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Comment: My boyfriend's father claims that in line for Space Mountain at
Disneyland, the final "exit" door before boarding the ride is the "chicken
door." He says that when he, and Disneyland, were younger, that door
would make a "chicken sound" when opened, to mock those who were too
afraid to get on the ride.
I don't think this would be true now just because Space Mountain isn't
really that scary. But he says that when he was a kid, it was considered
a really scary ride and a lot of people did "chicken out", and were then
laughed at by anyone within earshot as "chickens."

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I didn't even know there was a Space Mountain at Disneyland. I only know the one at Disney World, which I thought wasn't that old (maybe early '80s)?

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Space Mountain at WDW opened up in 1975. The one in Disneyland opened in 1977.

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No doors make any noise like that. Disney respects that people may "chicken out" on a ride, and that's why it's called the "chicken door" (I've also heard the chicken walk)

The only example I've heard lately of any doors making noises when you open it is some of the areas around Stitch's Great Escape in Walt Disney World, you'll hear Stitch's voice coming from some of the vents in bathrooms.

Speaking of Stitch's Great Escape and bathrooms, have any of you guys seen photos from the day the attraction opened, when Stitch toilet-papered the castle?

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Such as this?
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And as to the OP, agreed, lots of rides have "chicken exits" but none that I am aware of actually make a chicken noise.

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quote:
Originally posted by snopes:
Comment: My boyfriend's father claims that in line for Space Mountain at
Disneyland, the final "exit" door before boarding the ride is the "chicken
door." He says that when he, and Disneyland, were younger, that door
would make a "chicken sound" when opened, to mock those who were too
afraid to get on the ride.

Nope. In the summer of '77 I went to Disneyland with several members of family. As we were in line for Space Mountain my oldest niece kept saying how excited she was to go on the ride. However, just as we got to that final exit she burst into tears and admitted she was actually terrified of riding on it. So, my then brother-in-law escorted her through the gate. No "chicken" or any other kinds of sounds. Besides, why would Disneyland publicly humiliate their guests? [Roll Eyes]
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I went to Disneyland with my then 7 year old niece. She wanted to go on the Haunted Mansion ride. I had my doubts, since she had told me earlier that she had to be walked out of the *school* haunted house, for heavens sake!

Before we went into the line, I asked a cast member about early exits. He said that I could say "this is too scary, I need to get off" at any point in the ride, and someone would hear us. Both reassuring and alarmingly intrusive at the same time.

Note: We made it in the front door, to the foyer with the flickering lights. That was too scary, so we went back outside, though an inconspicuous gate. No clucking, either.

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I went to Disneyland with my then 7 year old niece. She wanted to go on the Haunted Mansion ride. I had my doubts, since she had told me earlier that she had to be walked out of the *school* haunted house, for heavens sake!

Before we went into the line, I asked a cast member about early exits. He said that I could say "this is too scary, I need to get off" at any point in the ride, and someone would hear us. Both reassuring and alarmingly intrusive at the same time.

Interesting...I was actually a Cast Member in the Haunted Mansion in the winter of 2004 (I only worked there for a few weeks), and I'm not really sure if that's true. If you yelled it at certain points in the ride, then someone could probably hear you and stop the ride, but that's mostly near the beginning and end of the ride. There aren't microphones in every buggy or anything like that, and while there's always someone watching the monitors to see if anyone's misbehaving, I don't remember that we could hear anything going on in the middle parts of the ride.
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I've been told that when Space Mountain first opened, it was sort of two attractions in one: the RCA Home of the Future (or whateever it was called), and the ride itself. The idea was that even if you didn't want to ride the ride, you might want to see the pre-show. Hence the exit before the actual ride begins.

I seriously doubt it would make a chicken noise. I might believe this if the ride were more humerous to begin with (like one of the characters taunting you) but not on something like Space Mountain.

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It seems more likely that the same people laughing at those leaving through the "chicken door" were making the chicken noises when the door opened.

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quote:
Originally posted by snopes:

I don't think this would be true now just because Space Mountain isn't
really that scary.

I was terrified of all roller coasters until I was 19. I had been to DL about a hundred times, but just couldn't bring myself to ride SM. Of course once I did, I loved it. But I love how dismissive that person's comment was. They don't think it's scary, therefore no adult should either.

