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1.       Who is the “father of all gods and goddesses?” D. Tangaroa, from whose limbs “new life shall fall,” is the large (artificial) tree near the Enchanted Tiki Room entrance and the last of the gods/goddesses to speak in the Tiki Room pre-show before Guests are allowed in the theater. Tangaroa is the Polynesian god of the ocean, and as such is often associated with fertility. Other Gods include Maui, who “roped the playful sun and gave his people time”; Koro, the “Midnight Dancer”; Tangaroa-Ru, “Goddess of the East Wind”; Hina Kuluna, “Goddess of the Rain”; Pele, “Goddess of Fire and Volcano”; Negendei, “The Earth Balancer”; and Rongo, “God of Agriculture.”

 

2.       What restaurant preceded Aladdin’s Oasis? B. Tahitian Terrace, a dinner theater that included a free show set in the South Seas with each meal, featuring Polynesian-style entertainment. While the Tahitian Terrace was popular with Guests, its dinner-show format and table service made it less profitable than other locations, and the success of the movie Aladdin seemed to offer a chance to infuse some positive change into the stale Adventureland in 1993. At first, Aladdin’s Oasis attempted a similar style service with a stage show, but its attendance and sales began slipping, and the show was abandoned for a pure table-service restaurant. The new establishment featured, amusingly, servers with “exaggerated personalities”: one might play forgetful, another might act like he is hard of hearing, and so on. Alas, this too failed to excite the Guests, and the location fell into disuse before being revived as a storytelling location.

3.       Which scene was added to the Jungle Cruise in 1962? A. Elephant Bathing Pool. A new loading structure was also created, and there was new landscaping for the African Veldt area as well. Adventureland received a major makeover in 1962 to prepare for both the opening of the Swiss Family Treehouse and the Enchanted Tiki Room. (It was a slight embarrassment to Disneyland that the Tiki Room wasn’t ready on time, and instead opened a year later.) The original two story (basically one story with a lookout post on top) loading structure received a single story replacement, which was in turn replaced in 1994 in another Adventureland refurbishment in preparation for the opening of the Indiana Jones Adventure. While Imagineering’s efforts in the years before 1964 were devoted to the New York World’s Fair, the African Veldt and Elephant Bathing Pool areas were landscaped ahead of time in preparation for the arrival of the figures (which were installed in 1964).

 

4.      Where could one find a reference to the ship “Titus” in Adventureland? Swiss Family Treehouse. This was the name of the ship upon which the family had been traveling when they were shipwrecked. Interestingly, at one time the sign telling of the family’s troubles listed the ship name as that of the “Recovery.” Apparently, the Robinsons couldn’t remember which ship they had sailed on!  

 

5.       Which presidential press secretary used to work on the Jungle Cruise? Richard Nixon’s press secretary Ron Ziegler, who, on one visit to Disneyland by then-president Nixon and his entourage, was given permission to take out one of the boats and try to give the spiel himself many years later.

 

6.       Where did the “Little Man of Disneyland” live? In a tree near the Jungle Cruise. The Little Man of Disneyland, a leprechaun named Patrick Begorra, was an invention in 1955 by The Walt Disney Company to advertise the new Park via the popular book series Little Golden Books, which continue to delight children today. Supposedly this leprechaun lived on the land before Disneyland was even built. A tree trunk in Adventureland was hollowed out partly, and Guests could peer into it to see his home, complete with miniaturized furnishings. Because the public’s memory is short, the hollowed trunk soon lost its meaning and the hole was filled up — but the tree stayed in Disneyland until September 2001! If you looked closely at the tree nearest the Jungle Cruise entrance, you found the cement-filled knot — maybe six inches across — that was once the home of the Little Man of Disneyland.

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