Photos of the construction currently happening at WDW. Not so secret, but still pretty cool. It’s being called the “Super Hub” project by several Cast Members, because this new expansion will turn the Hub as we know it into extra seating for parades and shows, more food vendors, and the two buildings on either side of Cinderella Castle’s plaza will become two more turrets. I was able to see the rendering of what the new Hub will look like down in the Utilidors, but Disney has already released a video of the concept art for the public.

The design features several concentric rings around the Hub which will allow for a much bigger area not only to sit in, but hopefully to also reduce the congestion between Main Street U.S.A. and Cinderella Castle.

If you’re interested in more, check out Disney Parks Blog and Attractions Magazine for detail.

Submission

From a very generous Anonymous source:

"For those of you wondering how cast members transport character costumes in Animal Kingdom, here you go.  In Magic Kingdom the utilidors are used, but Animal Kingdom has no underground transporting system, so the character performers just use big black suit cases or big black bags.  I think this cast member is headed over to the Donald/Daisy meet and greet location.  Once you start noticing cast members in navy shorts and gray T-shirts pushing these black suit cases or walking with a huge black bag across their shoulder, you will see them everywhere!"

Thank you!

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Anonymous asked: how does the endless hallway work

Scrims and a mirror.

I’m no artist, but I made you a diagram to illustrate how it works.

As you are looking into the Endless Hallway from your Doom Buggy, you are looking through scrims, which are basically a thin gauze that you can see through when the light is behind them.

At the very back is a mirror, and in front of the mirror is the “floating” candelabra, which is hanging from thin black wires. The back of the candelabra is painted black so that you don’t’ see the reflection as clearly as you otherwise would.

As you look through each scrim, the image that you see gets just a little hazy (the level of haze depends on how long it’s been since the scrims have been cleaned).You then look into the mirror, which reflects the hall back at you, but since the mirror covers the whole area from wall to wall and floor to ceiling, it appears that the hallway continues. You even see the reflections of the hanging light fixtures, which appear to extend down the hallway.

And since you are looking back through the scrims again, the image gets a little less clear. And finally, your Doom Buggy is in the dark, so you don’t see it at all in the reflection. It just looks as if the hallway is disappearing off into the distance.

(image from DoomBuggies.com forums)

Sure, some tall characters do see through their necks.

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But if the Beast sees through his neck, I have just one question for you:

What neck?
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Sure, some tall characters do see through their necks.

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But if the Beast sees through his neck, I have just one question for you:

What neck?

(image sources, clockwise from top left: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4)

The Wonders of Life pavilion closed in 2007. It is now known as the Festival Center, and is still used for special events like the International Food and Wine Festival, the Flower and Garden Festival, as well as for private functions and corporate events.
It looks much the same inside, except that the former attractions have been at least partially removed. There is video taken in 2012 during the International Food and Wind Festival at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=COoqVN6-a_g. The attractions are gone (some pieces remain behind), but it doesn’t really look all that different today than it did when it was an actual Epcot pavilion.

The Wonders of Life pavilion closed in 2007. It is now known as the Festival Center, and is still used for special events like the International Food and Wine Festival, the Flower and Garden Festival, as well as for private functions and corporate events.

It looks much the same inside, except that the former attractions have been at least partially removed. There is video taken in 2012 during the International Food and Wind Festival at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=COoqVN6-a_g. The attractions are gone (some pieces remain behind), but it doesn’t really look all that different today than it did when it was an actual Epcot pavilion.

I believe he sees through the part of the face below the eyes and around the mouth. It appears to be made of a porous material that can be seen through from the inside, but since there is more light outside the costume than inside, guests can’t see in through the material
The eyes themselves can most likely also be seen through — the eyes on characters like Mickey Mouse are like sunglass lenses from the inside. You can’t see in from outside, but the person inside can see out through them.

