Talk:National Lampoon's Vacation

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why does wally world redirect here?

It's the fictional amusement park that the Griswolds are traveling to. ViperBite 01:08, 28 October 2006 (UTC)


I'm fairly certain this movie was inspired by a PJ O'Rourke story in National Lampoon.

Close. As the article says it was a John Hughes story in the Lampoon.PurpleChez (talk) 19:15, 21 July 2009 (UTC)

Reference to a Canadian Wally World should be removed. The defunct water park in London Ontario Canada had no relation to the film and was most likely named after the parks founder Walt Spivak. —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 10:40, 8 January 2010 (UTC)

Born Without A Tongue[edit]

Isn't this in CHRISTMAS VACATION and not this film?? Mcflytrap 21:41, 17 January 2007 (UTC)

No. —The preceding unsigned comment was added by (talk) 22:27, 5 May 2007 (UTC).

No, in Christmas Vacation, her eyes are crossed as a result of falling down a well, only to be remedied by being kicked by a mule (or vice versa, its been a while since I've seen it). Though I'm not sure anything is meant to be cannonical in National Lampoon movies... 19:52, 13 July 2007 (UTC)


Audrey boasts of kissing her Daddy, dammit. Quit changing it. On the other hand, since everyone has changed it to science teacher, this was clearly an edit made for a re-released version somewhere (the souless bastards!), so we should probably mention the fact that it was changed. But I do wish the IP editors would stop doing all kinds of things to this article. Can't even be bothered to edit summarize, most of them. Schlemiels. (j/k, btw). Eaglizard (talk) 21:01, 19 June 2009 (UTC)

Absolutely right. It was changed to "science teacher" for broadcast.PurpleChez (talk) 19:14, 21 July 2009 (UTC)

Oh, and which is it, St Louis or EAST St Louis, does anybody know for sure?

Btw, I've done some pretty extensive copyediting (again). Hope nobody minds. :) Eaglizard (talk) 21:43, 19 June 2009 (UTC)

They fly home[edit]

Like so many of my age-mates I've seen this film literally a billion times and I do not recall any indication that they fly home. But it could just be that it's been literally a million years since I saw it where it wasn't disected for broadcast TV. PurpleChez (talk) 19:18, 21 July 2009 (UTC)

Watch the credit sequence. It shows photos of the Griswolds on a plane flying back to Chicago. Ravenclaw (talk) 05:05, 21 August 2009 (UTC)

They don't fly home. Ending credits however show Griswold family wearing Wally World hats on a plane. While I am at it, Audrey doesn't boast about kissing daddy, cousin Vicky does and Henry Gibson is not the snobbish hotel clerk, James Staley was. Sorry, didn't feel like filling out a registration. — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 13:20, 24 January 2012 (UTC)

Wally vs. Walley[edit]

It's spelled both ways, practically next door to each other. Can anyone verify? Christie Brinkley's "theme music" is discussed twice in the same section. PurpleChez (talk) 20:05, 4 December 2009 (UTC)

Midway through the second paragraph after "Plot" the plural last name is incorrectly spelled "Griswalds". — Preceding unsigned comment added by Celsius233 (talkcontribs) 05:44, 13 December 2010 (UTC)

World record car jump[edit]

On the twentieth anniv. dvd, the stunt driver says his leap, over 170', was a new record for stunt jumps for cars. This would be nice to add if written down somewhere (i am not sure if we can reference video commentary).(mercurywoodrose) (talk) 06:44, 27 June 2011 (UTC)

Correct title[edit]

The correct title of this article since its creation in 2004, as well as the correct title of the film, is National Lampoon's Vacation. Unfortunatley, with this edit, an anonymous user changed National Lampoon's Vacation to Vacation without explanation. That IP address has since been blocked for abusive editing but the ill-conceived edit remained. The title of the film is National Lampoon's Vacation (see copyright). If anyone has any valid reason for retaining the mistake in the article, please explain here. Piriczki (talk) 19:01, 26 June 2012 (UTC)

It's more commonly referred to as "Vacation". "National Lampoon's" is a superfluous possessive. Same thing as with The Lorax (film) and many other similar cases. User:Jsigned (talk) 21:49, 26 June 2012 (UTC)
Per MOS and naming conventions the title of the article matches the title of the film or other work. The lead sentence follows that convention, using the same precise title which can be qualified with "sometimes referred to as Vacation" if necessary. If you believe Vacation has become the more common usage you should request a page move, in which case you must prove your case for the change. Otherwise, the article title and the lead sentence should use the actual title. Piriczki (talk) 03:04, 27 June 2012 (UTC)

