May 12, 2022

Disney World Hotel Backstories

Disney World Hotel Backstories

Some of y’all might remember a few weeks ago, Jeff and I talked a little about the hyper attention to detail employed by Walt Disney Imagineering when they’re planning every bit of the parks and resorts. This often results in elaborate backstories that m...

Some of y’all might remember a few weeks ago, Jeff and I talked a little about the hyper attention to detail employed by Walt Disney Imagineering when they’re planning every bit of the parks and resorts. This often results in elaborate backstories that most guests aren’t ever aware of, but help to create a more richly detailed and themed environment. This week, we’d like to share the backstory of four Walt Disney World resort hotels, and see if knowing these stories adds anything at all to your impressions and experience of the hotel. 


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[00:00:00] Dan: Welcome back to another meeting of the Gold Key Adventurers Society. My name is Dan Leonard and joining me tonight in the studio is Heather Straight,

[00:00:08] Heather: Hello.

[00:00:09] Dan: Jess Evans and Jeff Williams.

[00:00:12] Jeff: Glad to be here, brother.

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But some of y'all were able to remember a few weeks ago that Jeff and I talked a little bit about the, a super hyper attention to detail that Walt Disney Imagineering uses when they're playing. Planning every little bit of the parks and results, parks and resorts, parks, and resorts. This often results in elaborate backstories that most guests aren't even aware exist.

They say that it helps them to create a more regionally detailed and better themed environment. So I wanted to share with you guys a few backstories of some Walt Disney world resort hotels, and. We can talk about a little bit, see if maybe knowing these stories actually adds anything at all to your impressions and experience of the state.

[00:01:14] Jeff: I don't do impressions.

[00:01:18] Dan: That's a lie. 

[00:01:20] Jess: Not good ones. 

[00:01:20] Dan: Do your best one right

[00:01:21] Jeff: Thank you.

[00:01:24] Dan: G first. We're going to clear the air here a little bit. We're going to start with kind of the least involved what I'm going to take you to the beach. And do you know that there's a backstory to the pool at the beach club

[00:01:37] Heather: The storm along bay.

[00:01:39] Dan: there

[00:01:40] Heather: I had no idea. Tell me more.

[00:01:41] Dan: Legend there's. If you look at the statue, there's a statue of the actually don't

[00:01:48] Jeff: Didn't it have to do with a shipwreck because of a syphilis breakout.

[00:01:53] Heather: I don't think that's

[00:01:54] Dan: I don't know if there's an, a syphilis, but there is a, there is the ship rack out in front of the resort and a. So a lot of the resource used to hand out a newspaper that would have information about the daily schedules and they make it look a newspaper.

[00:02:07] Heather: I

[00:02:07] Dan: along with all that detailed, they would have story stuff for the hotel.

[00:02:12] Jeff: It's good for wrapping fishing too.

[00:02:15] Dan: Exactly. That's my favorite use. Legend has it that a gigantic sailor named storm along came along some time ago and took these parts by storm running his great ship, a ground where storm along bay now stands his mighty vessel plowed into the shoreline in a fierce nor'easter tearing into the sand and creating the pools and waterways of storm along. You can still see his great ship with its proud mass piercing, the sky 150 feet into the air. And now hosts an exciting water slide, which plummets into three acres of pools, including a snorkeling lagoon, a lively lagoon featuring rural pools and water spots in a tranquil lagoon for relaxing.

[00:02:56] Heather: lagoon.

[00:02:57] Dan: This is from when there is 

[00:02:59] Jess: Yeah. That's I don't 

[00:02:59] Dan: from when there is

[00:03:00] Heather: Where's 

[00:03:01] Jess: that still there. Yeah. 

[00:03:02] Heather: Is that something that is no longer there?

[00:03:05] Jess: Yeah, 

[00:03:06] Dan: this is from when the resort first opened and what like 90, 

[00:03:09] Jess: And this is interesting, cause I always thought it was based on the story of captain. But the fabled pirate that.

we all know 

[00:03:18] Heather: Yes.

[00:03:20] Jess: beach. 

[00:03:23] Jeff: like Yarden beaches had his way with me beach.

