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Posted: July 25, 2003 10:25 am/pm Quote

O.K. I did it. Hope it is appropiate, feel free to rename it if you think it is too irreverent of a title!
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Posted: July 26, 2003 5:55 am/pm Quote

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Some of you may have actually seen this happen. Before Spectromagic happens, parade ops is responsible for putting big rubber stoppers in the trolley tracks for the floats. Yes, they are VERY HEAVY, and no, I cannot tell you their nickname.


Well I can!

We call them "cheese" because when brand new, they are the color of fresh cheddar cheese. Mind you, after a few years of sitting in the tracks where the horsies go to the bathroom, "cheese" isn't what I think of and "cheddar" isn't the color any more. :barf:

The cheese used to come in pieces about 8 feet long, they were stored in racks on the side of a building, and we had to carry them on and off stage by hand. Now they've been cut to 4-foot lengths, and we wheel them around in our very own wooden wagon. Much easier to do, and much less likely to smear the shoulders of your costume!

What really amazes me is that we don't have to put down cheese over the entire route. I've never seen a performer fall because they tripped over the tracks, which is more than I can say for my walking over them. Guess there's a reason I didn't get hired to dance, huh? :punched:


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Posted: July 26, 2003 6:58 am/pm Quote

Quote (Rufus @ July 26, 2003 4:55 am/pm)
Guess there's a reason I didn't get hired to dance, huh? :punched:

Yes, we all know (wait for it...)
Cats Can't Dance!
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...Sorry, wrong studio.  :oops:


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Posted: July 27, 2003 2:02 am/pm Quote

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Wait a minute, am I getting this right, that cast member was actually right when he said one of those caught on fire? I'm taking the ferry from now on!


The monorails tended to catch fire when new. The circuitry has been changed and it's no longer a problem. Hasn't been a fire in a monorail for a couple of years now (not counting those set by the guests).


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So what do they do with the rest of the line while a particular monorail is stuck? Can they go backwards into a station to let the guests off, or does it throw a safety switch?


Yes, the monorails go both directions quite easily. The restriction is a matter of safety -- you not only want to make sure that there's no one coming up behind you, you also want to know that there's a clear station platform to back up into.

Safety rules also require an operator in the leading cab in all but exeptional situations. Some times it'll take a manager a long time to decide if a situation is exceptional enough. :help: While this sometimes leads to half hour delays (as happened to a friend of mine on Friday), I think such caution is a whole lot better than having a collision.


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Posted: July 28, 2003 12:27 am/pm Quote

O.K. IIIIIIM baaaaack. You've been warned. Thanks for the Birthday greeting Rich, I went over to WDW for my b-day, and indulged myself quite nicely thank you! And I have had a all new dusting of pixie dust, which is making me quite annoying to my wife, but oh, well.

First things first. Found out that those tractors are diesal and not electric - you learn something new every day! Which means they wouldn't have anything to worry about power outage or whatever, so folks if ya get stuck, you'll be okay. (Now that they are not catching on fire anymore).

Didn't get to go to Typhoon today due to family reasons, but will go later on in the month. But spent Sat. at Dis. and have lots of good stuff - told you all you have to do is look!  :shifty:

Found: for all you folks who indulge yourselves @ the Wilderness Lodge - 5 wood ducks making themselves nice and happy at home in the swimming pool. Now don't you just want to go over there and jump in for a swim! Don't swallow the water - :barf:

Just plain yucky: Waiting for fireworks I noticed guest beside me take her children for a nice 10pm swim - in the seven seas lagoon. Nice beach, but I wouldn't go swimming in that water - especially that late!

Double yucky: Tourists in speedos that don' t have any business owning one, much less wearing one. Makes me not want to go to a water park!

Overheard: "Can you tell me where the nearest boat is to EPCOT" (THAT MADE MY BIRTHDAY RIGHT THERE)

I asked the front desk person if you could hear the fireworks on the beach ( I forgot to check tikiman's website before I left). Cast member: "Yes." where? "I'm not sure hang on I have never been down to the beach" (You know you are in trouble when a Poly cast member says they have never been down to their own beach). "My supervisor says you can hear the music in Ohanas but not at the beach." Security guard: You can if you stand by the speakers @ the pool."
Having been totally confused, I sat by the beach near the pool. The answer is: Technically, yes you can hear the music by the pool - if you get down on your knees and put your head right next to one of the green speakers on the grass while positioning your body in such a position as to throw your back totally out of whack trying to see fireworks. Solution: Watch by Ohanas, or go to the roof @ the Contemporary.
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Posted: July 28, 2003 1:02 am/pm Quote

Yoo Hoo, Eric!

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I asked the front desk person if you could hear the fireworks on the beach

If that is what you actually asked, and not "Can you hear the music from the fireworks on the beach?" then you've just asked you own funny question from a Guest!
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Posted: July 28, 2003 1:18 am/pm Quote

You caught me on a typo Rich, although I must admit it would not suprise me. I have done my share of silly things too - I once asked a cast member where a water fountain was while standing two feet away from one! That was NOT a good day, and I'm just glad it happened at the EPCOT entrance gate and not the MK or I would have never heard the end of it!
I also have been known to make a very not so graceful fall off the steps of the pool @ the Boardwalk, resulting in multiple castmembers checking on my wounded pride, while my ever so caring wife is by my side wishing she had a video camera! :blush2:


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Posted: July 28, 2003 9:55 am/pm Quote

I forgot to add a item to my post about my trip. Has anybody ever noticed the Mickey Mouse firework in the firework show? It is a very cool addition! :coolgrin:  

To whovever mentioned Kona's cafe=it is great!


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Posted: July 29, 2003 1:41 am/pm Quote

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What do you think of Al Lutz's column that includes his opinions/news about the current state of Disneyland's monorails and their future?


Al has a reputation for accurate information and pessimistic projections, so I'm very inclined to believe his data but doubt some of his conclusions.

The idea that Disneyland would restrict the number of monorails in service to reduce maintenance costs sounds reasonable -- after all, they did the same thing for the California Screamin' coaster when maintenance costs exceeded expectations.

To go the additional step of restricting monorail use to Disney hotel guests seems a bit extreme. Granting them priority in seating may well prove necessary, but I don't believe they are numerous enough to require all of the seats.

When budgets are tight (for good reasons or not), severe steps must at times be taken. When maintenance is deferred, it almost always causes greater expenses down the line. Disneyland appears to be suffering from both causes, and that saddens me. That such problems may be reflected in operating cutbacks is only logical.

Logical, but sad. :tear: Let's hope someone finds a way to fund some basic changes out there.


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I forgot to add a item to my post about my trip. Has anybody ever noticed the Mickey Mouse firework in the firework show?

:buttrock: I have, I have!

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To whovever mentioned Kona's cafe=it is great!

:buttrock: I did, I did!


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