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I rode Space Mountain for the first and only time at the age of 22 (at the insistence of my boyfriend [Roll Eyes] ; I told him I'd always hated rollercoasters of any kind because I get vertigo, but he reassured me, "It's really not that bad." [Roll Eyes] ) As if I wasn't scared enough, they made me take off my glasses before the ride started and stow them away in my purse because they might come flying off! [Eek!] I should have just gotten off then.

Yes, I was scared by Space Mountain. I do not now ever ride anything more thrilling than a Ferris Wheel, no matter how much someone says, "Oooh, it's fun!" So to the person who said Space Mountain isn't that scary- Bite Me. [Razz] [Cool]

Oh, yeah, and I never noticed a "chicken door". I probably would have taken advantage of it had I noticed it.

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I'm not a big rollercoaster fan myself, but I liked Space Mountain well enough. It's not actually a very tall or fast coaster as such go, and doesn't have the vertical loops or super-tight turns of the coasters at places like Magic Mountain.

What it does have going for it is raw visual disorientation.

[Also, they didn't warn me about taking my glasses off. Huh.]

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quote:
Originally posted by Zorro:
Yes, I was scared by Space Mountain. I do not now ever ride anything more thrilling than a Ferris Wheel,

Zorro, some find the Ferris Wheel too thrilling. My brother can ride Space Mountain all day, but freaks out on the Ferris Wheel. He has a height thing, so he can do Space Mountain because he can't see how high he is.

Sorry for the hijack.

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The doors are also there in case the rides shut down and you have to get out of line without winding all the way back through. This happened the first year Splash Mountain opened. A cast member took my dad and I (who were just about to set foot in the log) and some others down and through the ride (we got to see the backs of the characters) and out the door.

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quote:
Originally posted by Kahdra:
quote:
Originally posted by Zorro:
Yes, I was scared by Space Mountain. I do not now ever ride anything more thrilling than a Ferris Wheel,

Zorro, some find the Ferris Wheel too thrilling. My brother can ride Space Mountain all day, but freaks out on the Ferris Wheel. He has a height thing, so he can do Space Mountain because he can't see how high he is.

Sorry for the hijack.

I do not like Ferris Wheels either. I have never been to Disneyland or Disney World, but the closest amusement park to my House is Cedar Point in Sandusky, Ohio. They have "the Giant Wheel." I hate it. The cars are too open, and because it is so big, you often get stuck near the top for over fifteen minutes as they let passengers on and off. I HATE that ride. It not only makes me feel unsettled and unsafe, it's BORING.

Roller Coasters on the other hand, I love. I've ridden every coaster at Cedar Point. The amount and variation of roller coasters in that park is astounding. Only once did I have to duck out of line for being a "chicken." I was seven, and about to go on Disaster Transport. It's a Bobsled coaster enclosed inside a building. For a while it had a space theme, but it fell into disrepair and was finally redone with a florescent paint job and blacklight posters. The first time I tried to ride it, the combination of the dark and the various robots/aliens scared me. Now I love it, because the line is in an air-conditioned building, so it's a good retreat when it gets hot. It also stays open in the rain when all the other coasters are shut down. And it's never too busy because things like Millenium Force, Top Thrill Dragster and Raptor tend to divert attention away from everything else in the park.

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Sorry if I offended anyone; I just have people make fun of me because the Ferris Wheel is the only ride I'll go on. "The Ferris Wheel??? That's lame!! Come on, Space Mountain is way cool..." [Eek!]

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I wouldn't consider them "chicken doors" more of an "emergency exit" type thing, for ride malfunctions or injuries. My sister was stung by a bee in the Haunted Mansion (before boarding the buggy) and was let out through one, rather than going out through the in door. It scared a few small children, too, when a twenty-something shrieked and started crying.

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quote:
Originally posted by Rehcsif:
I've been told that when Space Mountain first opened, it was sort of two attractions in one: the RCA Home of the Future (or whateever it was called), and the ride itself. The idea was that even if you didn't want to ride the ride, you might want to see the pre-show. Hence the exit before the actual ride begins.

