Jungle Cruise’s “Backside of Water” and Grand Californian Hotel’s “Backside of Fire”

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One of the most famous lines in the Jungle Cruise’s humorous spiel is heard when your skipper maneuvers the boat behind the Schweitzer Falls overhang on the “Nile” river and proudly declares the “backside of water.” (You might even get sprayed if you’re on the port side.) And then you might also hear a pun that goes something like, ” or as we skippers like to call it, “O2H.”


Jabba The Hutt at Tarzan’s Treehouse in Disneyland

I have walked by this tree trunk in Adventureland a million times, and I have to admit that it took me a looooong time to even notice that there was “something” carved into the base of the tree. Some people think it’s a likeness of Jabba The Hutt. That “some people” includes me.

Jabba the Hutt likeness carved into the base of the Tarzan Tree house in Disneyland compared against the real Jabba The Hutt
Image on right: Flickr: Simon Collison

Enchanted Tiki Room PRE SHOW at Disneyland.

Maybe you haven’t noticed all the tiki statues ALOHA-ing you in the courtyard before the main show. Well these tikis have their own pre-show, and I have everything for you right here. And there’s even a video at the end so you can see and hear it all!

Maui Tiki

Disney's Enchanted Tiki Room god Maui who roped the playful sun in pre show

The Maui sign reads (next to the Tiki statue):

Maui who roped the playful sun.

Through his mystic powers,
he made the sun keep regular hours.
Maui tells us time to go –
time for wondrous Tiki show.

Maui show audio:

“My name is Maui. Natives call me the Mighty One. I tamed the playful sun and gave my people time. Now they set their clocks by mine, for I am Tropic Standard Time.”


Dominguez Palm Disneyland

Did you know that there’s a palm tree in Disneyland that was planted way back in 1896, and is still there today? This story has to do with a promise Walt made to a family whose land he purchased to help build Disneyland in the 1950’s. That palm tree was already over 50 years old then, and the Disney company continues to protect this proud tree to this very day.

Arrow pointing to top of Dominguez Palm Tree in Adventureland Disneyland CA
Picture taken from Enchanted Tiki Room looking toward Jungle Cruise ┬ę