Did You Know?
There are four man-made mountains at Walt Disney World, each one providing a thrill of its own. The tallest of these mountains is Forbidden Mountain, which is the mountain that you enter when riding Expedition Everest. It stands just 8 inches short of 200 feet, making it the tallest artificial mountain in the world!
The infamous broken Yeti is the largest and most complex audio-animatronic in Disney Theme Park history. The Yeti only lasted a few months before breaking; more than a decade later, the problem to fix it safely still remains.
Most steel roller coasters are warmer during the day, since the heat conduction is greater while it’s hotter outside. Being an indoor roller coaster, Space Mountain requires lubrication gel, which happens to solidify as the day goes on. Early on, the gel provides friction, as it solidifies the friction decreases, providing less friction to slow down the ride. The takeaway? Ride it at night for a faster experience. Those of you wanting a slightly slower ride, be an early bird.
Most of us have heard the three songs being sung in the Splash Mountain attraction: Zip-a-dee-doo-dah, How Do You Do?, and Everybody’s Got a Laughin’ Place, but did you know that the Disneyland and Walt Disney World versions of the ride play different music styles? The music in the Disneyland attraction is a mix of big band and orchestra stylings; while the music in the Walt Disney World attraction is more of a country bluegrass style. The Toyko Disneyland version of the ride plays the same music as Walt Disney World’s Splash Mountain, however parts of the songs are sung in Japanese. (The “drop” in Tokyo Disneyland is 60 feet long, while the drop at the other 2 parks mentioned is just 52.5 feet long.)
Hollywood Studios’ Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster was originally going to feature the Rolling Stones, however, they proved to be too expensive for Disney’s taste, which is why Aerosmith is the featured band. This coaster uses a rocket start. Zero to Sixty mph in 3 seconds causes you to experience 4.5 G-forces; more than astronauts do on a space shuttle launch!
Some people claim that the scariest part of the Haunted Mansion is that the library features books meant for lawyers. Titles include “Modern Legal Forms” and “Corpus Juris”, which translates as “The Body of the Law.”
We’re not sure what should make you more anxious at Big Thunder Mountain Railroad –the actual ride or the Cast Members. Fourteen songs play during a 20-minute music loop in the queue, meaning that Cast Members are forced to listen to the same clips twelve times every four hours. Wouldn’t you agree that that might drive you a little crazy?
Walt Disney died three months before the opening of Pirates of the Caribbean at Disneyland. It was the last attraction that he supervised. The Walt Disney World version of this attraction is the only one that lacks a series of fire cannon shots made by a group of drunken pirates. While Walt was overseeing the attraction’s progress, Imagineers thought that he would be upset that riders couldn’t clearly hear what all of the pirates were saying, but Disney was delighted! He thought it was like being at a cocktail party, and was pleased that people would be able to pick out something new every time they rode. And that’s just what we get when visiting any Disney Park—a new experience every time we visit!