I seriously doubt it would make a chicken noise. I might believe this if the ride were more humerous to begin with (like one of the characters taunting you) but not on something like Space Mountain.

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I remember the RCA exhibt. Its changed a couple of times and I believe they still have the video screens at the end (ooh, me on a TV monitor... cool [Roll Eyes] ). Anyway, long ago it was sort of cool. They had images of harvesting sparkling power spheres and stuff. Once I convienced my mom to stand in the main line (before it got to the tighter turn stiles) with my dad and I, and wait for us at the end for she could see the cool stuff too. I don't think many people do that anymore but a few decades ago it might have been worth it.

I doubt any amusement park would embarass people from leaving a line. Heck, it probably makes their job easier and other guest happier. I often think there are too many warnings and exits if anything. Although even today a lot of the pre-ride stuff is pretty entertaining and many moving compartment rides have non-moving seats for the small and the scared.

Also in today's day and age a lot of thrill riders there's a lot of baby swapin'. One parent rides and then the other (passing off jr to the non-rider). I think very few guest are keeping a score card to insure everyone that meets the requirements either rides the rides or gets rediculed.

I would think a good deal of rides would be hard (or at least a pain in the ass) to stop once they started. I don't know how they could practically evacuate people in the middle of Haunted Mansion without ruining the effects and atmosphere for atleast several other families enjoying the ride. Sure those rides sometimes stop for boarding/unboarding reasons but I doubt they'd stop them in the middle because someone says "I want off" even if someone were around to hear it. If I knew simply saying so would get me off a ride I would've never sat through the "Universe of Energy" at Epcot. No, its not scarry but its long and borring as hell. Even my kid at 2-3 years old understood if he wanted to go on it he was in for a penny, in for a pound. With rollercoasters/most thrill rides (the boy is now six) he knows he's stuck for the duration... although he can glare at me and say "not fun" once the thing is over (which he did after his first tilt-a-wirl ride at age one when the ride opperator wouldn't stop the thing... I now know he didn't meet general ride standards at the time for the ride but the place we were at didn't tell or enforce them... oh well, he survived and lived to tell about it).

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I don't like rollercoasters or any other fast/lurching rides for that matter-- or more accurately, my stomach doesn't like them. I went to Disney World when I was 9 and I was glad that I was probably not tall enough for Space Mountain! I felt ill after riding the Dumbo ride.
I can't even ride on a Tilt-a-whirl without feeling sick unless it's the kind where you control the spin, and no one makes it spin.

I've never been on a Ferris Wheel so I don't know if it would have the same effect but I'd rather not find out. Heights don't bother me at all, so it might not be a problem.

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When I went on space mountian for the first time...It was my feinds who were freaking me out about it...telling me to close my eyes the whole time if I was afraid...but, As the people who've been on the ride know this already..its totally dark in the dome so...But chicken doors...no...never heard or saw them.

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quote:
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When I went on space mountian for the first time...It was my feinds who were freaking me out about it...telling me to close my eyes the whole time if I was afraid...but, As the people who've been on the ride know this already..its totally dark in the dome so...But chicken doors...no...never heard or saw them.

IIRC at Disney World they have them right as you go through to the boarding area at the back of the room (inside the thing after the straight passage way). I'm sure there are probably others, I've never used them but they used to have signs for "World of Tommorrow" on the back doors (those are the one my mom used years ago when we thought she had to see the RCA display). It's not uncommon to see people and small children exiting through those doors.

Aside from baby swaping there's a lot to see while waiting in many of the current rides, besides it keeps the family together. To keep with the Disney theme there is the explaination of the Tower of Terror, a stupid promo for the Rockin' Roller Coaster, the Count Down to Extinction (which I've actually thought of using since the ride makes me cry, but my family making fun of my fear of extinct reptiles makes me cry more) and many others. The only problem is that I've seen places pass guest through such areas on less busy days. Hell I've even seen people duck the Haunted House WDW after the streching room. but at least they saw something... just not the doom buggy ride. Also, as I've said before many moving compartment rides have a non-moving row where younger or less adventurous family members can see the show without the shake. My mom normally perfers to just go shopping but I think its nice that most places offer some alternative to the less adventurous. I think very few people pay attention to those taking outs or non-moving seats and I think that's what the parks want.

