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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   (sacbee.com) divider line 115
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2004-02-29 03:14:35 PM
When I worked in Entertainment at WDW, a couple of times in full costume we left our set location and went on the Tea Party. Got in trouble when we got caught... but do you know how damn hard it is to fit Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Dum into those teacups? I think they shouold sue Disney to change it.
 
2004-02-29 03:16:09 PM
I know at least half a dozen people (including myself) who have spun themselves to the point of puking on the teacup ride. It doesn't help that you stuff your face with churros and mickey pops beforehand. I think it's ok though.
 
2004-02-29 03:17:30 PM
safarishane

DL or WDW?

As long as they don't take away our guns at The Great Movie Ride... what are our Gangsters or Bandits supposed to do? Throw rocks?
 
2004-02-29 03:19:39 PM
dlelash

Sorry, but they did fark the Florida ones. I went there two weeks ago and went on the teacups (Wait 25 minutes. Go figure). My friend (Weightlifter/football player), other friend (Chick) and me, both turning the wheel with all are might, couldn't get the cup to turn any faster than a three-year old turning one of those "merry-go-rounds" at the park.

Couldn't use my fingers for a few minutes afterword.
 
2004-02-29 03:20:51 PM

They better keep their grubby mits off of the Haunted Mansion!

I was saddened to learn that they had killed off 20,000 Leagues under the Sea and Journey Into Imagination. Poor Figment!

They should have a "Yesterday Land" where they put the old rides removed from the main park. Sure, some of the old stuff was cheesy, but I'd still love a chance to see them again

 
2004-02-29 03:24:46 PM
2004-02-29 02:43:48 PM culebra
Next they'll remove the fossils from Thunder Mountain Railroad because they have sharp edges.


Actually, they closed it, cause someone died...

I was just there in Dec. and had a blast. I'm glad I got in my last good teacup ride before this. Made my dad sick.
 
2004-02-29 03:26:20 PM
 
2004-02-29 03:27:23 PM
Autonomous2323

Big Thunder Mountain is not permanently closed. In fact, rumor has it that it will reopen on March 10. As far as I know, they aren't making any structural/mechanical changes, either.
 
2004-02-29 03:27:30 PM
2004-02-29 03:20:51 PM AbbyNormal
I was saddened to learn that they had killed off 20,000 Leagues under the Sea and Journey Into Imagination. Poor Figment!

At Disney World, Journey Into Imagination was changed and Figmet was removed in the late 90s, but he was put back (this time with John Clease!). At least Figmet was around when I went in 2002. Maybe ut closed after that? Then again, I dunno what they did in Disneyland
 
2004-02-29 03:30:49 PM
If this alteration of an amusement park ride bothers you then you live a sad, sad existence.
 
2004-02-29 03:37:46 PM
Ugh, I remember 20,000 Leagues being a nightmare. Humid, hotter than hell, damp, stanky, and loud. And the sub itself looked like a giant insect. Gave me nightmares as a kid.
 
2004-02-29 03:40:34 PM
wydock
At Disney World, Journey Into Imagination was changed and Figmet was removed in the late 90s, but he was put back (this time with John Clease!). At least Figmet was around when I went in 2002. Maybe ut closed after that? Then again, I dunno what they did in Disneyland

Figment is still in WDW, and has never been in Disneyland. And it's Eric Idle.

MegaElixir
I didn't have any problems with them yesterday... maybe you hopped on a farked teacup.
 
2004-02-29 03:41:05 PM
I'm in it for the thrill of the lines.
 
2004-02-29 03:42:53 PM
"The move has prompted fans of the ride to march to City Hall on Disneyland's Main Street in protest and post hundreds of messages on Internet discussion boards..."

This has got to be satire
 
2004-02-29 03:45:02 PM
It's a VERY fine line between staying in business and being sued out of business.......
 
2004-02-29 03:48:45 PM
We still have Mr Toad out here in Cali :) They tried to get rid of it to put in that hideous Pooh ride and the public threw a fit. We do have the horrid Pooh ride though, they got rid of the Country Bear Jamboree to put it in. At least we've still got Roger Rabbits Cartoon spin; not as fast as the teacups used to be but you can still make someone puke on it!

BTW....City Hall at Disneyland houses Guest Relations; thats where a disgruntled guest would have to go to complain about something!
 
