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記衷oe
04-18-2007, 02:44 PM
I thought I'd start a fun thread that details different attractions at the Walt Disney World Resort.

Each day (or whenever I have time) I'll post a new satellite image(s) of an attraction and give some details about the specific attraction.

All images are borrowed from http://maps.live.com/ and are copyright 2006 Microsoft Corporation.

I hope you enjoy!

(P.S. Feel free to add your own "tid-bits" if you'd like...)

Direct links below (sorted by park and in alphabetical order)

Magic Kingdom
Big Thunder Mountain Railroad (7-13-07, Post #235) (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=19718582&postcount=235)
Haunted Mansion, The (4-19-07, Post #33) (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=18222235&postcount=33)
Peter Pan's Flight (4-27-07, Post #140) (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=18374030&postcount=140)
Tomorrowland Transit Authority (10-11-07, Post #278) (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=21256500&postcount=278)

Epcot
France Pavilion, The (4-20-07, Post #70) (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=18244576&postcount=70)
Imagination! Pavilion, The (4-22-07, Post #94) (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=18277734&postcount=94)
Italy Pavilion, The (1-13-08, Post #297) (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=22557160&postcount=297)
United Kingdom Pavilion, The (5-15-07, Post #193) (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=18670160&postcount=193)
Universe of Energy Pavilion, The (7-03-07, Post#221) (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=19533418&postcount=221)

Disney MGM Studios
Fantasmic! (4-18-07, Post #2) (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=18209655&postcount=2)
Great Movie Ride, The (4-24-07, Post #110) (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=18314033&postcount=110)
Muppet*Vision 3-D (10-09-07, Post#263) (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=21221900&postcount=263)

Animal Kingdom
DINOSAUR (4-26-07, Post #127) (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=18352067&postcount=127)
Kali River Rapids (5-05-07, Post #176) (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=18516053&postcount=176)

記衷oe
04-18-2007, 02:46 PM
http://i23.photobucket.com/albums/b361/jpandbp/fantasmic800X594.jpg

http://i23.photobucket.com/albums/b361/jpandbp/fantasmic900x418.jpg


Hollywood Hills Amphitheater / Fantasmic!

The Hollywood Hills Amphitheater is the purpose-built riverside amphitheatre at the Disney-MGM Studios theme park in the Walt Disney World Resort, Florida, USA which showcases the night-time spectacular Fantasmic!.

Opened in 1998, just off Sunset Blvd., the 10,000-seat amphitheater was designed to hold concerts also. The seats are centered in a crescent around a moat-surrounded island where the live action of Fantasmic! takes place.

The arena is named so because of its proximity to the Hollywood Tower Hotel.

Fantasmic! Attraction Facts

Official debut: October 15, 1998
Location: Hollywood Hills Amphitheatre, Disney-MGM Studios, Walt Disney World Resort, Lake Buena Vista, Florida
Producers: Walt Disney Entertainment (in conjunction with Walt Disney Feature Animation and Walt Disney Imagineering)
Executive Producer: Ron Logan
Score: Bruce Healey
Director: Barnette Ricci
Villains: The Wicked Queen, Hades, Ursula, Cruella de Vil, Jafar, Judge Claude Frollo, Scar, Chernabog, Maleficent, and Governor Ratcliffe
Show cost: Approximately $20,000 per showing

Contrasts

The shows in Disneyland and Disney-MGM Studios, although with the same theme and music, have some slight differences:
-The fountains move from side to side at Disneyland when Mickey waves his arms and stay in a constant fan spray at Disney-MGM studios.
-The Jungle Scene with Kaa, King Louie, and the monkeys from The Jungle Book at Disneyland is replaced with a tribute to The Lion King at the Disney-MGM Studios.
-The Peter Pan re-enactment from Disneyland is taken out of the Disney-MGM Studios version and replaced with scenes from Pocahontas at the request of Michael Eisner, who wanted more recent films in the show.
-The Pink Elephant clips and Pinocchio puppets are replaced with a montage of many clips from Disney features inside bubbles at Disney-MGM Studios.
-Due to Equity contracts, Ariel cannot flip her fin past 90 degrees and no lifts can be performed in the princess medley at Disney-MGM Studios.
-Ursula's reprisal of "Poor Unfortunate Souls" is taken out to introduce the other Disney Villains. She plays a smaller role in the Florida show than the California one.
-More villains are featured in the Florida version. Many of the additions are villains from Disney animated features released after the Disneyland version was first featured.
-In California, Mickey destroys the villains by pointing the sword at the Dragon and saying "You may think you're so powerful, well this is my dream!", which causes "light" to shoot toward the villains. In Florida, he still says this, but before he destroys the villains, he causes a wall of water to block out the island.
-Whereas the show is performed on the Rivers of America at Disneyland, they needed a new draw for Disney-MGM Studios for the night. The Hollywood Hills Amphitheatre was built at the Disney-MGM Studios, which was especially made for Fantasmic!
-Instead of the Mark Twain riverboat at Disney MGM Studios, the characters in the Florida show dance on a boat based on the steamboat from Steamboat Willie.

Controversy

The original finale for the Florida version of the show was said to involve Mickey walking on the surface of the river and rising up in a column of water to slay the dragon. While some say the effect suffered from technical problems, others suggest that former Disney CEO Michael Eisner felt the concept had too many religious parallels. A simpler ending of Mickey using the sword in the stone was used instead. However, the show's CD (Fantasmic! Good Clashes with Evil in a Nighttime Spectacular (1998 CD)) had already been produced with the last track called "Mickey Walks On Water/Evil Destroyed."

sdenis
04-18-2007, 02:51 PM
Can't wait to see how it's done!

disneymom2twins
04-18-2007, 03:09 PM
this is going to be a fabulous thread...thank you for your hard work!!

fan_of_small_world
04-18-2007, 03:14 PM
I'm in! Can't wait to see what's next!

tinkgurl
04-18-2007, 03:22 PM
I'm loving this!

jonslola
04-18-2007, 03:25 PM
I like this thread, it's very cool:cool1:

Baghdad Bob
04-18-2007, 03:28 PM
Awesome, post more:thumbsup2

ktturner
04-18-2007, 03:31 PM
Very cool! I love how close you were able to get with the picture!

Iluvpluto2
04-18-2007, 03:34 PM
This is going to be an excellent thread. I can't wait for more.

mickeyholic
04-18-2007, 03:46 PM
I am going to love this thread!!! I can't wait for an update!!!

mshawsc
04-18-2007, 03:49 PM
This is awesome! Thank you! :thumbsup2

novdisneydreams
04-18-2007, 03:53 PM
Fantastic! Thanks for doing this:wizard:

Rich271
04-18-2007, 03:54 PM
Great Thread.

milmore104
04-18-2007, 04:03 PM
Great thread. Thanks can't wait to see more.

Cory's Gal
04-18-2007, 04:12 PM
Very cool, love the pics and the facts!!!:thumbsup2

Kimberly815
04-18-2007, 04:15 PM
Fun! Count me in!:thumbsup2

PoppyAnna
04-18-2007, 04:36 PM
Subscribing.
Cool thread esp as I do fantasmic for the first time in about 16 days!
thank you for your efforts.

jiminyC_fan
04-18-2007, 04:49 PM
:cool1: I like this. Thanks!!

puffinp51
04-18-2007, 05:47 PM
Thanks! Waiting for more!

suzimar57
04-18-2007, 06:14 PM
this is fantastic!

going to really enjoy this thread!

tomerin
04-18-2007, 06:14 PM
all i can say is thanks really excellent work

QuirkyButterfly
04-18-2007, 07:50 PM
I'm hooked, very interesting.

記衷oe
04-18-2007, 09:23 PM
I'm glad you all enjoyed the first attraction... I've got another lined up for tomorrow...

See ya!

Blackrose
04-18-2007, 09:57 PM
This is awesome! Thank you, I am subscribing.

DisneyFan83
04-18-2007, 09:59 PM
I love it! Thanks!

dreamin in pa
04-18-2007, 10:56 PM
This is cool. Can't wait to show DD tomorrow. Looking forward to more.:thumbsup2

DISNEYFAMILYOFFOUR
04-19-2007, 06:16 AM
Wow.....great job!!!

kimg826
04-19-2007, 06:40 AM
Sooo Coooool:woohoo: :dance3: That is so awesome. I thought I would subscribe.

kimg

mb168
04-19-2007, 06:46 AM
This guy shot these pics in 2002 from 2000'. Aerial Photos of Disney World (http://www.disneypix.com/2000ft/AerialDisney.htm) and he has tons of other pics of Disney.

DisneyJimbo
04-19-2007, 06:58 AM
Add me to the crowd of folks who can't wait to see more images and get more background info!!!! :woohoo:

Thank you very much for taking the time to share this with us!

Kerri10
04-19-2007, 07:42 AM
Great thread, can't wait to see more.

記衷oe
04-19-2007, 07:55 AM
http://i23.photobucket.com/albums/b361/jpandbp/HM800X591.jpg

http://i23.photobucket.com/albums/b361/jpandbp/HM900X418.jpg


The Haunted Mansion

The Haunted Mansion is a dark ride attraction located at the Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World. This attraction combines a walk-through portion with Omnimover vehicles called Doom Buggies, featuring special effects and spectral Audio-Animatronics. During the ride, a ghostly voice can be heard to say: "we have nine hundred and ninety-nine happy haunts here, but there's room for a thousand. Any volunteers?"

Original Concept (Disneyland)

Artist and Disney Legend Harper Goff was commissioned in the mid-1950s to design the attraction, which was originally conceived by Walt Disney as a walk-through ghost house. Walt had hoped to capture the look and feel of two Paramount Pictures movies, The Cat and the Canary and The Ghost Breakers. The house originally had a rural American design and was intended to be at the end of a crooked path that led away from Disneyland's Main Street, U.S.A.

Eventually the decision was made to place it in the New Orleans Square section of the park, and thus the attraction was themed as a haunted antebellum mansion. In 1961, handbills announcing a 1963 opening of the Haunted Mansion were given out at Disneyland's main entrance. Construction began a year later, and the exterior was completed in 1963, but the attraction itself would not open until 1969. The attraction was previewed in a 1965 episode of Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color.

It would be six years before it would open to the public, delayed by Disney's involvement in the New York World's Fair in 1964 and 1965. At one point Disney's concept was to be entirely walk-through and exit at a restaurant with a theme of The Museum of the Weird; this would be similar to other attractions like Pirates of the Caribbean, which is paired with the Blue Bayou Restaurant.

Another Disney Legend, Rolly Crump, was assigned the task of designing the attraction, having just completed the sculptures of the gods statues that appear in the Enchanted Tiki Room.

In what might be considered an odd twist for a supposedly abandoned structure, the exterior appears new and the surrounding grounds meticulously maintained. Designers wanted to make the exterior of The Haunted Mansion look like the stereotypical haunted house, but Disney himself overrode the idea, claiming, "We'll let the ghosts take care of the inside. We'll take care of the outside."

Revised Concept (Disneyland)

After Walt's death in December of 1966, the project was changed significantly. The Museum of the Weird restaurant idea was abandoned, and the walkthrough idea was replaced with Doom Buggies after Imagineers tried for a number of years to solve the problem of capacity, even going as far as suggesting building two identical attractions to get double the number of guests through.

One rumor for the change was that the original attraction had frightened a guest so badly that he died of a heart attack. Since the attraction was never implemented as a walkthrough experience, this rumor is clearly false. No guests have ever died of fright riding the Haunted Mansion.

On August 9, 1969, the Disneyland version of the attraction was completed and had remained essentially unchanged for years. In the early 1970s, the Imagineers gave some semi-serious thought to resurrecting many of the creatures and effects that Rolly Crump had originally created for the Haunted Mansion's pre-show as part of Professor Marvel's Gallery, which was "... a tent show of mysteries and delights, a carousel of magic and wonder". This was to be built as part of Disneyland's Discovery Bay expansion area.

Other Theme Parks

The attraction opened at the Magic Kingdom in 1971, Tokyo Disneyland in 1983, Disneyland Paris as Phantom Manor in 1992. For each of these parks, the Haunted Mansion is an original attraction.

The other incarnations of the ride are very similar, but are not without their differences. The Haunted Mansion is the only attraction to appear in a different location of the park in each of the Disney theme parks. The Disneyland version is located in New Orleans Square and is modeled after a southern plantation home. Walt Disney World's version of the ride is located in Liberty Square and has a Gothic Revival facade. This version of the mansion was modeled after an actual home located in the northeast Pennsylvanian town of Jim Thorpe. Tokyo Disneyland (which does not have a Liberty Square or a New Orleans area) placed the Mansion in Fantasyland. Phantom Manor at Disneyland Paris is in Frontierland, and is designed in a Second Empire architectural style. It also features a full orchestral score, an Old West theme, and a more cohesive storyline than the other three Mansions.

When the Haunted Mansion was transplanted to other Disney parks, space management was much less of a problem. Luckily, the placements of the show buildings have no bearing on the quality of the experience. Most guests give little thought to whether they are actually inside the mansion they saw while in line.

Narration

The foyer, stretching room, and ride's narration was performed by Paul Frees as the Ghost Host. Between the Disneyland and the Magic Kingdom versions of the ride, different recording sessions were used in some places. The Magic Kingdom version of the ride includes the library scene, in which a unique piece of narration is used. At Tokyo Disneyland, whose mansion is a carbon copy of the one in Florida, both inside and out, the narration is provided by Teichiro Hori, a movie producer from Toho Studios (Hori also provides the voice of the talking skull in Tokyo's version of Pirates of the Caribbean). In 2002, an imitation of Paul Frees could be heard in the Disneyland and the Magic Kingdom versions instead of the original safety spiel, giving a more detailed warning in the load area, followed by a Spanish spiel.

Theme Song

Grim Grinning Ghosts was composed by Buddy Baker and the lyrics were written by X Atencio. It can be heard in nearly every area of the ride, with various instrumentations and tempos. Contrary to popular belief, "Grim Grinning Ghosts" is not performed by the Mellomen, but rather by a pickup group. The only member of the Mellomen heard is that of the deep bass voice of Thurl Ravenscroft (best known for voicing Tony the Tiger in television commercials), who sings as part of a quintet of singing busts in the graveyard scene. Ravenscroft's face is used as well, projected onto the bust with a detached head.

