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Eastern Airlines Featured In Simpsons Episode

Mon Jan 06, 2003 10:42 am

I'm watching the simpsons right now, and it just featured Eastern Airlines. Marge and Lisa were in an Eastern Airlines Roller Coaster, going through Eastern Airlines World. Is this an older episode, or did Matt Groening decide to put Eastern Airlines in this episode?
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RE: Eastern Airlines Featured In Simpsons Episode

Mon Jan 06, 2003 10:43 am

I was wondering how long it would take for the first post about this....only took 3 minutes  Smile
 
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RE: Eastern Airlines Featured In Simpsons Episode

Mon Jan 06, 2003 10:50 am

This is a new episode. The reason for featuring Eastern is to show how out of date some of the Epcot rides are.

IIRC, Delta used to sponsor a ride in Disney World's Tomorrow Land. I don't think the ride still exists.
 
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RE: Eastern Airlines Featured In Simpsons Episode

Mon Jan 06, 2003 10:50 am

2 posts already haha. It's been years since I've been on that ride at epcot...I thought Delta had a part in it??
 
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RE: Eastern Airlines Featured In Simpsons Episode

Mon Jan 06, 2003 10:54 am

Nah Justin.. 3, I mean 4 posts now.  Smile
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RE: Eastern Airlines Featured In Simpsons Episode

Mon Jan 06, 2003 10:57 am

This sounds freaky but the Delta ride is my only memory of Epcot from the last time I was there in 1993...those aviation related memories stick out like crazy...

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RE: Eastern Airlines Featured In Simpsons Episode

Mon Jan 06, 2003 10:58 am

Does anyone remember the Eastern ride at Disney? My poor parents had to endure hundreds of rides on it when I was a kid. Had a nice L1011 model at the end too.
 
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RE: Eastern Airlines Featured In Simpsons Episode

Mon Jan 06, 2003 11:00 am

I remember the Eastern Airlines ride in Tomorrow Land I think. I think it did however later become Delta.

Eastern Airlines when I was at Disney in 86 was Disney Worlds official airline. But when I returned in 1990, Delta was.
 
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RE: Eastern Airlines Featured In Simpsons Episode

Mon Jan 06, 2003 11:07 am

HlywdCatft, makes since now....I didn't know why both EA and DL were sticking out in my mind, I vaguely remember Eastern there.
 
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RE: Eastern Airlines Featured In Simpsons Episode

Mon Jan 06, 2003 11:09 am

Matt Groening seems to have a thing for airplanes, they're all usually pretty detailed and are used much more often than in most shows. Think he might?
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RE: Eastern Airlines Featured In Simpsons Episode

Mon Jan 06, 2003 11:12 am

N766UA, I remember him mentioning something about the use of airplanes in his cartoons. It was about a year ago.
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RE: Eastern Airlines Featured In Simpsons Episode

Mon Jan 06, 2003 11:20 am

I don't remember anything about Eastern or Delta when I was there, but then that was 10 years ago. One thing I do remember is that all that "future" stuff have there was so dated, even back then. It was so cheesy. Is it still like that? I guess it is being that the Simpsons was making fun of it.

BTW, what was the ride that involved the airlines about?
 
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RE: Eastern Airlines Featured In Simpsons Episode

Mon Jan 06, 2003 11:27 am

I only like the Test Track and World Showcase parts of Epcot, myself. The rest sucks. That said, Epcot is my favorite  Big grin.
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RE: Eastern Airlines Featured In Simpsons Episode

Mon Jan 06, 2003 11:40 am

First off, let me just say....that..was...AAAWWESOME!!!  Big grin

Ok, now for the serious answer.

Eastern Air Lines was once the "Offical Airline of Walt Disney World," and opened a theme ride in Tomorrowland called, "If You Had Wings." It opened shortly after Disney World opened in the 70s, and well...it was pretty weak.

But, EA had a really cool L-1011 model (later a five foot long B-757) in the exit lobby outside the ride. If memory serves, they even operated a City Ticket Office out of the Magic Kingdom for a short while.

