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Old 07-24-2010, 02:42 PM   #256
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Originally Posted by AlexandAndysMom View Post
My husband thinks that Disney pumps something into the air that makes you happy.

As far as the psychology of it all, everything at Disney is meant to totally surround you. The gift shops at the end of every ride, the colors that make you want to eat, spend, stay up past your bedtime. Something that they do can help excite and relax you all at the same time.

And whatever it is that they are doing, I hope they keep it up so my hubby wants to keep going back!
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Old 07-27-2010, 07:41 AM   #257
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Here's an interesting piece about the design of roller coasters featuring Bill Watkins [designer of the original Space Mountain and Big Thunder Mountain Railroad].

Here's a pic of Bill testing riding a coaster in production:

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Old 07-27-2010, 07:55 AM   #258
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Very interesting.....
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Old 07-27-2010, 09:19 AM   #259
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Old 02-08-2013, 04:08 PM   #260
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Old 02-09-2013, 03:20 AM   #261
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Originally Posted by The.Epcot.Man View Post
Here's an interesting piece about the design of roller coasters featuring Bill Watkins [designer of the original Space Mountain and Big Thunder Mountain Railroad].

Here's a pic of Bill testing riding a coaster in production:


..what a lot of fun these guys seem to have had throughout the design and early phases of both DW and DL.

I didn't read the whole thread, but I read somewhere that the sidewalks are a red color to enhance the fleshtones in photos. Cement or other colors would result in a cold or green cast to the color, making the flesh look sickly.
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Old 02-09-2013, 06:54 AM   #262
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I was told on a KTTW tour that the red sidewalks are to contrast with the green grass, since red and green are opposite each other on the colour scale. It makes the grass look greener. I'm not too sure your theory is correct because not all of the sidewalks are tinted.
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Old 02-09-2013, 09:47 AM   #263
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I didn't read the whole thread...
I did, back in 2010...

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Old 02-09-2013, 10:28 AM   #264
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Cool Thread!! Anyone got anything to add?? Would love to hear more!!
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Old 02-09-2013, 11:33 AM   #265
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Just read through the entire thread. Hate to see it end here.
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Old 02-09-2013, 11:46 AM   #266
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I didn't read through this whole thread but this one has probably been mentioned.

If you've ever actually looked at all of the venues of Main Street USA, you'll notice that (facing north), all of the venues on the right are mostly restaurants like the Confectionary, Bakery, Plaza, and Tony's, while on the left is the emporium with all of the shops. Perhaps, the only exception to this is Casey's. Now, this isn't by coincidence; Disney actually had psychologists study and find out that guests tend to be more likely to look to the right than the left, so when you enter you are faced with more breakfast options (not Plaza or Tony's but still) and when you exit, you face shops and ways for you to "remember" your day.
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Old 02-09-2013, 11:53 AM   #267
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From a Jim Korkis (disney historian) interview on a wdw radio podcast:

What time period is Main Street, and what day is it ?

The time period is 1890 - 1910. How do you know this ? Several things - you still have horse and buggy but you also have them new-fangled auto-mobiles. In addition, some areas still have gas light where others have electric light. The only time this would have occurred was around the turn of the century.

And as to what day it is ? Most people at the turn of the century worked six days a week, but it's not a workday. It's not a Sunday either - the shops would be closed then, and Sunday is a rest day. So people are out having fun in the town square and it's a festive time, bands are playing, parades are going on, fireworks - a time for celebration. It's the Fourth of July !
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Old 02-09-2013, 12:35 PM   #268
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Did anyone read "The Last Lecture" by Randy Pausch? He was a Disney fan and pointed out that if you ask CM's what time the park closes, they respond with "The park is open until 10 p.m." They are trained to put a positive emphasis on info they give out, instead of the negative. He spent some time working with Imagineers and had some other fun facts in his book. There is a plaque dedicated to him near the Mad Tea Party.
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Old 02-09-2013, 01:37 PM   #269
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Originally Posted by MAYNARDS99
Sweeping, uplifting, soaring, happy music starts the day, drawing you in and preparing you for a magical day. At closing, the music is reflective and soothing, escorting you out the gates.
During Grad Nites, rock music plays throughout the Park (at DL) and I believe at a slightly louder volume to keep the high school seniors energized. At exactly 6:00 a.m., the closing music comes on to get everyone in the mindset for a quick departure. As soon as the seniors get on the buses, they immediately fall asleep!
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An old one, but 20,000 leagues under the sea there was quite a bit psychology.
First in foremost was the illusion of going under water while riding in a boat at the same buoyancy level the whole ride. Simply making the bubbles appear in front of the windows gives that feeling. Wish it was still around.

The 3d attractions almost always have features that appeal to other senses, like water misters, fans etc.

Can't help but think the new magic bands have the side benefit of getting folks to not wear their watches into the parks. Certainly using the tech to integrate into the lines so that characters/features can personally interact with you is certainly a psychological exercise.

Love reading this kind of stuff. Certainly, they are the masters of hiding stuff in plain sight.
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