Fun Facts

-Grand opening: October 1, 1971 (Opened with the Magic Kingdom)
-Number of ride vehicles (a.k.a.: "Doombuggies"): 160
-Disney actually makes "dust" to scatter throughout this attraction to keep the haunted look!
-The five singing busts in the graveyard scene warble the attraction’s theme song, “Grim Grinning Ghosts.” Though sometimes mistaken for Walt Disney, the face on the bust farthest to the left actually belongs to Thurl Ravenscroft, the song’s soloist. Ravenscroft is known to millions of fans as the voice of Tony the Tiger, the mascot of Kellogg’s Frosted Flakes cereal.
-The witty epitaphs on the tombstones at the attraction’s entrance pay tribute to the designers, developers and artists who originally created The Haunted Mansion. One of the newest tombstones honors the late Walt Disney Imagineer Leota Thomas (her maiden name was Toombs). Periodically, Leota’s tombstone can be spotted slowly opening and closing the eyes on its sculpted head.
-Madame Leota also graces the crystal ball in the attraction’s séance scene. Leota Thomas provided the face for the crystal ball, and voice artist Eleanor Audley provided the voice. Audley is also famous as the voice of the evil Maleficent in Disney’s classic animated feature “Sleeping Beauty.”
-Ghosts aren’t the only ones hiding in The Haunted Mansion. There are several “Hidden Mickeys” to be found as well. The ballroom scene features one of the most famous -- a plate and a pair of saucers on the dining table form Mickey’s familiar silhouette.

We did the KTTK tour last October, trip report (http://www.bigbie.net/disney10-06.html), and they said that the plates in the dining scene are not the official hidden Mickey and are actually placed that way by CMs. If you could pick up each plate, there is a picture of what the place setting is supposed to look like and whoever it is that checks that occasionally will return it to its correct position. So if the plates do make a "hidden Mickey" it's because someone has moved them since they were "fixed."

The official hidden Mickey is further back in the ride in the reaper's hand, that is according to the KTTK CM.

MissyDVC
04-19-2007, 08:22 AM
This thread is GREAT :cool1: :dance3: :yay: :cheer2: Thank you OP for doing this.

LoveThatMouse!
04-19-2007, 08:30 AM
:thumbsup2 :thumbsup2 :thumbsup2
WAY TO GO JOE!
I believe you have quite a fan club! ME included! Thank You!

dvcfamily41801
04-19-2007, 09:45 AM
This is so great!! Thank you for starting (and continuing) this thread!!!:goodvibes

Disneywoz
04-19-2007, 09:57 AM
Great thread, can't wait for tomorrow!

disgram
04-19-2007, 10:05 AM
All I can say is WOW!!!!! This is a GREAT thread!!!! I am learning something everyday about my Happy Place! I was really surprised about the Haunted Mansion. I thought the ride was inside the Mansion!!!:rolleyes1 When I first looked at the picture I was truly lost. Then the light dawned, and I realized what I was seeing. That is really Disney Magic!!!
Thanks so much for this!!!!!:cool1:

JMD
04-19-2007, 11:06 AM
Great thread, keep em coming...

dvcfamily41801
04-19-2007, 11:33 AM
I just read these again and I wish there was a book about each park that discusses the attractions and this kind of details! I just love it!:cloud9:

jiminyC_fan
04-19-2007, 11:37 AM
You've got me hooked!

kdkbrebel
04-19-2007, 11:41 AM
:thumbsup2 :thumbsup2 :thumbsup2 :thumbsup2

記衷oe
04-19-2007, 03:06 PM
All I can say is WOW!!!!! This is a GREAT thread!!!! I am learning something everyday about my Happy Place! I was really surprised about the Haunted Mansion. I thought the ride was inside the Mansion!!!:rolleyes1 When I first looked at the picture I was truly lost. Then the light dawned, and I realized what I was seeing. That is really Disney Magic!!!
Thanks so much for this!!!!!:cool1:

That's funny... I never realized it either until looking at the satellite images. Some of the show buildings are HUGE! Disney Imagineering does an awesome job of hiding the show buildings...

Thanks for all the feedback everybody, I'll post another tomorrow...

See ya!

ktturner
04-19-2007, 03:27 PM
I often wondered if we were down in the underground cast member tunnels on that ride. I never would have guessed it was a large warehouse type building. Thanks for the info. This is neat!

stevepete
04-19-2007, 03:38 PM
All I can say is WOW!!!!! This is a GREAT thread!!!! I am learning something everyday about my Happy Place! I was really surprised about the Haunted Mansion. I thought the ride was inside the Mansion!!!:rolleyes1 When I first looked at the picture I was truly lost. Then the light dawned, and I realized what I was seeing. That is really Disney Magic!!!
Thanks so much for this!!!!!:cool1:

I'm glad I'm not the only one who thought that the HM was inside only inside the Mansion. Now that I think about it, there are a lot of things going on inside there! :rolleyes1

Great thread! I can't wait until tomorrow either! :hourglass

YEKCIM
04-19-2007, 03:39 PM
subscribing

suzimar57
04-19-2007, 03:43 PM
didn't realize just how big the show building really was for both HM and IASW - they're huge!!

mb168
04-19-2007, 04:01 PM
-Ghosts arent the only ones hiding in The Haunted Mansion. There are several Hidden Mickeys to be found as well. The ballroom scene features one of the most famous -- a plate and a pair of saucers on the dining table form Mickeys familiar silhouette.

We did the KTTK tour last October, trip report (http://www.bigbie.net/disney10-06.html), and they said that the plates in the dining scene are not the official hidden Mickey and are actually placed that way by CMs. If you could pick up each plate, there is a picture of what the place setting is supposed to look like and whoever it is that checks that occasionally will return it to its correct position. So if the plates do make a "hidden Mickey" it's because someone has moved them since they were "fixed."

The official hidden Mickey is further back in the ride in the reaper's hand, that is according to the KTTK CM.

Max Rebo
04-19-2007, 04:07 PM
Cool stuff. Keep it coming.

:banana:

luvgoing2disney
04-19-2007, 04:09 PM
What a great thread. Like others have said, I had no idea the show buildings were as large as they are. The folks at Disney continue to amaze me at how well they can hide things under our very nose.

DarlingDumbo
04-19-2007, 04:18 PM
I love this thread! thank you so much!

記衷oe
04-19-2007, 04:37 PM
We did the KTTK tour last October, trip report (http://www.bigbie.net/disney10-06.html), and they said that the plates in the dining scene are not the official hidden Mickey and are actually placed that way by CMs. If you could pick up each plate, there is a picture of what the place setting is supposed to look like and whoever it is that checks that occasionally will return it to its correct position. So if the plates do make a "hidden Mickey" it's because someone has moved them since they were "fixed."

The official hidden Mickey is further back in the ride in the reaper's hand, that is according to the KTTK CM.

Thanks for the additional info... I added it to the end of the Haunted Mansion (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=18222235&postcount=33) post.

I can verify this is true... I rode the ride one day on my Oct '06 trip and the plates were formed in a Hidden Mickey. The very next day I rode again and told my brother-in-law what to look for and sure enough, they were gone. I looked like a liar...

Reminiscing_Cody
04-19-2007, 05:19 PM
Cool thread, just wanted to add that those images aren't taken by satellite. They are oblique aerial photographs, notice how they are not directly top-down.

irisbud
04-19-2007, 06:47 PM
Cool thread! Can't wait to read more.

BTW, I thought the Haunted mansion all took place inside of the mansion as well :upsidedow

vickalamode
04-19-2007, 07:07 PM
I sure am glad that I am not the only person who thought that the ride took place in the mansion itself! But it isn't really something dumb to assume, I mean...the mansion looks pretty freakin' huge on the outside!

bytheblood
04-19-2007, 07:10 PM
Thank you °O°Joe. This is so much better than the griping and complaining posts.

記衷oe
04-19-2007, 07:11 PM
Cool thread, just wanted to add that those images aren't taken by satellite. They are oblique aerial photographs, notice how they are not directly top-down.

I'm not saying you're wrong by any means, because I honestly don't know... but here's what the website (http://help.live.com/help.aspx?mkt=en-us&project=wl_local&querytype=keyword&query=qaf) (maps.live.com) that I get the images from says:

Bird's eye view is a low angle, high resolution satellite view of a map area. Bird's eye view is available for many major metropolitan areas.

Now I don't know if they're saying it's an image taken from a satellite OR if they're using satellite as a general term for - from the sky...?

**EDIT** I did some searching and here's what Wikipedia says about it:

Bird's-eye Maps

One of the unique and distinguished features in Windows Live Maps is the bird's-eye maps (currently available in all major cities as well as their suburbs), where users can see any place (from four angles) as if they are flying on a plane (better experience than satellite images especially when exploring a city). These Pictometry images are very high-quality and you can see signs on tops of buildings, advertisements and other things very clearly. Christmas decorations could be seen in a December 2003 bird's-eye photo. Also, signs on or near buildings can sometimes be read depending on resolution and size (i.e. McDonald's sign, Mobil Gas sign, even store logos such as Wal-Mart signs).

Pictometry International is a Rochester, New York-based company that provides detailed aerial photography. Its images are taken at a 40 degree angle using a patented process. Its Electronic Field Study software allows a variety of measurements to be taken directly from the image, including height, distance and area as well as elevation and bearing. Its images can be overlayed with shapefiles and GIS information can be exported from the images as well.

The oblique photographs shows buildings, infrastructure, land from all sides. Pictometry also shoots directly overhead. In general, this results in much more detail than using satellite photography, because there are multiple perspectives, with overlap resulting in as many as 12 to 30 images of the same location.

The company's most numerous customers are state and local governments, which use images of cities, counties and entire states for such things as planning and development, emergency response (police, fire and 911) and property assessment. It also has applications in insurance, real estate, AVM, civil engineering, and utilities.

Imagery may be licensed by Pictometry directly.

So I guess you're right (good call!)... but I'm going to leave it as Satellite in the thread title and if anyone else asks I'll just say I'm talking about "from the sky" when I say "satellite"... :goodvibes

chris4disney
04-19-2007, 07:47 PM
:surfweb:

SunKat
04-19-2007, 11:52 PM
What a great thread. I'm enjoying these photographs. Add me to the list of people who thought the HM ride was contained in the mansion. Who knew there was a huge building behind it!! I can't wait to see the next photo.

Thanks!:)

SelfEmployedDebtFree
04-20-2007, 01:27 AM
bumpity bump...:hippie: :hippie:

SelfEmployedDebtFree
04-20-2007, 01:34 AM
Heres my helpful 2 cents...
http://www.hiddenmickeys.org/WDW/MagicKingdom/Liberty/Mansion.html

Thats a link to a webpage with all the hidden mickeys at HM!!! :thumbsup2 :thumbsup2 My favorite is this one...
http://www.hiddenmickeys.org/PictFrame.php?Images/MagicKingdom/shimmer.jpg

#23 As your leaving the graveyard on your right is the fat lady singing. Right next to that is a tomb with a ghost in it. The ghost it holding up his left arm. In that hand he is holding a Mickey head. :scared1:

alanburger88
04-20-2007, 02:33 AM
Wow, what a great thread :)

DISNEYFAMILYOFFOUR
04-20-2007, 06:22 AM
Another great job!!! Cannot wait for today's lesson.

tinkerbell87512
04-20-2007, 07:03 AM
These are awesome! Cant wait for more!

noritake1
04-20-2007, 08:56 AM
Hi I think your pics are great keep them coming. I tried to go the web site you used but can't get the pictures to post, what am I doing wrong? thanks in advance Jill

mickey0624
04-20-2007, 09:02 AM
great thread!!
subscribing

bnf2
04-20-2007, 09:06 AM
I'm lovin' this thread! Today I'm home with my puny first grader and we're anxiously awaiting today's installement.

Thanks for all your work! :thumbsup2

fitzkerry
04-20-2007, 09:16 AM
Hi Joe, Thanks for the wonderful thread, my husband is a bit of a control freak, he is not fond of places where he does not feel he has a good lay of the land. These pictures are a great way of showing the overall layout of the World and he feels much better seeing the service roads etc. back stage. His biggest fear is being stuck in a big crowd with no way out, these pictures show that there is plenty of room that we can't see. I love your commentary!

cazzie
04-20-2007, 09:19 AM
Great thread, looking forward to reading more. :thumbsup2

記衷oe
04-20-2007, 10:07 AM
http://i23.photobucket.com/albums/b361/jpandbp/france800x594.jpg

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France

The France Pavilion is themed to look like a Paris neighborhood with a pool and fountains and with a view of the Eiffel Tower in the distance. The Showcase reflects France from 1870-1910, a period known as La Belle Epoque, the beautiful time. Most of the shops on the streets are actual shops selling French goods such as Guerlain perfumes. The pavilion features Impressions de France a panoramic movie, which visits France's cities and historical structures. It also includes two French Restaurants, the Bistro de Paris and Les Chefs de France, and a bakery, the Boulangerie Patisserie.

Impressions de France

Impressions de France (Impressions of France), located in The Palais du Cinema, is a travelogue of the French countryside, major cities, various regions, and important structures. Many aerial views are shown, mixed with closer views. It includes, among other things, the Eiffel Tower, the Champs-匜ys嶪s and the Arc de Triomphe, the French Alps, Versailles, scenes from Cannes, Notre Dame de Paris, and scenes from Normandy. The movie is presented with a lively classical soundtrack, recorded in London by the National Philharmonic, and is projected onto five adjacent screens, giving 200 coverage, resembling Circle-Vision 360. The movie is approximately 18 minutes long.

Scene List
Here is the list of the scenes:
1. The cliffs at Etretat in Normandy. 2. Gliding through the Marais Poitevin, a swamp area near La Rochelle. 3. Chateau Chenonceau; in the Loire Valley, then from the gardens. 4. Horsemen and hunting dogs cross the Cheverny Forest. 5. Aerial shot of Chambord. 6. We fly over the red rooftops up to the Bell Tower of the Church in the Vezelay Village. 7. Vezelay Church interior, with church bells in the background. 8. In the horsecart we ride through Riquewihr Village near Germany. 9. Moving through the market place in Bouvron, Normandy. 10. French pastries. 11. Wine harvest at the Monbazillac Vineyard. 12. Interior of a Cognac Cave. 13. The Fountain of Apollo at Versailles. 14. The Versailles Garden. 15. The Versailles building and the Hall of Mirrors. 16. Flying over Castle Beynac in the Dordogne Valley. 17. Man chopping wood with Chateau Montpoupon. 18. La Roque - Gageac in the Dordogne Valley (Bicyclists). 19. Chateau Montpoupon, bicyclists racing toward us. 20. Bugatti Race Cars in Cannes. 21. Hot air balloons take off near Chaumont Castle on the Loire River. 22. Hot air balloons in front of the cliff city of Rocamadour. 23. French Alps in the Spring. 24. Mountain climbers on rocky peaks in Chamonix. (French Alps) 25. Skiers in Chamonix. 26. La Rochelle Harbor. 27. On board a Brittany fishing boat at sea. 28. A rocky beach in Normandy. 29. Mt. St. Michel. 30. Interior of a small church in Brittany. 31. Wedding reception in full swing at a Brittany farm to traditional Brittany folk music. 32. Couple walks along the cliffs of Normandy in Etretat. 33. The cliff city of Bonifacio, Corsica. 34. Villefranche near Nice. 35. Calanque Cliffs near Cassis. 36. Pier out in front of the Carlton Hotel in Cannes. 37. Cannes Harbor at twilight. 38. Racing along railway tracks in the hills of Chaporoux. 39. Gare du Nord (North rail station) in Paris. 40. Champs Elysees at twilight, we see the Arc de Triomphe. 41. Seine River in Paris. 42. Notre Dame. 43. Through the Archways at the Louvre, the Garde Republicaine. 44. Eiffel Tower. 45. Aerial shot of Etretat Cliffs. 46. Aerial shot of the Alps near Chamonix 47. Aerial shot of Chateau Chambord. 48. Aerial shot of French Alps near Mt. Blanc. 49. Finale - Eiffel Tower.