[00:03:26] Dan: I've never stayed or been anywhere near the full stairs. Is there still a lagoon with whirlpools and water spouts in

[00:03:35] Jeff: Yes.

[00:03:36] Heather: still there. That's.

[00:03:37] Jeff: There's a lazy river. Yeah. I suppose you could snorkel in it.

[00:03:40] Heather: And that the little section that with the whirlpools was always my kids' favorite when they were younger, they just get sucked into it and then it

[00:03:49] Jeff: that is my favorite as well.

[00:03:51] Heather: yeah, but the snorkel, I can't even picture where the snorkeling lagoon used to be.

[00:03:56] Dan: I wonder, did they have like fake sea life tethered to the ground? Like in the 20,000 leagues attraction that you

[00:04:03] Heather: It is, there is a whole section of it. That's Sandy bottomed, and there's the Sandy beach. Maybe it was over there. Yeah

[00:04:11] Dan: My question is, do you have a deeper appreciation for the pool, knowing

[00:04:15] Heather: do. I'm going to be staying there in a few days, so I'm going to go and check out the captain storm along. that were hit as

run a ground.

[00:04:27] Jeff: maybe they split the yacht and yacht club and beach club. It's two sections of pool. I wonder if one of those used to have that.

[00:04:36] Dan: Yeah, true. I don't know. You said that was from far before my time. Nope. I was alive, but I was not a Disney going person there. Next we're going to head over to the Cornetto Cora natto Springs resort, which has its own backstory or how it came to be there.

Curiously all these things, curiously, all these things apparently happened centered right around Orlando, Florida.


[00:05:03] Jess: Mr. Corey Nado. 

[00:05:05] Dan: Yeah. We're all familiar of course, with the story of the Explorer, Francisco de Cornetto, who left Mexico in 1540, looking for the fabled seven cities of gold Yeah. I aced that quiz and history class. 

 Yeah Cornetta Springs was founded it's apparently actually a city or a town founded by the descendants of a Spanish Explorer named Juan Francisco who went searching for gold in 1569. And he stumbled upon the ruins of a 46 foot tall mine pyramid.

[00:05:41] Heather: I've seen that pyramid there. I had no idea it was built by the Mayans. Wow.

[00:05:46] Dan: Yeah. 

Well that may impairment. 

[00:05:48] Jess: would climb It later?

[00:05:50] Heather: It was going to be turned into a feature pool.

[00:05:54] Dan: Yeah. Yeah. And that pyramid served as us as a place for religious ceremonies in the center of the lake for the Mayans who lived

[00:06:02] Heather: any human sacrifice, 

[00:06:05] Dan: can only assume that's what happened there. The period is covered with carvings were depicting religious things. Yeah. And there's even mine symbols

that are in late into the bottom of the pool.

[00:06:21] Heather: This sounds like good old wholesome Disney entertainment for families. We may be embellishing the story a little bit.

[00:06:28] Jess: okay. They worshiped the three Caballeros so that they, those were there. God. 

[00:06:35] Dan: yeah I think the diversion sacrifice might've been Yeah, that probably how does what Jeff calls, the despots Ceto tower? How does that feature into this legend?

don't think, I don't think that's included in the original document but there is an official document from within Imagineering that says hundreds of years later, after he went exploring his descendants, found his maps and decided to Mount their own expedition. And they liked the area so much that they built houses and put down roots.

And that's where. Their houses apparently became gigantic hotel

[00:07:14] Heather: And a convention center where

[00:07:16] Jeff: Famous Explorer. Dr. Lewis Fonzie feet, Justin Bieber built the desperate Ceto tower.

[00:07:24] Heather: That's what it is.

[00:07:26] Dan: Yeah. Yeah, there's not really a fancy backstory or a despot CDOT tower. It's just a, it's just, you got to watch that weird. Cartoon.

[00:07:37] Heather: That is the grand Destino tower for any listeners who would like to stay at the Cornetto Springs resort.

[00:07:43] Jeff: My favorite.

[00:07:44] Heather: It is one of my favorite resorts and 

[00:07:47] Jess: the best moderate for sure. 

[00:07:50] Heather: tower is like a deluxe hotel. It's gorgeous.

