Monday, June 27, 2011

Remembering The Lazinesss

You know a ride has to be pretty bad when you have to go back to 2002 to find a half way decent picture of it. The photo above was taken with my first digital camera, a Fuji 3mp job that actually worked pretty well until Mrs. DisneylandTraveler decided to take it in a swimming pool with her.

Anyway, I recall some forum a few years back asking the question of what was the worst ride in Disneyland and DCA. Certainly there are candidates because not everything can be winner but after thinking about it for awhile I came back with what supposed to be a big time E-ticket ride in DCA - the Mulholland Madness roller coaster. What it really was poster child of everything negatively said or written about DCA upon its opening in 2001. It was symbol of a slashed budget, uninspired imagination, and just plain laziness on the part of Disney.

Mulholland Madness was an off the shelf wild mouse coaster worthy of some state fair in the middle of summer or a theme park that offers $20 discount tickets at the supermarket. What it wasn't was Disney. In fact, it was the complete opposite of Disney's reputation for creativity and imagination giving us a cheap ride fronted by tacky looking billboards. But it was a roller coaster so people rode and rode over the last decade until the ride closed up shop last year.

The same off the shelf, out of a catalog, wild mouse coaster is back this week as the re-themed Goofy's Sky School. At least it shows a bit of effort on Disney's part trying put some magic into something that had absolutely none. But somehow, in my age demographic, I get the feeling I'll ride it once and call it good without any compelling need to go back and do it again. It's still the same coaster.

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