Dining

Chefs de France
Located on the main level, the menu here features the creations of its three famous owner-chefs: Paul Bocuse, Gaston Lenotre and Roger Verge. Escargot, Coquilles Saint-Jacques, French onion soup, Mediterranean seafood casserole, and duck l'orange are some of the flavors you will find here.
Bistro de Paris
Located on the 2nd floor above Chefs de France is the pricier Bistro de Paris which offers delicacies such as pan-seared foie gras, truffles, lobster fricassee, and roasted quail.
Boulangerie Paitisserie
A wonderful pastry shop so save room for dessert! Get an IllumiNations spot and send one of your group here for coffee and pastries to bring back! Be sure to get a good whiff of the baked goods smell that is piped out of the shop.

Serveur Amusant

A comical waiter/juggler performs 20 minute shows usually Wednesday thru Sunday.

Touring Tips

-Impressions de France is a must-see on your Epcot Attraction List. Relax in the air-conditioned theater and enjoy the wonderful music and scenery.
-Stop in Vins De France to learn about French Wines. You can sample them for the price of a souvenir glass.
-There is a shop called “La Signature” located on the right as you are facing the Eifel Tower with your back to the lagoon. Inside the shop near the back where it opens onto a passageway is a staircase to the second level of the shop. Up the staircase and around the open second floor are a collection of pictures and signed documents by famous people. For example, they have documents signed by Charles de Gaulle, Albert Schweizer, Jules Verne, Sarah Bernhard, Pablo Picaso and others. Each is framed with a picture of the individual or in the case of some of the artists, a miniature of one of their art works. They are all for sale, the most expensive being the Jules Verne at $6000.
-France has a special "KIDCOT" area that provides an opportunity for your child to interact with a native of France.
-Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival - Springtime in Paris is the theme featuring fragrance container gardens, geometic and new Swan topiaries.
-Holidays from Around the World features storytellers in each country. France, Pere Noel (Santa Claus) makes appearances throughout the afternoon.
-Assistive Listening Devices from Guest Services Can Be Used Here.
-Reflective Captioning Available for the movie.

Interesting Facts

-Grand opening: October 1, 1982
-The park bordering the canal along the right side of the pavilion was inspired by the famous painting "A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte" by pointillist artist Georges Seurat.
-The landscape here has a single objective: to reflect an urban ambiance, particularly springtime in Paris. Street trees along the central boulevard are positioned and pruned to enhance the illusion of distance. Planters in this area reveal pastel mixes of flowers, lending an impressionistic flavor and reinforcing the theme.
- The Eiffel Tower is an example of Forced Perspective. The one-tenth replica of the Eiffel Tower was constructed using Gustav Eiffel's original blueprints and is built on top of the Impressions de France show building. If you looked at the Eiffel Tower today as it stands in Paris, it would have similar coloring to the Statue of Liberty in New York. However, here in Epcot, the Eiffel Tower is more tan and pinkish. The reason is the France Pavilion here represents the late 1800s and the Eiffel Tower is the same color it would have been then.

disgram
04-20-2007, 10:40 AM
Now you are into one of two of my favorite parks!!!! I just love Epcot! The information that you have is very informitive and I am really enjoying this thread!!!
Thank you and please keep the images coming!!!!!

Mickey1Fan
04-20-2007, 10:53 AM
Joe, this is simply amazing. Thank you. Can not wait for the next installment. Of course the fact taht you started with my very favourite attraction drew me in.

vickalamode
04-20-2007, 11:03 AM
Yay! France! That country ties with WDW as my two favorite places on the earth...and WDW's mini-version of France is so cute! It's neat to see how the fake Eiffel Tower is just kinda attached to the top of a building, haha. I went to real France last summer and can't wait to go back, but I completely forgot about Epcot's France and I guess it'll just have to do!

Thank you for these cool posts!

Iluvpluto2
04-20-2007, 11:09 AM
I've learned something new about all three that you have posted so far. I didn't know that the Eiffel Tower was built on top of a building. I absolutely love this thread!! Thanks for the hard work you are putting into this. :thumbsup2

Alicnwondrln
04-20-2007, 11:22 AM
great thread

dvcfamily41801
04-20-2007, 02:51 PM
Thanks for great bit of info. I am sad to admit that I can't wait a whole day until the next post and pictures are up.:guilty: I keep checking thinking maybe he will put up one every HOUR! ;) :goodvibes

Thanks so much for keeping these going!!:cloud9:

suzimar57
04-20-2007, 02:54 PM
just love seeing these aerial, behind the scenes photos!

welovedisneyx4
04-20-2007, 02:56 PM
Thanks for posting these. I really want to go back to DW now, but think I will have to wait until next summer!!!!!!! AHHHH!

ClaraBug
04-20-2007, 03:23 PM
Count me in too!!

LoveThatMouse!
04-20-2007, 09:29 PM
:thumbsup2 :thumbsup2 :thumbsup2 :thumbsup2 :thumbsup2

Dan Murphy
04-20-2007, 09:56 PM
Nice thread, Joe. :thumbsup2

I often like to visit MS Live, or Google Earth to see these and other heads up views. Always interesting perspectives.

What is the data source, Wikipedia or elsewhere? Nice detail.

Have you checked DIS'er WillCAD's update site? He has lots of linked MS Live views of all over WDW, another great labor of love. http://www.************/disney_maps.html Scroll down to his links.

Again, thanks, Joe.

pooh2007
04-20-2007, 10:09 PM
This thread is awesome. Keep the aerials and information coming. This is so great. Thank you for taking the time to do this! :thumbsup2

MEK
04-20-2007, 10:11 PM
Joe - You Rock!:thumbsup2

MNWDWMANIAC
04-20-2007, 11:57 PM
What a great thread Joe. I'm a big Live buff and I'm always checking out the corners of WDW that most people aren't looking at :). I love the history you are including on here for everyone too. Thanks again for your hard work!

jjk
04-21-2007, 02:26 AM
Fantastic thread:goodvibes

RevBob
04-21-2007, 03:11 PM
Great thread. Keep posting the photos.:cool1:

記衷oe
04-21-2007, 07:18 PM
Thanks again guys for all the positive feedback! I haven't had time to post one today, but I'll try to get one up tonight before I go to bed...

Dan Murphy, I use mostly Wikipedia, but I also use intercot and allearsnet. Wikipedia has a lot of great information, but it's not always the most accurate...

aprince&princess
04-21-2007, 08:01 PM
Great thread Joe. I can't wait to see what the next bit of information you have found for us!

kileybeth
04-21-2007, 08:03 PM
Joe, this is awesome, we will check everyday for the next 150 days, until we go and then it will be so neat to remember these back stage things!

Thank you so much!

Ferrillo
04-21-2007, 08:37 PM
Leaving in 14 days. What a great way to count down the days. Thanks for the great pix.

MelaBella
04-21-2007, 10:29 PM
What a wonderful thread! But, maybe someone can help me. I have tried several times to use the Local live links and all I can see is about a 1/2" strip of a map/aerial view across my screen. I cannot for the life of me figure out how to make the whole thing appear. Anyone? What am I doing wrong?

TIA,
Melanie

blujaymama
04-22-2007, 05:05 AM
Awesome job Joe! It is amazing what goes on behind the beautiful facads we see. Keep 'em coming!

momoflizandains
04-22-2007, 07:15 AM
I love this thread. Can't wait to see more.

記衷oe
04-22-2007, 09:41 AM
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The Imagination! Pavilion

The Imagination! Pavilion (formerly The Journey Into Imagination Pavilion) is a building located in Epcot Future World. It holds various imagination-based attractions. It is commonly referred to as The Imagination Institute (a fictional institute that is featured in some of the attractions) or by the name of one of the attractions that it holds.

The Imagination! Pavilion has probably changed more than any other pavilion in Epcot. The last changes were a direct result of guest displeasure with the reworked Journey into Your Imagination Ride which debuted as part of the Millennium Celebration October 2001. In June 2002, Figment reappeared (in more than just a cameo) and folks are enjoying the attraction once again.

The pavilion has been sponsored by the Eastman Kodak company since it opened in 1982.

Orientation
The Imagination! Pavilion is located in the Southwest corner of Future World. It is neighbored by the Canada Pavilion (of the World Showcase) to the South and The Land Pavilion to the North. The very large show building, which houses Soarin’ is immediately to the West. The Monorail passes through Future World and directly in front of the Imagination! Pavilion, offering some excellent views of Imagination!

History
The Journey Into Imagination Pavilion started out in 1982 as an area in which the 3-D film Magic Journeys was played with a song by the same name by the Sherman Brothers. The Makin' Memories slide presentation, a history of photography, was the preshow presentation. When Journey Into Imagination opened a year later, the area was dubbed The Journey Into Imagination Pavilion. From 1983 to 1986 it held Journey Into Imagination, the (upstairs) ImageWorks, and Magic Journeys. In 1986, however, Magic Journeys was replaced by Captain EO, a more advanced 3-D film created by George Lucas and starring Michael Jackson as the title character. In 1994, Captain EO was replaced by Honey, I Shrunk the Audience, starring Rick Moranis as Professor Wayne Szalinski and Eric Idle as the Imagination Institute chairman, Dr. Nigel Channing. The pavillion was renamed Imagination! in the mid 1990s after the alternative title of the Dreamfinder's song (aka "One Little Spark which was also a Sherman Brothers creation. The actual name of the song; however, is "One Little Spark" and is the Imagineers unofficial theme song, although some believe the title to be the former.

Attractions

Journey Into Imagination With Figment
Journey Into Imagination opened on March 5, 1983. It has been through three incarnations over the years, two of them featuring Figment, a small purple dragon, as a character. The ride also uses the Omnimover ride system and features the song One Little Spark lyrically or instrumentally, with it being the basis of the score in the original and current versions.

Journey Into Imagination (1983-1998)
The original attraction opened on March 5, 1983, nearly six months after EPCOT had already opened to the public. It began with the omnimover vehicles “floating” in the clouds and seeing the silhouette of a strange blimp mixed with a vacuum cleaner and hearing the humming and singing of its pilot. In the next scene we come right next to this vessel and the pilot, an old man with a red beard dressed in a blue suit and top hat, introduces himself as the Dreamfinder and saying that he uses his vehicle, called the Dream Mobile or Dream Catcher by some fans, to collect dreams and ideas to create all sorts of new things. Soon he creates a figment of his imagination who comes up from a door near the back and comes up with enough ideas to fill the Dream Mobile’s idea bag, all of which show up later in the ride. Dreamfinder then tells Figment that before we create something, we have to go back to the Dreamport which he says is never far away when you use your imagination.

We then leave the side of the Dream Mobile and enter the Dreamport’s storage room, which includes a massive washing machine like device for sorting ideas. Also in the room there are numerous objects including boxed applause, a plasma ball, and a birdcage of musical notes.

After leaving the storage room, the ride continues to go through several rooms based off of Art, Literature, the Performing Arts and Science.

The Art room was mostly white colored, probably to represent a massive canvas, and had a large painting Dreamfinder was making using a large fiber optic paint brush, a carousel with giant origami animals, and a pot of rainbows held by Figment.

The Literature room was mostly focused on suspenseful tales and had Dreamfinder playing a massive organ with words coming out of it, words that turned into their meanings, a massive book featuring the raven from Edgar Allan Poe’s story cawing menacingly, and books of horrible monsters Figment tried to keep closed.

The performing arts had Figment trying on costumes backstage while Dreamfinder was conducting a laser light show similarly to an orchestra conductor.

The last of the rooms, Science, featured a large machine that Dreamfinder was operating that took a closer look at the workings of nature such as the growth of plants, the formation of crystals from minerals and looking into space. At the end, Dreamfinder tells Figment and the audience that Imagination is our key to unlock the hidden wonders of our world. The ride then enters the final show scene as our picture is taken as we see Figment surrounded by several movie screens of him being a scientist, a mountain climber, a pirate, a superhero, a tap dancer, a ship captain, a cowboy, and an athlete. Dreamfinder, who is behind a movie camera gives us one last inspiring message and tells us to use our newly found sparks of imagination in the ImageWorks and the on-ride photo is shown to us on a screen next to the camera.

The ride closed on October 10, 1998 in order to begin a major renovation of the attraction.

Journey Into Your Imagination (1999-2001)
The second version of the attraction opened on October 1, 1999 and featured an updated theme based off of the 3-D movie Honey, I Shrunk the Audience. Now guests would take a tour of the Imagination Institute and be test subjects for the new invention, The Imagination Scanner. Dr. Nigel Channing, who was played by Eric Idle, hosted this version. The ride began with guests going through the scanner and saying that the riders have no imagination. Then Channing decides to send us through the numerous labs throughout the Institute including Sound, Illusion, Color, Gravity and Connections.

In sound, you entered a room of total silence and complete darkness. Slowly, you hear the sounds of crickets chirping, distant city noises and an approaching train that comes closer and closer until it seems to pass over the audience’s heads.

In Illusion, there is a fish swimming in and out of its tank and a cage with a disappearing and reappearing butterfly.

In the Color lab, there are sounds of jungle animals and cities that cause two large light screens to change colors to the sounds.

In the Connections lab, we see numerous stars that soon form into constellations.

Finally, in the Gravity lab, we enter an upside down house. Soon we go through the Scanner again and our minds have been supercharged with ideas as you exit to the updated version of the ImageWorks. Figment’s appearances in the experience were reduced to a few cameos in the queue movies, a constellation in the connection lab and in the end movie. The attraction closed on October 8, 2001 and again, went through another rehab.

Journey Into Imagination With Figment (2002-Present)
The current version of the attraction opened on June 2, 2002. Figment returned with a larger role and appeared in every show scene. The song "One Little Spark" also returned with new verses.

This time, the Institute had five labs based on the five human senses: Sight, Sound, Smell, Touch and Taste. Dr. Nigel Channing returned as well and invited us to the Institute’s open house. Figment tags along to Channing’s dismay and causes mischief along the way.

