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(Orange County Register)   Disneyland opened early today for one person - the man who designed Space Mountain - to take what might be his last ride   ( ocregister.com) divider line
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2018-02-07 08:01:22 PM  
Headline sounds darker than was probably intended

/ it's not gonna kill him is it?
// Narrator: it might.
 
2018-02-07 08:24:01 PM  
A buddy and me went to Disneyland on acid once back in the late 80s. We rode Space Mountain six times that day.

/csb
 
2018-02-07 09:46:02 PM  
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2018-02-07 09:55:41 PM  
 
2018-02-07 09:57:37 PM  

elkboy: Mad_Radhu: [img.fark.net image 425x340]

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Mr. Bones approves.
 
2018-02-07 11:31:36 PM  

elkboy: Headline sounds darker than was probably intended

/ it's not gonna kill him is it?
// Narrator: it might.


Another soul will bond with Disneyland.
 
2018-02-07 11:33:37 PM  
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2018-02-07 11:39:36 PM  

elkboy: Headline sounds darker than was probably intended

/ it's not gonna kill him is it?
// Narrator: it might.


I recall an early ride on Space Mountain. An elderly woman was ahead of us in line. Seemed like 85 or so. In fact, the line was moving faster than her much of the time. I'm talking a very slow shuffle. She wound up seated directly ahead of us in the ride. If you know it, it has(had?) these sharp turns, left, right, left. I watched her head pitching left, right, left. I was seriously wondering if it was going to snap right off. Then we got off and my date and I watched her. My date was equally concerned and also had worried that her head might actually snap off on one of the turns. But she shuffled away, at the exact same slow speed she had in the line up to the ride. For a few years we could bust each other up laughing by leaning our heads left, right, left.
 
2018-02-07 11:40:38 PM  
Get rid of the terrible, terrible music you dingles added!
 
2018-02-07 11:45:44 PM  
Space Mountain and the people mover?  Those are some impressive bookends on his résumé; the roller coaster is a classic of course, and there are times when your feet are tired and you just want to sit and take in a beautiful warm evening and the people mover is a nice place to be.
 
2018-02-07 11:46:49 PM  

fusillade762: A buddy and me went to Disneyland on acid once back in the late 80s. We rode Space Mountain six times that day.

/csb


I would have gone to the Haunted Mansion and Pirates of the Carribean
 
2018-02-07 11:54:56 PM  

little big man: Space Mountain and the people mover?  Those are some impressive bookends on his résumé; the roller coaster is a classic of course, and there are times when your feet are tired and you just want to sit and take in a beautiful warm evening and the people mover is a nice place to be.


I love the People mover, just hop on and chill and hope they let you go around for a couple of laps
 
2018-02-08 12:01:04 AM  
Protip: hit the rides at Disney World during a parade or fireworks show or other "event." No lines!

/offer void if too many people take my advice at the same damn time
 
2018-02-08 12:09:27 AM  
Everyone is dying.
 
2018-02-08 12:59:23 AM  

mrs john amber: fusillade762: A buddy and me went to Disneyland on acid once back in the late 80s. We rode Space Mountain six times that day.

/csb

I would have gone to the Haunted Mansion and Pirates of the Carribean


Oh we did those, too. Just not more than once. I think we hit Star Tours two or three times as well.
 
2018-02-08 12:59:52 AM  

devilEther: Everyone is dying.


It's like humans are cursed with a finite life span or something.
 
2018-02-08 01:19:30 AM  

fusillade762: devilEther: Everyone is dying.

It's like humans are cursed with a finite life span or something.


Yeah, what's with that anyway?
 
2018-02-08 01:21:24 AM  

fusillade762: mrs john amber: fusillade762: A buddy and me went to Disneyland on acid once back in the late 80s. We rode Space Mountain six times that day.

/csb

I would have gone to the Haunted Mansion and Pirates of the Carribean

Oh we did those, too. Just not more than once. I think we hit Star Tours two or three times as well.


Oh, tell us more about your acid trip. None of us have ever done it before.
 
2018-02-08 01:22:43 AM  

fusillade762: A buddy and me went to Disneyland on acid once back in the late 80s. We rode Space Mountain six times that day.

/csb


It was Carowinds in NC/SC for me. The company where Dad worked rented it out every year. No lines. Rode the Carolina Cyclone (2 loops, 2 corkscrews) six times in a row. After each lap we'd hop into a different row.

Days of Thunder was actually the best on acid. It was one of those "huge screen and mechanical chair combo makes you feel motion" things. Damn if I don't still get stomach butterflies if someone says "I'm dropping the hammer!"
 
