Turkey Legs are really Emu LegsWalt Disney World: I've talked to many people at theme parks and they all say that the turkey legs at Disney, Universal, ect. are really emu legs.
From Helena PolanskyI think its true because turkeys do not get that big and the only other thing biger is an emu. I've asked many empolyees and they said it was a rumor but no one said no to my question.
Posted July 11, 2010 at 6:27 PM
What do you guys think?
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From Nick MarkhamI think it's a rumor. Couldn't imagine Disney using Emu legs, just sounds wrong and sounds like it would taste different anyway.
Posted July 11, 2010 at 6:48 PM
From James KoehlI've talked to many people at Renaissance Festivals, where turkey legs are nearly as popular as Guinness and soup in a bread bowl, and I have never heard this rumor. I do not think that there is any way it is true. I have seen many turkey farms around here (Ohio), along with alpaca farms, but never an emu farm. Enjoy your turkey legs, and the next time someone tells you that it is really emu, ask them for proof. If they say "Someone told me," ask them who. I'll bet 99.99% of the time they will not be able to tell you. That should tell you how much credit you should give to such rumors.
Posted July 11, 2010 at 6:56 PM
From Anthony MurphyI am sure its just a rumor
Posted July 11, 2010 at 7:23 PM
From Helena PolanskyBut think about it, the turkey legs they sell are huge and turkeys do not get that huge. Also, the emu legs are gressy and taste way different then turkey legs. I really think they are emu legs.
Posted July 11, 2010 at 7:34 PM
From Anthony MurphyTurkeys are that big. They get them from a particular farm in Alabama I think. Unwrapped on Food Network did a whole story on it.
Posted July 11, 2010 at 7:41 PM
I highly doubt its Emu because Disney would have to explain.
From Brian EmeryHahahahahaha
Posted July 12, 2010 at 8:51 AM
Thank for the laugh… Emu legs……. Good one…
From Carrie HoodAw man, this has been a rumor for years. I've heard everything from Ostrich threw conspiracies of breeding mutant turkeys in the back lots which will over run the US like Raptors in Jurassic Park.
Posted July 12, 2010 at 9:58 AM
Yes, it's turkey folks. Ever seen a wild turkey? Their huge. Look in your local store for turkey legs, located where other yummy meat type products can be found. Compare those to what your find at your local theme park, renaissance festival or even county fair. Same size, Same Bird: Not a Dinosaur/Emu/Cassowary/Condor.
The reason this has been a rumor for years is the fact most places have cooked these via a rotisserie which causes the meat to keep a reddish color. You can easily do the same thing at home with some season salt, pepper, oil and water with a grill.
Now some renaissance festivals DO offer Emu or Ostrich but in those situations it's clearly listed. Oddly enough, yes you can taste the difference between meats (Unless my mother cooked it, then it's all a hockey puck!).
Mmmm, now I want one! To the grocery store!
From Rob PAnyone who thinks they're eating emu legs at Disney is talking turkey.
Posted July 13, 2010 at 2:00 AM
It's like saying that Roadrunners are fast food.
I remember my uncle telling me that he once bred 3 legged chickens. When I asked him how they tasted he said he didn't know because he hadn't ever been able to catch one.
Any more ?
From Aurora McBride-MooreLOL@ Emu Legs. I call them that all the time but I know that they are real turkey. The bones are actually plastic! They aren't real turkey "legs" they are a plastic bone with pressed steamed turkey pieces pressed into them and then steamed again. They are REAL Turkey! But its processed and pressed turkey onto a plastic bone! :)
Posted July 13, 2010 at 10:07 AM
From James KoehlAurora, I've never had a turkey leg at a Disney park, only at a renaissance festival. Are you serious about the plastic bone? If so, is nothing sacred anymore?!
Posted July 13, 2010 at 10:45 AM
From Aurora McBride-MooreIts a soft plastic material! I promise you!!
Posted July 13, 2010 at 11:46 AM
From James KoehlNote to self: never, NEVER, try a turkey, emu or ostrich leg at a Disney or Universal park, or anywhere else other than a renfest. No bone, no buy.
Posted July 13, 2010 at 12:47 PM
From Anthony MurphyIts not a plastic bone!
Posted July 13, 2010 at 3:09 PM
Why can't anybody believe that its an honest to goodness Turkey Leg?
People need to stop spreading these rumors!
From Mike GallagherAnyone know a park where I can get a decent HUMAN leg?
Posted July 13, 2010 at 6:27 PM
From James Rao^ROFL! Mike, during Halloween Horror Nights at Universal you should be able to find something to fit the bill!
Posted July 13, 2010 at 6:36 PM
And remember folks, Soylent Green is PEOPLE!!!
From Melissa DonahueI've gotten such a kick out of reading this thread that I don't know what to think anymore!
Posted July 13, 2010 at 7:20 PM
Anyone care to comment on what's really inside a Shepherd's Pie?
From James RaoSomething Disney chefs playfully refer to as "Vomit Drop".
Posted July 13, 2010 at 7:28 PM
Ugh... have I gone too far?
From Mike Gallagher"Anyone care to comment on what's really inside a Shepherd's Pie?"
Posted July 14, 2010 at 2:57 AM
Anyone want to take a stab at 'baby" food?
From James Rao"Mr. Chambers! Mr. Chambers! Don't get on that ship! The rest of the book, To Serve Man, it's... it's a cookbook!"
Posted July 14, 2010 at 3:25 AM
From James KoehlMike, at a renaissance festival once I asked the girl at a food booth if their shepherd's pie had actual shepherd in it. She said, "I don't know- I'll ask." And she did! She hollered back- seriously- to the food preparers behind the serving area. When they hollered back at her,"What?! No!" she told me "No, it doesn't. I don't like it anyway." We tried it and it was not bad, not the best, but not bad. Not as good as a real turkey leg, with a real bone, and not a hint of emu. But still not as good as haggis.
