The Miscellaneous Thought Thread

mickEblu

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Not too bad. how long is the train ride?

It’s about 10 minutes. The highlights are the end where you get a good look at the giraffes and the best view of the lions. Then as the grand finale they speed up the train about 5mph as it goes through a couple tunnels. It was unexpected and my son got a kick out of it. Maybe we re desperate. Lol. It is nice being surprised once in a while. As DL vets that doesn’t really happen for us at DL.
 

1HAPPYGHOSTHOST

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It’s about 10 minutes. The highlights are the end where you get a good look at the giraffes and the best view of the lions. Then as the grand finale they speed up the train about 5mph as it goes through a couple tunnels. It was unexpected and my son got a kick out of it. Maybe we re desperate. Lol. It is nice being surprised once in a while. As DL vets that doesn’t really happen for us at DL.
Actually sounds pretty fun. Glad you guys had a good time.
 

mickEblu

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Actually sounds pretty fun. Glad you guys had a good time.

Thank you! It was great to get some fresh air. Masks weren’t too much of an issue as it was a 70 degrees with a nice ocean breeze. Santa Barbara is one of our favorite places. We’d love to move there some day. There’s a reason they call it the American Riviera.
 

Darkbeer1

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The Santa Ana Zoo Train has an interesting history.

From Wikipedia

>>One of the most popular attractions at the Santa Ana Zoo is the Zoofari Express children's train. There are two engines: 1030 and 1036. Both are 14 gauge, 4-4-4 configuration locomotives.

The original 1030 engine was constructed in 1954 by the Hurlbut Amusement Company of Buena Park. Engine 1030 was originally installed at Santa's Village in Sky Forest, California. It operated there continuously for 44 years. When Santa's Village closed in 1998, the Friends of Santa Ana Zoo purchased the entire train and 660 feet (200 m) of original track. The train was then restored by volunteers from Mater Dei High School with the help of Bud Hurlbut. The restored train opened at the Santa Ana Zoo in the spring of 1999. The track length was expanded to 1,850 feet (560 m). Engine 1030 was gas-powered, but in 2006 it was converted to electric power.<<

Also in the area.


The Orange County Zoo has a train nearby.



Adventure City has a nice train.

 

Curious Constance

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Thank you! It was great to get some fresh air. Masks weren’t too much of an issue as it was a 70 degrees with a nice ocean breeze. Santa Barbara is one of our favorite places. We’d love to move there some day. There’s a reason they call it the American Riviera.
Have you guys hit up Downtown Disney yet?
 

Disney Mesocosm

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August 9th, 1969 is an important date in DL history.....
The day Haunted Mansion officially did NOT open ... yes? ;)


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Disney Mesocosm

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*Edit ... I'm very confused about my sources today. :banghead:
 
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Darkbeer1

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The day Haunted Mansion officially did NOT open ... yes? ;)


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From Wikipedia...


>>Employee previews of the Mansion were held August 6, 7, and the 8th, followed by "soft" openings on August 9 and 10 where limited numbers of park guests were allowed to ride. A "Midnight" Press Event was held on the evening of August 11. The mansion opened to all guests August 12, 1969.[1] The public opening was announced in full-page newspaper ads, creating the anomaly of either two official openings or an advertised "soft" opening. The attraction was an immediate success, attracting record crowds and helping Disney recover from Walt's untimely death.

In around 1977, WDI considered utilizing the unused designs, creatures and effects that Rolly Crump had originally created for the Haunted Mansion and the Museum of the Weird as part of Professor Marvel's Gallery — "a tent show of mysteries and delights, a carousel of magic and wonder." This was to be built as part of Disneyland's Discovery Bay expansion area, and was dropped when those plans fell through.[7]

The attraction opened at Magic Kingdom in 1971 and Tokyo Disneyland in 1983. In 1999, a retrospective of the art of The Haunted Mansion was featured at The Disney Gallery above the entrance to Pirates of the Caribbean. When the 2003 film The Haunted Mansion was released, a retrospective of its art was featured in the gallery as well.<<

 

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