The National Lampoon movies were some of the funniest comedies released in the ’80s and ’90s. The franchise chronicled the vacation adventures of the crazy Griswold family. But underneath the funny family facade, there were lots of things that happened behind the scenes. Here are surprising facts about the National Lampoon Vacation franchise that will have you rolling off your seat!
Why The Cast Actually Hated Walley World
In the first film National Lampoon’s Vacation, the destination that the Griswold family is continually trying to get to is Walley World Amusement Park. The hype around this park mimics the obsession with amusement parks like Disney World, Busch Gardens, and Universal Studios.
You’d think the cast would enjoy filming off-set at an amusement park, but it wasn’t an easy shoot! There were a lot of roller coaster shots that had to be done and redone, which caused the cast a bit of trouble. The family, including Chevy Chase and Anthony Michael Hall, actually found out the hard way that riding the rides make them upset to their stomachs.