[00:07:53] Jeff: If you had the sky back, his land there, that would be my favorite because it's sorta like Riviera, but if they would just put the, what do they call those things? Sky back is Skyliner. 

[00:08:06] Heather: believe the original plans said sky bucket.

[00:08:09] Dan: That what they originally

[00:08:11] Jeff: When captain Lewis, Fonzie 

[00:08:13] Heather: I'm telling you if the Skyliner went all the way out there, I would just alternate between Cornado and Riviera. So great.

[00:08:23] Dan: some someday they need to expand

[00:08:25] Jeff: And it could, it goes right by.

[00:08:27] Heather: Yeah. And I like staying there because I always have a car, but it is a little bit, or they're out. You don't have any special, cool transportation. If you don't have a car, you're taking a bus. I don't do buses anymore, but just me.

[00:08:46] Dan: One of those distant guests.

[00:08:48] Heather: right.

[00:08:48] Dan: So again, my question is, does knowing the story about the main Virgin blood sacrifices that took place in the middle of the swimming

[00:08:56] Heather: Abs absolutely.

[00:08:58] Dan: for the area

[00:09:00] Heather: I.

[00:09:02] Jeff: I think it's funny that they think they need a backstory because no one's ever loving have this get here. 

[00:09:07] Jess: They don't 

[00:09:08] Jeff: get it. You're like, oh, it's mine themed.

[00:09:10] Jess: They don't really do that anymore. So they've for The most part they're. 

[00:09:15] Heather: blizzard beach, the crazy backstory that a freak snow storm hit. And

[00:09:22] Dan: And then

[00:09:23] Heather: we have the melted, but now there's like an ice Gator who lives there. Did the alligator get frozen and he just stayed frozen. That part I don't quite get,

[00:09:35] Dan: Yeah, but I think we could definitely spend some time in another episode talking about some of that, like the water parks. There's a lot of weird backstories, even in the modern stuff at Disney Springs.

[00:09:47] Heather: definitely.

[00:09:49] Dan: pretty sure that even like the mini golf courses have weird backstories

[00:09:54] Heather: winter summer land is

[00:09:55] Dan: there.

[00:09:57] Heather: What you got next on the resort?

[00:09:58] Dan: Next, we're going to throw it to a commercial break and I'm going to say stick around because after the commercial break, we're exploring the backstories of Disney's wilderness lodge and the port Orleans resorts. These, this is where it gets really crazy. So you're gonna wanna come back to this. Welcome back. So those first two stories, they weren't too involved. They didn't get too crazy. I wanted to ease you into this world. Now we're going to get a little bit,

[00:10:46] Heather: The Mayan sacrifices were mild. Yeah.

[00:10:49] Dan: well, to be fair, we kind of invented those that are.

[00:10:53] Heather: true. That's true.

[00:10:56] Dan: this is, again, this is a series of stories that played out in those newspapers that they handed out at the resort and they had lots and lots of issues. And the backstory for wilderness lodge starts to get really involved to a degree that I think,

[00:11:11] Heather: I love the wilderness lodge. So I'm here for it

[00:11:15] Dan: okay,

[00:11:15] Heather: out.

[00:11:15] Dan: The newspaper was titled the silver Creek star. And according to the silver Creek star the valley in which which the hotel is located, it was discovered by Colonel Ezekiel Moreland in the early 18 hundreds.

[00:11:31] Jeff: I was going to be easy. A lodge.

[00:11:34] Dan: I, that would be much better. 

[00:11:36] Jess: His middle name is a 

[00:11:37] Dan: the. valley where wilderness lodge is located as officially known as silver Creek Springs. He later came back with his daughter, Jenny and a her friend, a young Austrian artist named Frederick Alonzo goose staff who wanted to capture and painting the new frontier of the west. There's a whole backstory to Moreland about how he was a veteran of the war of 18, 12.

And there's a whole bunch of stories about his exploring that one on he loved the area so much that he he spent his fortune, that he had amassed by being a very successful beaver trapper,


[00:12:20] Jeff: I've had pretty good luck in that department, myself.

