Category Archives: Adventureland

That Genie’s Lamp

So back in the day, I posted about the stores in Adventureland, and one of the unknown (to me) things I saw back there was a genie’s lamp.

Out of order.

Bummer.

However, I went recently and guess what was back IN order?

No really, guess.

Heh.

The Lamp!

Yeah, Aladdin had to go into the Cave of Whatever It’s Called But It Will Kill You If You’re Not The Diamond In The Rough Or Something, but you my friends, YOU, can find it right there in Adventureland.

Needless to say, I had to stick in my 50 cents.

Because the sign said so

And really? 50 cents? But whatever.

I had hoped the lamp would spit out some kind of fortune card or something, but it did not. Instead, it lit up and flashed a lot.

This is your 50 cents' worth

And the genie, who was decidedly not Robin Williams, spoke to me.

Out loud, not just in my head.

The genie predicted that, among other things, I would become fabulously wealthy and I might want to seriously consider buying lottery tickets (done and DONE!). It also predicted that I would win the Superbowl as a starring athlete.

So look for me on the field y’all. Look HARD.

Okay, it didn’t say the Superbowl, but it was strongly implied.

All in all, did I feel like I got my 50 cents’ worth? Sure, why not? It’s Disneyland!

Mlle. Antoinette’s Parfumerie

Over in New Orleans Square–you know, that area of the park I haven’t written ANYTHING about yet (My Year is a miserable failure, however, MYWTM is an astounding success–rock on!)–there’s a small, fragrant shop called Mlle. Antoinette’s Parfumerie.

Here it is!

Mlle. (which is the abbreviation for Mademoiselle, as all of my sophisticated readers undoubtedly already know) Antoinette’s Parfumerie is one of the original shops opened in New Orleans Square at the request of Lillian Disney, Walt’s wife.

Particularly lovely at night

To be honest, I was feeling a bit sheepish because I had absolutely no memory of the Parfumerie.

I felt much better when my Standard Research Method (3 minutes on Google) confirmed that the Parfumerie closed in the 90s when I was living in the Midwest and re-opened just this May.

It has elaborate window displays

Like this

The inside of the shop is both cozy and extensively decorated.

Is that wallpaper on the ceiling?

According to my SRM, the chandelier was selected by Lilly Disney herself, from a shop in the real New Orleans. Plus the mirrors are hand-painted with some technique where the back of the glass is painted and then it’s turned into a mirror.

A little more ostentatious in person

The shop carries normal perfume from companies like Dior, Givenchy, and other expensive perfumes I know nothing about because I don’t wear perfume.

I wanted to talk to the cast member behind the counter, but these three girls talked to him forever.

And I mean for.ev.er.

So I just gave up. But apparently the old perfume shop allowed you to mix and create your own signature scent, which sounds pretty cool to me, but this one does not. And supposedly there are either 2 or 3 perfumes that are “exclusive” to Disney (some say Disneyland, some say Disney Parks–this is where my SRM breaks down).

Still, I wouldn’t recommend buying some and then going on, like, Space Mountain or something.

Entrance to Adventureland

Why the entrance? Well, Disneyland doesn’t spare any detail, no matter how lowly the passageway might be.

Of course, the entrance to Adventureland  is anything but lowly. It has an impressive arch across the bridge.

Impressive!

The arch even has an A

A fun architectural detail

The right-hand side is filled with exotic looking tribal looking masks. I do not believe these are supposed to represent any particular culture.

I will scare you!

Over on the left-hand side is the Enchanted Tiki Room. Now this is an attraction that doesn’t get as much love as it should. It was one of Walt’s favorite attractions (he was really big on the audio animatronics) yet it’s just not popular these days.

In the tiki tiki tiki...well you know

What IS popular, however, is the Dole Whip window attached to the Tiki Room. Here you can get pineapple juice and the infamous Dole Whip. Well, infamous if you happen to have heard of it before. The Dole Whip is not ice cream, nor is it frozen yogurt. It is a frozen dairy product all of its own making. And the people who love Dole Whips REALLY REALLY love Dole Whips. As for me, I’m only mildly excited by the Dole Whip and only get them on very rare occasions.

The Dole Whip counter

Now this is a VERY important point, so I hope you’re paying attention. The Dole Whip counter usually has quite a line.

Nothing will stand between me and my Dole Whip, except the people in line in front of me

Here’s the important part: some people will accidentally mistake the line for a Dole Whip to be a line for the Tiki Room. This is not the case! Only on very rare circumstances does the Tiki Room have a line. If you are interested in seeing the Tiki Room and you find yourself in line, it would behoove you to check and make sure you’re not standing in line for a Dole Whip.

And incidentally, if you want both a Dole Whip AND to see the Tiki Room, there is a Dole Whip window inside the Tiki Room waiting area.

And finally–one more very important feature of the Adventureland Entrance is the bathrooms.

They're roughly in there

I honestly believe that these restrooms are the most crowded restrooms in the entire park. Seriously. I am not a fan. I really think you should either hit the one behind the Carnation Cafe (my personal favorite) or the one in New Orleans Square by the French Market. And of course, if you have a baby, use the Baby Care Center.

And speaking of restrooms, the Happiest Potties On Earth is a great rating system for all Disneyland restrooms.

 

Anaheim Animatronic Hippo Conservation Society

Ladies and Gentlemice, I’ve recently become acquainted with a pair of advocates who deserve nothing less than full MYWTM support: the Anaheim Animatronic Hippo Conservation Society. Caitlin and Jeremy are working tirelessly to save the animatronic hippos found in the Rivers of the World (Jungle Cruise) and introduce them to a better life elsewhere in the park.

If you’ve ever ridden the Jungle Cruise you no doubt remember the part where hippos emerge from the water with their ears wiggling. Despite the lack of ANY scientific evidence that such ear wiggling is an indicator of aggression, these animals are shot at with cap guns. What a tragedy.

Now let’s be clear: the animatronic hippos of Disneyland are more than mere “robots.” They are gentle giants of the river, minding their own business wiggling their ears when set upon by careless Jungle Cruise Skippers who shoot at them while cracking jokes. JOKES!!

Ladies and Gentlemice, the slaughter of animatronic hippos is no laughing matter*. Please watch the Public Service Announcement here and consider opening your hearts to the hippos of Disneyland. They desperately need your support. Visit the Anaheim Animatronic Hippo Conservation Society website now to learn more about this worthy endeavor.

*except when it’s hilarious

**Yep, parody. Don’t you love it?

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