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Old 04-15-2013, 06:23 AM   #1396
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would be curious to know if the water wheel is running normal. The first week in March it would run for 3 or 4 minutes then slow down to almost a stop for a minute, then start up again..
I've always been curious as to how 'real' that wheel and the indoors mechanisms are. Are the wheel and the inside stuff all really directly linked, so they always all run together? And does the wheel actually get turned by the force of the pumped water flow - or is it a Disney cheat and the wheel and/or inside mechanisms run by motor and the water flow is just for show? It all looks very real and convincing... but then the Disney Imagineers have always been very good at making things look convincing.

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I've always been curious as to how 'real' that wheel and the indoors mechanisms are. Are the wheel and the inside stuff all really directly linked, so they always all run together? And does the wheel actually get turned by the force of the pumped water flow - or is it a Disney cheat and the wheel and/or inside mechanisms run by motor and the water flow is just for show? It all looks very real and convincing... but then the Disney Imagineers have always been very good at making things look convincing.

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That's funny you say that as I have wondered the same thing and have to study it every time we go. I do believe the inside and outside are connected because the whole unit would slow down and speed up together.

I just can't get myself to believe that the small amount of water in the wheel has enough weight to turn the whole thing. But then I think of all the things Disney builds that are exact replicas and made with the same tools available from the time period.

I guess I don't want to know if it is fake.

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Old 04-18-2013, 02:25 PM   #1398
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Subbing...the pics are amazing...just booked POR for week of July 4th with the newly released AP discount! This is our favorite moderate resort!!! Cannot wait!!!
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This was the oddest thing to see. I wasn't prepared to take photos so by the time I got everything out I had to photograph from the rear. We were coming back from downtown and entered the river portion from the lake area where you usually see some birds. I noticed all the birds were standing as if they were in a military formation.

On both sides of the river the birds were standing at attention, all facing the water, and all equal distance apart. I expected to see some sort of salute. All I can think of is that there must have been a high ranking bird on board our boat.
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This was the oddest thing to see. I wasn't prepared to take photos so by the time I got everything out I had to photograph from the rear. We were coming back from downtown and entered the river portion from the lake area where you usually see some birds. I noticed all the birds were standing as if they were in a military formation.

On both sides of the river the birds were standing at attention, all facing the water, and all equal distance apart. I expected to see some sort of salute. All I can think of is that there must have been a high ranking bird on board our boat.
I have seen that before too... it was so weird!
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cant wait to be right there!

Most of the time I feel like pictures do not do this resort justice. I have to say though, several on this thread come very, very close! I wish I could pay one of you to follow my family around on our trip and take pictures for me. When I win the lotto, be expecting a phone call PizzaMan, or Kc Mike, Or Andre, or many of the others contributing to my POR photo addiction. Meanwhile, I am just going to keep forcing my husband to look at this thread with me everyday. He doesn't get excited about our trips until about 3 days before. Then the night before we leave he doesn't sleep at all and aks me a million questions. He is so funny, but I digress. Thank you all for these wonderful pictures. I never get tired of looking at them.
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These pics have me so excited! I'll be there in 5 short days!
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