CHILDHOOD STUFF: Review of Disney Rides

James / August 11th, 2011

Here is 10 page scan of a notebook I took with me to Disney Theme in Florida. I was around age 15, and I got very bored while standing in line. So I passed the time by writing reviews of the rides I’d just been on, such as Space Mountain, Haunted Mansion, and Alien Encounter. I don’t know how I was able to have such clear handwriting while standing and moving. Today, even though my spelling and “grammer” is much better, my handwriting is much worse as an adult.

Download the 10 pages as a PDF.


  • Moxie

    August 11, 2011 at 6:07 pm

    Interesting James, being a Disney nerd myself I thought it was quite an interesting read.

  • greedo

    August 11, 2011 at 6:42 pm

    “Today, even though my spelling and GRAMMER is much better…”

    I see what you did there, LOL! (At times like this, I really wish I knew how to use italics)!

  • Syph

    August 11, 2011 at 7:07 pm

    Hey, James. When is the last time you went there? It would be cool to hear what you think about a Disney World experience as an adult compared to your childhood.

  • jrhinson

    August 11, 2011 at 8:39 pm

    I’m just glad everything was in the correct order.

  • RustyCoffinNail

    August 11, 2011 at 8:47 pm

    I remember Alien Encounter. That shit was scary as fuck! Too bad they got rid of it 🙁 Just like the 20000 Leagues Under The Sea ride.

  • August 11, 2011 at 9:42 pm

    lol @ the very end. That must have been your sister’s hand writing

  • Jehauri

    August 11, 2011 at 9:47 pm

    RustyCoffinNail, why would they want to have a ride based on classic American literature, encouraging reading and culture, when they could just have a mindless Finding Nemo ride that will make kids beg their parents for more Nemo toys?

  • Jehauri

    August 11, 2011 at 9:48 pm

    Or rather, I should say, French literature.

  • AFX

    August 11, 2011 at 9:49 pm

    Jim Jim is a geek? :O

  • August 11, 2011 at 10:26 pm

    Neat. You sure kept busy.

    My handwriting isn’t much better now that it was when I was 15 either. I guess everyone reaches a plateau at some point in their life.

  • August 11, 2011 at 10:47 pm

    I really like you definition of EPCOT (Every Persons Come Out Tired). Make my diet coke squirt from my nose…

  • maspow2

    August 12, 2011 at 12:04 am

    Your review of POTC was brief, but it’s a lot longer than mine. I first went on that ride in the early 90s (I was 4-ish) and was so scared that I hid my eyes the entire time 😛

  • August 12, 2011 at 12:10 am

    I want a font of that handwriting. I like the way the letters jump up and down like that.

  • sirmaxx

    August 12, 2011 at 12:16 am

    i’ve gone to disney about five times, last time i went on space mountain for the first time cause i was too scared of all the more fun rides before. i didn’t know what i was missing and hit them all after.

  • Corbinator

    August 12, 2011 at 1:08 am

    hmm, sucks that you lost your hat. i live in southern california so me and some friends go to disneyland sometimes. it’s pretty fun.

  • DrVenkman

    August 12, 2011 at 8:52 am

    They should hand a copy of this to you as you enter the park so you know what the hell the situation is. I’d stay the fuck off of any ride that I’d lose my hat on. Also, you’re a geek.

  • August 12, 2011 at 1:34 pm

    James, you lucky duck! You went on Horizons, one of the greatest Disney rides of all time! Shame on you for not going on Journey into Imagination, though. I’m not sure what year this was, but judging that Universe of Energy was still in its original form (or at least, that’s how I gathered it from your writings) and that Alien Encounter was still there, I’m guessing JII was still in it’s original (and best) alteration. It, Horizons, and Haunted Mansion have been argued by fans for years to be three of the best dark rides ever.

    Also, what did you think of the Monster Sound Show with Martin Short? That thing isn’t there now, and since you like monsters I’m guessing you’d enjoy it.

  • The Count Otaku

    August 12, 2011 at 5:27 pm

    Cool review! Disney World is the one place I never get tired of visiting. I love The Haunted Mansion, The Tower of Terror, and The Great Movie Ride ( after riding I had a strong desire to see classic films ). I also like the styles of the many different hotels. Of course I’m now in my thirties (and am running out of excuses to vacation there. I don’t have any kids although my cousins do. Sadly I couldn’t take them on my favorite rides because they are all such scardycats! Even the oldest one ( 12 ) would probably wet themselves on the Haunted Mansion. It seems that my cousins are too afraid of their children having nightmares and believe it is better that kids stay scared than learn to stand up to fear. Personally I think that is bad parenting and having nightmares is part of growing up. Everything that you fear is a separate shackle around your limbs that prevents you from having complete independence.

  • Syph

    August 12, 2011 at 8:24 pm

    Well said, Count!

