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No one's made a thread for this yet, but I figured it'd be something that captures the forum's interest and something that could lead to interesting discussions.
Defunctland's YouTube channel
Defunctland's a video series chronicling the life and death of various amusement park rides, themed attractions, tourist traps, and et cetera; hence the "defunct" in the name. It's a lot more in-depth than you might expect, aside from the circumstances surrounding the creation and closure of each attraction featured it also goes into what the experiences of each one is like, whether it was memorable or dangerous or magical or cheap-feeling.
The channel also recently has had two spinoff series in DefunctTV (which is about TV shows) and Debunkedland (about legends and misconceptions regarding attractions), plus frequent interviews with people pertinent to recently discussed subject matters.
Though it's not the most popular video on the channel, I think I'd recommend the Euro Disneyland episode as a starting point. The financial woes of it had a noticeable ripple effect on the rest of the company, so its struggles end up being relevant in most of the other episodes that deal with Disney's business ventures around that time.
Edited by NesClassic on Aug 15th 2018 at 9:32:07 AM
I'd also recommend watching the Eurodisney saga. Partly because that's what I also started with, and also because it partly contextualizes the channel's most recent video (the topic of which is less likely to be an inspiration for Five Nights at Freddie's).
Edited by MorningStar1337 on Aug 15th 2018 at 12:34:18 PM
Huh… I had no idea Disneyland Paris had such a chaotic start. >.> Seems like it's doing okay now though…
I came across channel this while watching Offhand Disney (a similarish channel just about Disney).
I've only watched a couple videos (the Disney Paris and Nicktoon Studios ones), but the history behind these parks is very fascinating.
Indeed, the Euro Disney/Disneyland Paris episode has a direct followup showcasing its original incarnation of Space Mountain, which on its own managed to salvage the park and make it financially successful. The three years prior still caused a lot of disarray with the company's plans, though, as noted with the most recent video. On that note...
I don't know why, but the Club Disney episode got more chuckles out of me than any other episode this far. Probably just because of how casually Perjurer snipes at Michael Eisner when given the chance.
They must have brilliant businessmen working on the show! Even with relatively few subs, they managed to have multiple people appearing in the end credits, AND they can afford a fully original theme song written and composed by friends they know!
Been binge watching more of these videos recently and they're really engrossing. I get a childlike sense of wonder when seeing the old Disney ride footage.
You also learn a bunch of cool tertiary info, like the stuff about the roller coaster companies.
Edited by Karxrida on Aug 30th 2018 at 5:59:19 AM
It's amazing how much his production values improved in just over 2 years. I think Superstar Limo might be my favorite episode. I think the only ones he's done videos on that I've actually ridden are Son of Beast, Tomb Raider: The Ride, and Body Wars.
I've been on zero rides covered, though that might change depending on future subject matter. I recall riding Disneyland's People Mover replacement (whatever it was called) when I was very young. Didn't like it since it was loud (I had/have sensitive hearing) and too intense for 6ish-year-old me.
On a related note: there's a waterpark I used to go to yearly before it closed that I hope he covers one day.
Edited by Karxrida on Aug 30th 2018 at 6:14:57 AM
New video about DisneyQuest, Disney's attempt at an arcade chain.
It honestly sounds really cool. I wish I had went in during my one trip to Disneyworld.
Edited by Karxrida on Sep 4th 2018 at 5:18:28 AM
The concept sounds cool, but gee a building with one elevator to go up and down on plus no windows or obvious emergency exits sounds safe. does disney even hire fire marshals Still, were I younger I probably would've enjoyed one of the Quest branches a fair deal. Probably not much, but... enough to warrant feeling my time was well-spent there.
That said, I can't tell how much of Disney Quest was the company wanting to experiment with an innovative and young technology and how much of it was just Eisner being petty/trend-chasing/etc. Given everything else about the company's non-animation ventures in that decade, though, not really surprised it sputtered and fizzled to its dying breath.
Sounds like the next episode(s?) is/are going to deal with stuff from the 2000s, which Pixar aside is usually considered a low point for the company as a whole. Anyone know what kinds of Disney Land/World-related expansions would be covered from that era?
Outside of more California Adventure stuff, the Peoplemover replacement in Disneyland is all I can think of. The cars actually wrecked the ride with permanent structural damage that isn't easily fixed, which is why the unused track is still there. (Plus the track supports create a natural foot traffic divide at Tomorrowland's entrance.)
Edited by Karxrida on Sep 5th 2018 at 11:01:44 AM
I mean Perjurer could go into more Defunct TV stuff with Disney Channel's Kid Coms, or maybe uncover some bombs so bad that they faded into obscurity for park veterans.
Interview with urban explorer Matt Sonswa. It's about an hour long.
DefunctTV: The History of Zoboomafoo
I remember watching this as a kid.
Edited by Karxrida on Sep 18th 2018 at 5:36:22 AM
Hell, I remember watching the first show. I'm surprised it didn't last that long, given how many times I saw it on TV.
The History of Worlds of Fun's Destroyed Classic, The Orient Express
Interview w/ Imagineer Rick Rothschild, a Show Director. He talks about Captain EO, ExtraTERRORestrial, Pleasure Island, and more.
Going from Zoboomafoo, DefuncTV covers another old PBS kids show, reading between the lions...
Edited by MorningStar1337 on Dec 15th 2018 at 10:27:29 AM
Mystery of the Abandoned Santa Claus Theme Parks
Why did the Euro Disney end in a note about uncertainty? I thought it became Disneyland Paris?
I think it was to lead into the Space Mountain video.
Ah I see, thanks!
My favorite episode of Defunctland is probably Extra-TERROR-estrial: Alien Encounter or Nara Dreamland. Do you guys have any idea for some future episodes? I'd love to hear them!
I remember finding the Son of Beast episode and thinking, "Wait, someone cares about this?"
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