[00:12:27] Dan: He decided to spend that wealth to build a lodge next to the hot spring where as silver creeks. Yeah. So there's also part of this backstory covers where artists' point the restaurant came from, Gustaf you might remember him. What was it? Friedrich Alonzo goose stuff. Yes. Yeah. He was standing on a he discovered a cliff up on above where the main lodge buildings, where that at a very scenic overlook for painting and it was his favorite spot to go out and paint. there artists would S start to join him up there to create paintings. And then they decided to build a restaurant right on that spot. It's not called artist point.

[00:13:14] Heather: I did wonder why it was called artists' point. 

[00:13:18] Jess: Unfortunately, that's, that story does have a sad ending though, because unfortunately Gustaf was killed when he tried to cook a chicken and one of the guys. 

[00:13:27] Heather: Yes. We had to learn that she shouldn't do that.

[00:13:30] Dan: There's a backstory about all Georgie, the cook who cooked 

there. Uh 

[00:13:37] Jess: opera. It's got so many characters. I don't know. 

[00:13:40] Dan: there is a lot, 

[00:13:41] Jess: I can't keep up. 

[00:13:42] Jeff: The 

[00:13:43] Dan: there's a tribe. There's a tribe of native Americans that come in and it's. 

[00:13:49] Jess: Is this a musical. 

[00:13:51] Dan: They give them information about the Geyser out there at Geyser point. And it's this, the cancer's name, fire rock geysers. The official

[00:14:00] Heather: it would be a great place to build a bar.

[00:14:02] Dan: yeah, the Colonel learned the legend of the fire rock Geyser from the native elder known as running elk. And I don't want to get too much into here because I don't want to,

[00:14:12] Heather: Does this backstory written in the before times?

[00:14:16] Dan: Yeah. It was written in the before times when we weren't. So culturally sensitive as we are now.

[00:14:22] Jeff: am.

[00:14:22] Dan: But there's that there? And man So this was silver Creek canyon.

here. Yeah. There's

even like there's 

[00:14:32] Jeff: villas and cabins.

[00:14:35] Dan: I

don't know. I don't know, but but the Imagineers even came up with I can't find it in.

[00:14:40] Heather: Yeah, they found both kinds of metals in them. BARR hill.

[00:14:45] Dan: Probably where there's copper, there's silver. Right? I always say that I never knew what you meant.

there's, there's backstory for for the boat, for the rental hut where you could rent boats to go out on the lake. There's. And they had this all plotted out in these newspapers that handout and apparently they didn't think to save any copies.

So people have pieces together from stuff that nerdy collectors like us have kept over the years. But

[00:15:11] Heather: Someone should put out a book.

[00:15:14] Jeff: Yes, Dan Leonard.

[00:15:17] Dan: that Jim corcus guy has already done that, but I would love to also know. So that's what in this lodge and my question is how much of. How much of that, do you really feel resonating within the walls of that building or that resort at this point?

[00:15:32] Jess: Yeah. I love that hotel. It's like one of my favorites. I've never had a single bit of that kind of come through in any way when I've stayed there. I feel that with most of their major backstory, it's like you get, what are that's an almost replica copy of the Yellowstone lodge, but I don't know. That backstory stuff. Doesn't it doesn't matter to me. 

Yeah, I liked that they do

[00:16:02] Jeff: I like it more in the theme parks, I guess 

[00:16:05] Jess: Yeah. 

[00:16:07] Jeff: the original rise in the theme parks, like the, all the sea stuff.

I love all that, the explorers and adventurers that stuff's awesome. But I don't need to know why this hotel is here.

[00:16:21] Dan: Yeah, no. And the amount of time and money that they spent developing this stuff where could that have been shifted in the budget to maybe move up

[00:16:31] Jeff: I feel like they probably have a bunch of, and we know one, one of our Imagineer acquaintances is, was a writer who wrote that kind of stuff. So I feel like they had these people on staff. They weren't building new rides and theme parks, like right, right. About this.

[00:16:48] Jess: Yeah. And people are, there are people that are crying that all the new hotels that they're building don't have. The theming and all that. And yeah, I'm like, that's fine. It's where I'm staying. If I would rather, they divert that creativity to the parks. Yeah.

