Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Epcot Phone Booth

First off, there will be some kind of wedding trip report this week, but until then read this post.  While in Epcot last week, my new wife wanted to have her picture taken in the phone booth outside the England Pavilion in Epcot.  I crammed her, my sister, and my cousin in the booth and took a shot.

I stepped in to have my picture taken when the phone started ringing.  I answered it not knowing what to expect, until I heard a little girls voice.

Kid: Hello
Me: Hello?
Kid: My name is (random kid name I forgot) what's yours?
Me: Donnie, nice to meet you (random kid name I forgot)
Me:  Where are you from?
Kid: Hold on..............(asking parents)  Fort Worth
Me:  Wow, I'm from Texas too,  do you know where you are calling?
Kid:  Yes, the phone booth in Epicot. (Yes, she said Epicot)
Me:  How did you get this number?
Kid: Let me ask my mom, I'll call you back.

So, I hung up and waited a minute and the phone rang again.  She gave me a web address where I could find the number, but I really could not understand what she was saying so I thanked her and we hung up.

I did a google search and found the numbers, here they are:


Now, go call England and freak out the guests who are brave enough to answer. 

Friday, November 18, 2011

WDW Bound!

Guess where I'm going tomorrow? Yup, Walt Disney World, did I mention I'm getting married too.  I plan on going instagram crazy while in the parks, so follow me on twitter (donniedisney) or instagram (donniesaur) and I'll try to take some good pictures.

See ya in a week or so!

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

1990 MGM Shows

Here are a few pictures from my families 1990 trip to Walt Disney World.  It would appear that in my younger years I really enjoyed watching shows.

Maybe I liked shows so much back then because they were awesome.  Rescue Rangers, Yes please.  Although, Gadget does look pretty nuts. 

Duck Tales and Gummi Bears! 

Let's hope that with the new Muppet movie coming out in a few weeks Disney will dust off these costumes.  

Don't forget about the Ninja Turtles, it wouldn't be a proper 1990 post without them!

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Walt Disney World 1981

I found this brochure from 1981,  the pricing is a little confusing.  One day adult admission is $13.  Under that they have transportation and Magic Kingdom admission for $9.50, is this on top of the $13?

A birthday everyday sound like a precursor to Pleasure Islands  "New Years Eve every night!"

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Mystery Location: Update

Here is a picture of me in the early 80's.

This photo really puzzles me.  Where was it taken?  My guess is Main Street because of the large window display, but the tile ground (which I obviously have no problem walking on barefoot) doesn't look familiar.  Maybe Fantasyland?  Where were/are there cement pillars like that?  Anybody know?


Imagineering Disney has found the mystery location!  

Thanks to everyone who helped research!

Friday, October 7, 2011

Jaws Film Locations: Part 3

Before we get to the exciting conclusion of this series of posts, I want to take a minute to give you a lesson in Location Stalking 101.

Let's say you want to find the house from Home Alone.  This is an easy one, a simple google search will lead you to 671 Lincoln Ave.  Winnetka, Illinois.  See:

There are times when the internet has no clues for you.  Maybe you can find photos of the place but no address.  This was the problem I was faced with years ago when I was looking for Rushmore locations.  In this situation your best bet is paying attention to address numbers, street signs, and landmarks.  I found the Barber Shop from Rushmore and the Pawn Shop from Pulp Fiction based on the washateria across the street (Rushmore) and the address numbers (Pulp Fiction).  Google street siew is also an amazing tool to make sure the address from the internet is correct, or to see if the location still exist (In the case of Pulp Fiction, most are gone).  Finding Chief Brodys' house was by far the most challenging location I have ever tried to find.

Since Jaws is such a famous film, I assumed that it would be a piece of cake to find the film locations.  There are a bunch of sites devoted to the film, pictures and videos of the locations, but no addresses.  I was on Google street view so much  when I was looking for Brody's walk through town that when I was on the street I knew where everything was.

The best clue I had for finding his house was this description:

Out of Oak Bluffs, I trekked north on Commercial Ave., 
then along the coast on Highland Rd. About 15 minutes later, 
I rounded a corner on the northwest point of East Chop, 
and there it was Chief Brody's house.