  • duckie1231

    August 12, 2011 at 10:13 pm

    Did you eat at the Sci-Fi Drive Inn? They play clips from a lot of the older Sci-Fi movies that you have reviewed, in a drive inn setting.

    I’m taking my family there next month, this has got me more exicted about the trip.

  • August 12, 2011 at 11:31 pm

    Even though this was an interesting read, what does this have to do with Angry Video Game Nerd?

  • PFS

    August 13, 2011 at 3:02 am

    I must say, I love AVGN like any other, but I also like these childhood things, Mike’s glitches, Board James, movie reviews, you guys wathing cartoons on 16mm, your DVD collections and even Over Analyzer wich everybody seems to hate for some weird reason…THIS IS THE BEST GOD DAMN WEBSITE EVER! Keep up the good work, I’d like to see more and good luck with the AVGN movie!

    ps. My favourite Nerd episodes are the more primitive ones, like the new KIdKool!

  • PFS

    August 13, 2011 at 3:08 am

    And btw Darkquest Deathunter, this site is called Cinemassacre, not Angry Video Game Nerd…

  • AFX

    August 13, 2011 at 5:00 am


    lol go back to youtube

  • BorisCarloff

    August 13, 2011 at 10:17 am

    I’d like to see your photo at the end of ,,Splash Mountain,,.

  • hajpermegaman

    August 13, 2011 at 1:35 pm

    That Alien Encounter one sounds weird
    “It drools and slobbers on you”.. wtf lol

  • bolongatony

    August 13, 2011 at 3:29 pm

    Who is this Jim character who is a “Geek”?

  • brmas

    August 13, 2011 at 10:08 pm

    Incredible!!! The “Alien Encounter” is described exactly as I remember it. And you were absolutely right: I never forgot about it. Actually it feels like it was yesterday! LOL. Great material!

    Congrats on all the stuff posted in this site. Ever since i found out about you and (less then 3 months ago) there is not a day that goes by without me visiting it, exploring all the content. I actually watched all the AVGN videos in less than 3 weeks. Thanks for all the hours off entertainment!

    Greetings from an AVGN/James Rolfe fan in Brazil!

  • August 14, 2011 at 4:46 am

    @AFX LOL, go ahead and take James’s dick out of your mouth and go revisit grades 1-12 for help with grammar, syntax and punctuation.

  • magnushaavikko

    August 14, 2011 at 8:26 am

    Why don’t you just make them into jpegs? I appreciate that they’d have to be pretty big to be legible but only a real enthusiast is going to download any PDF files.

  • chrisburke

    August 14, 2011 at 5:27 pm

    Wait… “Holographic effects”, “nebulas”… Have they upgraded Space Mountain since I was there as a kid?

    I gotta go back to Disneyworld!

  • August 14, 2011 at 6:17 pm

    Loved reading this. Kinda bummed you didn’t get to ride the original Journey Into Imagination in Epcot though.

  • August 15, 2011 at 11:40 pm

    Who’s the chick writing on your notebook? 😉

  • August 17, 2011 at 4:40 pm

    this is good because ive only been to disney twice in my life, both times space mountain was closed, and i only went on like 5 rides or so each time, so now i can see what the other rides are like 😀 (Unless theyve changed alot the past 15 years)

  • Archangel11984

    August 17, 2011 at 7:53 pm

    Sadly Alien Encounter is no longer there. Or at least since 2005. It’s been changed to a Lilo and Stitch ride. It’s based off the same concept as Alien Encouter but I guess they wanted to make it more Kid friendly. Everything else is still there and awesome.

  • Juggalo Johnny Nightmare

    August 19, 2011 at 12:21 am

    Damn it James, I dunno why, but every computer I use to try and read any of your Childhood Post its just freezes the computer… Sigh, I wish I could read them though
    Is this an on going thing for other users, and is their another possible way for you to re-post them? Love everything you boys do, Much luv, to all, from Western Canada Cheers!

  • rrsaga

    August 20, 2011 at 10:13 am

    I’m so %#+* old! I started working there in 96!! (I used the symbols for my swears cause I am there now! Lol

  • swedenboy

    August 22, 2011 at 3:00 pm

    this sounds awesome! iam so fucking jealous! i wanna ride and see all of this:D but i never will, because i live in sweden and have no money and iam 19 years old:( its to late for me:( *tear in the eye* why could i have not been born in the US, if where are a god. he most really really hate me a lot-.-

  • August 27, 2011 at 10:42 pm

    Who’s Jim and why is he a geek? lol

    • pseudonym46231

      November 25, 2011 at 9:52 pm

      @C.j. Ryan: Well, jim is short for james, and it looks like a girls handwriting, so…

  • maxcady

    August 28, 2011 at 10:53 pm

    The end got me very very impressed. I was mixed up. It took me time to realize that the gold cartridge was just a story. The nerd would not break it in any way!


  • Weldin Dunn

    June 17, 2014 at 11:58 pm

    Ha! I noticed you said your “grammer” is better. James, it’s spelled grammar.

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