[00:17:04] Dan: This last one, port Orleans takes it a little step farther than wilderness lodge. And plus it adds that questionable cultural sensitivity kind of thing that we that we briefly mentioned there, because cause remember that port Orleans used to be known as Dixie landings. Yes. so through, 

[00:17:24] Jeff: landings. Like the Dixie chicks.

[00:17:26] Dan: Through the the pair of Pair of newspapers there. They had the the SASA Gula Sentinel and the SASA Gula times at each of the resorts there. And it, it details the story that it's just a whole lot. Colonel JC piece came up from, and his brother Everett peace 

decided to get away from. 

[00:17:49] Jess: E or. 

[00:17:50] Dan: P E a C E. They decided to get away from the hustle and bustle of new Orleans. And they went outside, went out to the wilderness. And Everett was a crazy old man who wanted to be a hermit. And he found an island in the middle of what later became alligator by you. And he would live there whittling tiny carvings and, 

uh, the 

[00:18:14] Jess: him in our weird destinations portion of the show. Haven't we. 

[00:18:17] Dan: yeah. Was that the guy with the dolls on 

[00:18:19] Jess: All right. Yeah, Is it doll heads and woodcarvings yeah. So the children thought he was really cool though, and they would brave the alligator infested waters to go and visit him. And he went from carving tiny little figurines

[00:18:33] Jeff: is so cool.

[00:18:35] Dan: to making slugs, 

[00:18:36] Jess: shit to do around there. 

[00:18:39] Dan: playgrounds and stuff for them.

And that's where. That's where old man island the Oh, yeah.

 And the saw mill for the,

[00:18:49] Jeff: Play area at the pool there.

[00:18:51] Dan: yeah, the pool player came from, 

[00:18:52] Jess: There's an actual old man. 

[00:18:55] Dan: eventually it first, they filled up the Bayou filled up with settlers who liked the rustic lifestyle, but then. Richard folk came to the area and they're the ones who built up the Magnolia.

That's a Magnolia terrorists, the fancy buildings there. 

[00:19:11] Jess: So is this the only Disney resort that's experienced gentrification or basically. 

anywhere else? 

[00:19:19] Jeff: I wish my sink didn't look like a washboard. Oh, white columns.

[00:19:23] Jess: These are the fancy country barriers. 

[00:19:26] Dan: Yeah. Buford honey worth the third married Colonel JC peace, his daughter, Sarah in 1853. And they founded the assess.

[00:19:35] Jess: sorry, I'm Southern. I'm offended by these names. 

[00:19:37] Jeff: I heard she was a beautiful piece.

[00:19:40] Dan: They founded the profitable sasikala Steamboat company. So there's where that comes in. And then there's this bat shit insane story.

[00:19:51] Jeff: The six flags level storytelling, like lick skillet.

[00:19:55] Jess: I'm surprised when they split the hotels. They didn't just name it a separate. 

[00:20:00] Jeff: Yes.

[00:20:02] Dan: yeah, I honestly can't cover this entire story. Even if we devoted two episodes to it. There's 20 very long newspaper articles that tell the whole story of every single building in the recent. Every single spot. There's a story. Why there's the mill outside of the main building there, but then I just wanted to cover this story about how that water slide got into the pool at French quarter S yes, the dragon.

So parents, you know how parents tell stories to their kids to, to keep them from misbehaving. You got stories

[00:20:43] Jeff: Like the Bible.

[00:20:46] Heather: I was thinking more about the

[00:20:48] Dan: cancel, don't go into the woods or you're going to get eaten by a

where ch Or 

or like 

[00:20:54] Jess: It was very special episodes of like different strokes, yeah. And Danny Tanner got his.

[00:20:59] Dan: or black Peter. And and where was that Denmark?

[00:21:04] Heather: Jeff. Didn't you put a Santa Claus figurine on

[00:21:07] Jeff: I did is Jesser Santa clauses. And watching you, if you didn't sleep through the night, you're not getting anything.

[00:21:16] Dan: Yeah. So the parents of the settlement wanted to keep their children away from the Bayou so that they wouldn't get eaten by snakes and alligators. So in order to frighten their children away from playing in the Bayou they started telling a story of a giant serpent teen monster that lurks beneath the surface of the dark, still waters waiting to eat children.