Using Google maps, I narrowed it down to this area:

I drove this area in street view for longer than I'd like to admit looking for the house.

Let me remind you how it looked in the film:

Would you believe me if I told you this was it?

Don't believe me?  Here is the proof.  Chief Brody leaving.

Look at the houses he is driving towards.  Here they are now.

Yup, some genius remodeled the house.  Which is why all of these are street view pictures, I didn't waste my time seeking it out when I realized it was unrecognizable.  

This is one thing I don't understand, wasn't the fact that this house was used in the movie Jaws a selling point?  There's no way these people bought the house not knowing this, I'm sure they had to pay extra because of it.  The Full House is being sold for 3 million more dollars than the houses around it, because it's "The" Full House.

Walt Disney's Carolwood home, Jayne Mansfield's Pink Palace, Rudolph Valentino's home, why buy a famous piece or real estate only to  tear it down?  I'll never understand it.  

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Jaws Film Locations: Part 2

Alright kids, for this installment we are going to jump around the film a bit, starting with Brody's drive into town.

Here he is driving to work.

When I first compared the two pictures it struck me that maybe these scenes were filmed in the fall after the summer crowds had died down.  That might explain the dead grass.

Here is another shot taken a few seconds later.

This area has really been built up since.

After this shot he drives past the Amity sign, for some reason in my rush to take pictures I forgot to get the current shot.  Just so you know, it's a giant field, no remnants of the sign...

Later in the film, Brody talks to the Mayor. The lighthouse is right across the street from where the Amity sign was.

This scene is very deceptive.  I couldn't line it up the way I wanted, and as you can see below the lighthouse (Gay Head Lighthouse) is blocked by a large bush/tree.  The lighthouse itself is also further back than it appears in the films scene.  The Mayor must have been parked in the bush area.

This shot is from the scene where the shark enters the pond area where Brody's son is swimming.

The bridge has been re-done since, and was crowded with kids jumping off.

Finally, the beach

The beach is kind of over grown with grass, so the majority of the patrons were on the other side.

At this point you might be wondering "Hey, why haven't you shown us Chief Brodys' house yet?"  I am saving that story for part 3 which will be up on Friday.  The whole post will be devoted to it.

Monday, October 3, 2011

Jaws Film Locations: Part 1

My wife works as a life guard on Cape Cod over the summer.  We discussed going to Martha's Vineyard when I came to visit her .  I put my Jaw's dvd in and spent a few days taking screen shots and doing a lot of google mapping.

Let's start with Chief Brodys' walk through town.

Here he is leaving his office.

The building has been slightly remodeled.

Then he reaches the end of the street.

Unfortunately the street was littered with cars, but you get the picture.

Further down the street

There was a plaque on the tree saying it was 100's of years old.

Saying hello to this guy.

This place has had some work done to it.

The Newspaper office.

Has not changed

Here is where some old guy stops him.

Here it is today.

Main Street

The store on the left is where he buys his "beach closed" supplies.  Now it's a convenient store.

He comes out of the store with his supplies.

Someone thought it was a good idea to put a pole in the way.

Then he talks to the Mayor

Here it is today.

There you go, a five minute scene with a lot of great locations you can still visit.  I have about 2 more posts worth of photos, so stay tuned.

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Rebel Rebel

I thought this picture was pretty funny.

It's me in 1985.  I can just hear my Mom saying "It's okay run over to that rock and sit down, now look over here."

This must have taken awhile because my Dad ran back to get this set up shot.

Two camera family, classy!

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Tales From The College Program: The Angry Lemon

It has been a while since I have written on of these, so I decided to go with one of my favorite stories from my time in the College Program.  I have always been fascinated by angry people in the parks.  I know its hot, crowded, expensive, and you've spent the entire day waiting in line, but would you rather be at work?  Well, what follows is my encounter with one of these individuals.

I'm not sure about the exact date of this tale, but it was around fall/winter.  I know this because all of the unpleasantness was the result of buying a hoodie.  My co-worker, Dan and I were at the Emporium looking around when we came to the children's clothing section.  It was there that we found a girls hoddie that came in baby blue and pink that said 'The Princess Club." On it was a picture of all the Princesses (Snow White to Jasmine).  We thought is would be funny to wear them when we went to the parks.  I bought the baby blue, and Dan the pink.  We went with the largest size they had, (XL) which was almost big enough to fit us.