2004-02-29 03:50:57 PM
Park officials said they made the change after a disabled rider lost his balance last month and slipped from a teacup. The rider did not require medical treatment.

In a written statement, Disneyland officials insist "the ride remains entertaining and exciting for guests of all ages," and say few have complained.


I thought the entertaining part was watching disabled people fly off. If you stop that from happening what is there to get excited about?
 
2004-02-29 03:51:46 PM
Adventures Through Inner Space presented by Monsanto, I loved that. Thanks for the link there travisl. Always drove my family nuts because I wouldn't leave Tomorrowland for half the day. I think the last time I went Space Mountain was brand spanking new and it captured my constant attention. I'd get off the ride and stand right back in line.

I also have thown up on the Mad Tea Cups ride due to frantic spinning, and I loved it. Seemed to be the thing to do. If I recall they had people standing by with cleaning gear at all times. Towels, lots of towels.
 
2004-02-29 03:54:28 PM
They are holding farking protests over this shiat?

What the fark is wrong with America where people have the time and energy to protest the farking teacup ride at Disney Land?

We have millions of children and elderly with nothing to eat every day, thousands of homeless veterans, a huge national debt that may take away social security, a failing education system, the daily loss of basic freedoms under John Ashcroft... and people are protesting the farking teacup ride? What the fark is wrong with you retards?
 
2004-02-29 03:54:52 PM
Disneyland sucks anyway... Lame rides and horribly expensive.

/See you at Disneyland...Bring money!

//Family Guy
 
2004-02-29 04:26:33 PM
Check out This ghetto "amusement" park near where I grew up.

I don't know why I just thought of that horrible, horrible place.
 
2004-02-29 04:38:13 PM
<b>mediaho:</b><br>
The city park in my hometown had some of the same rides, believe it or not. :)
 
2004-02-29 04:39:58 PM
Grrr, I saw the mistake in my post in the preview, but my brain said "Duh, looks okay to me"... Click! :)
 
2004-02-29 04:47:59 PM
I remember in college a group of us went to Disneyland, and 6 of us decided to do the tea cup ride. We interlocked our arms in such a way that all of us were spinning at the same time.

The cup was spinning so fast that a huge crowd was standing around watching us. While we were literally staggering out of the cup (and falling down on our faces like we were drunk), everyone gave us a huge round of applause.

/I really miss the old days when we were able to have some fun...
 
2004-02-29 04:56:31 PM
First Mr. Toads wild ride, now the teacups. Where does it end? I'm voting you out Eisner.
 
2004-02-29 05:05:29 PM
To those of you who insist upon opening your pie holes to decry, insult, or otherwise make fun of those of us who care about this: please shut the fark up.

"But there are so many more important things to worry about: homelessness, world hunger, and the pissed off horde of mutated, irradiated, horribly disfigured cyborg killers being bred in secret by Halliburton for release at the command of George W. Bush. What about that stuff?"

What about it? One of the many great things about living in this wonderful country of ours is that we have the luxury of concerning ourselves with trivial crap that doesn't relate directly to our day-to-day survival as a species. That's called 'success.' So there are more important issues than some minor alteration at an amusement park? Well, no shiat. Thanks for the scoop there, ace. I breathe easier knowing that you are there to remind me of the completely obvious, Mr. Socially Conscious. And I'm sure you never concern yourself with anything trivial. Uh-huh, sure.

"But this is meaningless."

To you, perhaps. To most of us, having a touchstone to the happy memories of our childhood is important--particularly to those of us who now have children of our own with whom we want to share those experiences. Disneyland, for better or worse, is on of those touchstones. Most everyone has something that they hold near and dear; something that has become an institution for them. Be it a favorite band, an entertainment venue, a sports team, or a sacred trilogy of movies (hey man, check the name--I had to slip it in somewhere!), everyone has something that they connect with on a deeper level. Everyone has that certain something that puts them in their "happy place," and each and every one of you would be up in arms if someone tried to screw with it. So it's not the same for you as it is for us. So what. Let us biatch in peace without your derision.
 
2004-02-29 05:12:13 PM
Park officials said they made the change after a disabled rider lost his balance last month and slipped from a teacup.

Let's say it again, only with emphasis.

Park officials said they made the change after a disabled rider lost his balance last month and slipped from a teacup.

Wait, what was that again?

a disabled rider

Whatever happened to putting limits on people that can ride the rides? Like, "you must be this tall" or "do not ride if you are" ect.
 
