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You are the passengers on a most uncommon elevator…

Posted by Ashley Rae on April 8, 2009

…about to ascend into your very own episode of…The Twilight Zone. Tower of Terror Lobby Clock

As a new addition to my “Having a Magical Time” series, I am showcasing the Twilight Zone’s Tower of Terror clock. This can be found in the lobby of the attraction before you enter into the library.

According to the story five people were taking a maintenance service elevator to their room in The Hollywood Tower in 1939.  Around 8:05 p.m., lightning hit the hotel and the elevator shafts disappeared.

As evidence for the time freeze, a clock in the lobby forever displays 8:05 p.m.


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The Seas With Nemo & Friends

Posted by Ashley Rae on April 6, 2009

The Living Seas (1986-2006)

The Living Seas (1986-2006)

In 1986, The Living Seas pavilion opened and included a seacab ride through the aquarium, a movie about the development of the Earth and seas, and hydrolators which took you into Sea Base Alpha. Although the ride went through renovations during the years following which included the removal of the seacab attraction, nothing compared to the complete overhaul of The Living Seas in October 2006. A few years prior, Turtle Talk With Crush debuted in The Living Seas, but the refurbishment introduced new Disney-Pixar additions. During the Year of a Million Dreams campaign, The Living Seas was converted to the Seas with Nemo & Friends.

Entrance Since October 2006

Entrance Since October 2006

Part of the old track from the seacab attraction was used for the new “clamobile” ride which now takes you on an adventure to help find Nemo.  Anamatronic facades of noisy seagulls were placed outside and a picture opportunity with Nemo & friends.

Close By Photo Opportunity

Close By Photo Opportunity

Originally the queue for The Living Seas showcased the history of deep sea exploration. Now the wait brings you to the beach as a vacant lifeguard chair greets you before your dive under water with  your fish companions.
Great moments in this ride include the warning signs during your beach excursion.  The sign on the right seems like a regular advertisement, but might be more.  The important aspects of this sign are its address and “To Air is Human”.  1401 Coral Coast Highway could be a reference to 1401 Flower Street in Glendale, CA.  While the mention of “Human” might be put together to hint at Walt Disney Imagineering’s Human Resources Office.  The lifeguard stand on the left might be meant to look like a “SA”.  This might pay homage to The Livings Seas’ Sea Base Alpha.

The Seas With Nemo & Friends (Lifeguard Stand in Queue)

From classic to new, both pavilion themes offer different looks at the under sea life.  This pavilion now has some great attractions, but most important are the educational opportunities inside the tanks.

Sign Within the Queue

Sign Within the Queue

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Characters in Flight

Posted by Ashley Rae on March 27, 2009

Many developments have been made recently on Aerophile S.A.’s Characters in Flight, the new attraction which will be located in Downtown Disney’s West Side.  According to their website, Aerophile S.A. was “founded in 1993 by two 25-year-old engineers, Matthieu Gobbi and Jerome Giacomoni, AEROPHILE S.A. reinvented the tethered gas balloon following an 80-year absence and become the world leader in tethered gas balloons through the development of three flagship products:

The AERO30NG since 1994, a big tethered balloon which can lift 30 passengers up to 500 feet every 10 minutes with 50 balloons sold in more than 20 countries in cities including Paris, Berlin, Singapore, Hong Kong, and Dubaï; the AERO2 since 2000, a mobile balloon for 2 passengers and the AEROPHARE since 2007, the first balloon which can fly up to 130 feet with 12 passengers up to 50 mph of wind. All products can be used as a totem, a billboard, and an amusement ride.”

Their site also includes press releases of their newest project with the Walt Disney World Resort.

Late March 23rd, the Aerophile S.A. operated balloon was inflated and is currently very visible from the other sides of the Sassagoula River. Trying to find it past Pleasure Island is a little more difficult because it’s restrained elevation just barely peaks over the stores.

The flight reflects another ride in Disneyland Paris by Aerophile S.A. called the PanoraMagique which flies 100 meters into the air over the foreign resort.  Once operating, Characters in Flight should be soaring 30 passengers about 300-400 feet in the air to show a breathtaking view of Downtown Disney and the nearby attractions. If the flight time of the PanoraMagique is of any comparison, this journey will be about 6 minutes long.   Set to open April 1, 2009, this massive balloon ride is still a sight to see before its take off.

Signage is up with price information.

$16.00 for adults

$10.00 for children 3-9

Including tax.

Get more information about Aerophile S.A. or the PanoraMagique by visiting their websites.

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