I believe he sees through the part of the face below the eyes and around the mouth. It appears to be made of a porous material that can be seen through from the inside, but since there is more light outside the costume than inside, guests can’t see in through the material

The eyes themselves can most likely also be seen through — the eyes on characters like Mickey Mouse are like sunglass lenses from the inside. You can’t see in from outside, but the person inside can see out through them.

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Anonymous asked: Hello! I work at Star Tours in Disneyland, and we do indeed have a cameras that snaps the picture fairly soon after guests sit down. Sometimes the cameras are broken and only the back rows have legible photos. We do not choose guests who are wearing the glasses or who are looking "away" from the camera/front of the ride. We do pick goofy faces if it's appropriate, and usually kids - like one time, I picked a kid who did a smolder. It worked.

Thanks for adding this info!

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Anonymous asked: Hi, could you please tell me if you know anything about the tunnel on the walk from Frontierland to Fantasyland, that you can see across a little lake with jumping salmon right by big thunder mountain? Thanks! You rock!

That tunnel was part of the Mine Train Through Nature’s Wonderland that preceded Big Thunder Mountain Railroad. If you look closely, you can still make out the railroad tracks inside the tunnel. The train would come out of that tunnel after passing alongside the Rivers of America, and would cross a bridge from that tunnel back to the “mainland” of Frontierland.

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For a while, part of the bridge was still visible coming out of the cave, long after Big Thunder Mountain sprung up, but apparently it collapsed during a storm in 2006.

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(photos from Disneyland Report)

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Anonymous asked: i've heard that you can be selected as the rebel on star tours by making a face at the screen. is that true or is it just random?

While I wasn’t able to find a cast member who was willing to confirm or deny it, I’ve found multiple sources that state that the Rebel Spy is chosen by a cast member. According to one of the more specific posts:

Everyone’s picture is taken right before the cast member checks everyone’s seatbelts. Once the cast member leaves and the doors close, the cast member then chooses one person’s picture to be used. The CM does not use pictures that have people flipping the bird or wearing their 3d glasses. It usually seems like the CM only chooses pictures of little babies or adults making stupid faces. I have ridden ST over a dozen times and I was never chosen.

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Anonymous asked: I think it's a shame that blogs like this ruin the magic of the Disney Parks. I'm sure you put a lot of effort into it, but the parks are a lot better enjoyed not thinking about how everything works all the time. I know that Disney is very open towards the workings of attractions/shows nowadays, but having backstage photos online showing parts of character costumes and guessing how that all works just goes a bit too far. And now I shall await the usual "Then don't visit this blog" reply…

Nah, no “don’t visit this blog” reply. You get to make your own decision on that.

What I will do is point out that Walt Disney himself spent a great deal of time showing people how things worked when he was alive. Ever since using the Disneyland TV show on ABC to share updates on the park as it was being built,

…to sharing with us preparations for the 1964 World’s Fair,

…Walt was never one to act like the knowledge of how things worked was in any way sacred.

Walt taught us about audio animatronics,

…he showed us how the multi-plane camera worked to make cartoons look more realistic,

…he showed us the scale models of attractions that were being planned,

…he showed us how cartoons were made.

Somehow, in recent years, some of that thirst for sharing knowledge has been lost. Some people have started treating this information as something that shouldn’t be public, like we’re supposed to just accept that it is “magic” and move on.

Walt Disney was an entertainer, and he loved to blow people away with fantastic new effects and attractions.

Walt Disney was also a teacher who loved to educate. He understood that imagination requires knowledge in order to become reality.

If there was one thing Walt loved more than blowing your mind, it was explaining how he had done it (or how he would do it in the future).

As with all entertainment, there is a suspension of disbelief that comes into play when you are experiencing it. But that doesn’t mean that the secrets behind how its done should never be shared.

Walt Disney took us on amazing journeys - but he didn’t hoard the road map, he shared it with us. Whether or not you want to read the map is entirely your choice.