Will Budget Cuts Bring Back Disneyland’s Flash Mountain?

30 Apr

Well, Al Lutz of MiceAge thinks it could happen, and I do see his point:

The decision, officially agreed to in March prior to the layoffs, has been made to cut the Cast Member position working in the shop outside Splash Mountain that screens every picture taken of riders going over the big drop in their logs. The photos are sold at a little stand near the exit with the longest store title in Disneyland, “Professor Barnaby Owl’s Photographic Art Studio.” The Cast Members just call the place “Owl Photo,” and for the sake of brevity we will too.

Effective May 3rd at Owl Photo, there will no longer be anyone editing the obscene photos as “washed away” before they appear on both the screen next to the animatronic owl as your log approaches the end of the ride, as well as the exit viewing room with the half dozen large screens displaying the photos for sale at the nearby Owl Photo shop.

The Cast Members staffing the screening equipment for more than a decade, in a separate little room just past the exit, see some rather graphic scenes on the average summer day. Admittedly the numbers of young ladies (term used loosely in this case) who lift their tops for the cameras for their shot at Flash Mountain infamy has lessened over the years now that the word is out that editing of the photos is very strict at Disneyland. Not only are the CM’s looking for bared breasts, but they also catch people engaged in unsafe behavior and displaying lewd gestures.

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