The picturesque Wiltshire town of Swindon has beaten 24 less magical UK locations to become the first real-world twin of Florida's Walt Disney World. According to the BBC, the home of Honda motors and Billie Piper secured the honour after 20-year-old building society worker Rebecca Warren "made a video of her home town and …
I've been to Swindon and WDW
And there is NOTHING in common between the two. Unless they are going for a kind of ying/yang thing - The Happiest Place on Earth compared to The Most Miserable Place on Earth.
What were the "loser" towns that weren't up to Swindon's level of enchantedness?
[quote] What were the "loser" towns that weren't up to Swindon's level of enchantedness?[/quote]
Bradford & Keighley?
Fancy being twinned with some Mickey Mouse outfit from the US.
No one from the Walt Disney Company...
... bothered to visit Swindon then.
The lack of StreetView should have had the alarm bells ringing at corp. HQ.
I can see why...
... that roundabout system looks more fun than any of WDW's rides!
Easy - need a Brunel Statue. Short term loan of a King and a Castle, restore Evening Star and show them what real steam locomotives work like. Oh and a Western.
Sorry but Swindon to me means GWR, I forget about the miserable looking town centre.
Oh look the fire is lit, GWR 175 is next year!
A statue of David Brent. Dancing, possibly.
That would be Slough, then?
But close enough, in fairness. Both grim.
Well I live in Swindon
We have large car parks and just about as many shops as it is possible to squeeze into a given land mass.
We can offer a selection of large hotels.
Several people I have met also report large talking animals.
Seriously? There will actually be a sign outside Disney World that says "Twinned with Swindon"...? WTF?
The last time I visited Swindon...
... was to see my g/f from nearby Wroughton. While I was there Elvis died. Do you suppose if I went again, Ant and Dec might cop it?
Squint your eyes just a bit
You can make out an approximation of the outline of Mickey Mouse's head in the Magic Roundabout. I wouldn't be surprised if that's all that they took into consideration, especially given how so many people in Florida have never seen a proper roundabout.
Paris, 'cause she's a big fan of Hugh Wood.
"it is not known what the display will contain"
What about a giant animatronic Andy Partridge?
I lived in Swindon. Picturesque? HA ha ha ha....
Have a magical day
Swindon and Walt Disney World have a lot in common - I wouldn't want to be seen dead in either of them.
The Frost Report
I remember a one-liner from Mr. Frost to the effect that there were no ghosts in Swindon.
Nobody would be seen dead there.
Come to think of it, that was probably written by Ronnie Barker, who wrote a lot
of Frost stuff (along with John Cleese).
Just wow. Those roundabouts explain why you Brits have such a quirky sense of humour.
Monty Python FTW.
"it is not known what the display will contain"
(Just shows how old I am if I can remember the old Bowyer's ads!)
I am sure
there is a micky mouse joke here somewhere but I can not see it
Lets go Wildcats...
I think there may have been tie ins before this was announced, Swindon's Ice Hockey team's shirts look like left overs from the High School Musical. Their performance seems to match it as well...
Penguins - as we're lacking ducks
It's April, right?
Surely it's April 1st again. That would explain all the April showers we've been having lately... Or something like that. As someone who has to work here every day, I can't believe anyone would want to ally themselves with Swindon... http://uncyclopedia.wikia.com/wiki/Swindon
Lincoln lost out then?
Swindon won over Lincoln.
Come on Lincoln for me would have been the far better choice, With its erm, Yeah, ah you got me there, Ah I know the cathederal was used in the Da Vinci Code, There you go clear winner.
Says it All!
As you enter Swindon from the M4 (J16? I think) you pass a sign that says:
For Town Centre Shopping follow signs for Town Centre.
Poll Tax money well spent I say!
I can just imagine it now...
Hmm, so WDW will now contain an exhibit with a few speed cameras, some clone-shops, a concrete station, FGW headquarters and maybe a steam loco or two? It'd have to have a fog machine to provide the permenantly overcast look too.
I cant wait...
I would imagine Milton Keynes was another contender, but got rejected on the ground that it looks just like what they already have in the states, only far more depressing, and no-one there known how to use a roundabout ;O)
You'll have to cut me some slack
We don't have a lot of traffic circles here in the US. But... that Magic Roundabout looks to me more like a Vortex of Death.
I could have sworn Swindon was twinned with LegoLand when I lived there.
After looking at the magic circle I get it...
This must be the city Disney deemed in most dire need of a monorail system...
I suppose the "Eternal Fires of Hell" were not available.
Ahh so it has a name then?
I thought it was the Roundabout of Death as it's bloody evil, whoever designed it should be shot!
Having visited Swindon a couple of times, I can quite honestly say the only decent thing they had there was the Museum Of Computing at the old Swindon Uni site, I believe it's moved somewhere else in Swindon now, hopefully somewhere near the M4 so if I visit again I can avoid that bloody roundabout!!!
In defence of the Magic Roundabout
Everyone who sits their driving test in Swindon has to "do" the roundabout and it's really not that difficult. It's nice to know you can go round to the left or the right, or straight across. A joy, one of the few in the town.
I have also flashed across this roundabout unfortunately. I was cycling across and I must have been whizzing across at such a speed that my button up shirt unbuttoned itself, and while the roundabout it not as nasty as it looks you don't really want to stop on a bike in the middle. I hope I brightened up a few Swindonians mornings.
A girl from Swindon
It's a fecking advertising ruse that the Disney Corp. have spun. They've asked for a twin town in every major western country. The media have fallen for this and given them oodles of column inches. They don't give monkeys about whether it's Swindon or whatever; they just want publicity. So far they've had millions worth for the cost of a six inch brass effect plaque which will be lined up with countless others in disneyland, and the cost of flying some 15 minute hero and her offspring over for a photo-op.
I'm so glad i've left this town and now live in the City.
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