2004-02-29 05:16:44 PM
Welcome to the Monkey House.
 
2004-02-29 05:29:41 PM
HA HA!

"...the horrid Pooh..."

/just thought it was funny.
 
2004-02-29 05:32:50 PM

Kaymon

Whatever happened to putting limits on people that can ride the rides? Like, "you must be this tall" or "do not ride if you are" ect.

I don't think you can say "You may not ride if you are a tard. I was told that 20,000 Leagues under the Sea was canned because it did not meet ADHA Americans with Disabilities and Handicapped access requirements.

 
2004-02-29 05:40:32 PM
Adventures Through Inner Space presented by Monsanto, I loved that.

That ride was farking awesome! We used to hold the bar up while it was supposed to come down and lock you in automatically. We would hold it open, get out, and jump back and forth between cars.
 
2004-02-29 05:51:20 PM
Oh, we used to spit spitwads at the big eyeball, too.

Ahh, memories.
 
2004-02-29 05:56:32 PM
One day soon, walking at amusments parks will be banned for everyone, becuase it does not meet ADHA Americans with Disabilities and Handicapped access requirements.
 
2004-02-29 06:20:52 PM
When I got to the part about when Disneyland opened I quit reading.
 
2004-02-29 06:22:41 PM
Rise up, fellow Fakers!

Go to Disneyland and ride the newly defamed tea cups and fall out anyway! That will prove how stupid this move was. Nothing can stop us! bOOOOOOOOOOyaaa!
 
2004-02-29 06:27:33 PM
>2004-02-29 05:32:50 PM AbbyNormal
>I don't think you can say "You may not ride if you are a tard. I was told that 20,000 Leagues under the >Sea was canned because it did not meet ADHA Americans with Disabilities and Handicapped access

Actually the ride was leaking water and thats one of the main reasons why they closed it. Disney also closes down an old attraction whenever they put in a new one, a twisted little trade off system.

I occassionally visit D-land with a friend who uses a wheelchair; some of the rides arent really set up for people in wheelchairs and having to constantly stop and start an attraction to load wheelchairs detracts from everyone's experience. Luckily our friend can move around so she can get on and off the rides without assistance so we dont have to deal with holding up the ride for everyone.
 
2004-02-29 06:28:47 PM
It's pathetic what Disney has become, and even worse, as a lifetime Floridian, I've watched them transform tourism in this state. When I was a kid in the early 1970s, people came to the coast to fish, or to sunbathe, or to waterski, or whatever.

Now they come to Florida TO BE ENTERTAINED. Everything is a show, or should be.

I'll never forget a day in St. Augustine. I saw a group of tourists gathered around something, taking pictures and pointing. I went up to see what it was. They were gathered around an unstable homeless guy, trying to bail out an obviously sunken jonboat. Waves kept crashing back in the boat and he was muttering to himself loudly. It would have been kinda sad ordinarily, but the throng of 20 excited Midwesterners gawking at him like he was another Audio-Animatronic Pirate of the Caribbean made the scene just too surreal.

That's what Disney has done. This guy was just another attraction in the theme park called Florida.
 
2004-02-29 06:38:57 PM
I, for one, welcome our new corporate amusement park overlords.
NOT.
I am glad I got to at least do the ride last fall- I had not been there since 87, and was not too happy with the changes I saw.And the closed rides, gone rides.I mean, 20000 leagues under the freaking sea was gone, and what's left to see from the monrail ? a huge pond filled with track and concrete- plain ugly.
Sky cars ? gone too.AT least the teacups were still going, and I drove the thing clockwise as fast as i could, then backed off.Anticlockwise! I shouted at the GF as she tried to catch her breath.No puking involved, but i did have some sore arms.
Good times...
 
2004-02-29 06:50:39 PM
I loved the 20,000 leagues under the sea ride, the World of Energy, (was that it? You sat in a semi circular theater and the theater would rotate around the center stage. The show would start at the beginning of electric lights and work all the way through improved technology up to present with microwaves, digital TVs and such)
Yea, the teacups were great for when I was too small to go on the bigger rides. Couldn't walk straight for 5 minutes after that! *sigh* so much fun long gone now.

I hope they still have the Tiki Room!! Disney World would truly be dead if they took that out!!

I've heard about the changes they've done in the "Pirates" ride. (according to rumor) they took out where the pirates were chasing women and drinking, but I bet they kept the slave auction up. What is wrong with this picture?