Posted July 14, 2010 at 3:51 AM
From Melissa DonahueI wasn't brave enough to eat the Shepherd's Pie at Three Broomsticks, but I did order the Cornish Pasties once... wouldn't do that again. I'd stick to the ribs instead, although I think they contained plastic bones as well... :)
Posted July 14, 2010 at 7:44 AM
From Amanda JenkinsExcellent reference James! That is one of my favorite Twilight Zone episodes. Along with the "Monsters are due on Maple Street".
Posted July 14, 2010 at 12:52 PM
As for the Turkey legs, I remember watching either on the Travel Channel or Food Network, how there are special farms somewhere in the Northeast that raise these large turkeys for Disney. I know that they definitely use a lot of turkey in their buffets, holiday meals, etc, so at least we know that none of these poor large birds are going to waste :)
From Mike GallagherJames and Amanda: Fellow Zonies?
Posted July 14, 2010 at 3:31 PM
Hard for me to pick my favorite episode. I feel fortunate enough to own a VHS copy of the very last episode, which is very rare. It was not shot for the series. In its last season, it was over budget. So to finish the season, the producers purchased a short film based on a story by Ambrose Bierce: An Occurence At Owl Creek Bridge. It's a wonderful piece of television. Twilight Zone is my SECOND favorite TV show of all time. My #1, however, does NOT have an amusement park ride themed after it, but there WAS a truly awful movie version.
Talking THE HONEYMOONERS!
Sorry to go off topic....
From James RaoThe Owl Creek Bridge episode was out of circulation for a long time... it is very similar to the movie JACOB'S LADDER (which was brilliant, too).
Posted July 14, 2010 at 4:52 PM
My favorite TZ episode is still FIVE CHARACTERS IN SEARCH OF AN EXIT. I also like A STOP AT WILLOUGHBY quite a bit.
I am also a big fan of OUTER LIMITS, the ZANTI MISFITS being my favorite episode.
If I had to pick a favorite sci-fi show of all time, though, I would have to go with three: LOST, BABYLON 5, and FIREFLY.
But then there are the non-sci-fi classics like FAMILY TIES (MJ Fox is still my hero), SPORTS NIGHT (sadly, Aaron Sorkin was at his best when he was a coke-head), MASH (Colonel Flagg was DA BOMB!), and the greatest of them all: MONDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL!
And for the record, this thread was off topic the minute it was posted.
From Tony DudaStrangely, I rewatched Firefly (show and movie) over 2 days a couple of weeks ago and am now rewatching Babylon 5, just finished year 2. I vcr taped B5 back in 1998 when TNT took over and they reran the first 4 years. The tapes are still clear visually but the sound is a little static-y.
Posted July 14, 2010 at 5:43 PM
From Aurora McBride-MooreOK. I don't know about Disney but I do know about Sea World and Universal Studios/ Islands of Adventure. I worked for UO for 4 years in Guest Services. MANY times I had to pull out the food info for people due to allergies and things and we had to let people know that if they had a latex allergy that they should stay away from the turkey legs due to the plastic bone. The last turkey leg I ate was back in February at MGM (HOLY HEARTBURN BATMAN) and the bone was indeed plastic....
Posted July 14, 2010 at 6:04 PM
From Bob MillerJames and Mike, do you guys remember the program One Step Beyond? I'm also a TZ and OL fan and have them on DVD. I remember them when they were on in prime time, boy those were the good old days of television, sure do miss them.
Posted July 14, 2010 at 7:29 PM
From Melissa DonahuePlastic turkey bones and the Twilight Zone... hmmm.
Posted July 14, 2010 at 8:11 PM
From James RaoBob, I remember OSB vaguely, but not enough to really comment. Kind of like Night Gallery. I remember being freaked out by NG, but I don't remember many of the particulars (except for the episode with the earwig...ewwwww!).
Posted July 14, 2010 at 9:50 PM
Tony, if you liked Nathan Fillion in FIREFLY & SERENITY, you have to check out CASTLE on ABC. It is a show that transcends its limitations because the cast is excellent. Also, take a look at Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog...Whedon and Fillion teamed up for this off-beat musical during the Writer's Strike a few years back. It's a hoot!
From Carrie HoodI don't know, I'm told the Reavers say people taste like a Turducken! ;)
Posted July 15, 2010 at 3:24 AM
Shepard's Pie? Easy, that's got Bambi in it and oH my, is it a tasty little meat creature meal!
"Can I interest you in an 18" Zookeeper special with every known animal as a topping?!"
From Tony DudaJames - Buffy, Angel, Titan A.E. etc. I am aware of Castle on ABC and it is the only ABC show I watch. I even watched that stupid road rally show a few years ago for all of it's 5 episodes before it was canceled. I never did see Dr. Horrible, maybe that's next.
Posted July 15, 2010 at 4:54 PM
Carrie - nice reference (I ate a bug!)
From Bob MillerJames, if you want to check out Night Callery and TZ, go to Fancast.com, it's a free website that has over 20,000 episodes of different shows to choose from including NG and TZ and Outer Limits. And One Step Beyond was about true stories of paranormal events.
Posted July 15, 2010 at 6:15 PM
From Mike GallagherAll this talk of sci-fi TV and no one's mentioned the X-Files....
Posted July 15, 2010 at 6:46 PM
From Melissa DonahueI'm partial to Battlestar Galactica myself (the newer version)...
Posted July 15, 2010 at 7:36 PM
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