10 Things You Didn’t Know About National Lampoon’s Vacation

So not only was it just announced that Hollywood would be rebooting the Vacation movies, but today is also the 28th anniversary of the original Vacation’s release. In honor of this momentous occasion, here are 10 things you never knew about National Lampoon’s Vacation.

  • 1. The W in Clark W Griswold Stands For Wilhelm

    Like the scream.

  • 2. Originally, We Were Supposed To See Aunt Edna Wiggle Her Fingers While Tied To The Top Of The Car

    But the ratings board deemed it too cruel.

  • 3. Originally The Film Ended With The Griswolds Taking Roy Wally (Eddie Bracken) Hostage

    Originally The Film Ended With The Griswolds Taking Roy Wally (Eddie Bracken) Hostage

    The original filmed ending had the Griswolds leave Walley World and go to the house of Roy Walley. The Griswolds then held the family hostage, making them perform the Walley World theme until the police showed up. Test audiences hated this ending so they filmed the John Candy bits in the park later.

  • 4. All The Distant Shots Of Walley World Are Matte Paintings

    All The Distant Shots Of Walley World Are Matte Paintings

    Including this one the car drives under.

  • 5. Harold Ramis Was Inspired To Shoot Wide Shots Of Clark Alone In The Desert By La Guerre Du Feu

    I totally got that vibe...

  • 6. It Was The Only Vacation Movie To Receive An R Rating

    It Was The Only Vacation Movie To Receive An R Rating

    Because there were boobs. NSFW Video Evidence

  • 7. Harold Ramis Is Embarrassed By The Scene In East St. Louis

    Harold Ramis Is Embarrassed By The Scene In East St. Louis

    He says it's the least politically correct scene he's ever filmed and that he wouldn't have done it the same way (or maybe at all) today.

  • 8. The Script Originally Called For The Griswolds To Go To Disneyland

    The Script Originally Called For The Griswolds To Go To Disneyland

    But Disney objected as, unlike Walley World, they are open 365 days a year.

  • 9. The Film Is Based On An Article By John Hughes

    The Film Is Based On An Article By John Hughes

    It appeared in the September 1979 issue of The National Lampoon.

  • 10. Harold Ramis Has An Uncredited Role As A Police Officer At Walley World.

    Harold Ramis Has An Uncredited Role As A Police Officer At Walley World.

    Though he's never seen, his voice is heard.

  • 11. Bonus: Chevy Chase Is A Dick

    Bonus: Chevy Chase Is A Dick

    He just is. Who doesn't know that? TEAM BILL MURRAY.

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