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    Some questions..

    Im so sorry if i have posted this in the wrong section in the forum..
    Ive got some questions and i wondered if someone could help me please..
    What exactly is an E-ticket?
    How does FastPasses work?
    Have there been similar promotions like the 'Year of a million dreams' promo at disneyland?
    Was there ever a plan of making a Mulan or a Pocahontas themed ride?
    Can someone explain what a Dolewhip tastes like and where you can buy it?
    Has someone ever been 'backstage' of a ride at disneyland?
    How much does it costs to be a Club 33 member?
    Where the subs in the Submarine Voyage ever fully under water?
    Ive seen alot of pictures of the building on TSI and i wondered if there will be any new rides on it when its done, or is the space too small to actually build a ride on?

    Im so sorry if i posted this in the wrong section and pardon my English.
    Im actually Swedish so im not that really good in English.

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    Re: Some questions..

    Wow, that's a lot of questions! You're in the right place, though. I'll do my best to answer some of them.
    -The Disney parks used to sell ticket books, and you'd have to hand over a ticket in order to ride something. The tickets were designated A-E, with E-tickets being the best, shiniest, and most exciting. Many people within the company and the fan community still use the ticket classifications to refer to rides, though the ticket books were discontinued in California in 1982.
    -FASTPASS is a slightly complicated system. Luckily, Darkbeer wrote an excellent and extensive write-up of the system. That thread is a sticky at the top of this section.
    -A Dole Whip is pineapple soft serve and delicious. You can buy one at the Tiki Juice Bar near the Enchanted Tiki Room.
    -While the guests were completely underwater in the subs, the tops of the subs remain above the water at all times.
    -I highly doubt that there's enough room for a ride on TSI. Certainly for the first phase of this construction, it will just be a walk-through attraction.

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    Re: Some questions..

    Quote Originally Posted by JonathanSWE View Post
    Im so sorry if i have posted this in the wrong section in the forum..
    Ive got some questions and i wondered if someone could help me please..
    What exactly is an E-ticket?
    How does FastPasses work?
    Have there been similar promotions like the 'Year of a million dreams' promo at disneyland?
    Was there ever a plan of making a Mulan or a Pocahontas themed ride?
    Can someone explain what a Dolewhip tastes like and where you can buy it?
    Has someone ever been 'backstage' of a ride at disneyland?
    How much does it costs to be a Club 33 member?
    Where the subs in the Submarine Voyage ever fully under water?
    Ive seen alot of pictures of the building on TSI and i wondered if there will be any new rides on it when its done, or is the space too small to actually build a ride on?

    Im so sorry if i posted this in the wrong section and pardon my English.
    Im actually Swedish so im not that really good in English.
    Welcome to MiceChat! I'm a fellow Swede as well

    An E-ticket, in technicality, no longer exists. On this message board, members use this term to describe a ride of such value. For Disneyland, one used to buy a ticket book to get on rides...the E-ticket was what everyone wanted, because the rides that required these tickets were the biggest, best rides in the whole park. But today, all you do is pay admission or an annual pass, and you can ride/experience anything you want

    FastPass...go to this thread: http://www.micechat.com/forums/showthread.php?t=5720

    There have been instant-win types of things in Disneyland before, for anniversaries of the park and such. The latest one before Year of a Million Dreams was the Honda giveaway for the re-opening of Space Mountain.

    Rides, not to my knowledge. But there was a Mulan parade and a Pocahontas show.

    Ahh, dole whips. They are incredibly refreshing. It tastes like pineapple sorbet...that's the best way I can describe it. You can only buy them at the Tiki Juice Bar, which is located in conjunction with the attraction The Tiki Room. The stand offers other assorted pineapple goodies as well.

    I have been backstage (and several others on this site have). What would you like to know?

    To become a Club 33 member, before even considering the giant sum you have to pay up every year, you have to wait on a very long waiting list. To get better information, the best thing to do is send a letter of inquiry to Disneyland about it.

    The submarines have never been fully under water, excluding at least one time that one of the submarines sank...

