Tuesday, August 28, 2007

The Disney You Don't See

When I first launched JunkThief TV nine months ago, I promised that it would feature "the unseen America". While I have been able to slip in some elements of that, I've not been able to take it on as fully as I'd hoped, wanting eventually to show some of the darker sides of American life that get swept under the carpet. With the second anniversary of Katrina nearing -- the event that really ripped open the unseen America -- I wanted to plug another great website of "Gavin Elster"'s. I recently mentioned his massive Sequoia Sempervirens, but also wanted to note his Majestic Butterhorn, which gives you a view of Disneyland that doesn't make the postcards. It's hilarious, tragic and thought-provoking all at the same time. You'll definitely pass on that Ben & Jerry's Cookie Dough Ice cream after glancing at it.

I wrote a short story this week set in Missouri that featured a character that lived on Butterhorn Lane and was obsessed with cockfighting. Afterwards, I kept wondering how the term Butterhorn got lodged in my creative conscience. Then it hit me. Thanks, Gavin.

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At 12:00 AM, Blogger Gavin Elster said...

Thank you.
I've never thought that the site would ever be worthy of a full post. I've recieved both daggers and praise for the site and will continue to keep the blog active. Disneyland has it's own myths and folklore and certaily there are a plethora of sites dedicated to Disney but, as far as I can tell, Butterhorn is the only site thats focus is on the patrons of the park. They are the rogue element. Try as they might they are the one force Disney cannot control.
Do I go out of my way to get the worst offenders? No.

I have only one rule:
No pictures before I get into the park.
I could fill up a memory card just waiting for the tram to take me from the parking lot to the park. I'll snap a few on the way out but "In the park" is the only rule.
I have been accused of hunting people but that is not the case. They present themselves from the moment I get out of the car. Unpleasant, overweight Americans are everywhere in the park.
Disneyland is entering a new era cleaning up after all the damage that Eisner caused. The park is on the mend. It will be interesting to see if there is any change in the "guests." Since I started the blog there have been changes to the types of food served in the park. So Disney is aware of the health problem their "guests" are up against. They just refuse to show them in any type of advertising or simply say "Disneyland where fat people go to have fun."

At 8:10 AM, Blogger Salty Miss Jill said...

butterhorn. huhuhuhuhuhuhuhuhhuuhuhuhuhhuhuhuh.
you said butterhorn.

At 8:54 AM, Blogger Junk Thief said...

Gavin - Thanks for the backstory. There is something almost Nathaniel West about the site. The mix of large adults and Goth kids is fascinating, as if the younger generation must put on costumes to hide in shame as they accompany their parents to the park. I wonder how many are locals and how many are from out of town.

Jill - Yes, I said butterhorn. Oh grow up, girl!

At 10:14 AM, Blogger marxsny said...

A while back I wrote a post called "Politically Incorrect in the Land of the Pedophile (part 1)" which sort of was about a trip to Disneyworld. The second part which I scrapped for fear of offending people was going to be about the overwhelming prevalence of overweight people in scooters at Disneyworld.
I have been to Disneyworld 3 times in the past 2 years and based on my observations I believe Disney encourages laziness in overweight people. If you are in a scooter you get preferential access to virtually everything and it is taken advantage of in a big way.

At 10:26 AM, Blogger Junk Thief said...

Mark - Thanks for the tip. I'm ordering my scooter on line as I write this.

At 12:20 PM, Blogger WAT said...

But I lurve mee baked potato with butter I tells ya!

At 12:26 PM, Blogger Junk Thief said...

WAT - I jest wanna go to Hometown Buffet and stick my mouth on the nozzle of the softserv ice cream. Let it roll, baby. Let it roll...

At 1:00 PM, Blogger Gavin Elster said...

Marxny's observation is dead on. The electric litter is overused at the park. The scooter to baby stoller ratio is evening out. It's not that these people cannot walk it is that they choose not to walk. It's like they are their own little parade. They are never alone. Be it a child or adult slave these sidewalk obstructions have little helpers to carry the multiple bags of crap they need to bring to an amusement park.

L A Z Y.

"Oh thats just not true I have a medical conditiion that required I dont over..."
Shut up!

You made it this far in life without the rented cart! Friggin' princess! (wow I'm bitter)


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