The happiest place on earth?

Discussion in 'Off Topic [BG]' started by slobake, Nov 26, 2012.

  1. slobake

    slobake resident ... something Supporting Member

    I grew up in SoCal so Disneyland was a part of my childhood. I'm old enough to remember passing orange groves on my way there. I used to love Disneyland I even had my high school graduation party there.
    Lately the attraction has started to fade for me. It seems like the whole place is more and more geared towards selling us and our children Disney trinkets than entertaining us. The employees seem to be getting more insolent and the rides don't thrill me anymore. I think the Tower of Terror is boring and I got naseous on Space Mountain last time I rode it. Don't get me wrong there are some rides and other things I do like there but not enough to brave the crowds and commercialism.
    Is it just me? Am I becoming too jaded to enjoy Disneyland or does anyone else feel this way. Right now I'd rather go for a hike in the woods than spend the day at Disneyland.
  2. Phalex

    Phalex Semper Gumby Supporting Member

    Oct 3, 2006
    G.R. MI
    I saw more child abuse at Disney in an afternoon than I see over the course of years! For being the happiest place on earth, they sure do have a lot of crying kids and pissed off parents.
  3. I've been to Disneyland twice as a kid....both times it felt like a commercialism blitz to me
  4. BassyBill

    BassyBill The smooth moderator... Gold Supporting Member

    Mar 12, 2005
    West Midlands UK
    You'd have to pay me a LOT of money to get me into Disneyland. Ugh.
  5. preside


    Aug 7, 2010
    Scottsdale Az
    I tend to think of them (land and world) as the empire of all that is evil. South Parks take on Mickey Mouse just kills me. Beating up the Jonas Brothers is priceless. :)

  6. HaMMerHeD


    May 20, 2005
    Norman, OK, USA
    I haven't been to any Disney parks. I have no desire to do so. Universal Studios was fun, though.
  7. Bloodhammer

    Bloodhammer Twinkle Twinkle Black Star

    Jul 7, 2009
    Shreveport, Louisiana
    I thought this thread was going to be about something else.... :atoz:
  8. slobake

    slobake resident ... something Supporting Member

    I'll never forget the Ralph Steadman drawing of Disneyland. It showed someone losing his lunch off the bridge that goes into the castle.
  9. slobake

    slobake resident ... something Supporting Member

    I guess it's safe to say I'm not alone on this. :p
  10. preside


    Aug 7, 2010
    Scottsdale Az
    Stedman was/is a genius with a truly demented way of seeing the world. I love what he did for Hunter S , he drew like Thompson wrote.
  11. HaMMerHeD


    May 20, 2005
    Norman, OK, USA

  12. slobake

    slobake resident ... something Supporting Member

    I think that's against the rules my brother. :p:p:p
  13. slobake

    slobake resident ... something Supporting Member

    Thanks Hammerhed, tha's the one.
  14. hover


    Oct 4, 2008
    Used to live by the Anaheim location in the mid-80's...went a few times, used to get free fireworks every night if I sat on my roof.

    Made the trip with my (then) 8-year old Daughter (edit: to Disney World), she enjoyed it quite a lot, and was glad the Missus and I went for her, but I echo a lot of your sentiments...and this was 10 years ago, so it's hardly a new phenomena... it's always been a money grab tie-in, but to a kid who knows not those things and is into it, it's a pretty awesome place...we went to the animal kingdom the next day, and I thought that was tons better... but I love zoos. My Daughter liked it better too.
  15. ggaarrwrrwrwrwr!! I get free fireworks every night, whether I want it or not. Sometimes it keeps me from falling asleep :spit:
  16. Tituscrow

    Tituscrow Banned

    Feb 14, 2011
    NW England
    Hmmm. At least you have the original over there. We got Eurodisney. Or is it Disneyland Paris? Either way, they ain't getting my pennies. If I want 3 hour queues and extortionate food prices, I'm quite happy with Alton Towers.
  17. MakiSupaStar

    MakiSupaStar The Lowdown Diggler

    Apr 12, 2006
    Huntington Beach, CA
    Do disneyland on acid. It'll bring it right back for you.
  18. Passinwind

    Passinwind I Know Nothing Supporting Member Commercial User

    Dec 3, 2003
    Columbia River Gorge, WA.
    Owner/Designer &Toaster Tech Passinwind Electronics
    Yep. When I was at NAMM a few years ago my hotel was right across the street. Reminded me of Alcatraz -- really scary bad vibe coming off that place. :atoz:
  19. chuck norriss

    chuck norriss Banned

    Jan 20, 2011
    Just don't go around November, December, January. Unless you like large crowds in small spaces.
  20. elgecko


    Apr 30, 2007
    Anasleim, CA
    The last time I went to Disneyland was over ten years ago when my daughter was still pretty young...she loved it. The other day at the office we looked up current admission prices and they're completely INSANE! I honestly feel sorry for young families today that want to take their kids. It'll cost them the proverbial arm and leg.

    What I find most interesting is that there is a large contingent of adults who own season tickets and love going all the time. I don't get it...I must be jaded.

    I don't agree with the employee observation though. Every single person I've known who has worked at the park or still does absolutely loves working there. It's almost creepy!

    You sleep at 9:30? :confused:

    My favorite part of living near the park is seeing cast members (yes, they're not employees) outside the park. It's like "Hey that guy gassing up his car is either a futuristic astronaut or he works at the park" or "Hey that chick buying groceries either just arrived from Victorian-era New Orleans or she works at the park".