An Ad For Another Theme Park At Disneyland???

Today at the park I witnessed something I have absolutely NEVER seen before. Ever. EVER.

The park was a bit crowded (other people’s spring breaks) so as I was coming around Tomorrowland I couldn’t help but notice pretty much everyone looking at the sky. Being the gullible lemming that I am, I looked at the sky too. There were a bunch of planes doing skywriting.

(Skywriting is, I think, quickly becoming a lost art, but that’s not the point here).

Anyway, it was very difficult to read what they were spelling out. I think their message was too long for one, and also there must have been a bunch of wind up there because the first parts kept smearing before I could get a chance to read them. But here’s what I saw:

This one said RIDE SUPERMAN but the RI got cut off and the DE had already started blowing away

I moved to the Matterhorn to try to get a better picture, but if you’ve been following this blog, you know that my photography skills completely suck, so here’s the view over the Matterhorn:

I honestly can't decipher this at all

The message was repeated a couple of times, so I got a shot of the one over Small World:

Can you read upside-down?

Here, I’ll flip it for you. And it definitely read RIDE SUPERMAN 5D, and that was repeated a couple of times:

Digital photography is so awesome

But here’s the thing–there is no Superman ride at Disneyland. In fact, the only Superman ride I could think of was at Magic Mountain (in Valencia, CA). And while I couldn’t see the rest of the garbled messages, the RIDE SUPERMAN 5D was very, very clear, and repeated 3 times, which can only mean one thing:

Magic Mountain is advertising its ride in the skies above Disneyland.

Now honestly, I have to say that that’s probably the most ballsy thing I’ve ever seen. I mean, it’s not like Disneyland controls the air or something, but they’re not affiliated with Magic Mountain (which is currently owned by Six Flags again) in any way. I mean, I think the only thing that would have demonstrated bigger cojones would be to fly a blimp over and drop hundreds of leaflets onto Disneyland guests.

And then I had to go home and Google Superman 5D, because the Superman ride has been around for a number of years, and what the hell is 5D? It took some digging, but it looks like they revamped Superman, now called Superman: Escape From Krypton, and it’s scheduled to open this weekend, according to the LA Times.

I’m still not sure about what the 5D thing is (because seriously, how many dimensions do we NEED anyway?) and Magic Mountain doesn’t define it on their site for the new and improved Superman. It strikes me as very odd that they’re doing a media blitz over the skies of Disneyland including the 5D but they aren’t really explaining what it is. I suppose I could do some research to figure it out, but I don’t have the time right now.

Anyway, I sincerely have never seen anything like that before–advertising in the sky over Disneyland. Has anyone else?

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UPDATE! File this one under “well that makes a LOT more sense!” I’ve recently learned that the part after “Superman” was not, in fact, “5D,” but was rather “SDRAWKCAB” or “BACKWARDS” backwards, because the new version of Superman goes both forward and backwards. And actually in the second picture on this post, you can make out “SDRAWKCAB” in the smeary part. Mystery solved!

6 responses to “An Ad For Another Theme Park At Disneyland???

  1. oklaurak March 15, 2011 at 7:01 pm

    Ha!! You know what? I saw this in the sky when I was driving my kids to Knott’s Berry Farm! I couldn’t read the first part of it, since the wind blew it away and I couldn’t read the last little bit of it, since I was driving. I only saw “IDE SUPERMA” I assumed it was advertising for a new Supermarket!! Silly me. It’s fun to read your adventures in Mouseland. I haven’t taken the kids there…yet. We’ll see how long it takes before they’re asking me to go. Take care! Laura

  2. chem88 March 18, 2011 at 12:46 am

    Very good shot. I saw it from Culver City. The government is getting creative, but yes there were five planes writing RIDE SUPERMAN SR…., half made no sense. But this is what it is
    STAY INFORMED. The proof is in the sky, they are always creating chemtrails. They have recently been cloud seeding to create rain.
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  3. chem88 March 18, 2011 at 1:00 am

    LOL.. I see.. they’re opening the revamped Superman roller coaster.. But there are the real chemtrails they’ve been doing lately, I was suspicious at first.. They sometimes will create designs and writing. Your post was the first about this Superman writing.. Someone wrote, “The only time I remember seeing skywriting about Disneyland was a “marry me” type message, pre-9-11…………….way uncool of Six Flags IMHO” which was also odd that they did that then considering what happened and that now this with Japan and all.. Anyway, they have been creating chemtrails a lot lately though. Which is why I figure they’re cloud seeding which is probably the others I’ve noticed lately.

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  5. Nicole March 23, 2011 at 3:43 pm

    Disney is going to declare themselves a no fly zone now.

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