I get mail. Yes, I do. Lots. And, I just
adore hearing from you. You are all dear to me, you know that donít
you? You send me the kindest thoughts about my words and you share with
me the most wonderful stories of your own. Today I thought I would share
a few of your letters with everyone.
I think it may have been in one of your
reports (sorry if it wasn't, but all
the good info seems to be in your reports!) that you had talked
about a special anniversary map of 1958 Disneyland... anyhow,
I was at the Disney Gallery the other night (my first trip to
Disneyland in over a year, but I did finally renew my annual
pass, so I'll be there weekly from now on!) and was told by
the CM that the map is NOT going to be offered in the park anymore
once they get more in stock.
It's only going to be available by Disneyland
mail order, and I guess annual passholders are the ones who are on
that mailing list. Just thought you'd want to know.
|Iím not sure I was the one who
wrote about the wall maps (Iím so pleased, Jeannie, to hear that
you think I have good information), but I can say a few words about
them now. They are wonderful and I for one am thrilled that
Disneyland once again has wall maps.
The Anniversary map Jeannie mentioned was released in July for
Disneylandís 45th Anniversary celebration. Unfortunately, you had
to be quick to get one as they sold out rather fast. I think
Disneyland underestimated the popularity of the item. It seemed like
a no-brainer to me. I mean, you had a map, how long have we been
clamoring for those? And, the map was accompanied by some very nice
above, the pins that came with the 45th map
Pin art © Disney
Given that pin trading is very popular at the moment, it was
not a surprise to me that the maps were gone in a blink of an eye. I
do recall seeing one gentleman with a large amount of maps getting
them stamped to collect his pins. He must have had at least a
hundred friends he was giving a map to, such a generous fellow, no?
the 45th map was
stamped, below the complete map package
Art © Disney
Maybe next time Disneyland will limit the amount each guest can
purchase. That would be fair, donít you think?
Well, Dear Readers, if you are one of those who lusted after said
map and pins only to be left standing empty handed, donít cry, donít
despair and for goodness sake, donít bid on one on eBay... your
desired map is just a phone call away (well, that and a few dollars
charged to your credit card).
Disneyland is re- releasing them on September 15, 2000. The catch
is you cannot purchase them at Disneyland, they are only available
by calling DelivEars at (714) 781-4236 or e-mailing them at
dldelivears.com. Annual Passholders, be sure to tell DelivEars who
you are when you make the purchase. In addition to the map, banner
pin, and "I walked in Walt Disneyís Original Magic
Kingdom" button, you will receive an exclusive Annual
Passholder map pin that is pretty nifty. [see above]
Oh, and for those of you, for whom one wall map is not enough,
there is also a brand new regular wall map available in the park. Itís
reasonably priced and if you cannot get to the park to purchase one
for yourself, Iím sure MouseShoppe
will be glad to help you procure one.
Do tell Adrienne I said hi, wonít you?
My article on doing nothing at
Disneyland struck cord with a lot of you, Dear Readers. It seems I
am not the only one who spends time at Disneyland that way...
I enjoyed your column about "doing
nothing at Disneyland" immensely. I lived in Cerritos, CA for
six years (until I was six years old) and lived on once- a- year
trips to DL for several years. After a six- year hiatus (college,
etc.) I finally made it back with my partner for a three- day
vacation. We packed it in, did it all and had a great time. I made
up for those six years in those three days.
Last April we went again. This time we
planned on four days. Not because we wanted to pack more in, but
because we wanted to really relax (it's a vacation, isn't it?).
If you are doing a reader column, here are
some fun things to suggest:
1) I know what it's like to stand at the
opening line and take off running. This time we did a Magic
Morning and sat down near the Plaza Inn to watch them go running.
It was so memorable.
2) Breakfast at the Harbour Galley. Great
food, great prices, great service,
cute birds, and not many people. Plus, the Rivers of America is
beautiful in the morning.
3) Take one Coffee and one Blue Ribbon
Cinnamon Roll and sit down in the side-street near the lockers.
Yeah, there are a lot of people going in and out, but listening to
the "Painless Dentist" and the showering hotel guest is
4) Browse the shops from the north side
of Main Street all of the way to the South side. There are soo
many nook- and- crannies in there! (The East side is usually less
crowded than the West)
5) As smokers, we rated the different
smoking areas. They made some big mistakes (esp. the Haunted
Mansion area. It *is* the most beautiful area to sit and sip a
Mint Julep, but non- smokers shouldn't have to deal with the
concentrated amount of smokers, and smokers shouldn't have to deal
with trying to appease non- smokers. Big Thunder Trail is a
perfect smoking area. It's plenty to the side and no one sits
6) Take a flask and some Captain Morgan's
Rum and ride pirates a couple of times. Not to get tipsy, mind
you, but the taste of rum and the sounds of "Yo Ho" are
7) Talk to Rod, the piano guy. He gave me
Cynthia's number and said to get a management job. "We need
more people like you."
