Tag: Past (Extinct) Attractions
In the second part of this release, see the history and designs of the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train. Experience the first summers hectic rope drop walk down Main Street in an attempt to control the crowds before taking a full queue tour and full multi angle ride.
Next see the changes made around the existing land, including Poohs facade and queue, the removal of the Skyway station for the bypass and bathrooms – with a tour of the station when it was operating- and the Peter Pans Flight new interior standby queue.
This is followed by a look at the changes made to Voyage of the Little Mermaid since it opened.
Finally, take in the whole project at night.
Another colossal project charting the history of the New Fantasyland project. Starting with 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea closing follow proposals that never happened for the lagoon, and its removal. See what happened in the interim, and then the original NFL plans, both before and after the changes. With before and after pictures see the land grow from the ground from start to finish.
Then take a wall through the construction wall for highlights from the soft opening of Enchanted Tales with Belle. See the layout of this attraction, and also Ariel’s Undersea Adventures : Voyage of the Little Mermaid, before taking your place outside the planters for the first soft opening of the land to guests. Follow the crowds to Mermaid and take a full HD tour of the queue with the first guests to be admitted. Then take a full multi camera HD, mostly source audio ride on the attraction as it appeared on opening day.
After exiting, peek inside Ariel’s Meet and Greet, Bonjour Gifts and Gaston’s Tavern on opening day too and then take a tour of Be Our Guest restaurant too.
Another huge project…. full of WEDway!
Beginning with the origins of the ride, look at how Tomorrowland developed and how the WEDway route was refined. See the development of the ride system progressed, how it fits into Tomorrowland and how it actually works. Next is a full concept and construction section, followed by a recreation of the original 1975-1985 era ride. Using vintage footage take a multi angle trip around and through the whole ride including Mission to Mars, RCA Space Mountain with Home of Future Living and If You Have Wings, set to the original Jack Wagner spiel. I’m hoping this audio track, whilst certainly not perfect, is one of the clearest and most complete mixes available.
This is followed by a spin on the original Star Jets.
Next up is a full multi angle night ride on the 1985-1994 ORAC-1 WEDway. This includes RCAs RYCA-1 and Delta Dreamflight. Audio again is I hope one of the clearest and most complete version of this spiel, mixed from front and rear car recordings so nothing was missed.
See the changes made in 1994, then take a full daytime multi angle ride on the Tomorrowland Transit Authority TTA Blueline. Again, audio was specifically recorded with a directional microphone from both the front and back cars, and again I hope this is one of the best and most complete recordings.
Following this is a full multi camera, HD spin on the Astro Orbiter.
This is followed by yet more – a HD, multi angle daytime ride of the 2009 Peoplemover with audio again mixed from front and rear cars. I also with this edit attempted to use more unusual camera angles to differ from the many ride throughs already available.
And still there’s more! A daytime off ride look at the Peoplemover as it travels around the various parts of Tomorrowland.
For anyone still watching, next up is an in depth look at the WEDway proposed for Lake Buena Vista, E.P.C.O.T. and Communicore. Then look at and ride the WEDway at Houston Airport and the WEDway derived line in Washington DC.
And finally….. a night time HD multi angle ride around Tomorrowland of today.
Each section is set to contemporary Tomorrowland music of the time. 87 minutes long.
He’s back to change the world! Walk into Epcot’s Magic Eye theatre for the full 2010 preshow in source quality.
Then take your seat in the main theatre for the full mainshow, recorded several years ago in Disneyland without a recording ban. For best possible quality and to capture the magic for posterity, this was shot:
With a polarizing lens for 2D
And then was colour corrected and processed with several filters to reveal as much detail as possible and to eliminate almost all visible flicker.
With stereo source audio.
For the attractions 21st anniversary in Florida, a brand new edit. See its origins from 1992s EuroDisneyland, the attraction design, and changes made for Orlando. Next walk into the 1995 Magic Kingdom attraction and experience the full Floridian preshow in source quality audio and video. Walk into the main theatre and experience the full main show with high quality multi camera video and source quality audio.
Following this see the differences between Orlando and the original Paris and the Tokyo version, plus the different Parisian preshow and sections from Paris excluded from Orlando.
Go back to 1969 to see the origins of the original Fantasyland ride. A large concept and construction section covers the rides design, layout, construction and operation and includes a look how the infamous dock layout worked with multiple submarines. Then walk the line and board your sub for a full ride of the attraction, featuring a split screen porthole view for both port and starboard views in sync with each other, and a new stereo mix of the soundtrack from Kingdom of Memories, offering a near perfect clean and clear audio track of the full attraction. Finally see the operational issues the ride had, it’s closure and what happened to the area afterwards. 32 minutes long. Enjoy!
40 years since it opened in Orlando, the complete trip to Mars before Mission: Space was ever thought about.
See the origins of the attraction with Flight to the Moon, how it operated and changes made, then walk in from Tomorrowland 1975 for the full preshow, shot on tripods from several angles and composited to present Mr. Johnson, mission control and all the overhead screens in one clear image. Next walk into your spacecraft for a full multi camera mission to the red planet. With full source audio.
The third and final part of my heavily researched trilogy. Recorded in full HD days before the backlot tour closed its doors forever. Start with a look around the exterior and waiting area of the tour, then take a complete look around the queue including the full Pearl Harbor monitor show. Next, a multi angle pass of the whole water tank show. This is followed with walking into the props warehouse for full coverage of the whole buildings display. Then await for your tram to arrive and board for one last multi angle, inducted audio spiel complete ride of the backlot tram tour as it was at closure.
Part two of my series looking at the complete history of the Disney MGM Studios backstage tours.
Starting off, go back to 1989 for a look at the original Animation tour. This includes a source quality copy of Back to Neverland with Walter Cronkite and Robin Williams, a look at the interior of the building and the viewing gallery, and the overhead Cronkite and Williams screens.
Now, back to the main tram and walking tour for every major change between 1991 and 2014. Plenty of archive photos and video, plus maps and graphics, to see how the routes changed over the years, moving entrances, Mickey Avenue and New York Street opening to the public, a second Walt Disney Theatre, additions to the backlot from houses to theatres and MuppetVision, huge changes with the Animation building extension and Lights Motors Action, what happened and when and how they impacted the tours, the shrinking walking tour and full Backstage Pass plus much more.
At over an hour long, hopefully I’ve fully documented every major change during the tours 25 years existence.
The first part of an exhaustive, detailed look at the Disney MGM Studios Backstage tours history. This first part is an hour long, and begins with the concept, design and construction of the studios tour. A detailed look at the original layout of both the tram and walking tours leads to a full multi camera edit of the original tram and walking tour circa 1989-91 including
Original queue and load
Original tram route via bungalows
New York Street and Washington Square by tram
Two Dick Tracey’s Crimestoppers New York Street tram hold ups
Half way point with Toon Garden and New York Gardens
Original water effects show in full multi angle
Visual effects stage in full multi angle
Chromakey stage in full multi angle
The Lottery and making of The Lottery
The Lottery props
Sound effects with Mel Gibson and Peewee Herman
Editing with George Lucas, C3PO and R2D2
The Walt Disney Theatre with Michael and Mickey