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  1. I think it's a really interesting result and I'm sure theme park designers always bare these statistics in mind. Look at places like Disney parks; hugely staffed, planned, and catered for/by gay men. I think a lot of the marketing is targetted at the gay community as we have all the cash
  2. Hello Robb and Elissa, My partner and I are interested in this trip; especially as it coincides with my birthday! Do you have the full itinerary at all yet? I can understand some of the problems with releasing a full itinerary; kind of reminds me of that episode of Will & Grace where Grace hides in the background and copies someone elses fitness programme in the gym! But of course with the special 'niche' nature of this trip, I don't think you'll find any freeloaders stowed away in the coach lol
  3. I think this thread is dangerously close to a thread posted previously that became deeply offensive after a while. When it comes to religious views, there's no option really but to agree to disagree. In respect to gay days - I can subscribe to both sides of the story. On the one hand, I've never been myself, but if it is indeed true that PEOPLE (and I emphasise the word people) are dry-humping and making out in an unacceptable manner in Disney World then this of course I would not tolerate. On the other hand, it is ironic that this event exists in the first place - simply because it is CONSTRUCTED and enforced by heterosexual people. If there was true equality in the world, and this minority of hateful heterosexuals (and I do want to make it clear i'm just referring to homophobes here) did not exist, then there would not be a need for a day like gaydays, or pride, where gay people are able to express themselves freely as human beings. These days are EXPLOSIONS of expression after a long time of suppression. For example: imagine that you were put in a box and starved for 364 days of the year, because a large majority of people would not let you out from that box, for ridulous and unfounded reasons. Then, one day, you are let out of that box. What are you going to do? Because the context in my example is 'starvation and confinement', it would be human instinct to engage in an all out food binge, in front of all to see, eating everything you can get your hands on, and celebrating your new found freedom. Just as we breath in, and out, suppression is naturally followed by expression. If the context we are dealing with is sexual suppression - what is likely to be expressed at the moment of expression? Think about that one. Gay is a sexuality, as is straight. There is absolutely nothing wrong with two men holding hands in a themepark. If this was the case all year round, then perhaps this one day of expression would be 'diluted' so to speak. I have had wonderfully romantic moments with my boyfriends all year round at all the Disney parks throughout the world. None of these involved making out in public or anything ridiculous like that. I have noticed many gay couples holding hands without anyone even batting an eyelid - and why should they? It can be quite difficult to overtly hold hands in Disney at times, but my boyfriend and I haven't been unable to do anything that any heterosexual couple couldn't do, so i'm not complaining! From holding hands at firework time, to sharing a nice romantic meal. Disney is one of the most gay friendly corporations in the world - giving equal recognition and health insurance benefits to gay couples. With family working in the parks, I'm aware that there is a vibrant gay community that keeps Disney alive, and in fact it would be safe bet that, especially amongst the male employees, there is a homosexual majority. These cast members enjoy and participate in the gaydays parties. If you took away gay people from Disney, then Disney would quite simply cease to exist. This is NEVER going to change - and that is what makes Disney so dear to my heart
  4. Does anyone know the technicalities of what they actually DID to improve it? Am I right in thinking they adding a few more blinking lights and whooshing sounds rather than changing the actual track?
  5. Having just returned, I would say that Tokyo Disneyland is a lot more like an 80's version of the Magic Kingdom in WDW, and very unspoilt. Obviously there are LOTS of small similarities between Tokyo and ALL the other Disney parks, but I think Tokyo has some very individual and unique characterstics centered mostly on the cultural context - where else would you queue for 30 mins for cappucino popcorn? Or experience being around POLITE and COURTEOUS people in a Disney park who know how to organise themselves, queue properly and watch a parade without standing infront of people? In a way I just hope airfare and hotel prices get more expensive to keep people away from this unspoilt piece of Disney! I remember when WDW used to be like a little like this... but not to Japanese standards.
  6. OMG I was on this ride about 2 weeks ago! I have to say my partner and I thought it sucked big time, and I can't quite understand how someone could have 'accidentally' fallen out. It's very sad, but hopefully now they might replace it with something better (and safer!) :shock:
  7. ^ They have a snowboarding and skating type thing in the Sega Joypolis, where you go sideways. Check out the Alveys Japan guide!
  8. I always get this horrible feeling EVERY time I go on Space Mountain in WDW - "This is it, this coaster is COMING OFF THE TRACKS!!!"... and of course it never does, but after what happened with Big Thunder... What do you think/feel is the most unsafe/dangerous ride currently in operation, and why? :shock:
  9. How about a standard looping coaster (not inverted) where you are on the OUTSIDE of the loop rather than the inside - how freaky would that be?
  10. How long do you think it would take to post your DVD to the UK out of interest?
  11. Hi Elissa and Robb, It's a silly question, but when you went to Japan, did you try speaking English to them first if you were odering food etc or did you speak Japanese to them from the off? I mean in Disney am i right in thinking most of them will expect people to approach them in English?
  12. I can't beleve they did that to Alien Encounter, and then they even had to dumb down Stitch because it was still 'too scary' for the kids. Surely a height restriction would be enough. How about 'Pooh's Haunted Wood Encounter' in pitch blackness....
  13. I think the Mummy beats the Hulk just because it's more fun. The Hulk makes me REALLY dizzy every time and batters my head around like a pinball. That last drop on Mummy with all the lighting effects is superb
  14. Hmm that's what i just tried. Maybe the pic is too big or something. I'll try again...
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