You hear that sound of swirling dust? That's Walt himself spinning in his grave. Wish he'd come back and haunt those responsible for the downward spiral of all that is Disney!

/goes and plays old disney LPs/
 
2004-02-29 06:52:35 PM

Actually the ride was leaking water and thats one of the main reasons why they closed it. Disney also closes down an old attraction whenever they put in a new one, a twisted little trade off system.

I had assumed they did it becuse it was old, but I'd also heard the other story.

It's been years, and they haven't replaced the ride. You'd think they would have kept it running until the figured out what to put in it's place.

 
2004-02-29 06:59:10 PM
toad's wild ride?
 
2004-02-29 07:08:10 PM
farking lawyers...
 
2004-02-29 07:30:32 PM
Stripe: I've heard about the changes they've done in the "Pirates" ride. (according to rumor) they took out where the pirates were chasing women and drinking, but I bet they kept the slave auction up. What is wrong with this picture?

HA! Yes, on the new, improved Pirate ride, chasing wenches is verboten. But *selling* the wenches is perfectly OK. Boozing, pillaging, firing giant cannonballs, and setting the town on fire is also OK. Go figure. ;p
 
2004-02-29 07:32:32 PM

Read the recap at miceage.com. The "asshat" that fell out and causes ambulance-type stuff to happen was paralyzed before he got on the ride. He was fine and laughing about it afterwards.


CA did not tell Disney to do anything to the ride; Disney tightened the cups down themselves... but I would expect this change to be temporary once more complaints hit City Hall.

 
2004-02-29 07:33:25 PM
Consular-Jedi

Well said!! Thank you!

coloradodragon

Actually, 20,000 Leagues is STILL leaking water. Trust me. The women's locker room for Magic Kingdom Cast Members is right below it. Every time it rains heavily the locker room floods. During one really bad rainstorm a couople of years ago, I had to walk through ankle-deep water just to get to my locker.

Abby Normal

They may not say "You may not ride if you are a tard" but there are warning signs that tell you not to ride if you have conditions that may be a problem. Obviously in this case, his condition was a problem, but he did not heed the warning. IMHO, his fault, not Disney's. As for putting something in place of the Submarine Voyage, that is apparently back on the burner for Disneyland's 50th next year.

Stripe

I hate to say it, but the Tiki Room at Walt Disney World has been mauled. It's now "Under New Management" by Iago and Zazu and it's horrible.
 
2004-02-29 07:52:21 PM
Zazu the bird? i'm not familiar with that one... where are the three cabilleros?
 
2004-02-29 08:01:55 PM
punkennedys

sounds pretty capitalistic for a self-proclaimed communist such as yourself.
 
2004-02-29 08:15:15 PM
Ah, the teacups. Didn't make myself puke on that ride from spinning too fast - it was pretty farking close though. Had to wait an hour before my stomach settled enough for another ride...
 
2004-02-29 08:16:38 PM
It is sad about the theme parks. I've lived in Florida my whole life, and the reputation of Disney parks was unparalleled.

The cleanliness. The attention to detail. The continuing push to new "imagineering." I remember being wowed by EPCOT (it was capitalized back then). I remember watching the animators work at MGM. Even for awhile in the 90's, Disney kept trying to up itself. Every new theme park attraction had to be better than what came before...

Somewhere the wheels fell off. Disney parks are close to Six Flags territory these days. Look at the Tomorrowland "redo"...it's not even finished. Parts of buildings are refitted, other parts are still their 1960s skeletons.

Embarrassing rides like "Star Tours" (featuring cutting-edge late 1980s technology!) are still featured, while timeless rides like Mr. Toad are gutted. The Skyway is gone. I haven't seen anything interesting in a Disney park in years (I have Disney friends and get in the parks for free--otherwise I'd never go there).

Universal Studios, on the other hand, opened the amazing Islands of Adventure with the coolest ride on the planet, Spider-man. The new Mummy ride looks amazing. Disney is quickly becoming #2 in the town it built.

The whole place is pretty depressing.

Actually I still like the World Showcase at Epcot. You can drink around the world.
 
2004-02-29 08:24:22 PM
Lord_Marquis

Yeah, Zazu... the annoying bird from The Lion King. And Iago (from Aladdin), which means you're subjected to the even more annoying voice of Gilbert Gottfried.
 
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