    The pirate additions for TSI will not be fully completed by the time it will premiere for the 3rd Pirates installment. However, once the movie premiere is taken care of, there are plans to add a few small attractions to the area, similar to (I believe) Hong Kong's pirate expansion.

    And you posted this in the right place

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    Re: Some questions..

    - There have been promotions similar to the "Year of a Million Dreams." For Disneyland's 35th anniversary there were prizes awarded to lucky guests at the entrance gates.

    - To my knowledge, there has never been a Mulan or Pocahontas-themed attraction planned. However, there have been entertainment offerings in the past - the Mulan parade and a Pocahontas musical, both right here in Disneyland Anaheim!

    - A Dolewhip tastes how you might expect it to taste. Soft serve ice cream, pineapple flavor. It is found in the waiting area for the Enchanted Tiki Room / the walkway into Adventureland.

    - I've been backstage a bunch of places. It's not really as exciting as you might think, just a bunch of buildings painted dull-green (to blend in the trees), but there are also attraction pieces and ride vehicles back there for fixup.

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    Re: Some questions..

    Thank you so much for the answers!

    A submarine sank? :O
    What happened? Where there people inside the sub when it sank or was it just a test run?
    And about the backstage question.. It would be really cool to hear about someone that has been backstage in the Haunted Mansion or has walked around inside the sets (Ballroom, Leotas Sťance, the graveyard, attic etc.)
    After visiting Doombuggies alot ive become a really big fan of the Haunted mansion..
    And one more question that i forgot in the first post.
    Ive never actually been to any of the disneylands but a neighbour told me horrorstories about the lines. She visited DLRP in -93 i think and she said she had to wait 4 hours just to get on Dumbo! I dont know if she was really telling the truth but has anyone waited to get on an attraction for more then 4 hours?

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    Re: Some questions..

    What exactly is an E-ticket? Used to be the tickets you had to give to get on the best attractions

    How does FastPasses work? Kinda like making a reservation for an attraction. Best to look on disneyland.com for that info

    Have there been similar promotions like the 'Year of a million dreams' promo at disneyland? No they have giving out prizes before but nothing like this where it could be at any place at any time (before 5pm)

    Was there ever a plan of making a Mulan or a Pocahontas themed ride? Not that was ever heard of here. I am sure someone at WDI had some ideas for those


    Can someone explain what a Dolewhip tastes like and where you can buy it? Pineapple yougert is the best way to think about it

    Has someone ever been 'backstage' of a ride at disneyland? I have been backstage at a lot of them and I think a lot of the people have been on some due to break downs

    How much does it costs to be a Club 33 member? A LOT!!!! I don't have the numbers, but you have to be on a long waiting list and then hope you still have the money when your number comes up

    Where the subs in the Submarine Voyage ever fully under water? No they always stayed just as you see them now with the upper half out of the water


    Ive seen alot of pictures of the building on TSI and i wondered if there will be any new rides on it when its done, or is the space too small to actually build a ride on? The plans right now are just to retheme it with pirates type stuff. But I know there has been talk of building something in the back, but I think it would be too small.

    Im so sorry if i posted this in the wrong section and pardon my English.
    Im actually Swedish so im not that really good in English. I am american and my English is not that good either

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    Re: Some questions..

    Your English is fine. I'm always impressed by people who can speak and read/write in more then one language! Welcome to Micechat.

    Now for some answers....

    Quote Originally Posted by JonathanSWE View Post
    Im so sorry if i have posted this in the wrong section in the forum..
    Ive got some questions and i wondered if someone could help me please..

    What exactly is an E-ticket?
    In the "old days" guests purchased tickets for the rides. Guests would purchase a book that had so many "A" tickets, "B" Tickets and so on up to "E" tickets. The rides were rated A through E. The "smallest" rides were A tickets. A little bigger were B Tickets. The "biggest" rides were "E Tickets". Rides like the Matterhorn, Pirates, Space Mountain, would be "E Tickets". They dropped the ticket books and went with a universal pass sometime in the 1980's.


