At the end of every Super Bowl, we hear someone from the winning team say, “I’m going to Disney World!” or in some cases, “I’m going to Disneyland!” But who was the first person to say it?
Pirates of the Caribbean was the last attraction at Disneyland where Walt Disney had input in the design process. The initial designs had the attraction as a walk-through wax museum. The 1964 World’s Fair, however, changed those initial designs. Mr. Disney and Walt Disney Imagineering designed the highly popular It’s a Small World and the audio-animatronics behind the Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln.
From a story-telling perspective, the audio-animatronics and the regulated pace of a boat ride would bring the story of the Pirates of the Caribbean to life more than people walking, at their own pace, through a museum. As a result, the designs for the attractions were scrapped and replaced with the Pirates of the Caribbean attraction which we see at Disneyland, Walt Disney World, Disneyland Paris, Tokyo Disneyland, and coming later this year to Shanghai Disneyland Park.
Welcome to today’s edition of Tiggerific Tuesday Trivia. Today, I’m taking a closer look at the Enchanted Tiki Room over in Disneyland.
The Enchanted Tiki Room was not one of the original attractions at Disneyland. It opened for operation on June 23, 1963. The 12 minute 33 second show and the 3 minute 58 second pre-show can now be seen in Adventureland. But, what I am focused on is the sponsor of the show. Everyone knows that Dole Foods is the current sponsor of the show with Dole Whips for purchase at the near by snack bar. Dole has been the sponsor of the show since 1976. Who was the sponsor for the first 13 years of the show?
United Airlines, seen here in its 1970’s United “Friend Ship” livery, was the original sponsor of the Enchanted Tiki Room.
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In Gaston’s song about himself, of course, he mentions how many dozen eggs he eats to stay big and strong.
Gaston eats five dozen eggs each day. When Gaston was a growing lad, he ate four dozen eggs every day. Thankfully, Gaston is a fictional character. If you or I ate four or five dozen eggs every day, we would be in a lot of trouble with our doctors. There is between 66 and 100 calories in each eggs. Let’s low ball it say that each egg eaten by Gaston has 66 calories. Five dozen eggs is 3,960 calories (66 calories x 60). If they 100 calories, that’s 6,600 calories. We would look nowhere as fit and trim as Gaston.
By now, everyone who has been to the Magic Kingdom has either seen or ridden on the Admiral Joe Fowler ferry boat which transports guests to and the Magic Kingdom. But who is the man behind the name? Well, I did a little research to find out about the man behind the boat.
Admiral Joe Fowler, firstly, is truly an Admiral. He served in the United States Navy from 1917 to 1948. He graduated from the US Naval Academy in 1917 and went into duty during World War I as a navigator on a submarine. Four years later, he graduated from MIT with a degree in Naval Architecture and started his career in naval construction. He spent years working on designing new ships and overseeing repairs. During World War II, he oversaw construction and the San Francisco Naval Yard. After the war and his retirement from the Navy, Admiral Fowler continued in the construction field by planning communities of newly built homes.