Just a little list and hopefully some hints
to help others oversee the eminent decline of some aspects of
Disneyland. As long as they don't ruin DL's atmosphere, I'll still
|Thanks for all your suggestions
Scott. Iím sure more than one of my Dear Readers will find a
helpful hint they can use on their next trip to Disneyland.
On one of the rare occasions that I have been to Disneyland
before the sun goes down, I too sat on the other side of the rope
drop and watched the guests get on their marks, get set, go! I do
have to admit it was fun to see. It didnít merit dragging myself
from my lovely soft feather mattress and black satin sheets at that
hour of the day, but it was amusing. Everyone should do it at least
And I concur with you that Harbour Galley was the best. Was, is
the operative word here. Harbour Galley has gone to Yesterland. That
does provide moments of despair for me. How I used to love their
tasty tuna sandwiches served in a little paper Columbia boat (you
notice I am not mentioning how I loved breakfast there, do you not?)
and their marvelous curly fries. Gone now forever to be replaced by,
I shutter to mention this word -- McDonalds, so I hear. Ugh.
Now Scott, I do have to admonish you a bit. Sue stamps her dainty
foot and shakes her pretty finger at your bad behavior. You are not
supposed to drink Captain Morganís in the park. Alcohol in
Disneyland, indeed ;^) You must save that for Disneyís California
Adventure, dear (That is unless you are lucky enough to be dining in
the cozy atmosphere of Club 33. Then, by all means, imbibe).
More than a few of you wrote to
tell me about your own experiences with "Nasty Excuses"
in the Haunted Mansion at Disneyland. It seems we have all run
into them. It also seems we appreciate the marvelous Cast members
like Jacob who turned a bad experience for me into a magical
Next time youíre at Disneyland
try to spend some time to be extra nice to the Cast members. Say
hello and ask the them how their day is going. Youíd be
surprised how much a little pleasantry like that is appreciated.
And just maybe, your little moment of kindness to a Cast member
will transmute into a magical moment for another guest.
Mark sent these kind words to me:
Sue, I am so happy for you that you had
such a special experience in the Mansion! When even Disneyland
regulars such as yourself can still be delighted by great cast
members, it lets me hold out hope that the Disney magic we all love
hasn't been entirely banished from the Park!
In my fantasy version of that ride you
took... Sue and group remain behind in the stretch room. The other
guests, with the Idiots leading the pack,
are directed down the corridor. They walk the dark hall toward
the doombuggies. Wait -- what's this? -- this is different...
An appropriately attired and ghoulish looking maid appears in
the middle of the passage, and
pulls open a panel to expose a previously unseen doorway.
She instructs the guests to use this
alternate route to their destination, as the normal path is
temporarily "under destruction". After the last Idiot is
through, the door is slammed shut. The other guests proceed normally
to the ride. The Idiots walk to the end of their own corridor, push
through the door, and find themselves in the fresh cool California
It makes me so angry when jerks are
disrespectful of other guests in that attraction! I'm 42 and have
loved Disneyland all my life. But since I live in Michigan and have
never had lots of money for travel, I've only been able to make two
visits. Fortunately, my last visit to the Park was a multi- day one,
and I was able to ride my favorite attractions many times. About
half the times I visited the Mansion, there were jerks who were
quite noticeably either making fun of the attraction in line or
inside, screaming and carrying on in the stretch room, or mis-
behaving so blatantly in their doombuggies that the ride was brought
to a halt. I was irritated enough that they were diminishing my
experience, but, like you, I was especially angry that they were
subjecting first timers to their ride- spoiling idiocy.
I know it's not fair to hold one person (or
company) responsible for someone else's behavior, but I really wish
the management at Disneyland would come up with a typically clever
way to stop this sort of thing from happening...
Obviously, you've given me my first
opportunity to vent about something that's bugged me for a while --
I'm sorry if I've gone on too long! Thank you very much for writing
that piece. (Not to mention all your other
interesting contributions to the site.) And
I can't wait for Part II!
Here's to many many more enchanted times in
the Park --
You did not go on too long, Mark, vent away! And, I loved your
fantasy for the Nasty Excuse- type of person. Would that we could
rid ourselves of them that easily. I concur that it would be
marvelous if Disneyland had a way of dealing with these folks, but
unfortunately Disneyland cannot do much... as where do you draw the
line? One personís fun is another personís annoyance. It puts
Disneyland in a bad spot and I truly believe they do the best they
can in handling unruly guests.
And you must remember, there are the Cast members. Most of them
are sterling and very under-appreciated (especially by management
ó in my not so humble view). They do their best to make each guestís
experience a positive one. Every now and then you get a Cast member
like Jacob who goes an extra step to make one guestís day a truly
And that, Dear Readers is, as they say on Casey Junior, "The
end of the lion"...-