5 Greatest Disney Rides by Decade: The 1970s

With the arrival of the 1970s, our voyage through the greatest Disney rides of the decade takes an unexpected turn. Into an alligator-infested swamp. Click below to jump to the decade of your choice: 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s 2010s 2020s Up to this point, we only had Disneyland Park. But in 1971, a […]

Origins of Big Thunder Mountain

I’ve always been a Disney World guy. I love Disneyland to death, but it’s not the park I grew up with. Disneyland had a whole generation of changes before I was even born. Whenever I get nostalgic for the Disney of the past, it’s the electrosynth big-haired purple optimism of 1980s EPCOT or the 1970s […]

Mickey no Tokyo Disneyland Daibouken

Our spellchecker is not broken.  The headline is Japanese, and it translates roughly to “Mickey’s Adventure in Tokyo Disneyland.”  (I’ll let you clever folks figure out which Japanese word means “Adventure”). Up until about a month ago, I never knew Mickey had adventures in Tokyo Disneyland.  I just sort of assumed he sat in the […]

Big Thunder’s Secret Show Scene

If you’re like me, you woke up today wondering if there was any real connection between a singing legend, an octopus, and the greatest Disney coaster of all time.  Don’t feel ashamed.  Everyone ponders this at some point or another, although usually it is accompanied by a high fever and unusual doses of medication. To […]

Indian Curses are the Least of Your Worries

Forget about flooded ghost towns, howling bobcats, avalanches, steaming geysers, runaway trains, cave-ins, or shrieking flocks of bats.  If it’s grave danger you seek, you can start by looking in the loading area. Legend tells of a Big Thunder Mining Company, which struck gold in this little corner of Frontierland. They expanded operations, riddled the […]