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I find ferris wheels scarier than roller coasters too. Roller coasters generally feel pretty solid and keep you pushed in a reasonable direction. And when they get you up really high its usually not for very long. Ferris wheel seats swing back and forth haphazardly and they leave you hanging around forever.

The only two roller coasters that have really scared me as an adult were not very large or fast, but were highly unusual ones that violated the typical constraints: the one hanging off the top of the tall tower in Vegas, and one of those forward and backward coasters with upside down seats, where you spend part of the ride just dangling on your chest. I've never been on Space Mountain, but that one might fit the bill if the darkness is really that disorienting. But I dont think I'd even get on another ferris wheel without some convincing.

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The doors you refer to are correct. There are multiple exits for "chicken" exits throughout the lines for rides. Most often, they are right after the "prep" area (in case the prep/loading area seems too scary). One of the "chicken" exits in the Haunted Mansion in Walt Disney World actually takes you through a backstage area. My friends and I went through that area when their manager said it'd be okay for them to take me through the backstage area backwards so I could ride with them during my lunch break.

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What's odd is I'm starting to find kiddie rides involving aerial lifts more frightening than I used to. I went on one with my young niece involving laying on your belly in an airplane-like contraption and being spun around with an upward arc. Both of us freaked out! I found I could tolerate it if I closed my eyes for the upswing.

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Was recently on the new Space Mountain at Disneyland. There are two "chicken doors" but they are not labelled as such. On is simply labeled "exit" and is near the end of the queue just before you make a left turn into the loading room (where you see the suspended space ship). The other is just before you go down the ramp to the loading dock. It's not a door per se, it's an opening to a hallway that leads to the ride exit.

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I remember when I was little I rode Space Mountain like 2 or three times I was like 6 years old then. Then later when I was like 10 we went back to Disney World and my dad told me that Space Mountain goes upside down, you just can't tell cause it's so dark. He knew my position on upsidedown roller coasters and I guess he was trying to convince me to go on other ones because I had already been on Space Mountain. Anyway the ride doesn't go upsidedown, I checked a million times. My dad just had to freak me out. I never saw a chicken door but that's probably because I never wanted to get out of the line.

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I've been to WDW more times then I can count...I'm a roller coaster fanatic and to be honest, all the coasters at Disney are pretty tame...I remember going on space mountain as an 8 year old and loving the ride...then going on it as a 17 year old and thinking it was so tame and boring, leave it to all those local six flag trips that have de-sensitized me.

There was only one ride that truly terrified me at WDW and they've since closed that ride down...has anyone been on the extra-terroresttial alien encounter? Of all rides that needed a chicken door...that ride would be it...I'm a clostraphobic person to begin with, so sitting there in the dark, strapped in with something on the lose literally made me want to pass out...I was looking for an exit door but thanks to my sis we were in the front row and I couldent strain my neck to see anything, so I basically just closed my eyes and hoped I wouldent burst into tears...

All those previews for the rides, tower of terror (which is prolly my fav out of the entire park), rockin rollar coaster, the stretching room in Haunted mansion and even The Great Movie ride, with the line that goes through the movie theatre are there for not only the people who chicken out but to basically give people a break from standing in line all day...gives them time to stretch out, watch something interesting and it lets the lines to go on the actual ride die down a little bit...
They should really have previews for the marathon lines of Space Mountain and Splash Mountain

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here in NJ at Six Flags there is a giant ferris wheel.2 of my girls ( age 14 & 15) can't stand it! my husband won't ride it because when he was a little kid, he and his dad where on it, and his dad thought it would be funny to kick the door of the car open while they were at the top, which he did. needless to say, it was pretty scary. This is why maybe they shouldn't sell beer at the park?? [fish]

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I Saw Three Shipments


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Tower of Terror and Haunted Mansion are so my favorite rides anywhere simply because of the buildup to the rides. That and I love ghosts. [Big Grin]

As for the OP doors for last minutes exits? yes it's an almost neccisity. Clucking noises today? NO. That's an "emotionally traumitized" lawsuit waiting to happen these days and Disney is way too smart to open themselves up like that. I can believe other patrons would heckle the "chickens" though.

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