Random Names Tourists Give Attractions
List as many as we can.
Whenever you have friends and family in town, they are usually not as experienced as we are in terms of theme parks and end up giving random misnomers to various attractions.
Here's a list of what I've encountered:
Race Track (Test Track)
Flying Over California (Soarin')
Enchanted Castle (Cinderella Castle)
All the President's Men (The Hall of Presidents)
Try to see if any of you can come up with more!
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What I've heard:
- The Golf Ball Ride (Spaceship Earth)
- The Big Ball (Spaceship Earth)
- Rockin' RipIt (Hollywood Rip, Ride, RockIt)
- Rock 'n' Roller Coaster (Hollywood Rip, Ride, RockIt)
- Mummy's Revenge (Revenge of the Mummy)
- Haunted House (The Haunted Mansion)
- Race Track (Test Track)
There's always "The Pirate Ship Ride" (for all those generic boat shaped swinging rides)
From Jay R.
Posted June 11, 2013 at 4:59 PM
The tea cups (Mad Hatters Tea Party)
Although in Disneyland Paris they are called Mad Hatter's tea cups)
The Egypt Thingy coaster(Montu) Alien shooter ride(MIB Alien Attack)
these are some of the things i have heard.
I have heard people confuse China and Japan at Epcot. Sad....
I Think I can top them. Was stood in Disneys Hollywood Studios a few years back, on the benches just along from the Brown Derby, when I over heard a woman asking an employee "Where is the Simpsons ride" the CM was polite and explained it was in another studio Park, the woman looked blank then said "Oh, so where is Jaws then"
Ahh watching my stepson snort his cola at that was pretty cool.
A little off topic but still funny methinks.
Certainly funnier than most above, Alan.
Thanks, I only wish she had been holding a map of Universal Studios as well, whilst in DHS, That would have made the story epic but never mind :)
Whenver I go to see Voyage of The Little Mermaid, I usually always say 'let's go and watch the ginger fish-girl' ...does that count :-)
Alan that's hilarious! I would probably just stand there dieing laughing!
The Elephant Ride- Dumbo
A piece of Dora-Mexico in Epcot.
Those Jerky Cornballs- The Simpsons.
Death by Music- Barney.
I just made these up...
...and thereby defeated the whole purpose of the discussion.
Mike has a good point...
I'm glad someone else said something (and said it well) because I was itching to, but didn't want to come off as snarky and rude.
From Tony Duda
Posted June 12, 2013 at 9:52 PM
The Mexican Boat Ride is what I always call the Mexico pavilion boat ride at Epcot because I can never remember what it is called. Sounds ominous and dangerous and funny even to me.
From AJ Hummel
Posted June 12, 2013 at 9:57 PM
Ignoring when I've heard a ride identified incorrectly and when people refer to an attraction by a type, here are some of the best I've heard at the Southern California parks (most of these are technically correct):
California Soarin' = Soarin' Over California
Ghost House = Haunted Mansion
Grizzly Rapids = Grizzly River Run
Hollywood Tower Hotel = Twilight Zone Tower of Terror
Iron Man = Innoventions
Racecar Racers = Radiator Springs Racers
Screamer = California Screamin'
Spinning Sierras = Sierra Sidewinder
Star Wars = Star Tours: The Adventures Continue
Super Scream = Supreme Scream
The Abominable Snowman = Matterhorn Bobsleds
The Big Choo-Choo = Big Thunder Mountain Railroad
The Blimps = Golden Zephyr
The Bullet = Silver Bullet
The Glory Hole = Calico Mine Ride
The King Kong Encounter = Studio Tour
The Michael Jackson Experience = Captain EO
I also hear people refer to rides by appearance, such as "The Blue One" or "The Green One" (this is especially common at coaster parks and waterparks). Finally, this ride was before my time, but my mom said everyone used to call Adventure Thru Inner Space "The Monsanto Ride".
Tony, it's called the Fiesta Tour.
From Tony Duda
Posted June 14, 2013 at 8:20 PM
Actually the Mexican Boat Ride is the "Gran Fiesta Tour Starring The Three Caballeros" which is why I can never remember the real name without a park map (which I used to find the real name).
A little off topic, but working in Magic Kingdom's Emporium last year, at least once per shift someone would come up and ask 'Where is the Emporium?'... You are standing in it, Sir.
Or is that the Castle? Whilst pointing at the castle..
not a ride, but
Fort Wilderness Lodge - Combining name of two different resorts
Greatest Attraction in History = Jungle Cruise
Happens all the time.
When I was staying at a hotel close to Dollywood, a shuttle driver told us about the "Screamin' Eagle". Really? It's called the Wild Eagle.
When I worked on the Queen Mary years ago people would ask where to catch the boat to go surfing. Long Beach has a breakwater. They would also ask if the oil islands just off of shore was Catalina.
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