In Sound, Figment interrupts the experiment and comes up with a telephone and the train sound is now a “Train of Thought”.

In Sight, Figment messes with the room’s eye chart and begins a sing along to "One Little Spark".

In Smell, Figment becomes a skunk and we suffer the smell. Channing, after seeing the chaos Figment has been causing, gives up on the tour and Figment takes us to his own open house, which he turns upside down (literally!) with his carefree mind. Channing soon learns from Figment that Imagination should be set free and we go into the finale with numerous Figments and Figment and Channing sing the song together and we disembark for the ImageWorks.

Honey I Shrunk the Audience
Without a doubt, one of the most creative 3-D movies of the late 1990s. This is a 20-minute misadventure with the likes Professor Wayne Szalinski. Professor Szalinski is about to accept the Inventor of the Year Award, however, he had a little mishap with the remote for his hoverpod and he's flying out of control around the Institute. As part of the award ceremony, Professor Szalinski will demonstrate his Dimensional Duplicator and Incredible Shrinking Machine. You too will be shrunk as part of the misdirected laser beam. There are some super special effects, including feeling the wind from the hoverpod when the Professor flies into the theater.

What If Labs
At the conclusion of your journey you enter the Kodak What If! Labs (similar to the Image Works that was on the 2nd floor of the building). The What If! Lab experiments include Stepping Tones (much like the original, though now featuring picture panels making sounds) and Figment's Melody Maker where guests can cause Figment to play an instrument to the tune of One Little Spark, changing pitch by what height Figment is at on the screen.

Dining

There aren’t any places to eat in the immediate vicinity of the the Imagination pavilion. However, next door at the Land there is the Sunshine Seasons food court and sit-down character restaurant, the Garden Grill.

Shopping

The Gift Shop immediately following the What If Labs has computer-generated photos taken with Disney Characters. There is some Figment merchandise in the form of mugs, T-shirts, key chains etc., as well as new Figment and Imagination merchandise. There are also some unusual etched Lucite gifts here -- the images they can etch into the material are really quite impressive! There are a number of Instant Photo booths by Kodak where, for $5, you can make your own Epcot Passport, Photo-ID Badge for the Imagination Institute, or picture postcards to send to friends and family!

Interesting Facts

-Based on the enormously popular Walt Disney Pictures -- "Honey, I Shrunk The Kids" (1989), "Honey, I Blew Up The Kid" (1992), and the follow-up "Honey We Shrunk Ourselves" (1997) -- the performance "on stage" at the Imagination Institute Auditorium features the original Szalinski film family: the invention-happy professor, his trusting wife, Diane, their sons, Nick and Adam, and their frisky dog, Quark. As in the films, Wayne Szalinski is portrayed by comedic actor Rick Moranis.
-Although seldom necessary, Honey I Shrunk the Audience is a FastPass attraction.
-Dr. Nigel Channing is played by Eric Idle from Monty Python's Flying Circus.
-"Honey I Shrunk the Audience" brings together all the special effects of the Szalinski movies but in 3D.
-The Journey to Imagination Pavilion that opened with Epcot Center provided a "child's-eye view of imagination". A spectacular 3-D journey in the Magic Eye Theater and the creative Image Works area were part of the original pavilion.
-Honey I Shrunk the Audience replaced Captain EO starring Michael Jackson.
-Figment sometimes appears in the small building to the left of the Honey I Shrunk the Audience entrance (the former Kodak camera store). Check your daily Epcot Times Guide for times and locations.
-There's no charge for e-mailing your digital image in a "Postcard from Space."
-Be sure to explore the imaginative fountains that are located in front of the Imagination! Pavilion.
-Look for this "Hidden Mickey" - On the ride, Figment is resurrected and you get a look into his upside-down house. In his kitchen, look at the meal - Onion Rings on the table make up a simple hidden Mickey.

southernbohemian
04-22-2007, 10:03 AM
Wonderful thread, Joe! Keep up the good work!

freepixie
04-22-2007, 10:08 AM
What an awesome thread! Thank you so much for finding these pics and giving such awesome info! :wizard:

You da man! :thumbsup2

disneyjunebug
04-22-2007, 10:32 AM
Love it!! Thanks for all the hard work and look forward to more!!

Dan Murphy
04-22-2007, 10:45 AM
Thanks, Joe. :thumbsup2

kileybeth
04-22-2007, 10:50 AM
aawwwhhh, You make me miss Figment in all of his original glory with the dreamfinder. I have a picture of my oldest son (now 25 years old!) outside the attraction with Dreamfinder and Figment. He's gonna love these latest pics. Imagination was his favorite ride.

This perspective is so eye openng, I'm loving it.

Thank You ThankYou!!

DISNEYFAMILYOFFOUR
04-22-2007, 11:38 AM
Again, great job and thank you so much. Even my DH, who thinks I spend way too much time here, thinks it is a great thread. He asked me last night if there was another one he did not see.

SunKat
04-22-2007, 09:15 PM
Thank you for posting all these great photos! With each of your posts, I'm learning something new about the World! Looking forward to the next picture!

punkin413
04-22-2007, 09:32 PM
what a great idea for a thread! thanks! :thumbsup2

stalkingmickey
04-22-2007, 09:54 PM
I love this thread

aawwwhhh, You make me miss Figment in all of his original glory with the dreamfinder. I have a picture of my oldest son (now 25 years old!) outside the attraction with Dreamfinder and Figment. He's gonna love these latest pics. Imagination was his favorite ride.

I have a picture of me whith figment and the dreamfinder from m polariod instant camara when i was 7 years old (i am 31 now) I love this picture.

luvngoofy
04-22-2007, 11:24 PM
So informative, Thank you!:goodvibes

Cory's Gal
04-23-2007, 07:34 AM
Still enjoying it!!! It's funny to see how far back the Soarin' building is!!

cabanafrau
04-23-2007, 07:58 AM
Thanks so much for all the work to put this together, very interesting!

TChris
04-23-2007, 12:14 PM
Thank you for the work you put into this. I look foreward to seeing what you will do next. Journey in Imagination was one of our favorites, I think it has lost something since they removed Dreamcatcher.

bnf2
04-23-2007, 08:10 PM
Bump, Bump, Bump... and anxiously awaiting the next set of pics & info :)

metsfan11
04-23-2007, 09:28 PM
This thread is GREAT! :thumbsup2 :thumbsup2

記衷oe
04-24-2007, 11:00 AM
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The Great Movie Ride

At the end of Hollywood Boulevard, dead center, stands a magnificent reproduction of the famous Grauman's Chinese Theater, home to The Great Movie Ride. One of the Disney-MGM Studios' original attractions when it opened in May 1989, and presented by Coca-Cola, the Great Movie Ride is a 22-minute dark-ride journey into the history of the movies, with a cast of Audio-Animatronics characters re-creating memorable movie moments.

The facade was the symbol of the park until 2001 when a giant replica of Sorcerer Mickey's hat was built in front of the facade. Since then, the hat has served as the park's symbol. (It should be noted that the design of the theater is based on Grauman's Chinese Theatre. However, as the Walt Disney Company did not obtain permission to use the name 'Grauman' the proper name of the building is simply 'The Chinese Theatre'.)

The Queuing Area
Like so many of the great Disney Parks attractions that we all know and love, the queue of The Great Movie Ride could be considered an attraction in and of itself. The entry line winds through a Grauman's-styled lobby, with occasional display cases containing movie costumes, props, and set pieces. The queue then zig-zags through a small theater, where persons in line are shown a series of condensed trailers for various famous films. There the line ends, and riders walk into a 'studio' area to board waiting 'cars'.

Notable Props Currently Residing in the Queue
-Merry-go-round horse from Mary Poppins
-Peter, Susan, Edmund, and Lucy's costumes from "The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe."
-A blue Elizabethan dress worn by Gwyneth Paltrow from "Shakespeare in Love."

Props that Formerly Resided in the Queue
-Blades and Monkey Heads from Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom
-The holo-chess board used on board the Millennium Falcon in the original Star Wars.
-The Ruby Slippers from The Wizard of Oz.
-The dip machine model and bullet case from Who Framed Roger Rabbit?
-Props from the movie Alien.
-Sam's piano from Casablanca.
-A dress worn by Maria in The Sound of Music.
-The title object from Cocoon.

Movie Trailers Shown in Queue
-Footlight Parade
-Casablanca
-Mary Poppins
-Raiders of the Lost Ark
-Singin' in the Rain
-Fantasia
-Alien
-The Searchers

The Dark-ride
Long tram cars take you on a slow but interesting journey through some of the world's most famous movie scenes. Just about every genre is represented: musicals, gangster movies, westerns, romances, action/adventures and horror flicks. More than 50 exceedingly realistic Audio-Animatronic figures bring it all to life, among them Gene Kelly, Julie Andrews, Dick Van ****, James Cagney, John Wayne, Clint Eastwood, Sigourney Weaver, Humphrey Bogart, Ingrid Bergman, and the Wicked Witch of the West herself, Margaret Hamilton. In addition to the wizardry of some of the best audio-animatronics in Walt Disney World, guests on this tour are treated to one of two scenarios that get the Cast Member hosting your tram in on the action -- one involves a gangster plot, the other a cowboy theme. For the finale, the cars line up in a large, dark theater where a compilation of famous movie scenes & lines is shown for about 2-3 minutes. Some of the movies represented in the dark-ride portion of the attraction are as follows:

-Footlight Parade
-Singin' in the Rain
-Mary Poppins
-The Public Enemy
-Alien
-Raiders of the Lost Ark
-Tarzan the Ape Man
-Casablanca
-Fantasia
-The Wizard of Oz

Interesting Facts
-Opening Date: May 1, 1989
- Vehicle capacity: 70
-Audio-animatronics: 59
-Alien appears in the Great Movie Ride though it was released by 20th Century Fox rather than MGM. Disney had acquired the rights to use Alien from Fox several years earlier for a planned ride at Disneyland that was based on the movie. While the ride was canceled, the overall concept later morphed into The ExtraTERRORestrial Alien Encounter, though ultimately the creature from Alien was not used on the basis that it was "too scary".
-The Great Movie Ride directly inspired the creation of the Disney-MGM Studios. In an Imagineering book, it was revealed that the Great Movie Ride was actually going to be the main attraction in a show business themed pavilion at Epcot, but newly assigned Disney CEO Michael Eisner and WDI president Marty Sklar decided the idea was strong enough to lead an entire new theme park. The idea for the ride was expanded, and the Disney-MGM Studios went into official development.
- Many of the props in the lobby of the theater are authentic, such as the carousel horse from Mary Poppins.
-Gene Kelly inspected his AA likeness personally.
-Ingrid Bergman's daughter Isabella Rosselini has brought her children to this attraction to see their grandmother in the Casablanca scene.
-The entire Great Movie Ride attraction covers 95,000 square feet.
-This attraction is frequently the target of rumors saying that it will be replaced or significantly redesigned. As one of the original attractions in the Disney-MGM Studios, the ride can use some updating, but no official announcements regarding any changes have been made to date.
-Due to loud noises and several scary figures, small children are often frightened by this ride.
-Look for this "Hidden Mickey" - In the first part of Gangster Alley, Mickey Mouse's brown shoes (and his tail) poke out from under a James Cagney poster, "The Public Enemy," on the left side of the ride vehicle.

dvcfamily41801
04-24-2007, 11:56 AM
Woohoo!!! My FAVORITE attraction at Disney MGM Studios (besides the first one in this thread, Fantasmic!)

Thank you so much!!!

ReneeDisney
04-24-2007, 12:06 PM
Great photos and details!
Thanks for taking the time to share with us...

naynay80
04-24-2007, 12:34 PM
Thank you so much for doing this - My kids love looking at everything you post!!!!:cool1:

holcomb-mania
04-24-2007, 01:22 PM
It's amazing how much is hidden by their trickeration!

OKW Lover
04-24-2007, 02:41 PM
A couple of other HM's in the GMR;

Just after the one noted, as you approach to door out of the gangster scene, look back over your left shoulder and up. You'll see a HM in the windows.

After you pass the Raiders scene, as you leave the room with the jewel, look to your left. In the hyroglyphics you'll see Mickey & Donald seated at a table.

cjunken
04-24-2007, 03:24 PM
On the picture the building next door is labeled Toy Story Mania. What info is know about this "future attraction"? How did you know what it was?

SPJammer
04-24-2007, 03:42 PM
More than 50 exceedingly realistic Audio-Animatronic figures bring it all to life, among them Gene Kelly, Julie Andrews, Dick Van ****, James Cagney, John Wayne.....


:lmao: Dickies last name name got censored. :rotfl:

記衷oe
04-24-2007, 04:32 PM
:lmao: Dickies last name name got censored. :rotfl:

Yeah I saw that:rolleyes: I didn't really know what to do (other than call him Bert)...:lmao:

記衷oe
04-24-2007, 04:38 PM
On the picture the building next door is labeled Toy Story Mania. What info is know about this "future attraction"? How did you know what it was?

cjunken - it's been in the company news for some time now... here is what Wikipedia says about it:

Toy Story Mania! is an interactive theme park attraction under construction at Disney's California Adventure in California and the Disney-MGM Studios in Florida. Designed by Walt Disney Imagineering and inspired by the Disney/Pixar films Toy Story and Toy Story 2, the attraction is scheduled to open at both parks in 2008.

It was announced during a press conference at Walt Disney World Resort on January 26, 2007.

Concept
Park guests will wear 3-D glasses aboard spinning vehicles that travel through virtual environments based on classic carnival midway games. Ride vehicles will seat up to eight and will record each guest's score as points are acquired with toy cannons firing at virtual targets. Similar technology has been used in Disneyland Park's Buzz Lightyear Astro Blasters and Tokyo Disneyland's Monsters, Inc.: Ride n' Go Seek interactive dark rides.

Toy Story characters including Woody, Hamm, Bo Peep, and Mr. Potato Head will appear during the attraction, according to Disney.

Locations
Disney's California Adventure: The space beneath the California Screamin' roller coaster in Paradise Pier.
Disney-MGM Studios: The former soundstages used for the park's Who Wants To Be A Millionaire - Play It! attraction on Mickey Avenue.

So yeah - it's going in where Who Wants to be a Millionaire: Play it - used to be and should be open sometime in 2008.

DISNEYFAMILYOFFOUR
04-25-2007, 06:27 AM
Again, another great picture with an interesting summary. Thank you for all of your work in putting this thread together.

MinnieTink
04-25-2007, 08:47 AM
:thumbsup2
Cool Thread! Can't wait to see the next picture!
:3dglasses :3dglasses :3dglasses :3dglasses :3dglasses

SelfEmployedDebtFree
04-25-2007, 12:14 PM
Concept
Park guests will wear 3-D glasses aboard spinning vehicles that travel through virtual environments based on classic carnival midway games. Ride vehicles will seat up to eight and will record each guest's score as points are acquired with toy cannons firing at virtual targets. Similar technology has been used in Disneyland Park's Buzz Lightyear Astro Blasters and Tokyo Disneyland's Monsters, Inc.: Ride n' Go Seek interactive dark rides.

