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AR March 5th, 2013 02:26 PM

Disney Is No Substitute
 
Ray recently posted a picture that he took in India. To me, it looked so clean, plastic and "fake" that I thought it might have been Epcot.

It reminded me of the time I was prowling around Epcot by myself shortly after it opened. I was walking the "ring of countries" around the fake lake and had stopped at "Italy," represented by a fake and scaled-back Doge's Palace (which was really a restaurant as I recall), and an equally diminutive (compared to the real thing) bell tower, which I think was a gift shop. I was staring at this tableau in amazement when along the walk came two elderly ladies, one with her nose in the Epcot map.

Looking up, she said to her friend, "OK, this is Italy, Myrtle. That over there is the Doggie's Palace and this is the famous bell tower. This is so wonderful. Now we don't have to go to Italy. It's all right here."

I swear this is true. I wanted to run after her and in my best Jerry Lewis voice yell, "Laaaaady. No. Go there. It's better. Honest." But I didn't.

She never even stopped to wonder how many doggies they keep in the Doggie's Palace.

Mike M March 5th, 2013 03:00 PM

As Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrel said: "Ain't nothing like the real thing baby."

Take care,
Mike

BernieG March 5th, 2013 05:05 PM

"Disney is no substitute" Neither is Vegas :)

AR March 5th, 2013 08:07 PM

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Originally Posted by BernieG (Post 1466420)
"Disney is no substitute" Neither is Vegas :)

VERY true.

Manuel March 10th, 2013 10:53 AM

Disney is not meant to be a substitue for anything. But it is a fun place and that is where we will going tomorrow for a 4 day visit.

I have been in over 40 countries and a lot of Islands in the Caribbean, but I still enjoy visiting Disney.

TM

green_rd March 10th, 2013 09:15 PM

I suppose that Myrtle and her friend are not likely to be going to Italy anyway.

Then again perhaps they have looted their time in St. Mark's Square and were just being silly. I've been known to do such a thing.

AR March 10th, 2013 11:05 PM

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Originally Posted by green_rd (Post 1466932)
I suppose that Myrtle and her friend are not likely to be going to Italy anyway.

Then again perhaps they have looted their time in St. Mark's Square and were just being silly. I've been known to do such a thing.

Always possible, of course. But when people are doing a goof just for each other and when they don't suspect they're being overheard, there's almost always a twinkle, a knowing grin, a giggle. These two were very earnest, and unless they were accomplished actors putting on a show for me, I think they were for real.

AR March 10th, 2013 11:09 PM

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Originally Posted by Manuel (Post 1466889)
Disney is not meant to be a substitue for anything. But it is a fun place and that is where we will going tomorrow for a 4 day visit.

I have been in over 40 countries and a lot of Islands in the Caribbean, but I still enjoy visiting Disney.

TM

I always liked Issac Azimov's line. . .

". . .the place where people enter with their children, their wits and their money, and leave with their children only."

I actually think Disney is wonderful for kids, and for adults who are able to differentiate between fantasy and reality.

Manuel March 10th, 2013 11:37 PM

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Originally Posted by AR (Post 1466940)
Always possible, of course. But when people are doing a goof just for each other and when they don't suspect they're being overheard, there's almost always a twinkle, a knowing grin, a giggle. These two were very earnest, and unless they were accomplished actors putting on a show for me, I think they were for real.

But of course what they were doing is their business.

TM

AR March 11th, 2013 07:33 PM

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Originally Posted by Manuel (Post 1466945)
But of course what they were doing is their business.

TM

Lighten up.

Manuel March 12th, 2013 12:33 AM

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Originally Posted by AR (Post 1467026)
Lighten up.

That's what my Doctor said.

But seriously, we are visiting Disney this week.

TM

ship2shore March 12th, 2013 07:06 PM

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Originally Posted by BernieG (Post 1466420)
"Disney is no substitute" Neither is Vegas :)

But Cialis is a great substitute for Vi@gra


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