    How does FastPasses work?
    What guests do, is go to the line queue and pick a return ticket that says what time they can return to the line. When they return to the queue at the given time (or later) they are allowed to bypass the normal queue. It's like making a reservation for the ride.

    Have there been similar promotions like the 'Year of a million dreams' promo at disneyland?
    I believe that "Year of a million Dreams" is being done at all Disney Parks world-wide. It is at least being done at Disneyworld and Disnelyland in the USA.

    Was there ever a plan of making a Mulan or a Pocahontas themed ride?
    I can't help you with this. But shortly after Pocahontas movie came out, they re-themed a store in Fronterland into a "Pocahontas Trading Post" or something like that.

    Can someone explain what a Dolewhip tastes like and where you can buy it?
    Has someone ever been 'backstage' of a ride at disneyland?
    How much does it costs to be a Club 33 member?
    I can't help with these. I have been 'backstage before, buut will have to write about it later...

    Where the subs in the Submarine Voyage ever fully under water?
    No. Never. The submarines are on a track and only the bottom half is ever underwater. The portholes (or windows) are underwater however.

    Ive seen alot of pictures of the building on TSI and i wondered if there will be any new rides on it when its done, or is the space too small to actually build a ride on?
    Again, I don't know. In the past, the idea of TSI was to be a place of outdoors adventure and exploring. A place to run around. There have never been rides on TSI before, but I don't know if there will be. It is a fairly small island however. Any rides would have to be pretty small.

    Again, Welcome!

    EDIT: And I'm too slow in my responses

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    Re: Some questions..

    Four hours is a little much, though when Nemo opens, the line may get that long.
    There were stories of the line for Indy being three hours long when it first opened, and on one particularly hot summer day (pre-Fastpass, so let's not start that), I saw the line for Splash Mountain hit three hours. But generally, two hours is an exceptionally long line, and you'll only see it on Space, Splash, and Indy. It's extremely uncommon to wait more than an hour for a Fantasyland ride, and then it's usually Peter Pan or Dumbo.

    I don't think I'm the only one here who's been on a tour of the Mansion, but I don't really feel at liberty to go into details. There might be some other people around who can tell you more. It was cool in a wonderfully nerdy way to get a close look at everything, but other than the wealth of detail that you can't really see from the buggies, there's nothing all that surprising.

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    Re: Some questions..

    Quote Originally Posted by JonathanSWE View Post
    Ive never actually been to any of the disneylands but a neighbour told me horrorstories about the lines. She visited DLRP in -93 i think and she said she had to wait 4 hours just to get on Dumbo! I dont know if she was really telling the truth but has anyone waited to get on an attraction for more then 4 hours?
    Your neighbor was exaggerating quite a bit. I don't think I have ever waited much more than 2 hours for any single attraction, and that is when they are brand new and advertised and so forth. Dumbo routinely gets a wait of 30-45 minutes on busy days. Generally, if you know what you are doing, you arrive early and use FastPass, you will not encounter long wait times much at all.

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    Re: Some questions..

    Thanks alot for all the wonderful answers! That dole whip sounds really nice. Wish i could buy it in the stores. ;l
    And about the fastpasses.. Do you get a card or a little ticket wich you put in the fastpass machine to get out a fastpass or do they take your fingerprints or something else?

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    Re: Some questions..

    When you insert your ticket into the machine, a new ticket pops pops out of another slot and that is your fastpass (don't worry, the machine doesn't eat your ticket up).

    Quote Originally Posted by JonathanSWE View Post
    Thank you so much for the answers!