When EA went into Chapter 11 Bankruptcy, they opted out of the Disney marketing deal, since it was an expense they simply could not afford.

Delta Air Lines became the "Official Airline" for the Magic Kingdom, and opened a ride in the old Tomorrowland space EA had vacated. It was called "Dreamflight"...and well, it was even weaker.  Insane

Last I'd heard, DL had dismantled Dreamflight entirely.
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RE: Eastern Airlines Featured In Simpsons Episode

Mon Jan 06, 2003 11:41 am

Very funn episode, though living in Florida and visting Epcot often, I do not think the park is at all outdated. However, I loved the satire.

The Eastern Airlines/Delta ride at Disney World was in Tomorrowland at the Magic Kingdom. It closed in 1998, replaced by a Toy Story ride. I loved that ride! I do not know what it was called when EAL was the sponser, but Delta called it Dreamflight. Delta dropped sponsership in 1996 or so, but the ride continued as Take Flight!. During the ride, you would enter into a mock Boeing jet and get into a two passenger buggy (the buggies are still used on the Toy Story ride) for a trip into the history of aviation. From my memory, there was an animated scene showcasing aviation during the early 1900s, a ride through a 1930s airplane cabin, a room that surrounds you all around with an IMAX projection screen and features airplanes, accurate miniature models of Tokyo and Paris that you would fly be, and giant story books that open up with pop-up scenes of New York City, London, etc. with Delta planes in the background. Then you would exit down a one mile long path (not literally) with posters plastered all over the world adveritsing Delta's destinations. It was a great ride.
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RE: Eastern Airlines Featured In Simpsons Episode

Mon Jan 06, 2003 11:58 am

I have some old pictures of the Eastern ride. Looked early 70s. If anyone is interested (and I can figure how to do it), i'll scan them.
 
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RE: Eastern Airlines Featured In Simpsons Episode

Mon Jan 06, 2003 12:18 pm

Actually...there's a reference to UAL in a past Simpsons episode, I posted a thread on it, heres a link...

http://www.airliners.net/discussions/general_aviation/read.main/541560/4/

And a screenshot of it...



You make the call...

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Mon Jan 06, 2003 12:19 pm


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It wouldnt let me post both pics together so here is the real UA logo for comparison...

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RE: Eastern Airlines Featured In Simpsons Episode

Mon Jan 06, 2003 12:54 pm

I loved the Eastern ride at Walt Disney World........"If You Had Wings." I also liked the haunted house, but I digress. I remember flying Eastern to Orlando in 1980 and the Disney characters were at the gate in Atlanta before we boarded. I cannot remember if they flew with us to Orlando, but when we arrived at the gate in MCO, they were waiting for us there too. That brings back fond memories. Now I have that song in my mind that played over and over as you went through the ride. And then at the end of the ride I think they gave you wings.
 
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RE: Eastern Airlines Featured In Simpsons Episode

Mon Jan 06, 2003 1:19 pm

I'm watching it right now! Eastern Airlines Cola and mecha slave drivers! LOL!
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RE: Eastern Airlines Featured In Simpsons Episode

Mon Jan 06, 2003 1:29 pm

I thought I faintly remember animated EA L1011s throughout the ride too, but again this was 16 years ago so I just faintly remember something like that.

Yes on that trip I flew Eastern from DTW-ATL-MCO and back the first three planes were 727s on that trip and the last plane a DC-9
 
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RE: Eastern Airlines Featured In Simpsons Episode

Mon Jan 06, 2003 3:02 pm

The show just ended out here in California. Gotta love the Simpsons! Epcot IS very lame and out of date, and the Simpsons give it a good roast. I love it...Lisa says "ooohhh...the future dome! It's what people in the 60s thought life would be like in 1987!"

The Eastern Airlines ride was hilarious with the Eastern Robots herding people around. I'll take one of those Eastern AirCars, please.
 