Toy Story characters including Woody, Hamm, Bo Peep, and Mr. Potato Head will appear during the attraction, according to Disney.

Not to be a party pooper, but you'd think they could come up with something a little more new and exciting. Sounds like its just Buzz Lightyear Space Ranger Spin with different characters to me.

Ive seen better ideas here on the DIS forum.

Now before you flame me, consider the Nemo show. You (undoubtedly) left the Nemo show scratching your head and saying "WOW! How'd they DO THAT???" It just seems kinda lame using the exact same idea as another ride. I just think they could have came up with something different. With all Disney's resources and money, repetition from one ride to the next shouldn't happen.

Great thread! Keep em coming!:goodvibes :yay:

PinkDaisy8844
04-25-2007, 12:42 PM
:thumbsup2 I love this thread and am glad I found it! I'm amazed at how well they hide the buildings!

catherines_mama
04-25-2007, 12:46 PM
I'm amazed at how well they hide the buildings!

Me too, you'd never think there was that large of a backend to Haunted Mansion.

Makes me so excited to go again and VERY excited to schedule a KIDLESS trip and do the Keys to the Kingdom tour.

SelfEmployedDebtFree
04-25-2007, 01:26 PM
I'm amazed at how well they hide the buildings!
Very true. I did notice the building of the Great Movie Ride last time we were there. Theres a big billboard on the reverse side with a giant movie poster (POTC DMC) and we took our pictures in front of it. Its the only building Ive actually noticed other than the Muppet building. That in itself says they are doing their job quite well!

記衷oe
04-25-2007, 02:51 PM
Not to be a party pooper, but you'd think they could come up with something a little more new and exciting. Sounds like its just Buzz Lightyear Space Ranger Spin with different characters to me.

Ive seen better ideas here on the DIS forum.

Now before you flame me, consider the Nemo show. You (undoubtedly) left the Nemo show scratching your head and saying "WOW! How'd they DO THAT???" It just seems kinda lame using the exact same idea as another ride. I just think they could have came up with something different. With all Disney's resources and money, repetition from one ride to the next shouldn't happen.

Great thread! Keep em coming!:goodvibes :yay:

I agree with you that this new ride idea sounds a little less than exciting. But that's just my preference, I prefer the "classic" dark-rides (you know, like the Pooh, Pan, and Snow White type rides). Or give me a full blown AA attraction any day. But I'm just not up on the interactive game type rides.

But I'm going to have an optimistic outlook that at least maybe I'll be pleasantly suprised.

I disagree with you however on the idea. If you do some research (more than what I posted) and read about what the ride's all about, you'll find that it is actually a very unique ride concept. The ride was originally titled "Midway Mania" and is supposed to resemble traditional midway carnival type games, but in virtual reality, and somehow incorporated into a ride.

I guess I'm just not sold on the whole game idea. I can play video games at home.

My biggest gripe is that the Imagineers seem to be getting away from the traditional Audio-animatronic rides and seem to be designing rides with more digital or video effects, but that's a whole other argument.

記衷oe
04-26-2007, 09:32 AM
http://i23.photobucket.com/albums/b361/jpandbp/dino800.jpg

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DINOSAUR

Dinosaur is a rough thrill ride (dark-ride) at Disney's Animal Kingdom. Guests are taken through primeval scenes populated with audio-animatronic dinosaurs. The ride is loosely related to the Disney movie of the same name.

The ride's director is Jerry Rees, best known for his animated film The Brave Little Toaster. It was written by Steve Spiegel, with Reed Smoot as Director of Photography.

The Attraction
In Dinosaur, guests board "Time Rovers" at The Dino Institute, a once secret research facility staffed by students and scientists. The guests are taken into the Cretaceous period, just before the arrival of the meteor, which is believed to have caused the extinction of the dinosaurs. Their mission is to travel back 65 million years to capture a living Iguanodon (Aladar from the Dinosaur movie to be exact) and to return it to the present. The mission is complicated by encounters with various dangerous dinosaurs (including a Carnotaurus) and the arrival of the meteor.

Dinosaurs Encountered
-Styracosaurus
-Alioramus
-Parasaurolophus (mentioned as "Hadrosaur")
-Velociraptor
-Carnotaurus
-Cearadactylus (mentioned as "Pterodactyl")
-Saltasaurus (mentioned as "Sauropod")
-Iguanodon

Touring Tips
-This is a rough, turbulent ride! Dinosaur is mostly dark with lots of light flashes, loud noises and dinosaurs jumping out at you! It can be scary for youngsters (and perhaps some adults, no I’m not kidding).
-It is Standard Operating Procedure on Dinosaur to have the Cast Member do a seat belt check at a safety stop after the ride has left the boarding area but before it enters the main ride path.
-Dinosaur is virtually a walk on at park opening and closing.
-The Height Requirement is 40 inches.
-This is a FastPass attaction - a free service to all park guests.
-The ride is less than 3 minutes in duration.
-Child Swap - unlike the other Disney Attractions where you walk through the beginning to do your Child Swap, the Cast Members will send you to the exit of the Attraction here for the swap.

Dining
There are no places to eat in the immediate vicinity of Dinosaur. The place to consider in DinoLand U.S.A.is Restaurantosaurus home of Donald's Character Breakfast and McDonald's lunches!

Shopping
There is a photo op inside the attraction and you can purchase your photo upon exiting. If you are a resort guest inquire about sending your photo to your hotel room so you don't end up bending it during the day.

Interesting Facts
-Grand opening: April 22, 1998 (Opened with Disney's Animal Kingdom as Countdown to Extinction).
-The name of the Countdown to Extinction attraction was changed just weeks before the movie "Dinosaur" was released. You can still see the letters CTX (Countdown to eXtinction) on the ride vehicles.
-Ride vehicle capacity: 12
-The queue area contains exhibits and displays and a voice over introduction by Bill Nye the Science Guy.
-In the queue, a live video conference is in progress hosted by Dr. Helen Marsh, who introduces you to the Time Rover - your transportation vehicle to the past. Phylicia Rashad plays Dr. Marsh (yes that’s Clair Hanks Huxtable from The Cosby Show).
-This attraction interacts with Pal Mickey.
-The ride system, which is a computerized ride vehicle synced to show scenes, uses the same technology and shares a similar track layout as Disneyland's Indiana Jones Adventure: Temple of the Forbidden Eye.
-These were the largest audio-animatronic figures created prior to the addition of the Yeti on the popular new E-ticket attraction: Expedition: Everest. In fact, in order to support the incredibly large and sophisticated dinosaur Audio-Animatronics, their dino-size bases were built clear through the structure down to their own large foundations in the ground.
-Take a look at the pipes over your head as you approach the Time Rover vehicles in Dinosaur! The Red pipe has the chemical name and formula for Ketchup (lycopersicon lycopericum is also known as the tomato) and the Yellow pipe has the chemical name and formula for Mustard. The White pipe is, of course, the chemical forulas for Mayonnaise!
-Look for this Hidden Mickey: Just inside the building entrance to DINOSAUR, on the right side of the queue, look at the tree at the far left of the painting. There's a classic Mickey on the tree trunk, across from a lower right branch.

jiminyC_fan
04-26-2007, 09:55 AM
Yippee.....another one.

Blondie
04-26-2007, 10:36 AM
Great thread! Thanks!

Iluvpluto2
04-26-2007, 10:53 AM
My absolute favorite at AK even though it scares the pooh out of me every time I ride it. Thanks for the info, especially about the dinos. I never would have guessed that they had their own foundations. And I never realized how close the building actually was to the main entrance. Looks like a shortcut!! ;)

BaBeeCee14
04-26-2007, 11:16 AM
I love this thread!!! Please keep them coming!!:thumbsup2

jjk
04-26-2007, 03:20 PM
This thread is wonderful cant wait for the next instalment:goodvibes

Disneygirl3919
04-26-2007, 03:53 PM
This thread is incredible! I am continuously blown away by how much bigger the "show" buildings are compared to the parts we see in the parks on the outside! Great work, Joe! Thank you!

Shell0616
04-26-2007, 04:07 PM
This is a fantastic idea! Thank you for taking the time to do this. :thumbsup2 :goodvibes

Cory's Gal
04-26-2007, 06:14 PM
Awesome pics again!!! I still can't get over how huge the show buildings are, they do such a great job "hiding" these!!!! I love this thread!!

DISNEYFAMILYOFFOUR
04-27-2007, 07:29 AM
Hey.....do you take requests?

記衷oe
04-27-2007, 09:03 AM
Hey.....do you take requests?

What do you have in mind?

tinkerbell87512
04-27-2007, 09:16 AM
Joe these are fantastic!!! Thank you so much for taking the time to post these!

fitzkerry
04-27-2007, 10:48 AM
Thanks again, I really look forward to these!:goodvibes

記衷oe
04-27-2007, 11:26 AM
http://i23.photobucket.com/albums/b361/jpandbp/Pan8001.jpg

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Peter Pan’s Flight

Peter Pan's Flight is a dark ride at the Magic Kingdom.

You can fly, You can fly, You can fly! Revisit Disney's animated classic Peter Pan in this brief journey to Never Land! Peter Pan's Flight is located in Fantasyland, across the way from It's a Small World.

The Attraction
As you wind your way through the exterior (but covered) queue, you will watch folks loading onto their pirate galleon, suspended from the ceiling. Once aboard, Tinker Bell will sprinkle pixie dust your way and you swoop high above London in the moonlight -- right into the animated movie Peter Pan! You'll glide through the skies in the dark, cleverly illuminated by the Disney Imagineers with black lights and fiber optics.

You'll revisit scenes like Old London Town, Big Ben, Never Land, Mermaid Lagoon, and Skull Rock. As you listen to music from the movie, you'll watch the story unfold below. Of course, Captain Hook and Mr. Smee are around... as well as the ever-present ticking Crocodile, still hungry for another taste of the pirate captain!

History (Disneyland & Walt Disney World Versions)
The original intent of the attraction was for the guests to fly through the ride as if they were Peter Pan. Audiences did not quite grasp this concept and were left wondering, "Why wasn't Peter Pan in the Peter Pan ride?" In 1983, during Fantasyland’s remodeling, an Audio-Animatronic Peter Pan was added to his namesake ride.

The original ride featured the ride vehicles flying through the nursery, out over London, onward to Never Land, and finally through Skull Rock, where riders saw Captain Hook, Mr. Smee, Princess Tiger Lily and the Crocodile before unloading. The exterior had a medieval design with the queue being outside.

The Florida version of the ride, which opened in 1971, expanded on the original Disneyland attraction. While the overall theme and format of the ride was consistent with the original in California, the Florida ride, as with the other dark rides, would feature its characters in Audio-Animatronic style. The load/unload area featured Omnimover-style moving ramps (like the Haunted Mansion) to better allow for smooth traffic flow. The scenes in the ride were done on a larger scale. The Lost Boys camp and Mermaid Lagoon were added to the Never Land scene. Also, Hook's 48-foot pirate ship, complete with deck, masts, sails and rigging was included. Guests saw Hook and Peter engaged in hand-to-hand combat on the mainsail, while the boys were lashed to the mast and Wendy was about to walk from a plank. Guests would then see Peter and the Darlings posed victoriously on the ship, poised to sail into the sky, back to London.

In 1982, Disneyland's Fantasyland was in a phase of drastic overhaul. Some of its rides were being relocated to make room for expanded versions of the dark rides (as well a brand-new one). The posh redo of Fantasyland now resembled a rustic European village in the Alps, rather than a medieval faire. Mr. Toad and Snow White's dark rides moved their respective loading areas (and partial murals) indoors, but the Peter Pan ride still featured a colorful mural, depicting the characters from the film.

Departing from the station, but before entering the actual ride building, guests would fly over the rooftops of London. The new version of the ride included Audio-Animatronic versions of the characters, just like in Florida. As part of the new remodel, scenes from the Florida ride were added to Disneyland, including the pirate ship deck (unlike in Florida, Peter and Hook do not duel on the mainsail in California; but on the very bow of the ship). Few scenes are identical between the two versions, but they are amazingly similar. The new Disneyland ride opened as part of the rest of the New Fantasyland on May 25, 1983.

Touring Tips
-Peter Pan is one of the most popular attractions at the Magic Kingdom. The line moves slowly, and forms quickly early in the day. Use FASTPASS if you can, so you don't have to wait too long! Otherwise try to visit this attraction first thing in the morning or during parade times when the lines may be shorter.
-Peter Pan's Flight is also open early during the Magic Kingdom's Extra Magic Hour days. This early time for resort guests, before the park opens to the general public, is a good time to ride.
-Though not threatening or scary, the ride is in the dark.
-Peter Pan's Flight is wheelchair/ECV accessible, however you will have to transfer from the wheelchair to the ride vehicle.

Dining
The closest spot to grab a bite is either the Columbia Harbor House (walk toward Liberty Square) or the Pinocchio Village House (walk toward Cinderella Carrousel).

Shopping
There are not any shops specifically associated with Peter Pan's Flight, however you will be able to find Peter Pan and Tinker Bell merchandise in Tinker Bell's Treasures, located behind the Castle.

Interesting Facts
-Vehicle capacity: 3 (2 adults and 1 child)
-Ride duration: 2:45 minutes
-Loading Platform: Omni-Mover
-A common misconception is that Peter Pan’s Flight opened with the Magic Kingdom on October 1st, 1971. This is incorrect, as the attraction actually opened two days after the Magic Kingdom, on October 3rd, 1971.
-Both Tokyo Disneyland (1983) and Disneyland Paris (1992) also have Peter Pan's Flight.
-Disney Characters are typically not found in the vicinity of Peter Pan. If you'd like to catch Mr. Smee and Captain Hook, you can usually find them in Adventureland. If you're looking for Peter Pan, you'll spy him in the daily "Share a Dream Come True" parade.
-Something to look for: As your ship enters the nursery you might notice the building blocks stacked on the floor (a group is by Wendy's bed, another by the window as you exit). If you look closely, you'll see that these blocks spell "P Pan" and "DISNEY."
-Look for this “Hidden Mickey”: Close to the entrance turnstile, a group of trees faces the loading area. The fourth tree from the far end has a dark classic Mickey in the bark about halfway up the trunk.

dvcfamily41801
04-27-2007, 01:01 PM
LOVE LOVE LOVE Peter Pan's Flight! My favorite ride in the MK!!!

luvgoing2disney
04-27-2007, 01:17 PM
We love this ride and I love this thread!