    A submarine sank? :O
    What happened? Where there people inside the sub when it sank or was it just a test run?
    And about the backstage question.. It would be really cool to hear about someone that has been backstage in the Haunted Mansion or has walked around inside the sets (Ballroom, Leotas Sťance, the graveyard, attic etc.)
    After visiting Doombuggies alot ive become a really big fan of the Haunted mansion..
    And one more question that i forgot in the first post.
    Ive never actually been to any of the disneylands but a neighbour told me horrorstories about the lines. She visited DLRP in -93 i think and she said she had to wait 4 hours just to get on Dumbo! I dont know if she was really telling the truth but has anyone waited to get on an attraction for more then 4 hours?
    Once upon a time, a cast member (or employee for Disneyland) that was driving one of the submarines cut a turn too fast, (and if my memory serves correct) the submarine hopped off of the rail it was guided on and naturally from the fall a crack or two developed, thereby causing the sub to fill with water. Unfortunately, there were guests aboard the submarine (and ironically this happened on Pearl Harbor's anniversary and the entire crew was Japanese), but no one was harmed. To my knowledge this only happened once, and was due to carelessness on the cast member's part. Once the new version of the Submarine Voyage opnes up, I can promise you that the people driving these submarines will be properly trained in driving them (they're supposed to go extra-slow now anyways for the new effects to work properly).

    I was evacuated from Haunted Mansion and Splash Mountain the same day, and haven't had an evacuation since.

    *IF YOU DON'T WANT THE MAGIC SPOILED, DON'T READ PAST THIS!*

    My doombuggy stopped in the graveyard. I think two youngsters attempted to steal something from the attic, and they were escorted out of the ride. The poor Cast Members had to slide under each doombuggy individually to press a release mechanism, and they told us to just...well, walk ourselves out of the ride. I must say, the place is much more creepy when it's still and the lights are on. The "grass" is really just a bunch of old, cheap-looking hay. the scrims were naturally more visible, and since the soundtrack was off, we could hear the sounds of the animatronics etc. at work. The creepiest part of the whole thing was walking past the mirror portion with the hitchhiking ghosts...being all still, with no one in the doombuggies...eek.

    As for Splash Mountain, we were all helped out by hand from our logs individually. I was stuck at the part where Brer Rabbit gets caught in the honey. Now, the Cast Member that was helping us moved away to help more guests, and since I was basically standing in the show scene with Ms. Mole, I couldn't resist...I had to touch the mushrrom and the wall, just to know what they were made out of. Believe it or not, it was all foam! If, heaven forbid, someone had accidentally stepped on a mushroom, it would have been squashed! This fascinated me. Then we were taken to an EXIT and had to stand in a long line to get front of the line passes for another ride and then leave backstage...and while I was there, off in the distance, I saw old show elements from the original Submarine Voyage. I was freaking out. lol

    *MAGIC NO LONGER SPOILED*

    4 hours is most definitely an exaggeration, but also for EuroDisney, it's a different park. It doesn't have the same amount of rides or the same amount of attendance as Disneyland does.

    But, I will say that Dumbo ALWAYS has a long line. More like 45 minutes to an hour. Get Fantasyland rides out of the way right in the morning or very late at night...they don't have fastpasses. But fastpass will help you out with your day substantially, and you won't have to wait more than 20-30 minutes for whatever ride it is. For rides by themselves without fastpass, they tend to not be any longer than 30-45 minutes anyhow. It all evens out, and you'll be able to do everything you want.

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    Re: Some questions..

    Quote Originally Posted by pineapplewhipaddict View Post
    When you insert your ticket into the machine, a new ticket pops pops out of another slot and that is your fastpass (don't worry, the machine doesn't eat your ticket up).



    Once upon a time, a cast member (or employee for Disneyland) that was driving one of the submarines cut a turn too fast, (and if my memory serves correct) the submarine hopped off of the rail it was guided on and naturally from the fall a crack or two developed, thereby causing the sub to fill with water. Unfortunately, there were guests aboard the submarine (and ironically this happened on Pearl Harbor's anniversary and the entire crew was Japanese), but no one was harmed. To my knowledge this only happened once, and was due to carelessness on the cast member's part. Once the new version of the Submarine Voyage opnes up, I can promise you that the people driving these submarines will be properly trained in driving them (they're supposed to go extra-slow now anyways for the new effects to work properly).

    I was evacuated from Haunted Mansion and Splash Mountain the same day, and haven't had an evacuation since.