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RE: Eastern Airlines Featured In Simpsons Episode

Mon Jan 06, 2003 3:27 pm

Actually, does anyone remember what was just about the only cool part about the ride itself? The IMAX-like projection from a helmet-mounted camera on a downhill ski run! That was awesome for back then.
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RE: Eastern Airlines Featured In Simpsons Episode

Mon Jan 06, 2003 4:06 pm

Groening vs Delta:

"That took too long! How come we had to transfer in Atlanta twice?" (from Homer vs. NY)
(I know, that´s about the bus, but combined with the Futurama episode about the lost city of Atlanta ["The Deep South"], we know that Groening and DL have an, uh, special relationship - maybe they lost his bags once?  Smile/happy/getting dizzy )

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RE: Eastern Airlines Featured In Simpsons Episode

Tue Jan 07, 2003 8:53 am

I also loved "If You Had Wings," and I can still hum the song all the way through. There used to be a website where you could listen to it. If I can find it, I'll post the link.

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"If You Had Wings" Link

Tue Jan 07, 2003 9:17 am

I found it. Here is the link to the Eastern Air Lines ride called "If You Had Wings." You can hear the song and see pictures and read about its history. Listening to the song brought back lots of memories.

http://home.cfl.rr.com/omniluxe/iyhw-main.htm

You'll have to copy and paste it.

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RE: Eastern Airlines Featured In Simpsons Episode

Tue Jan 07, 2003 9:32 am

That was a good episode i like the ENRON ride
 
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RE: Eastern Airlines Featured In Simpsons Episode

Tue Jan 07, 2003 9:32 am

man, that has got to be one of the gayest songs I have ever heard!!

Nonetheless, thanks for the link L1011..it was cool.
 
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RE: Eastern Airlines Featured In Simpsons Episode

Tue Jan 07, 2003 10:23 am

>>>Matt Groening seems to have a thing for airplanes, they're all usually pretty detailed and are used much more often than in most shows.

He does indeed.... My favorite gag was when the episode had some type of Mary Poppins-ish character in it. At the episode comes to a close, she's on the Simpsons' front lawn, she opens her umberella, and starts to climb into the sky. She gets quite high (but is still visible) when suddenly, a 747 enters the screen from right to left and ingests her into the #1 engine. This is followed by a brief flame from the rear of said engine, followed by some black smoke, and then the burnt remnants fall earthward.

It all happened in a matter of 2-3 seconds, and was so perverse, I couldn't stop laughing for a good 30 minutes...
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RE: Eastern Airlines Featured In Simpsons Episode

Tue Jan 07, 2003 11:09 am

Good episode......

I am suprised that no one has made any reference to the number of times that Air India has been featured. One episode had Apu and Homer arriving in New Delhi with an AI 747-200 in the background, while being greeted by Christian missionaies at DEH. Another episode had APU's mother arriving on one of the mulitude of AI's daily flights into Springfield (what is the 3 letter code for Springfield , anyways.......? Big grin ). In the same episode 2 Seigfried and Roy characters are at AI's lost luggage claim trying to locate their albino Bengal tiger. Frankly, I was very suprised at the correct fonts and logos that the animators used. They (Groenig, Brooks) certainly do their homework when it comes to some carriers.

This is one show that has found a way to stay fresh......no wonder it is still my favourite!

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RE: Eastern Airlines Featured In Simpsons Episode

Tue Jan 07, 2003 1:43 pm

In case anybody is wondering, the ride they parodied was "Spaceship Earth, Presented by AT&T" It is supposed to be a journey through time and a look at the communications industry
 
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RE: Eastern Airlines Featured In Simpsons Episode

Tue Jan 07, 2003 2:57 pm

Good episode......I am suprised that no one has made any reference to the number of times that Air India has been featured. One episode had Apu and Homer arriving in New Delhi with an AI 747-200 in the background, while being greeted by Christian missionaies at DEH.