ChrisAlli
04-27-2007, 01:51 PM
Great thread.

When are these pictures taken? There aren't many people around

記衷oe
04-27-2007, 01:59 PM
Great thread.

When are these pictures taken? There aren't many people around

Your guess is as good as mine... I don't belive there's any way to tell.

lajones81
04-27-2007, 02:18 PM
AWESOME pictures!! I can't wait to see more!! :) :) :)

blujaymama
04-27-2007, 02:46 PM
Peter Pan is one of my favorite rides! I just wish it lasted longer! I love this thread!!:love:

OKW Lover
04-27-2007, 05:49 PM
I'm wondering what is in the building just to the right of the Peter Pan show building. It looks a bit large to be just the Columbia Harbor House, but maybe It's just me.

bevemjake
04-27-2007, 06:08 PM
Thanks for sharing. Such great pictures and info.:)

ktturner
04-27-2007, 07:26 PM
So far everything has seemed so huge, but peter pan actually seems smaller. That was a surprise! I'm also interested in the space next to peter pan, what is it?

Sue (mom of 3 boys!)
04-27-2007, 07:58 PM
-This would make an AWESOME coffee table book!!
Thanks for taking the time to do this. It's just fantastic to see the eagle's perspective. It's amazing how the show buildings are so plain, but you would never know it from inside WDW! Just part of the magic once inside I guess.

wasabi girl
04-27-2007, 08:58 PM
I've got to join in the praise...this is the coolest thread ever!!! Thanks so much for taking the time to do this!

Dan Murphy
04-27-2007, 09:03 PM
I'm wondering what is in the building just to the right of the Peter Pan show building. It looks a bit large to be just the Columbia Harbor House, but maybe It's just me.

So far everything has seemed so huge, but peter pan actually seems smaller. That was a surprise! I'm also interested in the space next to peter pan, what is it?I would say it is all of CHH. That restaurant is BIG, especially upstairs.

ransom
04-27-2007, 09:19 PM
It's just fantastic to see the eagle's perspective. It's amazing how the show buildings are so plain, but you would never know it from inside WDW! Just part of the magic once inside I guess.

Yup! And, although I was a big fan of the one at Disneyland, the unmagical view from above is a good reason not to ever bring back the skyway.

Imagine if they had to theme the view from above! I wonder what that'd do to ticket prices. :scared1:

IHeartTink04
04-29-2007, 12:41 AM
sub

DISNEYFAMILYOFFOUR
04-29-2007, 06:43 PM
What do you have in mind?

How about Kali River Rapids? That is one of our childrens' favorites.

RevBob
05-01-2007, 07:33 AM
Hoping that we will see some more of the really cool images and descriptions. Thanks. :cool1:

aprince&princess
05-01-2007, 11:32 AM
Thank you Joe, these are great.

OK, I am all caught up and waiting for the next installment! I can't wait to see what's next. popcorn::

PinkDaisy8844
05-01-2007, 11:45 AM
Thank you Joe, these are great.

OK, I am all caught up and waiting for the next installment! I can't wait to see what's next. popcorn::

I agree...I love reading all about the different rides, it gets me even more excited about my upcoming trip! :woohoo:

vickalamode
05-01-2007, 03:34 PM
How about Kali River Rapids? That is one of our childrens' favorites.


That would be such a cool one to see from above!

記衷oe
05-02-2007, 10:01 AM
So far everything has seemed so huge, but peter pan actually seems smaller. That was a surprise! I'm also interested in the space next to peter pan, what is it?

To the best of my knowledge, the only thing publicly accessible in that building is indeed the Columbia Harbor House…

記衷oe
05-02-2007, 10:06 AM
How about Kali River Rapids? That is one of our childrens' favorites.

I'll give that one a try... It's kind of tough, as is practically all of Animal Kingdom, to get good aerial photos of that ride. But I'll give it a shot...

Sorry everyone to leave you hanging, but I just got back from a four day Disney World trip, that's why I haven't posted anything new...

YEKCIM
05-02-2007, 10:27 AM
...I just got back from a four day Disney World trip, that's why I haven't posted anything new...

So, we can expect a flood of great new pix on the potd thread, RIGHT??

~YEKCIM

記衷oe
05-02-2007, 12:18 PM
So, we can expect a flood of great new pix on the potd thread, RIGHT??

~YEKCIM

Well, I dunno. I'm not all that happy with the 500 or so pics I took. There's a few good ones in there but not a lot really. I don't know what I did wrong, but a lot of the pictures I took are really under exposed. I'm still learning the camera. Trying to take most of my shots in manual mode making the adjustments myself, but they seem to turn out better most the time in automatic mode. :laughing: It didn't help much that most of the time I had a three year old on my shoulders...

Don't get me wrong, there are a few good ones I'll surely post.

YEKCIM
05-02-2007, 01:13 PM
Well, I dunno. I'm not all that happy with the 500 or so pics I took. There's a few good ones in there but not a lot really. I don't know what I did wrong, but a lot of the pictures I took are really under exposed. I'm still learning the camera. Trying to take most of my shots in manual mode making the adjustments myself, but they seem to turn out better most the time in automatic mode. :laughing: It didn't help much that most of the time I had a three year old on my shoulders...

Don't get me wrong, there are a few good ones I'll surely post.

Joe,

I started off with a match needle film SLR way back when. A couple years later, I got my first auto exposure SLR, and have not looked back since. The metering on cameras these days is *so* good that I find that I can rarely out-guess the camera's electronics. I mostly shoot Aperture preferred auto and sometimes Program; rarely full "P&S Auto", and exposure-wise, for the most part, I'm pretty pleased, although I like about a 1/3 stop underexposure, across the board with my new D50's. Also, fwiw, if I had to choose one extreme over the other, I'd take underexposure to overexposure, on the assumption that I could (and do...) lighten a shot up a bit if necessary, but a shots with blown highlights cannot be "fixed". Need to learn how to use that histogram, I guess. Here is an article I ran across the other day that explains histograms: http://www.luminous-landscape.com/tutorials/understanding-series/understanding-histograms.shtml I think it may have been someone on the dis photo board that first posted this link.

Anyway, looking forward to seeing what you snagged down there anyway.

~Ed

dvcfamily41801
05-02-2007, 02:08 PM
Sorry everyone to leave you hanging, but I just got back from a four day Disney World trip, that's why I haven't posted anything new...

Hope you had a great time! Look forward to any trip details!!

YEKCIM
05-02-2007, 02:29 PM
...a lot of the pictures I took are really under exposed.

Joe, check your PM's.

~Ed

DISNEYFAMILYOFFOUR
05-02-2007, 04:49 PM
I'll give that one a try... It's kind of tough, as is practically all of Animal Kingdom, to get good aerial photos of that ride. But I'll give it a shot...

Sorry everyone to leave you hanging, but I just got back from a four day Disney World trip, that's why I haven't posted anything new...

Thanks. I hope you enjoyed your trip. I, along with everyone else, really missed your posts. Looking forward to your next one.

DISNEYFAMILYOFFOUR
05-04-2007, 03:57 PM
Bump--my favorite thread was on Page 12!!!

TexDisneyMom
05-04-2007, 08:19 PM
Awesome! Thanks for all your work putting this together. :cool1:

PinkDaisy8844
05-05-2007, 07:02 AM
I can't wait to see more pics! I love this thread, thanks for doing this Joe! :goodvibes

tinkerbell87512
05-05-2007, 07:25 AM
I hope you had a wonderful trip Joe!! :goodvibes

WDWHeather
05-05-2007, 01:22 PM
Thank you so much for posting these! I seriously get so turned around looking at them! I thought I knew the lay of the land so well, but looking at the Dinosaur one seriously rocked my world. I can't believe that the entrance is on that side of it! I'm just shocked!
Thanks again!

Disneygirl3919
05-05-2007, 01:34 PM
I was really surprised with the Dinosaur one too! I had no clue the entrance was there! It made the entrance seem so small, too...it always seems bigger in person!

I'mNoPrince
05-05-2007, 01:47 PM
Joe thses are great with the stories behind them as well.

HM tidbit there is a Hidden Donald in some of the Chairs with the floating candlesticks.


For the rest I have put together through Live Local of the WDW area.If you want to play around on your own.

http://local.live.com/?v=2&cid=E6DA9B8300A2A3F7!127&encType=1

kparc
05-05-2007, 02:56 PM
Thanks for doing this! A very interesting thread. I never thought about how large these buildings really are before but they are huge when you see the ariel photos.popcorn::

記衷oe
05-05-2007, 05:33 PM
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Kali River Rapids

Kali River Rapids is an attraction located in the “Asia” section at the Disney's Animal Kingdom theme park.

At Kali River Rapids, you and 11 others, are launched on rafts into the turbulent Chakranadi River of India. The journey takes a frightening turn when passengers encounter illegal loggers who have destroyed the landscape and filled the river with debris.

The Attraction
As you wind your way through a very long outdoor queue area, you can enjoy birds and artifacts brought to Animal Kingdom from Asia. The queue area is incredibly themed so pay close attention as you make your way to the rafts.

Once through the turnstiles, you are on a very large rotating disc that moves at the same speed as the rafts. You will get right into a raft, seatbelt yourself in and off you go!

Mist and scents of jasmine greet you at the start of the ride. The raft heads upwards and then down a water fall. The raft sloshes back and forth through a rainforest and temple ruins, but then you smell smoke! The illegal loggers are burning the forest!

Your raft twists and turns through the rapids until you finally are returned to safety.

Touring Tips
-YOU WILL GET WET!!!!!!!!
-Kali River Rapids is a FastPass attraction. Get your FastPass, then take a walk through the nearby Maharajah Jungle Trek while waiting for your FastPass window to open.
-There is a plastic-enclosed, zippered protective area in which you can place your belongings, however this is not really very protective. As the day goes on, this area gets wetter and wetter. It is advised to bring a small garbage bag or 2 gallon Ziploc bag with you so your items can be placed in there and then put into the protective area in the raft. There is not a lot of time once you enter the raft to store your items, so be prepared!
-Don't miss the queue area, it is full of unique designs and artifacts from Asia.
-The drop is not very steep and is approximately 30 feet; while it is a longer drop, the thrill factor of the drop is similar if not a touch higher than the Pirates of the Caribbean boat ride in the Magic Kingdom.
-Wearing a poncho will help, but your feet will still be exposed!
-This is a GREAT way to cool off in the hotter months!
-You must be 38 inches tall to ride the rapids.
-Unless your child is frightened by fire, the ride is not considered scary.

Dining
Currently, your dining choices in Asia are limited to the Anandapur Ice Cream Truck. However, the Yak and Yeti, a new table service restaurant, is slated to open late this summer (2007).

Shopping
Mandala Gifts - Asian themed souvenirs, tiger apparel.

Interesting Facts
-Opening date: March 18, 1999
-Vehicle type: 12 person rafts
-Ride duration: 4:30 minutes
-Before the ride opened in 1999, the ride was originally going to be named Tiger Rapids Run, but was changed to Kali River Rapids because there were no Tigers to be seen.
-Guests standing on the bridge as you approach the disembarking station can and will shoot water at you through the elephants.
-Look for this “Hidden Mickey”: Along the entrance queue, keep your eyes peeled for stone statues in the grass. As you enter the next room, look at the lower left corner of the wall. Three of the plates on the wall above the bicycle form a classic Mickey, tilted down to the right. Although the ears and head aren't touching, the proportions are right.

記衷oe
05-05-2007, 05:36 PM
Sorry guys for keeping you waiting for so long... with going to Disney World and work being real busy, I haven't had a whole lot of free time...

Disneygirl3919
05-05-2007, 05:54 PM
Thanks, Joe! This is awesome!

PinkDaisy8844
05-05-2007, 07:19 PM
Thanks Joe for posting...I love reading this thread because it has such interesting facts and the pictures are really neat to look at! I can't wait to go in December!!! :banana:

marciemi
05-05-2007, 09:20 PM
Just adding in my praise as well! Joe, I've enjoyed your pictures on the POTD thread and love this idea as well! Thanks so much!

missouridisneyfans
05-05-2007, 10:03 PM
Thanks for posting these images. We are enjoying them a lot.:thanks:

DIS4ME383
05-06-2007, 10:33 AM
Thanks for posting these. They are neat to look at with our kids. It is amazing how well some of the attractions are concelled.

記衷oe
05-06-2007, 02:28 PM
Thanks, I'm glad you're all enjoying them!

Funniebunny
05-06-2007, 03:12 PM
Joe, you never cease to amaze me. You pictures are great and this thread is fantastic. Big thumbs up :thumbsup2

What about It's A Small World? Sorry if you are now singing the tune :rolleyes1

And we can't forget about UK in Epcot

blujaymama
05-07-2007, 03:57 PM
Great work, as always, Joe! thanks for all the hard work!

IHeartTink04
05-08-2007, 02:42 PM
I can't stay away from this page!:goodvibes I keep looking about every hour to see if there is any new pictures! Keep em up! I love them!:thumbsup2

PinkDaisy8844
05-08-2007, 02:44 PM
I can't stay away from this page!:goodvibes I keep looking about every hour to see if there is any new pictures! Keep em up! I love them!:thumbsup2

I agree! I can't wait to see new pictures either...they are great! :cheer2:

ncseric
05-08-2007, 03:34 PM
I don't know if disneypix is your site or not, but I saw this picture out there:

http://www.disneypix.com/Transportation/Monorail/2005a/TRMo0505-45.jpg

I was curious where this was taken. If this wasn't your site or photo, never mind. :)

dislovr
05-08-2007, 04:51 PM
I am pretty sure that that is the service station that you can see if you walk from the MK to Contempory. Im not exactly what it is there to service I would guess back entrance into the MK but like I said im not sure. Someone correct me if I am wrong.

cranbiz
05-08-2007, 07:31 PM
I don't know if disneypix is your site or not, but I saw this picture out there:

http://www.disneypix.com/Transportation/Monorail/2005a/TRMo0505-45.jpg

I was curious where this was taken. If this wasn't your site or photo, never mind. :)

That is the entrance called Park 1. It leads backstage to behind Main St / Tomorrowland.

metsfan11
05-08-2007, 09:00 PM
That is the entrance called Park 1. It leads backstage to behind Main St / Tomorrowland.

I'm looking at this from maps.live.com, and its cool to see that that path (leading towards the main entrance of MK), goes right into a parking lot behind Tommorowland. The best thing is, this road passes RIGHT next to the resort monorail. Next time I'm riding, I'll make sure to look for this parking lot, although it is heavily covered by trees. :)

PrincessNED
05-12-2007, 09:56 AM
More Joe More!!!:thumbsup2

記衷oe
05-15-2007, 06:27 AM
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United Kingdom

Enjoy a tankard of ale in an authentic looking English pub and stroll the streets of the United Kingdom. Fish & Chips anyone? The shops and restaurants here convey a whimsical feel of the UK. While wandering by in the afternoon, you may hear the sounds of the... could it be... FAB FOUR?