    *IF YOU DON'T WANT THE MAGIC SPOILED, DON'T READ PAST THIS!*

    My doombuggy stopped in the graveyard. I think two youngsters attempted to steal something from the attic, and they were escorted out of the ride. The poor Cast Members had to slide under each doombuggy individually to press a release mechanism, and they told us to just...well, walk ourselves out of the ride. I must say, the place is much more creepy when it's still and the lights are on. The "grass" is really just a bunch of old, cheap-looking hay. the scrims were naturally more visible, and since the soundtrack was off, we could hear the sounds of the animatronics etc. at work. The creepiest part of the whole thing was walking past the mirror portion with the hitchhiking ghosts...being all still, with no one in the doombuggies...eek.

    As for Splash Mountain, we were all helped out by hand from our logs individually. I was stuck at the part where Brer Rabbit gets caught in the honey. Now, the Cast Member that was helping us moved away to help more guests, and since I was basically standing in the show scene with Ms. Mole, I couldn't resist...I had to touch the mushrrom and the wall, just to know what they were made out of. Believe it or not, it was all foam! If, heaven forbid, someone had accidentally stepped on a mushroom, it would have been squashed! This fascinated me. Then we were taken to an EXIT and had to stand in a long line to get front of the line passes for another ride and then leave backstage...and while I was there, off in the distance, I saw old show elements from the original Submarine Voyage. I was freaking out. lol

    *MAGIC NO LONGER SPOILED*

    4 hours is most definitely an exaggeration, but also for EuroDisney, it's a different park. It doesn't have the same amount of rides or the same amount of attendance as Disneyland does.

    But, I will say that Dumbo ALWAYS has a long line. More like 45 minutes to an hour. Get Fantasyland rides out of the way right in the morning or very late at night...they don't have fastpasses. But fastpass will help you out with your day substantially, and you won't have to wait more than 20-30 minutes for whatever ride it is. For rides by themselves without fastpass, they tend to not be any longer than 30-45 minutes anyhow. It all evens out, and you'll be able to do everything you want.
    Woah! Great stories! I would be freaked out if i was sitting in that sub and just suddenly it started to tip over. And also, the area inside the waterfall in the sub lagoon. That area must be HUGE. Expecially if they have to duplicate every set and then eventually get the submarines in there and at the same time have evacuation stairs, walkways etc.
    And about the stop in the HM. That must've been an amazing experience.
    Just seeing the animatronics moving without any soundtrack and with all the doombuggies empty..

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    Re: Some questions..

    I think your questions have been answered quite well. I have been evacuated off Splash Mountian but the CM escorted us out so we couldnt touch anything. Theres isnt much to see backstage, just a parking lot area and the backs of buildings.

    Can anyone document the sub sinking? I heard the DL subs were very well build, thats why they kept them and are bringing them back. The company that built them made them as sturdy as deep sea subs that are used now.

    The long line bit is BS, I've heard peope say the lines are too long but they just dont know what they are doing. As stated, splash, space and indy can have very long lines, but what I have noticed is if the line is really long go to something else and come back later. Humans are a heard animal and they will all move on together. Park opening is the best time to hit the parks, go to the E-Ticket rides first, choose the ones that are close together, then just take your time the rest of the day. Always works for me, I never wait even an hour for a ride, of course I've been there a few times and know I will be back so I can miss something one trip and do it next time. Just remember to relax and have fun.
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    Re: Some questions..

    Well, taking on water and actually sinking are two different things. But I'm guessing that occasional derails are quite possible, if the sub runs over something or if the driver does the wrong thing in the wrong place.

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    Re: Some questions..

    Quote Originally Posted by JonathanSWE View Post
    Thanks alot for all the wonderful answers! That dole whip sounds really nice. Wish i could buy it in the stores. ;l
    And about the fastpasses.. Do you get a card or a little ticket wich you put in the fastpass machine to get out a fastpass or do they take your fingerprints or something else?
    You insert your park ticket into the fastPass machine and it prints out a FastPass. You can't get another one though until either 2 hours later (unless you know what machines aren't linked to the main system).

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