Disney World’s Space Mountain Gets Video Games, But I Miss Crazy Larry!

By  |  Wednesday, November 11, 2009 at 4:56 pm

space2SMALLIf you’ve ever been to Disney World or Disneyland, particularly at a young age, chances are you’ll view any news about the theme parks through a lens of nostalgia.

That was my experience at least, reading about how Disney World will add video games to the wait line for Space Mountain. According to Disney Parks’ official blog, at some point in the line you’ll get to play a 90-second game of defend-the-base, cooperating with 85 fellow parkgoers to deflect asteroids away from a runway.

It’s not clear how the game is played. From the photo, it looks like there’s a very simple controller you use, maybe to fire away at the incoming space rocks. There’s a 90-second interval between each game, allowing people to shuffle along once they’re done playing, and the game is supposedly tied into a larger story related to Space Mountain, as if you need narrative when you’re hurling down a steel track at 25 miles per hour.

I could wax nostalgic about all sorts of Disney stuff at this point, but for the sake of staying relevant to Technologizer, I just want to fondly remember Crazy Larry, the spaceship salesman who appeared on “SMTV”  from the mid 1990s until 2005. SMTV was a video, sponsored by FedEx, that played throughout the Space Mountain line, and Crazy Larry (see 1:10 in this video) was clearly a sendup of Crazy Eddie, the electronics retailer that went belly up in 1989.

Even though I couldn’t have been more than 6 years old when Jerry Carroll did his Crazy Eddie bit on TV, I immediately made the connection with Crazy Larry. The Crazy Eddie commercials left that much of an impression on my young mind. Shady business practices aside, the store’s management knew how to pitch electronics.


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2 Comments For This Post

  1. John Baxter Says:

    A while after we began to watch The Wonderful World of Disney, we started seeing nice time lapses showings of the on-going construction of DisneyLand (in Anaheim). Narrated by Walt D. So–no nostalgia for trips to DisneyLand as a young child. I made the transition from 9th to 10th grade the summer of the opening (which was a transition from Jr High School to High School).

    But, I’m older than most of you are (I remember riding through celebrating crowds on VJ day to pick up my older sister, who happened to return from YWCA summer camp that day).

  2. Seumas Says:

    I’ve never been to or near Disney Land/World/Whatever, but from what I’ve heard about the ridiculous lines I would say anything you can do to spend less time frustrated and bored in a line for the duration of your life is a positive thing. This sounds like a bit of a ridiculous implementation, but perhaps it is going in the right direction.