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Old 04-02-2013, 03:08 PM   #91
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The odd pink color of Tower of Terror is supposedly to make it blend with Morocco when viewed across WS lagoon from near Mexico.
There are also minarets on top of ToT to help the top of that building blend with the Morocco pavilion.
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Old 04-02-2013, 03:51 PM   #92
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DiVine mesmerizes me. According to this site, she is played by many different women. Divine doesn't make eye contact, sign autographs or pose for pictures as she maintains character as an ivy or plant. Although, on several occasions, I have found her to be a little flirty! Oh that temptress.
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Old 04-02-2013, 08:08 PM   #93
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The paintbrushes are no longer on Tom Sawyer Island. They stopped doing this over a year ago. Just so you know and don't waste time looking for something that isn't there.
So sad
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Old 04-02-2013, 09:18 PM   #94
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At The Haunted Mansion, the rotating busts which seem to turn and follow your movements are stationary. They're not actual busts, but rather inverted mask type devices. The nose of the "bust" is actually the furthest point from the observer, not the closest. They are illuminated from behind. Since most people never expect to see anything so bizarre as an inside-out face, the brain interprets the illusion as a normal face which "follows" them as they move.

In the ballroom scene, the ghosts which appear to be dancing, dueling, etc. are not holograms or any high-tech effect. There are animatronics above and below the riders in the Doom Buggys and the ghosts are the reflections of these animatronics on a giant pane of glass.

Both of these techniques pre-date Disney.

I'm sure most have heard that the ceiling of the stretching room at MK rises, while at Disneyland in Anaheim the floor lowers. At DLR, the entrance to the Haunted Mansion is in front of the railroad tracks and the ride building is behind them, so the floor needs to lower so guests can pass under the tracks.

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Old 04-02-2013, 09:52 PM   #95
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Correct me if I'm wrong, but I think there is no gum sold on Disney property.
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Old 04-02-2013, 10:22 PM   #96
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Correct me if I'm wrong, but I think there is no gum sold on Disney property.
Yes, I believe you're correct! And, last time I checked, nor was gum sold at Orlando International Airport.
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Old 04-02-2013, 10:25 PM   #97
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Correct me if I'm wrong, but I think there is no gum sold on Disney property.
Yes! They don't want the gum getting spit onto the sidewalks and getting tracked through the park! (Yuck!)

My fact is that throughout the Tower of Terror there are references to the Twilight Zone Television serious. First is the poster in the lobby for the Anthony Fremont band who is playing at the tip top club tonight. In both libraries very high upon the very too shelf there is a devil headed fortune teller from the episode "The Nick of Time". In the right library the broken glasses from the episode "Time Enough at Last". In the left library the alien (decoded) To Serve Man book is on the shelf from the episode "To Serve Man". The last one I know of is the ventriloquist dummy among the boxes and hotel items in the basement (the unloading area right after the ending film) from "The Dummy."
Also, the attraction itself is 199 feet tall to prevent it from needing a blinking red light on top for planes.
When the building was still under construction it was actually struck by lightening!
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Old 04-02-2013, 10:28 PM   #98
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Other things that I haven't seen yet in this thread.
  • Mission: Space is the first theme park attraction in the world equipped with barf bags.
  • The 3D glasses for Star Tours, when purchased, were state-of-the-art and cost Disney $9 per pair.
  • Backstage at Epcot has a large machine that washes all 3-D glasses used everywhere on property. DL also has one. If a machine breaks down in one location, the glasses are airmailed to the other until the machine comes back up.
  • There's only one "real-life" application of the TTA PeopleMover technology - Houston George Bush Intercontinental Airport.
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Old 04-03-2013, 12:17 AM   #99
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It's a bit tough to do, but try to read the titles of some of the books in the loading area for Toy Story Mania....if you know your Pixar shorts, you'll find a few references there.

On our first KTTK tour our guide also acted as one of the concierges for the Castle Suite during the Year(s) of a Million Dreams. She said that not only were they some days struggling to find a guest to stay (many people thought it was a joke, didn't want to change travel plans, etc.) that many times they were right up to the 4pm deadline before they found someone. Also before you were moved into the suite (Disney retrieved your luggage for you), your luggage was inspected by dogs for drugs, etc. Once you were cleared you could request dinner, shows, rides, character meets, pretty much anything and it was our guide's job to make it happen.

Not really a fact, but take some time to look at the weather vanes on top of the rides and buildings in MK - they are works of art and often related to the ride or land they are in.

Someone can correct me if I have it wrong, but Madame Leota (in the crystal ball in the Haunted Mansion) is modeled on Leota Thomas a friend of Walt's and Disney Imagineer...but the voice was done by the actress who voiced Malificent and Lady Tremaine. She was also memorialized with a tombstone in the HM graveyard.

As you ride through the stairway scene on HM, notice that the candles at each landing go out only when the ghostly footsteps reach the landing....And in the attic Constance, the bride, has certainly made a point of "marrying up". Each of her wedding portraits is displayed with her increasingly swankier wedding gifts.

Walk down to the end of the small alley halfway along Main St....you can hear someone having their music lesson.
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At The Haunted Mansion, the rotating busts which seem to turn and follow your movements are stationary. They're not actual busts, but rather inverted mask type devices. The nose of the "bust" is actually the furthest point from the observer, not the closest. They are illuminated from behind. Since most people never expect to see anything so bizarre as an inside-out face, the brain interprets the illusion as a normal face which "follows" them as they move.

