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    Scents and smells in the parks

    Lately we've had some talk of unpleasant odors - restrooms (especially by Space Mountain), sewage smells around the parks ...
    They are all memorable, and part of our experiences ... but so are some good smells.
    If you stand by the candy store on Main Street sometimes ... mmmm ... and the churros always smell good (even if I don't want one at that time). Personally, the smell of turkey legs does not agree with me, but others will feel differently. But popcorn ...
    Of course, there's all the scents that are a big part of Heimlich's Choo Choo in DCA. What about on the Monsters ride, when the Abominable Snow Man opens the door with lemon scented snow cones? (Sometimes his door doesn't open, but I still get that Lemon Pledge after-odor.
    Speaking of restrooms, has anyone else noticed that the ladies room when you first enter DL on the Opera House side is usually especially stuffy and foul, while the one on the City Hall side isn't so bad?

    It's been said that smells elicit memories more basic than other senses at times. They definitely are a part of our complete experience, even if not as obvious as all the visual input at DLR.
    What memorable smells (good and bad) have you experienced in the parks?

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    Re: Scents and smells in the parks

    Popcorn pretty much everywhere in the park, and the smell when I first walk into the building for POTC

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    Re: Scents and smells in the parks

    The fort battle scene in Pirates.... popcorn.... and corn dogs are the smells I think of. The memories definitely bring me back to my childhood.


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    Re: Scents and smells in the parks

    I love the musty water in Pirates!

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    Re: Scents and smells in the parks

    Quote Originally Posted by Hillchat View Post
    I love the musty water in Pirates!
    Musty, combined with chlorine.

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    Re: Scents and smells in the parks

    The smell of POTC. The smell of Autopia. The smell of the Grand.

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    Re: Scents and smells in the parks

    Favorite smell: that singular "Disneyland Building Smell". It's at once a "clean" and somewhat "old" smell. I associate it mostly with Main Street interiors and Mr. Lincoln, although it's also shown up in other shops. Kind of hard to describe, but it's so utterly unique to me that I've never been anywhere else and thought, "ooh, smells like Disneyland..." (unlike that whiff of a mildew-frought car air conditioner that for a moment recalls Pirates) The Haunted Mansion seems to harbor a slight variation of this clean/old smell -- leaning more towards the "old", along with an earthy, clammy scent.

    Like I say, the original Disneyland Building Smell is so hard to describe, although if one could take a summer's evening thunderstorm, along with the scent of a wet sidewalk, fresh damp grass, and mix it up with fresh-cut lumber and a pinch of dirt, and then top it off with just a touch of mildew, plus a bit of some other Mystery Ingredient which leans towards the metallic or mineral....where was I? Well, that's my best shot.

    Please someone, tell me I'm not alone in my olfactory ecstasy!

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    Re: Scents and smells in the parks

    haunted mansion air duct mildew ohhh!how lovely

    POTC chlorine smell ohhh!how lovely

    Trains bio diesel smells ohhh!how lovely

    Roger rabbit air duct smell ohhh!how lovely

    Splash Mt. audio animatronic smell ohhh!how lovely

    smell out of sourdough at pacific wharf ohhh!how lovely

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    Re: Scents and smells in the parks

    The Gibson girl ice cream parlour, churros, popcorn, pineapple. And of course, pirate water

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    Re: Scents and smells in the parks

    Yes, pineapple! The smell of the Dole Whip stand...

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    Re: Scents and smells in the parks

    Another shout out for the Pirates of the Carribean water!

    Also, the smell of the Disneyland railroad. These are probably the two strongest olfactory reminders of the park.

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    Re: Scents and smells in the parks

    Love that pirate water smell!!

    Also the turkey legs whenever I pass the stand or someone eating one!
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    Re: Scents and smells in the parks

    Pirate water rules.

    Churros smell great though we don't buy them.

    I love the Soarin' smells, probably mostly because I associate them with flying over beautiful scenery. (WDW's Soarin' Over Pandora should put as much care into some creative, pleasant earthy smells as Universal did for the flavor of its Butterbeer.)

    Speaking of WDW, I liked their Pirates smell as you wait in line even more than Disneyland's Pirates smell, though our boat ride is longer.

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    Re: Scents and smells in the parks

    The best smells:

    Churros
    The POTC water (can't help it)
    Splash Mountain
    Popcorn
    The steam from the railroad
    Boudin Bakery/Pacific Wharf



    Seriously, I would buy candles that smelled that way so I could have it around all year long.
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    Re: Scents and smells in the parks

    Am I the only one that enjoys the stink bug smell in It's Tough to Be a Bug?
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