2018-02-08 01:39:16 AM  

Trocadero: Get rid of the terrible, terrible music you dingles added!


Actually, the ride is completely Star Wars-themed, now ... and it's even been re-named HyperSpace Mountain.

I keep hoping once the Star Wars Land portion of the park opens, that they'll change it back.  -_-;
 
2018-02-08 01:43:50 AM  

devilEther: fusillade762: mrs john amber: fusillade762: A buddy and me went to Disneyland on acid once back in the late 80s. We rode Space Mountain six times that day.

/csb

I would have gone to the Haunted Mansion and Pirates of the Carribean

Oh we did those, too. Just not more than once. I think we hit Star Tours two or three times as well.

Oh, tell us more about your acid trip. None of us have ever done it before.


That would be like trying to explain color to a blind person.
 
2018-02-08 02:45:31 AM  
Space Mountain is my favorite Disney ride by far.  Excellent job, Mr. Watkins.
 
2018-02-08 02:50:03 AM  

noazark: Actually, the ride is completely Star Wars-themed, now ... and it's even been re-named HyperSpace Mountain.


That was a seasonal overlay done for "Seasons of the Force." It ended in May of last year and it's back to being Space Mountain again.

Hyperspace Mountain is currently occupying Space Mountain in Disneyland Paris until November.
 
2018-02-08 03:16:25 AM  

mrs john amber: fusillade762: A buddy and me went to Disneyland on acid once back in the late 80s. We rode Space Mountain six times that day.

/csb

I would have gone to the Haunted Mansion and Pirates of the Carribean


Just not 'It's a Small World'
Once takes forever
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"Longer than you think!"
 
2018-02-08 03:28:02 AM  
Disneyland in the 80's on acid? Good segment:  Peoplemover. Through Tron. And then country bear jamboree for the bad trip segment.
 
2018-02-08 07:04:16 AM  
That ride is pure crotch-horror for anyone over 6 foot tall.
 
2018-02-08 07:31:40 AM  

elkboy: Mad_Radhu: [img.fark.net image 425x340]

https://www.theonion.com/busch-gardens​-unveils-new-9-600-mile-long-endurance​-coa-1819576816


"a banked curve across five Midwestern states"

lmao
 
2018-02-08 08:26:50 AM  

Courtney Cox-Zucker: noazark: Actually, the ride is completely Star Wars-themed, now ... and it's even been re-named HyperSpace Mountain.

That was a seasonal overlay done for "Seasons of the Force." It ended in May of last year and it's back to being Space Mountain again.

Hyperspace Mountain is currently occupying Space Mountain in Disneyland Paris until November.


Oh, good.  I'm actually very glad to learn that.  Thanks..! ^^;
 
2018-02-08 09:08:11 AM  
One last ride then it's night-night forever.
 
2018-02-08 09:29:14 AM  
My brother and I smoked a joint during the ride in the mid '80's. Sorry to whoever was behind us when the hotbox flew off as we passed it back and forth.
 
2018-02-08 10:34:18 AM  
Space Mountain Lights on POV Best Quality! (Magic Kingdom, Walt Disney World)
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2018-02-08 10:36:48 AM  

Courtney Cox-Zucker: noazark: Actually, the ride is completely Star Wars-themed, now ... and it's even been re-named HyperSpace Mountain.

That was a seasonal overlay done for "Seasons of the Force." It ended in May of last year and it's back to being Space Mountain again.

Hyperspace Mountain is currently occupying Space Mountain in Disneyland Paris until November.


Hyperspace Mountain was hands down the best roller coaster experience I have ever encountered. It really added to space mountain.
Then again I don't have nostalgia tilting me in favor of traditional Space Mountain, it's Star Wars fueled nostalgia tilting me towards Hyperspace Mountain.
 
2018-02-08 10:47:18 AM  
I rode it twice.  First time, I liked it (I'm not a fan of roller coasters). When I went a second time, though, there was an issue and they turned on the lights.  It was disappointing.

It's really a pretty tame roller coaster.  What makes it a great ride is that it's done in complete darkness, so you don't know what's coming up.  They make sure of this by starting you out in a brightly lit chamber so that your eyes don't adjust until after the ride is over.  You just sit and let it happen and it's the not knowing that makes it great.
 
2018-02-08 02:05:06 PM  

noazark: Trocadero: Get rid of the terrible, terrible music you dingles added!

Actually, the ride is completely Star Wars-themed, now ... and it's even been re-named HyperSpace Mountain.

