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WDW Magazine - - Contents - BY TERRI MILLER

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!

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