Fast forward a few weeks later, Dan, myself, and Dan's roommate, Rickli were at MGM/DHS (whichever you prefer) waiting in line for Tower of Terror.  We had reached the end of the queue and were standing on our numbers waiting to board.  I noticed the woman beside kept turning to look and me and Dan in our Princess Club hoodies.  Then she would nudge to her kids, give a head point, they would all turn, stare at us, turn back, and laugh out loud.  She had 3 kids all elementary school aged.  Now, I have done some silly things in my time, like this hair dye job:

So, a Mom and her kids laughing at our children's hoodies did not really phase us.  Then the woman turned to us and in a tone like she was the most clever person on the planet said "Did you guys lose a bet!?"  I was kind of surprised that this Mother of 3 would decide to insult some strangers she was going to spend the next 7 minutes with, but before either of us could answer, Rickli came to our defense and said "No, did you?"  Ordinarily, a comeback like this would be as insulting as "I know you are, but what am I?", until you hear the description of this woman.  She was short, portly and from head to toe in  yellow.  Tank top, fanny pack, shorts, you name it, it was yellow.  She looked like a lemon.

You could tell that Rickli's comeback was not what she had expected.  She gave us a loud "hurumph", cocked her head back like the Queen of England and quickly turned her back to us.  The elevator doors opened, we took our seats, and the three of us put the incident behind us, unfortunately she did not...

At the completion of the ride I had all but forgotten about the incident with the Lemon.  As we were about to exit the gift shop we heard someone behind us "What kind of person wears a shirt like that, must be a real smart-ass?!"  It was the Lemon, she was referring to the shirt Rickli had on that said something like "Take your 26 rings and shove them up your ass."  (It was in reference to the Red Sox having never won a World Series at the time.)  She then attempted to scurry past us with her kids, but Rickli was too fast for her.  He countered with "What kind of Mother curses in front of her small children?"  She did not like this comment one bit, but she was out of ammo, she kept on moving then yelled out something along the lines of "You have no future/ You will never amount to anything"  which may have been followed with some more curse words.  Rickli cheerfully called out "I go to Harvard, I think I'll be alright."  It was a lie, but whatever.

She took her group towards Rock n Roller coaster, while we headed towards One Man's Dream.  By the time we left One Man's Dream the park was about to close.  We decided to run back to Tower of Terror to see if we could get one last ride in.  On the way there we passed the Lemon and her kids who were sitting on a bench in the little area around the ToT and RnR entrances.  She of course shot the three of us dirty looks.  We made it to The Tower to see that they were not letting anyone else on.  Our only choice was to leave the park.

Pop Quiz: If you are at the Tower of Terror how many ways are there to exit MGM?  That's right, one!

We started walking down Sunset Blvd.  Before we reached the bench where the Lemon was sitting, she saw us, grabbed her kids and started walking.  She kept looking back in terror like she was being followed by a serial killer even though we were in a sea of hundreds of people trying to leave.  Her power walking had put her pretty far ahead of us, but as we approached the park exit there she was, talking to security and pointing at us.  I can only imagine what she was saying, but I doubt it was "See those guys in the baby blue and pink hoodies, well I insulted them in line and when they defended themselves I kept at it, now I'm afraid they are following me."  I knew security would believe whatever she said over three guys in their early 20's so I suggested we go into a store for a few minutes.  While we were inside security waited for us outside, when we left they said nothing, just looked us over.  Finally we thought, no more of the Angry Lemon.

We decided to skip the tram line and just walk to our car.  As we walked down the sidewalk a tram pulled up next to us and by some awful final coincidence our walking was in perfect sync with the Lemons row of the tram.  We had not planned, or were even aware of this until I looked over in time to hear her scream "Security's got your number buddy!!"  I looked at Rickli and laughed "What number, 26?"  With that the tram pulled away and we never saw her again.

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

The Bonds go to Disneyland Part 2

Here are a few more pictures from my Mom's teenage trip to Disneyland.

I know this is not the DL Hotel, but it still looks pretty awesome!

Jungle Cruisin'

The gang and the Twain. (why do they all look so miserable?)