I keep hoping once the Star Wars Land portion of the park opens, that they'll change it back. -_-;


Hyperspace Mountain is a seasonal Star Wars overlay of Space Mountain at Hong Kong Disneyland and Disneyland Park (Paris). It was first premiered at Disneyland in 2015, as part of its Season of the Force until May 29, 2017.
 
2018-02-08 02:10:20 PM  

Brainsick: mrs john amber: fusillade762: A buddy and me went to Disneyland on acid once back in the late 80s. We rode Space Mountain six times that day.

/csb

I would have gone to the Haunted Mansion and Pirates of the Carribean

Just not 'It's a Small World'
Once takes forever
[art.cafimg.com image 850x664]
"Longer than you think!"


It's A Small World is one of my wife's favorites. When we went to Disney World for our 40th anniversary we rode it twice.

/yup, twice
 
2018-02-08 04:28:58 PM  
Space Mountain is great, but it was on a different level when Dick Dale provided the soundtrack
Disneyland Anaheim - Space Mountain Soundtrack (1996 - 2003)
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2018-02-08 06:03:36 PM  
taking the fam to disneyland in a few weeks
haven't been there since about 1980

suggestions for things to see / skip ?
/my 7yo gets to do 'jedi training' so that should be sweet
/other than just playing pokemon go the whole time
/also, seems like vaping at disney would be no bueno so edibles it is! ... i have to tolerate disney for two whole days after all
 
2018-02-08 06:44:31 PM  

inner ted: taking the fam to disneyland in a few weeks
haven't been there since about 1980

suggestions for things to see / skip ?
/my 7yo gets to do 'jedi training' so that should be sweet
/other than just playing pokemon go the whole time
/also, seems like vaping at disney would be no bueno so edibles it is! ... i have to tolerate disney for two whole days after all


It's been a while since I went, but last time I went Cars Land was super popular, so maybe go there early to avoid the longest lines.  They serve booze in the California Adventure park, so there's that.  The fast passes allow you to save some significant line time, so use that when you can.  If you like rollercoasters, smaller crowds, and a more down to earth environment, take an extra day and go to Knott's
 
2018-02-08 08:20:37 PM  

inner ted: i have to tolerate disney for two whole days after all


If you haven't been since 1980, then there's a lot of cool shiat (including another park) that you've never seen. Prepare for a bit of disappointment too, as many of the rides that you probably once like are long gone (Skyway) or have since been repurposed (Submarines). As far as the repurposed rides go, do a bit of checking beforehand so you don't waste time standing in line for a ride that no longer really exists. Or at least hit them up when the lines aren't too long.

Get there early, preferably on school/work days if your exact schedule is fluid, and just cram in as much as possible. Fast passes are limited, so if you're really 38 years removed, then your absolute musts in the main park are Indiana Jones and Star Tours (or whatever they call it now). Hit those first and second, because there's a real good chance you'll want to go on them again. Those are still two of the most unique rides I've ever been on.

If you're in a hotel area nearby, the downtown disney area is a great place to check out the day before you go in to the parks, but don't spend much time there the days of. Stop into the Grand Californian for a quick lookaround while you're there.

Other than that, do what you can and have fun. Oh, and don't look too conspicuous when you get to the front of the Star Tours line.
 
2018-02-08 08:28:58 PM  

Flt209er: have since been repurposed (Submarines)


It's basically the same ride, just Nemo themed

Flt209er: Indiana Jones


Unless things have changed in the past 4 years or so, the lines for Indiana Jones are fairly reasonable compared to other rides for whatever reason.

Flt209er: Stop into the Grand Californian for a quick lookaround


Also, Storyteller's, in the Grand Californian, is one of the more affordable food places Downtown Disney and the park entrance from the hotel into California Adventure is closeby.  Prime Rib buffet at a reasonable price(for Disney).  Napa Rose is continually one of the best restaurants in the county, Steakhouse 55 is very good(but The Ranch is probably better and not too far from Disney), and Ariel's Grotto and Goofy's Kitchen are popular with the kids for meals(and have stupidly long lines).
 
2018-02-08 09:21:04 PM  

bhcompy: Flt209er: have since been repurposed (Submarines)

It's basically the same ride, just Nemo themed


I know. I just liked it better before the theme change. Nemo's all well and good, but I always thought it was a lot cooler when it was themed around the USS Nautilus and the other nuke subs we used to have. I don't think inner ted should specifically avoid anything (except for the ride whos name shall not be mentioned) so long as there's ample time.
 
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