Saturday, June 26, 2010

Mr. Toad Painting's Update

I decided it might be a good idea to watch some old attraction videos of Mr. Toad's Wild Ride to see if I could find the paintings I discussed in my previous post.

They call them dark rides for a reason, so these are the best screen shots I could get.  In the first room you can see the photo of Toad dressed as a guard.


Like I said before, this was the best I could get.

In the next room (which i'll go ahead and call the Jungle Room) you can see the painting of Toad and the lion.


If you stare at this one like you are trying to solve a 3D Magic eye....


There you go my friends. Boy do I miss that ride.

Friday, June 25, 2010

Who wants to ride Peter Pan?


When I arrived in Florida to start my College Program with Disney I was dumb enough to think that i'd be given some kind of pass that would let me skip the lines (well hoping for one at least).  I soon found out that Cast Members had to wait in line with every one else.  My new mission was to find a way around that.  The solution was acquiring Fast Passes.  This was back in 2003 when Cast Member's did not pay attention to the tiny date printed on the bottom of the pass.  Here are the ways I collected:

1. Ripping off the Fast Pass Machine:  If you know how to do this, good for you (if not...sorry).  This was somewhat complicated because you needed 2 to 3 people to pull it off.  One look out, one guy to do the deed and one guy to catch all the passes that were going to shoot out.

2. Asking a fellow CP for a rider switch pass: Instead of just asking for multiple Fast Passes the best thing to do was ask a Cast Member for a rider switch which would get you and 3 friends on.  This was also complicated because most CM's do not go to the parks on there days off and will look at you like an idiot for wasting your day off.  You also have to ask a fellow CP (College Program).  This is because most full time Cast Members hate CP's and will tell you no.  The third problem is that after weeks of asking the same CP's for Rider Switch's they'll get tired of hooking you up.

3. The Locker Room: Have you ever noticed what CM's do with Fast Passes after you turn them in?  They either throw them in a bin or shove a stack in their pockets.  They'll eventually forget about the giant stack in their pockets until it's quitting time.  As they change into their street clothes they will remember about the Fast Passes they had been shoving in their pockets all day and instead of throwing them away they will simply drop them on the bench in the locker room.  So, on my trips to the Magic Kingdom I would enter the utilidor and go straight to the Men's Locker Room where I would collect all of the discarded Fast Passes.

I ended up with Fast Passes from all the parks and had multiple passes for every ride on property.  Aside from all the Peter Pan's in the above photo this is all I have left.


It was a good little system I had going.....

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Mr. Toad Paintings

Back when I was in the Walt Disney World College Program (2003-2004), one of my favorite things to do was explore backstage areas.  Most of the time it was the Magic Kingdom I was exploring.  Down in the utilidor (tunnels running under the Magic Kingdom) they still have a plate on the wall that indicates "This way to Mr. Toad and 20,000 Leagues." I used to have a picture of it but cannot seem to find it.

Well one day while exploring backstage I came across a custodial break room.  The entrance is very close to the restrooms that are connected to the Enchanted Grove:

  (Somewhere in that general area)

Through a small window on the door I could see Mr. Toad staring at me.


I went inside and found another one!


At the time I did not own a digital camera which should explain to you why these pictures are so off center.  I also took them very quickly because I did not know if I would get in some kind of trouble.

I've always wondered who decided they should put these two pictures in a tiny break room for custodians?  Well if you look back at the aerial map you will see that the break room is in the same building as The Many Adventures of Winnie The Pooh, the same building the housed Me. Toad's Wild Ride.

Thursday, June 3, 2010

Close your mouth Donnie we are not a codfish....

I think I can die happy now.  As you may I enjoy writing letters to celebrities.  I'm not one of these people who just sends out hundreds of letters a week to any random person either.  The majority of the people I write to are Disney or Hitchcock related.  Well about 6 months ago I wrote to Dick Van Dyke and 3 months later he sent back my Mary Poppins dvd cover signed.  It was immediately after this I remembered that I had the Mary Poppins soundtrack on vinyl.  I decided that I would try sending it to Julie Andrews hoping she would sign it.  So I wrote her a note and sent along my album cover.  I knew my girlfriend would be jealous if Mrs. Andrews actually singed my record so I sent along the book jacket to her autobiography asking if she would sign it for Becky.

On all of the sites I had read about Julie Andrews autograph seekers the feedback was this "Sent her a photo, received it back unsigned with a photo of Mrs. Andrews also unsigned."  I was hoping that sending something big like a record might help my chances.  Well it did because here's what was waiting for me in the mail on Monday. (About 2 months after I sent it)


Here's a closer look at her signature.


She was even nice enough to sign the book jacket for Becky too!



P.S. I thought I had already written about my Dick Van Dyke autograph, apparently I haven't so I will post it later in the week.