Jennifer – Snow White – 80’s Reduction
Apparently Pinocchio’s Daring Journey wasn’t in Disneyland when it opened in 1955. I didn’t know this. But getting into a conversation with Cast Member Jennifer (who was working the exit for Snow White’s Scary Adventure) about the different endings for the ride in Disneyland and WDW’s Magic Kingdom, she revealed this little tidbit: Snow White used to take up the entire west side of Fantasyland. When Fantasyland was remodeled in the 80’s to it’s current European village feel, Snow White’s track was chopped in two and Pinocchio was installed in the same vibe the Imagineers had built Snow White with.
*EDIT – 7/5/2010*
This is not the truth. Before Pinocchio’s Daring Journey was built in the 80’s, it’s real estate was occupied by the Mickey Mouse Clubhouse (similar to the layout of Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom, the Mickey Mouse Clubhouse had many iterations – including a Lion King Theatre – but is now settled on Mickey’s Philharmagic). Thanks Jeff Allen!
Heather – Wishing Star – no “you break it you buy it policy”
You know those crystal blocks that have images three dimensionally printed inside them? The store dedicated to them is called the Wishing Star. And they don’t have a “you break it, you buy it policy”. I was in the store joking with Cast Member Heather about how one of the display crystals looked rather precarious on it’s perch and she knocked it over (on purpose) to demonstrate that the crystals are more sturdy than you would initally believe. She then explained that as long as it was obviously accidental, Disneyland doesn’t require you to purchase broken merchandise.