Footnote re excision of "I'm So Excited" from film and soundtrack is needed. Omission is Orwellian.[edit]

That this information is also omitted from the song's Wikipedia page is doubly Orwellian. — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 03:08, 2 October 2012 (UTC)

Edit request on 15 December 2012[edit]

Both references to East St. Louis are wrong. East St. Louis is a city in Illinois. The Griswolds are traveling west from Illinois, cross the Mississippi into the City of St. Louis, Missouri and exit right away. They were probably an the "north St. Louis" area of the City of St. Louis, Missouri. Robbenski (talk) 15:32, 15 December 2012 (UTC)

It's been a while since I've seen the film. Does the film mention anything besides St. Louis itself? Also, does their incident with the hubcap thieves definitely occur after they've crossed the Mississippi? ←Baseball Bugs What's up, Doc? carrots→ 15:40, 15 December 2012 (UTC)
Good observation. The event definitely occurs after they cross the river, which means it cannot be in E. St. Louis. ---The Old JacobiteThe '45 16:27, 15 December 2012 (UTC)
Not done: please make your request in a "change X to Y" format.I can't fulfill an edit request based on "probably"... I'm sure one of the two experienced editors above can assist with a suitable correction. Pol430 talk to me 23:46, 15 December 2012 (UTC)

Edit request on 30 June 2013[edit]

The wooden rollercoaster the family rides is The Eagle at Six Flags Great America in Gurnee,Illinois. (talk) 03:26, 30 June 2013 (UTC)

Not done: please provide reliable sources that support the change you want to be made. Thanks. Begoontalk 11:22, 30 June 2013 (UTC)

original vacation cast reunion[edit] — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 05:52, 27 July 2013 (UTC)

Edit request[edit]

The correct theme park that was used for Walley World was Six Flags Magic Mountain in California.


Just one of many possible sources confirming this fact. (Not that it matters but I have actually been there (magic mountain) and can personally confirm it to be the park in the movie.)

Djcable1 (talk) 04:17, 28 August 2013 (UTC)

It's already in the text. Hot Stop talk-contribs 02:02, 29 August 2013 (UTC)

Merger proposal[edit]

I propose that the Wagon Queen Family Truckster article be merged into the production section of this article. There is no reason for a short separate article about the car. The one paragraph of that article can be added here and then copy-edited to a reasonable length. ---The Old JacobiteThe '45 22:24, 5 January 2014 (UTC)

  • This edit suggests that User:Cosprings supports the merger. Note, though, that I undid Cosprings' edit, pending the outcome of this discussion. I don't believe Cosprings added anything to National Lampoon's Vacation. While I'm here, I'll also voice my support for the merger. Cnilep (talk) 04:26, 27 February 2014 (UTC)
 Done Cnilep (talk) 08:10, 5 March 2014 (UTC)

Undid July 17 2016 Edit re:George Barris and family truckster[edit]

I undid a strange edit under the Wagon Queen Family Truckster heading. The edit was unsourced and unencyclopedic in tone. If the material can be sourced and worked in a more encyclopedic (and stylistically cogent) way, it should be included. (talk) 17:57, 6 August 2016 (UTC)

The Wagon Queen Family Truckster (WQFT) has been attributed to George Barris on many webpages—including Wikipedia since at least 2008-07-16—but none of the pages cite a verifiable source, and could just be using the Wikipedia article. There is a relevant page Griswold Family Truckster that states Barris did not design the WQFT, but their reference is another replica-building fan. More notably, neither Mecum Auctions or George Barris' website claim the WQFT as his design. Based on that I think we should remove mention of Barris as the designer until a source citing some evidence is found. ―MJBurrage(TC) 23:36, 16 May 2018 (UTC)

"Wally World"[edit]

Since that "Wally World" link was deemed unacceptable, kindly pick and choose. Note that Wiktionary is included.

Broken Heartland: The rise of America’s rural ghetto By Osha Gray Davidson New York, NY: Anchor Books 1991 Pg. 49: The fastest-growing company in its field, Wal-Mart is expected to challenge top- dog Sears by 1993. 1 Retailers across rural America share Abbott’s feeling that there is nothing you can do when “Wally-World” (as some of its detractors call it) moves to town.

TeamEquestria (talk) 16:55, 12 June 2017 (UTC)

Five sequels instead of four[edit]

Shouldn't the article say it has produced five sequels instead of four.

"As a result of its success, four sequels have been produced over the last three decades"

How could anyone ever forget Christmas Vacation 2: Cousin Eddy's Island Adventure?

2A02:1810:3D3A:5E00:7930:9964:EB79:34AC (talk) 19:52, 19 July 2018 (UTC)