I've been pleasantly surprised by the Simpsons' treatment of aviation, given the utter contempt for aviation accuracy one finds in most TV shows and movies. One more of many reasons why I am a passionate Simpsons fan.

Yes, Thomas, I do remember the Air India 742 (and Apu singing "Who needs the Kwik-E-Mart!"). Also, An Air France plane (I forget the model) appears in accurate livery when Bart goes as an exchange student to France. A 744 in reasonably accurate JAL livery appears when the Simpsons go to Japan (and the plane gets harangued by Godzilla).

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RE: Eastern Airlines Featured In Simpsons Episode

Tue Jan 07, 2003 3:16 pm

Frequently the simpsons take off in a DC-10, and land in a 744, or vice-versa.  Smile/happy/getting dizzy

There was a DC-8 or 707 once.

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RE: Eastern Airlines Featured In Simpsons Episode

Tue Jan 07, 2003 4:48 pm

I'm always surprised by the number of times the family ends up flying. Espeecially when you remember what I believe was the first avaition themed show which was when Marge learns her Dad was a flight attentant (back in the days when a male flight attentent was unheard of). As a result: she developes a severe fear of flying (Highlight of the episode is Marge running up and down the isle, which we see from the out side and just see her hair in the windows yelling: I WANT TO GET OFF! I WANT TO GET OFF!) As I recall she's doing this so hard the plain is rocking back and forth. Of course I don't under stand the physics of her running front to back causes the plane to move side to side!

But she seems okay flying to:

Africa: The president being their flight attendant on return flight, also doesn't that look like a C-130 (or similar milatary cargo aircraft?))

Australia: The Koala hanging onto the plain going to harm the animals of the Americas, like the bullfrogs did down under

South America: don't remember anything from this episode too well as I've only seen it once.

Japan: courtesy cart hitting gong on jetway; Safty card in Haiku: "fasten seatbelts tight, cushions float gently, headsets 5$"; plane stalling when Bart turns off Gameboy; pilots arrival announcemnet.

Europe: missed this one, but I know they went there.

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RE: Eastern Airlines Featured In Simpsons Episode

Wed Jan 08, 2003 8:50 am

The one when bart went to france it showed him returning on an air france 340
 
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RE: Eastern Airlines Featured In Simpsons Episode

Sat Jan 11, 2003 10:25 am

Remember that great Delta ride!? Does anyone remember, when your seat turned left, and you went up at an incline, and there was this bright white light as it appeared as if you were going up to heaven!? That was awesome!!


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RE: Eastern Airlines Featured In Simpsons Episode

Sat Jan 11, 2003 11:22 am

Safety Card Haiku.............Priceless!!!!!!!!

I too am shocked by how quickly this topic got posted.

I thought that the ride was called the Wings of Man when EAL had it.

BTW Who is the official Disney Airline nowadays??? They certainly don't promote it very heavily like EAL and DAL did when they were the Disney's carriers.
 
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RE: Eastern Airlines Featured In Simpsons Episode

Sun Jan 12, 2003 12:20 pm

As of Febuary-March of 2002, United, and AA were the 'offical' airlines of Disney.

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Dreamflight Web Sites

Sun Jan 12, 2003 7:20 pm

I have fond memories of the Delta Dreamflight ride. Any sites dedicated to that, as there are to EAL's ride?

I still remember that song, to this day...
 
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RE: Eastern Airlines Featured In Simpsons Episode

Sun Jan 12, 2003 10:13 pm

The ultimate Simpsons nod to aviation is the sign at the entrance to Springfield Int'l: "The Birthplace Of Windshear".
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RE: Eastern Airlines Featured In Simpsons Episode

Mon Jan 13, 2003 10:39 am

Does Anyone Remember the episode in which Elton John diverts to Springfield because of his Chandalier?
 
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RE: Eastern Airlines Featured In Simpsons Episode

Mon Jan 13, 2003 11:13 am

The DC-8 was the episode when they went to Australia..."Transhemispheric Airlines"...haha...

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