Saturday, November 27, 2010

Fanta Sealand, March 1958

Spinning teacups, eh? Whose idea was that anyway? This classic attraction has been making people dizzy for 55 years. Stories of barfing are probably greatly exaggerated, since folks prone to motion sickness tend to stay off of this thing. Wisely. I was happy to see that I could get the cup spinning pretty fast during my last visit!

I know, I know, it's that darn castle again. What am I supposed to do? I have boxes full of these things.


Chiana_Chat said...

Yay! If they've freed up the teacups, thanks go to the folks at Disneyland - letting guests have the choice to spin up or not to spin up ensures the best experience.

The castle, well. And right in your photo we can see three peeps with cameras, Mr. Well Dressed about to add yet another castle pic to those stashes and even the milkman readying to add another! :p Overphotographed or not it's a great symbol of a great thing about Walt Disney: he builds a castle to bring smiles, not fear, oppression and so on.

Disagreements with the current Bling job or no, I'm glad Disney's kept it as a proud centerpiece to this day.

Disney Nametags and More said...

In all your boxes, would you happen to have any pictures of cast members wearing the early Disneyland metal badges? I'm doing some research on them, and any images you might have would be most helpful.

TokyoMagic! said...

Now I'm thirsty for Fanta Orange soft drink.

Connie Moreno said...

I for one, never tire of castle pictures. I especially dig this one with the grassy areas out front!

Major Pepperidge said...

Chiana, I was really happy that we could spin our teacup... otherwise what's the point of even riding that attraction? The castle photo is interesting in that you can only see one child (at least for sure).

Disney Nametags, I don't think I have any photos of the metal badges, but I'll keep my eyes open for them now... I still have a few lots of early photos that I haven't scanned yet.

TokyoMagic!, you just love those Fanta girls in those pre-movie ads.

Connie, it would be kind of interesting to do a survey of castle views, one year at a time, to see how it really did change!

SundayNight said...

The beauty of the teacups is that they are so simple. Three spinning disks, each inside the next. Plus the cups are people powered. Even when you don't ride it you can get a kick out of watching people ride it.

Rich T. said...

I think the cookie-tossing decreased greatly when they eliminated the nearby tournament-tent burger stand.

When I was a kid, I assumed the teacups had some complex gear system to make them respond to the control wheel. Then my older brother told me, "Y'know the wheel doesn't're spinning yourself around a stationary post..."

I was like, all, "That's...GENIUS!"

TokyoMagic! said...

Fanta girls? I must admit that two days ago, I went to an actual theater to see a movie for the first time in in about two years (saw Tangled on Thanksgiving night) I didn't see the Fanta girls ad. I saw a trailer for an upcoming tween movie that's all about going to your high school prom.....can't wait for that one!

When I saw the title of your post on my "blog list" last night, I really thought it might be about a Fanta orange drink stand in an extinct amusement park somewhere called Sealand! Hey, it was 3:00 in the morning!

Vaughn said...

We were disappointed a few of years back when we figured out that they put some kind of governor on the tea cups.

My youngest son and I went on the tea cups ride (called something else) at Silver Dollar City in Branson in 2008. We had it going so fast that it took it almost a minute to stop after they applied the brakes to end the ride. We had trouble walking for a few minutes!

Nancy said...

the last time i rode them my daughter had to help me off. i had recently discovered i have a condition that causes dyseqilibrium, and even tho i knew it would happen, i rode them anyway.... i cant ride Rock n Rollercoaster anymore at the Studios for the same reason :(

castle pics are great, never too many so dont worry about that :)

JG said...

Never too much castle, or teacups either.

Thanks for the views!