[00:21:36] Heather: Oh, no.

[00:21:37] Dan: Many people, they, it was sad. Met their demise while wandering in the Merck in the swamp. Some of the older children were not frightened by the myths. So a group of fathers decided to do something to scare them in a cabin near. In a cabin near the bay, you, the men constructed a large dragon, like servant made of chicken, wire, and bedsheets.

They painted it with whatever they could find. So the finished product was a horrendous, looking, more decode contraption that took 16 men to operate. When the unsuspecting children arrived at the Bayou, the serpent emerged howling screaming and chasing the children all the way back to

[00:22:11] Heather: Did it breathe

[00:22:11] Dan: I know, but each year they dragged it back out to be the final float in their Mardi Gras parade to end to remind.

[00:22:21] Jeff: That's what I figured it was based on a Mardi Gras 

[00:22:23] Heather: Yeah. 

[00:22:23] Jeff: float. 

[00:22:24] Dan: To remind the children stay away from the Bayou and now scales the Bayou dragon has become a permanent fixture at the blue lagoon.

[00:22:32] Heather: It's name is scales.

[00:22:34] Dan: very creative.

[00:22:35] Jess: have to say mish mission accomplished because we just stayed there. And my son was so creeped out by every single statue in that entire resort. We, every time we swam, we went to Riverside mainly because he hated that statue so much. He was just like it's ugly. It's creepy. I don't want to, let's just go back to Riverside.

I'm like, 

[00:22:54] Jeff: Which tattoo the dragon thing.

[00:22:56] Jess: Every statue at French quarter and all The statues at French quarter. Cause we stayed there. All. the little, they have Mardi Gras 

[00:23:03] Jeff: Oh, I've never been over there.

[00:23:05] Jess: there's a,

well, blowing horns and

[00:23:07] Dan: That 


[00:23:08] Heather: Oh, that gesture. Yeah. 

[00:23:10] Jess: then there's a human like face on the inside of the lobby. And he just hated it every time.

He's just those are so ugly to freaking me out. I don't like them. 

[00:23:18] Dan: It is a

little unnerving at night when you 

[00:23:20] Jeff: him being your kids.

[00:23:21] Dan: through and you see the giant Gator standing there.

[00:23:24] Jess: They're weird looking. yeah.

I love that resort, but I really don't like the they've toned it down from what it used to be like before they're the refurb. They had a lot more creepy giant masks in the in the dining area. Just hanging over you while you ate Mickey waffles. 

[00:23:40] Dan: Because it wasn't supposed to be the building where they made the Mardi Gras floats.

[00:23:44] Jess: Yeah.

It's the float works.

[00:23:45] Jeff: I've never 

[00:23:46] Jess: French quarters. One 

of my 

[00:23:47] Jeff: sometime. 

[00:23:48] Jess: love French quarter. 

[00:23:49] Jeff: I've stated the other side,

[00:23:52] Dan: Yeah.

[00:23:53] Jess: quarter is great because it's tiny. It's probably like one of the smallest resorts 

[00:23:58] Heather: very walkable. 

[00:23:59] Jess: and it's quiet. It's it feels like a very adult resort. It doesn't feel very Disney. It just feels really nice and quiet. 

[00:24:08] Jeff: With the murder statues, 

[00:24:09] Jess: Yeah. There's there's there's they're few and far between, so there's more fountains than anything.

They have 8 million fountains at that resort.

[00:24:16] Jeff: like the classic new Orleans courtyard fam.

[00:24:19] Jess: Yep. Basically at every building there's three fountains around it. 

[00:24:22] Dan: Yeah.

[00:24:23] Jeff: Three coins in a fountain. Thank you.

[00:24:27] Dan: Yeah, it was beautiful. I'm going to link in our show notes to the backstories for for especially wilderness lodge and port Orleans.

[00:24:38] Heather: No, it is very

[00:24:38] Dan: And if

[00:24:39] Jeff: Do the, do they have a backstory for pop century resort and why there's giant bowling pins.

[00:24:44] Dan: That's just a value. They don't need to put that much effort into,

[00:24:50] Heather: People stay

[00:24:51] Jeff: Aliens.

