Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Disneyland: A Virtual Hotbed of Geothermal Activity!

There are truly some hardcore Disneyland fans out there; they know every square inch of the park and delight in finding details about some of the most obscure things. Daveland reader Kris pointed out to me recently the number of volcanoes in the park. I had never thought about it before, but was very happy to realize that I had photographic documentation for almost all of the ones that he’d written about. Here’s Kris' detective work in the flesh:

it’s a small world: in the Latin America section, there are 2 or 3 volcanoes on the right hand side.

Peter Pan: as you fly over the Neverland island, there are a few volcanoes you can look down into.

On the train: in the Primeval World diorama at the end with the T-Rex, a couple of volcanoes with lava flow.

Submarines: Under water volcanoes that destroyed Atlantis – also, now with the new Nemo version, there is the cool scene with the volcano and the lava flowing.

Tiki Room: on the video “The Flavor of Hawaii,” it starts out with volcanoes, plus the fire coming from Pele when she gets MAAAAAD.

Big Thunder: Ok, this one is a stretch. More geothermal activity than a volcano, but there are the hot springs (rainbow caverns) and the earthquake towards the end. Plus, back when this was Nature’s wonderland there were “bubbling pots of mud” and geysers.

Meanwhile, in PeopleMover news:
Kevin Doherty has sent me an update with photos on his PeopleMover project:

3 weekends have passed. The PeopleMovers are all wired, batteries in and lights, sound and door motors working. Even without the skins, they look Great. The covered push-plate ends were quite a design issue but attached, with their metal covers and orange corner bumpers, they came out well and line up perfectly. We painted the outriggers red because they stick out from the frame. The outriggers are to hold on the white and chrome covers that were between and at the ends of the cars. Too bad I’ll not have these covers for a while as I need to fabricate them.

A fun distraction is that the PeopleMover control console came together faster than I expected. Not finished but, it looks very cool. The map warning lights actually “chase” and the big amber, red and green “warning lights” actually do operate the lights and doors on both PeopleMovers remotely. Very fun effect, can’t wait to show it off.

Painter has done all the outer skins (yellow) and says he’ll paint the interior parts (light tan) by the end of the week. Next, he’ll do the tops – when we sanded the top on 10B, we found a Bondo “patch” from here someone had tried to punch a hole in it. On 10C, the damage was even more severe as two of the aluminum post arms were cracked; one clean through. Just goes to show that Disneyland ride vehicles take a lot of abuse, but stand up to it quite well.

Once we get the skins and seats we can assemble. You know, assembling the fiberglass takes over 550 fasteners for each vehicle. We’ve over a thousand stainless steel screws, nuts, bolts and washers ready to go.

Thanks to all of my blog readers out there who send notes and make comments; sure keeps things interesting for everyone!

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Vintage Disneyland Tickets said...

Never made the volcano connection, neat stuff! Big Thunder is a bit of a stretch, but works for me!

WOW - the PeopleMover progress is moving along nicely, love that control panel!! I hope they give tours or something, I wanna see it when its all done.

Great post Dave - Thanks!

Connie Moreno said...

Well son of a gun!!! I learn something new every day!!!

The PeopleMover news is so cool...just makes me miss that attraction even more. Should we start a good old fashioned letter writing campaign to Disney asking, no DEMANDING that they bring it back? Visions of millions of letters descending upon the Disney offices....

Major Pepperidge said...

I'm very happy to see the Peoplemover update! Hope we get more as the project progresses. It must be fun for Mr. Doherty to see things really coming together!

TokyoMagic! said...

Wasn't there also a volcano or two in the Poynesian scenes of It's A Small World? I may be wrong, but I know something was removed from the end of that room in order to wedge part of the rainforest into that space.

Being a huge fan of the Tokyo Disney parks, of course I have to mention that Tokyo DisneySea has a full blown "errupting" volcano as it's centerpiece....oh and an "E" Ticket ride inside that includes an audio-animatronic "lava monster."

A big thank you to Kevin Doherty (and you too, Dave) for sharing his progress with us.

JG said...

With all these volcanos around, hope no one makes an ash of themselves...


555jay said...

May I suggest also the "Cavern of Bubbling Death" in the center of Indy?

Star Tours II will have potential, too, if they have Mustafar as a destination.

210Frwy said...

Really enjoy reading about the Peoplemover restoration. The pictures are fantastic. Thanks Kevin Doherty and Daveland for sharing all this with us. The Peoplemover was especially fun to ride at night - after a long day on your feet. You could just sit back and relax. I remember how beautiful the sub lagoon was at night with the undersea sights all illuminated. Sometimes you had a whole Peoplemover train to yourself!

Hey, how about fabricating the little animated Goodyear scenes that you saw as you entered the Peoplemover queue. They were really cute.

Awesome Geek said...

Who makes the Microphone and if it it going to work, Are you wiring it to a 4 pin amp or something else? Thanks AwesomeGeek21