disney dark ride

What would fun at a Fair be without a good Puppet Show? Well, in this set piece a Puppet Show is being led by Harry Rabbit and his juggling son Jack Rabbit. Harry is seen puppeteering a puppet of a Gypsy and Russian dancer. Other puppets seen on the rack are inspired by the likes of a Roaring 20s gal, a cowboy, a clown, an artist, a Keystone Cop and a Latin dancer. His son Jack on the other hand is seen juggling balls under the blacklight environment. This entire scene was elaborate under blacklight and was aided by a Calliope of the famed Knott’s Bear-y Tales song! Photo Courtesy Knott’s Preserved

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Extinct Disney attractions

Disney dark rides but with the lights on

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Hong Kong Disneyland, October 2016 by Rafa Torcida
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Mystic Manor

The Weird Woods fish inside Knott’s Bear-y Tales. This character stretched his limbs out to make it look like his head and other limbs can leave out of body. The effect of the guy is best seen under blacklight and I wish we had footage of him in action. This guy is weird and is one of the many characters from the ride that still exist today. On a side note, we sometimes like to call this guy the Heisenberg Fish since he’s got a Breaking Bad aesthetic going on here. Though Tales predates that show by a few decades lol.

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Snow in the Hub by Justin Brown
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My favorite time of year is finally here. It’s also the best time to be at Disneyland (other than the crowds).

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Hi Ho! by Jared Beaney

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King Arthur Carrousel by Justin Brown
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King Arthur is always spinning in circles.

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Some shots of the many and I mean MANY surviving props of the Knott’s Bear-y Tales ride that are still around today - there are more things besides what is in these shots. These images show the surviving characters of Zaz Owl, Wanda Fox, Madam Wong (currently being restored), Sarah Skunk, and a Bakery Bear. In 1987, an anonymous employee who worked for Knott’s retrieved many animatronics and props from the Bear-y Tales ride. Each character or prop was meant to be picked up by a ton of employees back in 1987. However, when the employees did not meet their deadline and procrastinated on picking up the pieces. My friend (anonymous employee) snagged so much of the ride and picked up every figure or prop you can imagine. However, certain ones stayed at Knott’s Berry Farm. Particularly, the main characters such as Boysen, Girlsen, Flapper, Razz, Elder, Crafty Coyote, Theda Bear, and some others. These guys that the anonymous employee wasn’t able to get had stayed at Knott’s to be a part of the Bear-y Tales Playhouse for many years until 1998. This is how Knott’s ended up with Razz, Elder, and that raccoon in the recent auction. The whereabouts of the other figures used for the Playhouse are currently unknown, but it is known that a few were used for Knott’s Scary Farm as mechanical skeletons for props in the mazes or decorated rides sadly. The good news is that the surviving props and animatronics that the anonymous employee garnered in 1987 have been kept safely. Today, a project known as Stack’s Liberty Ranch is protecting and preserving the surviving Rolly Crump pieces as we speak.

Education, Entertainment, and Inspiration; or How I learned there is a time and place for IP.

An essay on the future of EPCOT by tumblr user Capri-Harmony

Disclaimer: Before reading, I would like it to be known I do not believe every pavillion needs an IP. Personally, I want to keep them out of Future World in particular. This is just my brainstorming of IPs that would fit each topic, so if an IP change had to come, these would be the better fit.

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Splash Mountain at Night by Joe Penniston

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Steering the Ship by Patrick Bianchi
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This guy’s not having a good Tuesday. Although he’s in Walt Disney World, so already it’s better for him than most of us! Pirates of the Caribbean is a notoriously difficult ride to photography. The combination of darkness and very strongly colored show lighting makes it very challenging. But, armed with a good camera and a fast lens and it’s doable! Have you ever taken any photos that you liked on PotC?

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Concept art of the Weird Woods creatures by the Disney Legend himself, Rolly Crump. These were the sketches Rolly designed for Knott’s Bear-y Tales and then they were built in 1975. Art Courtesy Rolly Crump

First time I’ve tried to speed paint, 30 minutes. Not so much about the time, more just about finding a way to get images in my head down without taking an entire evening. This is for an imagined scene for a Roger and Hammerstein’s Cinderella ride. I REALLY like the presentational and theatrical styles developed around the Worlds Fair and Epcot and this I see in that vein. Hell the vehicle even reminds me a bit of World of Motion. Anyway…feedback is always appreciated!

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This is so cool! I would love to have a random behind the scenes look like this one day! I love the Haunted Mansion. It is my favorite attraction at the Magic Kingdom.

A lesson on Flash Photography on dark rides

Okay, so I recently reblogged a photo that I was disgusted by here on tumblr and I’ve been thinking about it all day long.
It was a flash photo from inside the Haunted Mansion and it has made me so angry that even a day later it’s been plaguing my mind and I finally decided to sit down and write a post about it. I don’t even know who is going to bother to read it but I just need to get this off my chest.

DON’T TAKE FLASH PHOTOS ON DARK RIDES. DON’T. It’s not only rude to guests around you but also rude to the people who crafted the attraction. And here’s the reasons why:

1. It’s rude to guests around you
People save up their whole lives to go to Disney World. People are so incredibly excited to finally achieve their dream of going to that happy place and experience all the magic that happens there. They’ve been dreaming about these wonderful attractions and characters to meet and possibly spent years dreaming about what it would be like to ride certain things such as the Haunted Mansion or Voyage of the Little Mermaid. Imagine looking forward to something like that for so long and then you finally, FINALLY, get there just to be stuck sitting next to someone who is taking flash photos the entire time. It’s not only distracting but also ruins the magic of being transported to another time/place. How can you focus on Ariel when there’s a blinding light every two seconds? And the “ruining the magic” bit comes into play with my next point in that…

2. It’s insulting to the cast members who designed the ride

Imagineers and other cast members take great pride in their work. They spend a lot of time making sure whatever they envision is set properly and moves properly and is lit properly. What you see when you go on these attractions is exactly set up to be what they want you to see. What you may not think is purposeful, as a matter of fact is. The attention to detail is incredible at Disney World and cast members make sure everything is set to truly take you into their imagination and believe what you are seeing. They set the lighting for how bright or how dark it should be, and by taking a flash photo (even in bright areas of the attraction), you’re completely off-setting how the Imagineers wanted you to view it as. It’s slapping the creators in the face and completely insulting the art of what they’ve done. 


To the people who say, “But I just wanted to remember everything on my trip!”, no. Screw that. Photos are wonderful and amazing but they also have a time and a place. Of course I want you to take photos in front of the castle. Of course you should take photos when you meet characters or perhaps even get a photo with a cast member that you bonded with during a merchandise transaction and such… but attractions are different. You’re meant to experience them. It’s like going to a musical or play and instead of watching it you’re video taping it the whole time. Sure, you’ll have the memory forever of it but you wont be seeing it the way the creators wanted you to. The sound will be different, the lighting will be different, etc. The video wont be the same beauty that it would have been in person.

To the people who say, “But I just wanted to see all the detail that you wouldn’t normally see in the dark!” That may be true, but again, you’re not meant to. The detail is amazing, yes, and it is neat to see what all the hidden things are, but you’re ruining the magic. If you want to see the detail that badly, just ride the attraction over and over again. I promise you’ll pick up things you never saw before. I’ve visited the Haunted Mansion plenty of times in my years of going to Disney World as well as working there and I still pick up things every time I go on. Just enjoy it. Your memories of the actual experience are far more important than some silly photo that doesn’t even show the true environment.

So again. Please. NO FLASH PHOTOGRAPHY.