'Oh, forget it.'"

I know how this guy feels. Same thing happened to me, trying to fap to that "Ginger" Boobies post...
2004-02-29 02:19:28 PM  
It's going to be that much harder to project vomit into he waiting crowd!!

/I used to actually work for Disney and I've never been on that l4m4r ride.

//Bring back Mr. Toad! Pooh sucks!
2004-02-29 02:19:52 PM  
Hopefully the gift shops still have that Bort license plate...
2004-02-29 02:20:43 PM  
I stopped caring about amusement parks when I was told I couldn't ride Superman ride at Six Flags because I was too tall.

2004-02-29 02:21:42 PM  
This isn't half as bad as when they took guns away from Jungle Cruise Skippers! (I was the last wdw skipper to shoot one in speil) Fark Disney!
2004-02-29 02:21:50 PM  
I grew up at Disneyland in the 60's. My buddies would all chip in for the $1.75 admission for one. That guy would go in, and get his hand stamped with that ultraviolet ink. He'd come out, we'd whip out the saran wrap, and copy the stamp onto a couple others hands. They would all go in, wash their hand (key point), then go back out with fresh stamps to bring in more guys. Etc. Etc. Back then the tickets were like 10 cents through 75 cents for the best. Fun times. Fun times...

My dear friend took her son who's 2 1/2 to Disneyland for the first time last week. I thought it was kinda silly, as he's not really going to get that much out of it, and it's so damn expensive... I've grown disgusted with Disney, and especially the price of getting in...

But, I got the pictures of their outing, and realized he was more interested in the folks in Mickey Mouse and Buzz Lightyear outfits... sights, sounds and everything BUT the rides. Looks like he had a blast. Lucky kid. Ah, the wonder and promises of youth (at least in some countries).

*end of sharing
2004-02-29 02:27:16 PM  
I recently went back to Disney World (FL) for the first time in 25 years, and one thing I had to do right away was the teacups. (To give you an idea, my wife refuses to go on that ride with me, because evidently the part of my brain that would make me sick if I get dizzy is broken.) It surprised me just how fast it could spin, without any killjoys riding along. Hope they leave the ride in FL alone.
2004-02-29 02:29:30 PM  
Am glad to say never been part of this 'Disney' thing.

Neither will my children be.

Disney = paying to smile.
2004-02-29 02:32:39 PM  
And I find out about this TWO DAYS after booking my week long vacation there, expecting to make my daughter throw up on this like my dad did to me?! Dangitall!!

Guess I'll have to try it another way..

/Captain Eo
2004-02-29 02:34:50 PM  
I never liked the teacups, personally. I'd always end up with at least one person who had to spin it around like we're preparing for a mission to outer space. I still don't like what they're doing, though. Not just to that ride but the whole park.

Remember the Sky Cabins? The little boxes in the sky that would ship you from Fantasy land to Tomorrow land? Bastards took those out a while ago and I'm still mad about it. I loved those things. They saved you time and let you rest your feet a moment while you moved across the park. Screw the train or the monorail.

When did they get rid of Mr. Toad? I just moved back to Cali after my hubby was stationed in South Carolina for a few years so I never heard of that.

That park is gonna be total crap in about 10 years. Once they completely ruin Space Mountain I'm never coming back.
2004-02-29 02:36:15 PM  
I was just there Xmas and Mr. Toad was operational, the teacups sat loney....and scared
2004-02-29 02:36:25 PM  
i love how the poster is making fun of disney's decision-making history while theyve become one of the largest and most successful corporations in the history of the world.
2004-02-29 02:37:43 PM  
Gas prices are predicted to be insane this summer, WMD *still* is no where to be found, Bush and.... heeeeyyy... the rides at Disneyland don't work like they used too!

2004-02-29 02:41:07 PM  
My childhood surrenders.
2004-02-29 02:43:48 PM  
This is nowhere near as bad as the sanitizing of the Pirates of the Carribean ride, though. Pirates chased wenches and drank to excess? The hell you say. Next they'll remove the fossils from Thunder Mountain Railroad because they have sharp edges.
2004-02-29 02:46:02 PM  
The ride, which was built in 1995 when the park opened, depicts a scene from Alice in Wonderland's "unbirthday party."

Whoa, I could have SWORN that Disneyland opened before 1995, but I could be mistaken.
2004-02-29 02:47:06 PM  
The Park's closed folks, the moose out front should have told you.

/Wally World
2004-02-29 02:51:22 PM  
Park officials said they made the change after a disabled rider lost his balance last month and slipped from a teacup.

He ruined the ride for others, and got the best parking spot in the lot!
2004-02-29 02:53:06 PM  

2004-02-29 02:53:24 PM  
2004-02-29 01:11:34 PM control


Whoa. SacBee makes me feel almost brand new.

Disneyland opened July 17, 1955.
2004-02-29 02:53:42 PM  

I agree. Disney makes a lot of money. that's their point!
2004-02-29 03:00:39 PM  
I agree. Disney makes a lot of money. that's their point

Wasn't always. Walt was equally interested in pushing the limits of a new artform, making extremely risky moves with things like Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs and Fantasia. He even worked with Salvadore Dali.

It's sad to see what become of the company. It's also sad to think you're not the only one who thinks they're simply a marketing juggernaught, pimping out their legacy. Sigh.
2004-02-29 03:05:32 PM  
I wish a very happy Unbirthday to everyone.
2004-02-29 03:06:41 PM  
The thing is Disney has been going downhill for years. They have ruined the fu<king Lion King, for Christ sakes. When a movie company starts doing most of it's movies in straight to video form, you know they are in trouble. Also, they mostly rely on bad sequels, because they have run out of originality. Now, with Pixar gone, Disney seems doomed.
2004-02-29 03:06:51 PM  

To me anyways. I found this out the hard way a couple of weeks ago. I've beet biatching about it ever since.

/Disneyland bum
2004-02-29 03:08:42 PM  
Grrr... Sometime in mid-1994, Disneyworld tamed one of the drops on space mountain. The next time I went there and rode, it was barely thrilling. :(
2004-02-29 03:09:24 PM  
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2004-02-29 03:09:49 PM  
Well, that blows. I'm leaving for Disney World in 8 days. Was this change implemented in both American Disney parks, or just the Californian one?
2004-02-29 03:11:14 PM  
I was one of the ones that was getting kinda sick of all the biaching about the depths to which Disney has fallen. This (and the Roy Disney resignation) is the straw that broke the mouse's back though.

Farkin mouse.
2004-02-29 03:12:13 PM  
I don't know what's more pathetic, the fact that they had to modify the ride to avoid lawsuits, or the fact that people MARCHED IN PROTEST over it.
2004-02-29 03:12:19 PM  
I remember riding the tea cup ride with my older brother and sister. We got that thing spinning so fast that I broke out into a cold sweat & couldn't stop moaning. But I managed not to do a sprinkler imitation, making it to the bathroom before wretching.

And I'd do it again. ;)
2004-02-29 03:12:26 PM  

That film he worked with Dali on... Roy Disney finished it. It's "Destino" and it's up for an Oscar tonight!
2004-02-29 03:13:32 PM  
Dang, I copied the "1995" reference thinking i'd be the only Farker who RTFA.
Crap, how come the only article I read today was read by so many?????
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