Wednesday 24 July 2013

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Disney Doesn't Give You All the Details

One of the things my family loves about Disney is it's attention to detail. If you've ever spent an hour (or longer) standing in line for one of Disneyland's blockbuster rides then you know what I mean. The lines are so packed with little things to watch, study or play with that the time seems to fly by, even when you're moving at a true Department of Motor Vehicle pace. It's the kind of thing that I'm not sure you can measure the return on, but Disney has certainly decided that there's value in obsessing over the details.

Standing in front of Radiator Springs Racers
Nope...not in the middle of the dessert...just a very detailed backdrop.

Of course, that doesn't mean they're covering all the details. Despite my admiration of their detail culture, I find that Disney kind of glosses over some of the more important items. The kind of things that you really need to know about a ride. Fortunately, I'm here to fill you in on a few of those missing details. 

For example, when you go to ride Luigi's Flying Tires, Disney goes into great detail telling you that you can control the direction your tire moves by leaning in a certain direction.

The detail they don't give you is how to get everybody to agree on what direction that should be.

Trying to direct Luigi's Flying Tires

When you board It's a Small World, Disney tells you that you're embarking on the "Happiest Cruise that Ever Sailed!"

 The detail they skip over is that you will never, ever get that song out of your head again. Ever.

Going insane inside It's a Small World

The spiel you're given before riding Radiator Springs Racers says that "Your car is pitted against another for a friendly race for first place at the checked flag."

The detail they skip over is that after winning three consecutive races, your child will come out convinced that she's ready to conquer NASCAR and asking if she can drive the 405 on the way home.

Cars racing on Radiator Springs Racers

Finally, there's Splash Mountain. Nobody can say that Disney doesn't try and warn you. There's signs all over the place leading up to the ride warning you that "You will get wet!"

The detail that they forget to mention is that it will be from peeing yourself when you get a look over that last drop.

Splash Mountain pose

This post is a part of Wordless Wednesday over at Focused on the Magic. If you didn't get here from there, you should really head on over and check out some of the fantastic people that hang out there on Wednesdays. Most of them probably knew all of these details already, although I'd like to point out that none of them warned me either.

Written by Steve Pratt