[00:24:52] Jess: star movies happen. What other story? Or shut up? 

[00:24:56] Dan: kid, a process that level of symbolism is storytelling. But yeah and honestly like the article that I was browsing through to try to tell you all of that nonsense, it probably took too long to tell it. If I read the whole article, it would be a good 25 minute read. And that's a condensed version down from all of the material that's in the newspapers that they handed out to guests.

[00:25:20] Jess: That was an imagine, at least one Imagineer who that was their job. They put their heart into it, they just took a button of PagerDuty and wrote up a hotel store.

[00:25:31] Dan: Yeah. Yeah. So there's the backstories to a few of those crazy old hotels there. I wish that they handed out newspapers like that. 

[00:25:42] Jess: Yeah. 

[00:25:43] Dan: I think I'm, I think I'm one of the rare.

[00:25:45] Jeff: When did they stop that?

[00:25:46] Dan: They still hand out 

[00:25:47] Jess: been a while. They still have boards. They have, yeah. 

[00:25:51] Dan: within at least recent times they were handing out a version of the newspaper, but it didn't have all the fictional stories.

It just had plain facts and information for

[00:26:00] Jeff: I feel like I remember the things talking about what's going on at the resort.

[00:26:05] Jess: They just don't put a story with it anymore. 

[00:26:08] Jeff: Not telling me back when Colonel quickie Mart first discovered

[00:26:12] Heather: laid off

[00:26:13] Jeff: Sessa Gula falls. 

[00:26:14] Jess: Admiral pop started this place. 

[00:26:19] Jeff: He was a hundred years old.

[00:26:23] Dan: Yeah. So we'll have to, 

[00:26:25] Jess: Art E animation. 

[00:26:30] Dan: w we'll have to dig into some of the backstories of some of the other spots and see if we can find some of the craziness. There's a lot in Disney Springs yet to

[00:26:41] Jeff: Colonel Bertrand, contemporary discovered this thing,

[00:26:47] Jess: Grand flow. That was just her name. Grand flow. 

[00:26:50] Dan: many more wacky Southern names. Can we come up with it? Attack hotel. That's

[00:26:58] Jeff: Bertram, contemporary,

[00:27:02] Dan: a good, strong name.

[00:27:06] Jeff: making a t-shirt.

[00:27:07] Dan: wait to see. 

[00:27:07] Jess: There's only one that's named after royalty though. The animal king. 

[00:27:14] Dan: He bears a striking resemblance to rough Snyder. Jeff got excited. That one, uh, yeah we'll definitely have to dig into some of the backstories, some of the other stuff around the resorts and see what the most insignificant thing with the most overblown backstory on property is. Maybe I can even convince you guys that dyno land USA is actually one of the greatest masterpieces of Walt Disney Imagineering, because it is,

[00:27:44] Heather: That's going to

[00:27:45] Jeff: Yeah, I like the whole crappy amusement park in a parking lot

[00:27:50] Dan: there's a point. There's a reason. 

[00:27:52] Jess: to be reminded of what was going to be a really cool land before the economy tanked. 

[00:27:56] Dan: There's a reason. It's our story. And nobody knows. So it's pointless.

[00:28:02] Jess: The 

[00:28:02] Jeff: When of money. 

major Samuel T dinosaur.

[00:28:07] Dan: And his brother traveled there with his wife.

[00:28:27] Jeff: Jim and bad discovery 

[00:28:29] Jess: Best 

friend, Reginald Pandora. Everybody's stopped listening by now. 

[00:28:40] Dan: I hope so, actually this is, this might be the funniest part of this episode. We'll keep it rolling.

[00:28:46] Heather: That's fair.

[00:28:48] Jess: So it's going on the Patriot on. 

[00:28:52] Jeff: Which was started by Lieutenant Colonel Patria Buju.

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[00:29:56] Heather: I am. 

[00:29:57] Jess: Are you guys familiar with the backstory for Flows V8 cafe 

[00:30:01] Heather: I've

[00:30:02] Jess: actually modeled after the great Explorer. Wilamena V8. Who was an enthusiast of airplanes. 

[00:30:10] Jeff: the inventor.