The Rose and Crown pub features authentic English fare and one of the prettiest views of the World Showcase lagoon. This spot is touted by Epcot regulars as one of the best to watch Illuminations!

This is the United Kingdom Pavilion, part of the World Showcase within the Epcot theme park.

Introduction
The history of the United Kingdom is depicted through the architectural styles ranging from 1500 to 1800. The buildings represented are Victorian, London, Yorkshire Manor, Tudor, Georgian, Hyde Park, Regency and even a Shakespearean cottage design. It has British gardens (including a hedge maze). The shops sell British items, such as tea, toys, clothing and Beatles merchandise . There is also a Beatles tribute band called "The British Invasion" that performs regularly in the Pavilion. The Rose & Crown Pub and Dining Room serves traditional British food, as well as beer and ale. There is also a restaurant serving Fish and Chips. There is a sport shop selling British sport equipment, including Newcastle United shirts.

Entertainment
-The British Invasion - Beatle imitators
-World Showcase Players - Improv troupe
-Pam Brody

Touring Tips
-Be sure to take some time and walk through the beautiful Butterfly and Knot Herb garden located in the spectacular United Kingdom pavilion behind the Tea Caddy shop. The plants located in the garden were specifically chosen as they attract butterflies. It also contains a chrysalis box, where butterfly cocoons are sheltered until they are ready to take flight. Also be sure to check out the hedge maze located nearby!
-The United Kingdom 's Rose and Crown Pub & Dining Room is located on the lagoon side of the World Showcase promenade, across from the Toy Soldier and The Tea Caddy shops.
-The traditional hedge maze is fun to walk through.
-Check out the hand-painted smoke stains on the chimneys.
-Chat with the Cast Members in the shops, they are among the friendliest in World Showcase.
-Try the Milky Bar (white chocolate), at the Tea Caddy, or the chocolate assortment box called Quality Street for a taste of genuine English sweets.
-The United Kingdom is a great place to meet characters. You can sometimes find Pooh, Tigger, Piglet and Eeyore as well as Peter Pan, Mary Poppins, and Alice in Wonderland.

Dining
-Rose and Crown Pub and Dining Room - Fish and chips, bangers and Mash, Prime Rib and Sherry Trifle are among the regular items at Rose and Crown. The Rose and Crown is open for lunch and dinner, inside or outside.

Thirsty?? Sit at the pub and enjoy yards of Bass Ale, Guinness Stout, Harp Lager or Caffrey's Irish Ale.

The Rose and Crown contains a varied history of pub styles, combining elements from three basic pub designs: the street pub, the waterfront pub, and the country pub. The exterior design was modeled after the Elizabethan period of the late 16th century. The interior decor was pattered after Victorian architectural forms of the 1890s.

-Yorkshire County Fish and Chips - counter service

Shopping
-Crown & Crest - Perfumes and potpourri.
-Magic Of Wales - Pottery, candy, records, tapes, earrings, jewelry.
-Sportsman Shoppe - Sweaters, knitwear, kilts, tartan fabrics.
-Queen's Table - Fine china, florals, figurines.
-The Tea Caddy - Specialty tea items, and you will find candies & chocolates usually only available in the UK
-The Toy Soldier - British toys, games.

Interesting Facts
-Opening date: October 1, 1982 (with EPCOT on opening day)
-Pringle of Scotland, which at one time was the name of a store in the United Kingdom pavilion, is now known as the Sportsman Shoppe. The original store sold merchandise created by some of Scotland 's most famous designers. Since becoming the Sportsmen's Shoppe, it now focuses more on sporting goods from England 's most famous events, such as Wimbledon tennis gear, golf clothing and equipment, as well as rugby and football shirts.
-The Rose and Crown bears the Latin motto 'Otium Cum Dignitate' ('Leisure with dignity')
-The thatched roofs in the United Kingdom pavilion are actually made out of plastic broom bristles because real thatch would be a fire hazard.
-"The Rose and Crown Dining Room and Pub" in the United kingdom pavilion in World Showcase has a specially designed ale warmer that can heat your Guinness to 13蚓 (55蚌), the temperature favored by many fans of the dark ale.
-The crests of the United Kingdom's four major schools (Oxford, Cambridge, Eton, and Edinburgh) can be seen in the upstairs window of The Queen's Table.
-Changes in garden style enhance the changes in architecture throughout the United Kingdom. Landscaping styles include rural England, an open square park reminiscent of Hyde Park, and a maze fashioned after the Somerleyton Hall Maze built in 1846 in England.
-If you look up in some of the shops you'll get an extra treat. In the Crown & Crest shop, for instance, you'll note several suits of armor, as well as shields, swords and a huge wrought-iron chandelier. Some of the other shops have an upstairs with little historical vignettes set up that you can visit -- Just look for the staircase or ask a Cast Member!
-The Tea Caddy structure is representative of the 1500's architecture style - Anne Hathaway cottage near the perennial and herb garden.
-The Cantalier Buildings, next to the Toy Soldier, represent the 1600s. If you look at the second story of the building, you will see how it comes out over the street level. In the 1600s, taxes were based on ground floor space. Creative folks built structures with larger second floors that would not be taxed.
-Mini Hyde Park - the 1700s buildings were more plaster and wood. In the 1800s the buildings became stone in the Georgian Style.
-There are 2 replicas of Castles: King Henry's Court and Sir Walter Scott.
-The bright red phone booths are identical to those found in the United Kingdom.
-Look for this “Hidden Mickey”: Outside the Sportsman's Shoppe, a sign has a classic Mickey with a tennis racket head, a soccer ball for one ear and a rugby ball for the other (and a tennis ball for his nose?).

PinkDaisy8844
05-15-2007, 07:40 AM
:woohoo: Yay!!! Another picture, I just love reading these! Thanks Joe! :goodvibes

erikthewise
05-15-2007, 08:07 AM
Best thread ever! I just "rediscovered" it after neglecting to subscribe the first time.

If I can comment about the very first one (Haunted Mansion), one of my favorite facts concerns the "stretching room". At WDW, the ceiling rises, but at Disneyland, the floor actually descends! Because of DL space considerations, most of the attraction is underground and actually goes outside the DL boundary. I don't know about the Tokyo and Paris versions but suspect they are like the WDW version.

blujaymama
05-15-2007, 08:55 AM
I love it , love it, love it!

PoppyAnna
05-15-2007, 09:02 AM
More, more!!
I just got back after two weeks there, and it's even more facinating now!
:thumbsup2

TChris
05-15-2007, 02:05 PM
Joe, the information that you are providing is awsome. I look foreward to your posts. Thank You very much for all of the pictures and details. TChris

SunKat
05-15-2007, 10:08 PM
Thanks for more amazing photo's and facts!! I love the UK photo's, it's my favorite spot in World Showcase. Can't wait to see what you post next!:)

disneyfanatic77
05-15-2007, 10:23 PM
is there anyway to see the utilidors in the MK. I have always wanted to see that underground system. i heard they have their own fire station, police station, and hopsital down there. Thanks

記衷oe
05-16-2007, 07:42 AM
is there anyway to see the utilidors in the MK. I have always wanted to see that underground system. i heard they have their own fire station, police station, and hopsital down there. Thanks

No not really. The best way, if you're over 16 years old, is to take the Keys to the Kingdom tour. I believe that tour goes down in the Utilidors (someone please correct me if I have the wrong tour). But, I've heard they are fairly strict about not taking pictures down there. I've never been down there myself, but I'd love to see it someday.

Bev J
05-16-2007, 07:51 AM
Joe is right, take the Keys tour and you will visit the Utilidoors. But no pictures can be taken there, you can't even have your cell phone on! But it is worth the price of the tour to see behind the scenes of the Magic Kingdom.

Thanks Joe for all the great shots, Keep them comming!

Bev

MudEJeep
05-16-2007, 09:10 AM
Interesting thread! I've had fun showing the girls where we will be in a few weeks. Thanks :thumbsup2

記衷oe
05-16-2007, 09:44 AM
Here's some more information about the Utilidors (be sure to check out the videos):

Hidden Places: Beneath Walt Disney World (http://www.firstcoastnews.com/news/florida/news-article.aspx?ref=rss&storyid=81978)

DiRTyBuNNy
05-16-2007, 10:30 AM
subscribing.

--Mr. DB

catherines_mama
05-16-2007, 10:55 AM
Here's some more information about the Utilidors (be sure to check out the videos):

Hidden Places: Beneath Walt Disney World (http://www.firstcoastnews.com/news/florida/news-article.aspx?ref=rss&storyid=81978)

Oh that was fun to read & watch! Thank you JOE! I cannot wait til DD is old enough for that tour. Just 10 more years ;)

A,M&Asmom
05-16-2007, 11:36 AM
Just subscribing

cranbiz
05-16-2007, 07:45 PM
I'm looking at this from maps.live.com, and its cool to see that that path (leading towards the main entrance of MK), goes right into a parking lot behind Tommorowland. The best thing is, this road passes RIGHT next to the resort monorail. Next time I'm riding, I'll make sure to look for this parking lot, although it is heavily covered by trees. :)

Actually, it's the express monorail beam.

From the monorail, all that you will be able to see is the underpass where the train goes over the road. Everything else is very well hidden.

If you go to MK during a peak period, there is a good chance that you will exit thru this area during a parade if you were to leave or wish to cross the street. Backstage here is an alternate exit when you just can't move on Main St.

solferino
05-16-2007, 08:02 PM
Actually, it's the express monorail beam.

From the monorail, all that you will be able to see is the underpass where the train goes over the road. Everything else is very well hidden.

If you go to MK during a peak period, there is a good chance that you will exit thru this area during a parade if you were to leave or wish to cross the street. Backstage here is an alternate exit when you just can't move on Main St.

THANK YOU! You've confirmed (in my mind) that I'm not cracking up. I exited here on an early trip and on the more recent trips it never made sense to me. Now I get it.

Funniebunny
05-17-2007, 02:46 PM
Thanks for posting about the UK Pavillion Joe :thumbsup2

vickalamode
05-22-2007, 07:09 AM
Can't wait to see what you post next :)

familyS
05-23-2007, 06:52 AM
This thread is great! Thanks your time and effort, it is appreciated :)

metsfan11
05-23-2007, 12:42 PM
Actually, it's the express monorail beam.

From the monorail, all that you will be able to see is the underpass where the train goes over the road. Everything else is very well hidden.

If you go to MK during a peak period, there is a good chance that you will exit thru this area during a parade if you were to leave or wish to cross the street. Backstage here is an alternate exit when you just can't move on Main St.

Thanks for clearing this up. It would be cool to exit from there.

ktturner
06-01-2007, 10:31 AM
Bumping, hoping for more. . . .

PinkDaisy8844
06-01-2007, 10:33 AM
Bumping, hoping for more. . . .

Me too!!! I just love this thread! :goodvibes

記衷oe
06-01-2007, 11:30 AM
sorry guys, I know it's been awhile. I'll try to get one out this weekend...

tinkerbell87512
06-10-2007, 05:52 PM
Can't wait to see the next one! Hope your having a wonderful time in Disneyland!

MickeyRN
06-10-2007, 06:36 PM
Fabulous!!!!!:goodvibes

Jaelynnandmom
06-10-2007, 08:17 PM
Thank you, this is a great thread... I can not wait to see more!

naynay80
06-18-2007, 10:32 AM
just waiting to see your next view - I love these. Thanks so much for doing this.
:surfweb: :surfweb: :surfweb: :surfweb: :surfweb: :surfweb:

記衷oe
07-03-2007, 12:58 PM
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Universe of Energy Pavilion
The Universe of Energy is a pavilion located in the eastern half of "Future World". The pavilion contains one attraction, its second since its 1982 opening, entitled "Ellen's Energy Adventure." Universe of Energy was sponsored by ExxonMobil (formerly Exxon) from October 1, 1982 through 2004. There is currently no sponsor.

The Attraction – Ellen’s Energy Adventure
Ellen dreams she is on Jeopardy, only to discover that all the categories deal with one thing she knows nothing about... Energy! Computer-generated imagery and Audio-Animatronic dinosaurs combine to make this an entertaining, yet educational look at Energy!

The show stars Ellen DeGeneres, Bill Nye 'The Science Guy,' Alex Trebek, and Jamie Lee Curtis. It deals with energy, how energy is produced, the history of energy sources, and the search for new resources. In particular it focuses on the origins of fossil fuels such as petroleum and coal. The entire pavilion building itself is an innovation in energy use, as nearly half the roof is covered in solar panels that partially power the ride system.

Preshow Movie (waiting area)/Theater #1: Audience standing - Ellen DeGeneres falls asleep, and finds herself in an energy-themed version of Jeopardy!, playing against an old rival (portrayed by Jamie Lee Curtis) and Albert Einstein (played by Benny Wasserman).
Movie/Theater #2: Audience seated - Ellen DeGeneres hosts an educational look at energy - co-hosted with Bill Nye (the science guy). Actor Michael Richards also makes a brief cameo as a caveman.
The ride: After the movie the theater seating breaks up into six multi-passenger vehicles. The vehicles travel through primeval dioramas, populated with audio-animatronic dinosaurs and an audio-animatronic Ellen.
Movie/Theater #3: Audience seated - The lengthiest portion of the show, an in-depth look at various current and future sources of energy.
Conclusion/Theater #2: Audience seated - The ride vehicles return to theater #2 where guests see the conclusion of Ellen's Jeopardy! dream.

History
The Universe of Energy pavilion opened on October 1, 1982 with Epcot Center. The original show in the Universe of Energy pavilion was known simply as "The Universe of Energy". On September 15, 1996, the revised show, known as "Ellen's Energy Crisis" opened. The name was quickly changed to "Ellen's Energy Adventure," while the pavilion's name remains, "The Universe of Energy."

The original Universe of Energy attraction used the same theater system that is used by Ellen's Energy Adventure. The preshow, introductory movie, and final movie presented similar information but presented in a more serious fashion. The main attraction used essentially the same scenes and audio-animatronic dinosaurs as Ellen's Energy Adventure, though the latter attraction added a few figures to tie it to the movies.

The attraction's original song, "Energy (You Make the World Go Round)" was written by Robert Moline and played during the pre-show movie of the same name. The film showed various images of energy production, and was shown on a 14 by 90-foot screen made up of 100 rotating projection triangles. These reflective triangles could move and rotate in sync, a process known as a "kinetic mosaic" by its creator, Czech filmmaker Emil Radok.

The second song, "Universe of Energy" is the "official theme song" of the attraction, and was played near the end of the attraction, as the ride cars moved into a final room with another animated movie. "Universe of Energy" was written by Al Kasha and Joel Hirschorn.

