So I was thinking about this yesterday when someone commented that the Limited Time Magic was the worst promotion that Disney ever came up with. Unfortunately, that is not true at all. I was actually there for the worst promotion ever, and I'm afraid that I did in fact sell some poor unfortunate souls a blue raspberry churro. Here is my confession.
In the summer of 1998, everyone was excited for the brand new "nighttime streettacular" parade called Light Magic. At that point, Disney had recently created Splash Mountain, Fantasmic, and the Indiana Jones Adventure, and so everyone was sure that Light Magic would be a tremendous success (before we saw it). Our manager in Outdoor Vending wanted some kind of promotional item to sell to tie in to this newest mega-success beyond a themed popcorn bucket. So they came up with the idea of a churro that sparkled thinking that it would look like the new parade. After experimenting with several different kinds of sugar, they decided that blue raspberry looked the most sparkly. Apparently they never actually did a taste-test, or they just didn't care, but it actually tasted worse then it sounds. They decided it would be a special promotional item that would be sold exclusively to the people who were waiting to see Light Magic, so they bought a warmer that could fit 100 pre-rolled blue raspberry churros that someone could wear and walk down the parade route with the other vendors to sell to the crowds. I had the misfortune of being scheduled to do that four or five times over the course of that summer, and the first day that I worked as the parade vendor was the first time that I tasted a blue raspberry churro. It was so horrible that I spit the bite out and asked if I could work somewhere else, but they said no. So I had to walk out on the parade route and sell that god-awful blue raspberry flavored churro to people. On top of that, I had recently had a chance to see Light Magic during a cast member preview, and so I knew that not only did the churro suck, but the parade was absolutely horrific and one of the worst things that Disneyland has ever done. So I sucked it up and did it. I didn't actively try to sell it, but I walked down the parade route with my warmer and my sign that did very clearly say blue raspberry churro. People did buy it, and despite my sign, I am completely positive that a significant amount of guests did not realize that the churro was not cinnamon. I was so embarrassed by it, that after I sold one, I immediately left and went to the other side of the parade route. My only hope is that Light Magic itself was so horrible that maybe people forgot about their blue raspberry churro. But I've lived with this guilt for too long, so to everyone that I sold a blue raspberry churro to, I apologize. If I could take you to the park today and buy you a regular churro to make up for it I would.