In the ballroom scene, the ghosts which appear to be dancing, dueling, etc. are not holograms or any high-tech effect. There are animatronics above and below the riders in the Doom Buggys and the ghosts are the reflections of these animatronics on a giant pane of glass.

Both of these techniques pre-date Disney.

I'm sure most have heard that the ceiling of the stretching room at MK rises, while at Disneyland in Anaheim the floor lowers. At DLR, the entrance to the Haunted Mansion is in front of the railroad tracks and the ride building is behind them, so the floor needs to lower so guests can pass under the tracks.

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I can't wait to look for those busts.

I was 5 years old in 1973, and I rode through the haunted mansion with my dad, and I was scared the whole time. I probably ruined his one shot at it with my whining. I am sure he didn't burn another ticket. He would have liked to ride it over and over again.

My sister was 3, so my parents had their hands full. There is no way to fully appreciate the details in rides like haunted mansion or pirates of the Caribbean, without multiple rides.

I think I need to ride the haunted mansion again with my dad and redeem myself. I will promise not to cry this time.
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Old 04-03-2013, 06:07 AM   #101
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Yes! They don't want the gum getting spit onto the sidewalks and getting tracked through the park! (Yuck!)

My fact is that throughout the Tower of Terror there are references to the Twilight Zone Television serious. First is the poster in the lobby for the Anthony Fremont band who is playing at the tip top club tonight. In both libraries very high upon the very too shelf there is a devil headed fortune teller from the episode "The Nick of Time". In the right library the broken glasses from the episode "Time Enough at Last". In the left library the alien (decoded) To Serve Man book is on the shelf from the episode "To Serve Man". The last one I know of is the ventriloquist dummy among the boxes and hotel items in the basement (the unloading area right after the ending film) from "The Dummy."
Also, the attraction itself is 199 feet tall to prevent it from needing a blinking red light on top for planes.
When the building was still under construction it was actually struck by lightening!
That is so cool, never saw the references to the twilight zone episodes. I have been on that ride a lot too!

The first time, I walked my kids up to the loading doors, and then I took the chicken exit. My kids were embarrassed. The elevator guy couldn't even look at me he was so disappointed. I wasn't really as scared about the ride (maybe a little ), but I was worried it was going to be jarring and hurt my lower back. After the ride, My kids then made me experience it over and over again. It doesn't hurt. And it makes me laugh. It is a great ride. Awesome with large groups.

One of my favorite stories happened on this ride when I did everything I could to keep an older from bailing on the ride at the last minute. That will have to wait for another day.
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Other things that I haven't seen yet in this thread.
  • Mission: Space is the first theme park attraction in the world equipped with barf bags.
  • The 3D glasses for Star Tours, when purchased, were state-of-the-art and cost Disney $9 per pair.
  • Backstage at Epcot has a large machine that washes all 3-D glasses used everywhere on property. DL also has one. If a machine breaks down in one location, the glasses are airmailed to the other until the machine comes back up.
  • There's only one "real-life" application of the TTA PeopleMover technology - Houston George Bush Intercontinental Airport.
Are all the 3-d glasses really cleaned between each use? I always wondered. I really hope this is a true story!!!

As for mission space, I have had to wait in the loading bays several times for barf cleanup on that ride. I also was looking enough to get a freshly cleaned unit one time. There was some smells left behind...

Also on a very sad note, we were in Epcot at the Mission Space when a child died on the ride in June 2005. We were waiting in the courtyard area when things started happening.
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Someone can correct me if I have it wrong, but Madame Leota (in the crystal ball in the Haunted Mansion) is modeled on Leota Thomas a friend of Walt's and Disney Imagineer...but the voice was done by the actress who voiced Malificent and Lady Tremaine. She was also memorialized with a tombstone in the HM graveyard.
Madame Leota was played by Leota Toombs (face) and Eleanor Audley (voice). Our KTTK guide said what a weird last name to be in the Haunted Mansion! Leota Toombs also plays the Ghost Hostess who appears at the end of the attraction.

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Are all the 3-d glasses really cleaned between each use? I always wondered. I really hope this is a true story!!!
I don't know if they clean them after each use, but I'm assuming any glasses that get dropped in the bins after the attractions end up being cleaned. They had a very large amount of glasses going through the conveyor belt. The machine looked like an automatic car wash of sorts. They use 150 degree water.

While KTTK is a great tour for MK history, UnDISCOVERED Future World lets you see a lot more of the operational side of things. We saw the glasses being cleaned, we saw the Test Track workshop when they had a car up on the hoist for maintenance, we saw the main costuming / seamstress area for Epcot, and we got to go to the backstage marina where they store the Earth Globe and fireworks barges for IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth.
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While KTTK is a great tour for MK history, UnDISCOVERED Future World lets you see a lot more of the operational side of things. We saw the glasses being cleaned, we saw the Test Track workshop when they had a car up on the hoist for maintenance, we saw the main costuming / seamstress area for Epcot, and we got to go to the backstage marina where they store the Earth Globe and fireworks barges for IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth.
I'm gonna have to check that one out. Thanks!
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