Touring Tips
-Be sure to arrive in time for the standing pre-show, which sets the stage for what you will see inside.
-The Universe of Energy can accommodate a large number of guests at one time. This is a good attraction to visit when you want to get off your feet and out of the heat.
-The Universe of Energy, including the preshow, will take approximately 53 minutes start to finish. Since it is such a long attraction, it is usually not real popular among youngsters, especially those with shorter attention spans.
-Handicapped accessibility: guest remains in wheelchair, wheelchair is ramped onto ride vehicle

Dining
The closest spot to grab a bite is the Electric Umbrella at Innoventions East. The Electric Umbrella is a counter service restaurant, which serves burgers, sandwiches and salads.

Shopping
There are no shops in the Universe of Energy Pavilion, however the Innoventions Plaza has the biggest shop in Epcot - MouseGear!

Interesting Facts
-Ride system: Moving theater seats
-Vehicle capacity: 97 per vehicle - Two sets of six (12 total) for a total capacity of 1,164!
-Ride duration: 45 minutes
-Weighing more than 15 tons, each of the ride cars in the Universe of Energy pavilion is guided through the attraction on a wire that is merely 1/8 inch thick!
-There are three-dozen Audio-Animatronics in the Universe of Energy.
- When The Universe of Energy opened in 1982, it was the largest privately funded solar-power installation in the world.
- On the roof of Ellen's Energy Adventure are large photovoltaic solar panels that generate 15% of the power needed to run the entire attraction.
-There are 80,000 three-inch cells arranged on 2,200 panels. The cells can provide 77 kilowatts of DC current at optimal conditions. This energy is converted into AC current for later use.
- The Universe of Energy attraction has more "Please remain seated" placards in their ride vehicles than any other ride in Walt Disney World.
- The topiaries outside the Universe of Energy were shipped to Epcot from New York's Rockefeller Center where they were once part of a Flower Festival.
- At the conclusion of the current version of Universe of Energy, Johnny Gilbert, the Jeopardy! announcer, in traditional game show style, says that some contestants would receive as a consolation prize "...a year's supply of energy. Energy - You Make The World Go Round." This line is actually a tribute to the original attraction, which featured a song titled, "Energy (You Make The World Go Round)."
- It was not possible to film using the actual Jeopardy! set, so the crew built a replica, which is why the set seen in the attraction varies slightly from the way viewers would have recognized the 1996 set. One of the most notable differences is the lack of a vane display for the scoreboards - instead, light bulbs similar to those used in eggcrate displays form the seven-segment formation used in vane displays.
-Look for this “Hidden Mickey”: After the dinosaur section of the ride, the movie shows a man driving a car out of a barn and towards a church building in the background (the fourth building from the left). A shadow of the Disney-MGM Studios "Earffel" Tower appears in the door of the church.

SelfEmployedDebtFree
07-03-2007, 01:32 PM
cool. I find it interesting that there are 2 acres of solar panels, but they only control 15% of the ride. I guess thats why solar hasn't taken over yet(?):confused3

pixiemel
07-03-2007, 01:41 PM
Subscribing! Love these!! Thanks!

WeatherbySwann
07-03-2007, 01:46 PM
Cool! Thanks for posting!

Lesprivate
07-03-2007, 01:50 PM
Yeah! your back these are soo cool.

PinkDaisy8844
07-03-2007, 02:49 PM
:dance3: :dance3: :dance3:
Woohoo!!! You posted another...I just love these! Thanks Joe!

erikthewise
07-03-2007, 02:56 PM
Another great post!

The changeover actually occurred in 1996, not 1986.

Don't forget solar cells were not very efficient in 1982 -- they still only capture a fraction of the solar energy that falls on them.

A little surveying with Google Earth reveals that the ENTIRE area of the roof is roughly two acres, NOT the area covered by solar cells, which as the first photo shows is only a fraction of the total roof area.

(OK, since you asked: The pavilion is pretty much a square with a couple of the corners lopped off. Google Earth measures one side of the square as 316 ft, making the area of the square very close to 100,000 sq ft. One acre is 43,560 sq ft, so two acres is 87,120 sq ft. Lopping off the two corners of the square reduces the roof area from 100,000 sq ft to something pretty close to two acres.)

記衷oe
07-03-2007, 03:37 PM
The changeover actually occurred in 1996, not 1986.

Thank you for catching that... typo, I fixed it.

A little surveying with Google Earth reveals that the ENTIRE area of the roof is roughly two acres, NOT the area covered by solar cells, which as the first photo shows is only a fraction of the total roof area.

Interesting. Unfortunately, the information isn't "mine", so I can't really verify or deny that. That particular piece of information was taken from Disneyworldtrivia.com...

It does appear, however, that the solar panels only cover just short of half the roof of the building, so I changed that information as well.

erikthewise
07-03-2007, 04:37 PM
Thank you for catching that... typo, I fixed it.



Interesting. Unfortunately, the information isn't "mine", so I can't really verify or deny that. That particular piece of information was taken from Disneyworldtrivia.com...

It does appear, however, that the solar panels only cover just short of half the roof of the building, so I changed that information as well.

Not blaming you of course. Everyone recites trivia (I do too!) from sources that are usually reliable. I'm sure Lou Mongello got this "fact" from somewhere else. For some reason I looked at your great photo of the roof and thought "no way those panels are two acres". The pavilion turned out to be bigger than I thought, but it still turned out the panels are less than an acre.

OKW Lover
07-03-2007, 06:14 PM
Interesting about the 15% number. I wonder if that is on average (including night or cloudy conditions), or is the peak amount it can generate. I also wonder if there is a storage system for when the attraction is loading/unloading.

lovethecastle
07-03-2007, 07:14 PM
I just finished reading this thread. I love it, it's so fun. If I could ask for a request? BTMRR. Thanks, Have a great 4th of July!

Artoo
07-03-2007, 07:29 PM
These are great! Thank you! :)

susie19
07-03-2007, 08:06 PM
:thumbsup2 Can't wait to see more!:tiptoe:

pth
07-03-2007, 10:22 PM
Can anyone explain how I can utilize live.com to see satellite images? For some reason, I can never figure it out.

記衷oe
07-13-2007, 11:30 AM
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Big Thunder Mountain Railroad
"Howdy, folks! Please keep your hands and arms inside the train, and remain seated at all times... 'cause this here's the wildest ride in the wilderness!” Enter the Big Thunder Mining Company's headquarters as you prepare for your wild train ride through the rocky Southwest on Big Thunder Mountain Railroad!

The theming is a Southwestern landscape, reminiscent of the wind swept features found in Arizona's Monument Valley… caves, grottos, a waterfall, big horned sheep, a spiral butte, dinosaur bones and sulfur pools are just part of the scenery you will encounter on your ride. Despite the claim to be the “wildest ride in the wilderness”, Big Thunder is timid as far as coasters go and it is a great way to cool off after a warm day in the Florida sun. Big Thunder Mountain Railroad is situated at the far end of Frontierland, past Splash Mountain.

History and Variations
Big Thunder Mountain Railroad is located at the Disneyland (Anaheim), Magic Kingdom (Walt Disney World), Tokyo Disneyland, and Disneyland Paris theme parks. The attraction first opened at Disneyland in 1979, with the Magic Kingdom's larger version opening in 1980. The other two versions are called simply Big Thunder Mountain; Tokyo Disneyland's version opened in 1987, and Disneyland Paris's opened in 1992. Hong Kong Disneyland does not have a Big Thunder Mountain Railroad attraction, or a Frontierland, for that matter.

Disneyland Big Thunder Mountain's design is based on the Hoodoos of Bryce Canyon National Park in Utah. All the other parks' versions are based on the rising buttes that are located in Utah/Arizona's Monument Valley.

Big Thunder Mountain Railroad was designed by Imagineer Tony Baxter and ride design engineer, Bill Watkins. The concept comes from Baxter's work on the runaway mine train segment of Marc Davis' Western River Expedition showroom, Thunder Mesa.

Touring Tips
-FastPass is available, and generally recommended for this attraction.
-See whether Splash Mountain or Big Thunder Mountain have the shorter stand by line. Get a FastPass for the one with the longest wait time and then get in line to ride the other one.
-Guests must be at least 40” tall to ride the coaster.
-Like some of the other more popular attractions, to avoid long lines, see it at night or first thing in the morning.
-Loose articles, hats, and glasses should be removed and secured.
-There are no serious drops on this ride (nothing like Splash Mountain) but there are 3 good dips that can put some air between you and your seat.
-There are five ride cars pulled by one engine on Big Thunder Mountain Railroad. If you want to look at the incredible theming and scenery, the front car is for you. Want a really wild ride? Take a seat in the back rows!
-Big Thunder Mountain Railroad is beautiful at night; be sure and ride after dark if you have the chance. If you time it just right, you can get on with little or no wait when the nighttime fireworks start in the Magic Kingdom. At almost 100 feet above the ground, you can get a spectacular view of the show from the top of the 197-foot mountain... right before your runaway train plummets down the steep drop!
-Persons in wheelchairs should continue past the entrance and go into the exit of the attraction, look for a Cast Member for boarding instructions. You will need to transfer from your wheelchair to a train car.
-The sun, which is at it's highest and hottest point at noon, heats and melts the grease on the tracks of the Big Thunder Mountain Railroad to its thinnest point as the day wears on, and thus the train goes faster in the afternoon. The ride's average speed it about 30 MPH, but can reach speeds of up to 33 MPH, which is faster than Space Mountain! Be sure to sit in the back of the train if you want the ride to feel even faster!

Dining
Pecos Bill's is located nearby and has very good counter service food!

Shopping
You can find limited Big Thunder Mountain merchandise at the Briar Patch near Splash Mountain.

Interesting Facts
-Soft opening: September 23, 1980
-Grand Opening: November 15, 1980
-Designers: WED Enterprises
-Manufacturer: Arrow Dynamics
-Ride duration: 3:25
-Length: 2780'
-Trains: 6 trains with 5 cars per train. Only 5 trains may be operated at a time. Riders are arranged 2 or 3 across in 3 rows for a maximum of 45 riders per train.
-The main butte is 197.6 feet above sea level and 100 feet above ground, making it the tallest mountain at Walt Disney World Resort.
-Enjoy the music of the old west with songs like: Big Rock Candy Mountain (1885), Blue Tail Fly, (1846), Red River Valley (1896) , Oh My Darling Clementine (1884) and more.
-If you look closely at the second story room of the saloon, you'll see a party going on.
-The names of the six trains are: U.B. Bold, U.R. Daring, U.R. Courageous, I.M. Brave, I.B. Hearty and I.M. Featless.
-There are 20 Audio animatronics throughout the attraction including chickens, donkeys, possums, goats and a longjohn-clad resident spinning through the flood in a bathtub, and a rainmaker whose name is Professor Cumulus Isobar.
-Genuine antique mining equipment can be found around the 2.5-acre attraction. These pieces were purchased at various auctions throughout the Southwest and include a double-stamp ore crusher, an ore-hauling wagon, and an old ball mill used to extract gold from ore.
-During constructions, workers used 6,500 tons of steel beams, rods and mesh, 4,675 tons of concrete, 90,000 gallons of water and 4,000 gallons of dessert paint.
-Listen to the safety spiel as you board your train... Does that voice sound familiar? If you visit the American Adventure in World Showcase, it should. It is that of Dallas McKennon, who also provides the voice of Benjamin Franklin.
-Building Big Thunder Mountain Railroad in 1979 cost as much as it did to build all of Disneyland for its 1955 opening!
-The sound effects of the actual ride train going on the tracks were used in Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom (1984) for the mine cart sequence.
-Look for this “Hidden Mickey”: Just past the dinosaur bones on the right side of the track, you'll see sets of gear wheels lying on the ground. The second set of gears resembles a classic Hidden Mickey.

jparc
07-13-2007, 12:32 PM
Do have a Diagram of TUNDER MOUNTAIN RAILROAD so I can see the track without the mountains, tunnel etc?

Thanks,

Jim

Goofy_4_WDW
07-13-2007, 12:34 PM
WOW!!!! Thanks for all your work it's awsome!!!

jparc
07-13-2007, 12:37 PM
""The names of the six trains are: U.B. Bold, U.R. Daring, U.R. Courageous, I.M. Brave, I.B. Hearty and I.M. Featless.""

Is the last train called I.M.Featless or I.M.Fearless?

ktturner
07-13-2007, 12:41 PM
Joe, this one is so cool. DD5 just looked at it and said, oh I wanna do that mommy!

We have been talking about it and plan on all of us riding, but it was cool for her to see it all too! Thanks!

記衷oe
07-13-2007, 12:46 PM
""The names of the six trains are: U.B. Bold, U.R. Daring, U.R. Courageous, I.M. Brave, I.B. Hearty and I.M. Featless.""

Is the last train called I.M.Featless or I.M.Fearless?

I wondered that as well, so I did a quick google search on it... and sure enough, everything points to I.M.Featless...

holcomb-mania
07-13-2007, 01:05 PM
That middle pic of the last bunch makes it look like the Liberty Belle is stuck in limbo.

angfento
07-13-2007, 03:11 PM
Subscribing! This is a great thread! very informative! Thanks!

CindyW
07-13-2007, 04:06 PM
Subscribing! Thanks so much for taking the time to do this!

annie1995
07-13-2007, 04:45 PM
I just found this, What a great thread!!!!! Thank you so much for taking the time to do this!!!! :goodvibes :goodvibes

WeatherbySwann
07-14-2007, 05:49 PM
Another great one! I must be so stupid, but I did not even know Splash Mountain had an extra show building . . . LOL :rotfl:

tarheeltink
07-14-2007, 06:27 PM
Another great one! I must be so stupid, but I did not even know Splash Mountain had an extra show building . . . LOL :rotfl:

I was thinking the same thing... I never knew the ride went through a show building :rolleyes1

Jrabbit910
07-14-2007, 06:41 PM
thanks Joe for the Thread... I Love it!!!

KimmyDisneyNerd
07-14-2007, 06:46 PM
Yeah thanks to tarheeltink I found this thread again!!! I love it. I told my whole family about it and then I couldn't pull it up to show them the other day. I too want to thank Joe... its great, thank you:goodvibes

irisbud
07-15-2007, 12:23 PM
Another great one! I must be so stupid, but I did not even know Splash Mountain had an extra show building . . . LOL :rotfl:

Me either. I didn't know HM did either though, or never thought about it, I guess, until reading this thread :rolleyes1 .

WeatherbySwann
07-15-2007, 12:27 PM
This is seriously bugging me . . . when do you go in the show building for Splash Mountain?!?!?!? I went through the entire ride in my head over and over and can't think of when you would enter a show building--it seems to all happen on all the different levels of the "mountain". I need some help remembering! :confused: