Jan 14, 2021

Random Thursday

Time to dive back into the article by Fiona Clair on 49 Interesting Things You Didn't Know About Every Single Ride at Disney World! This article was rather fun to digest! There were so many things I didn't know but a small handful of ones that I did!

And as before if not stated, the pictures were borrowed from the article!


Disney World renamed Cinderella’s Golden Carrousel in 2010 and it became Prince Charming Regal Carrousel and with the name came a fun backstory. According to Disney, after they married, Prince Charming built a training arena for jousting tournaments that included wooden horses and because of its popularity, he had built the friendlier device for the townspeople to ride!


That’s an intricate backstory for sure!



The Seven Dwarves Mine Train contains familiar figures that were once used in the Snow White’s Scary Adventures ride that the mine train replaced.


I remember this older ride and thought it was fun way back when! Glad that Disney kept its spirit alive in some way!



 (image borrowed from Wikipedia)

We all know about the Hidden Mickeys hidden throughout the park, but did you know there’s one you can only see once a year? It’s hidden in the waiting line of Journey of the Little Mermaid and you can only see it on Mickey’s Birthday. At noon on November 18 the sun shines through a particular rock that shows off one of the most elusive Hidden Mickeys in the park.


I’ve never been to Disney on Mickey’s birthday but that’s kind of weird how it’s only the sunlight on November 18 that makes it appear. *Also note, this is the Disneyland version...that's the first picture I saw come up that I know is from a cooperative source! lol

Did you know that Space Mountain was the first roller-coaster to be controlled by a computer?


Let’s hope the machines never get mad at us while we’re on this ride!


(image borrowed from Walt Disney World)

In Fantasyland there’s a ride called The Great Goofini’s Barnstormer—it originally went by The Barnstormer at Goofy’s Wiseacre Farm but was renamed when Fantasyland expanded—and it’s believed to be inspired by another airplane ride that was once at the now gone Opryland USA theme park in Nashville around 1978.


Didn’t know about this park before! And it was closer to me than Disney!



Did you know that Splash Mountain was designed to help promote the movie Splash? Former Disney CEO, Michael Eisner ended up winning his name choice, otherwise we’d be calling it the Zip-a-Dee River Run.


Yeah, Splash Mountain was easier to say. Though I wonder what it will be called after its retheme?



(image borrowed from Walt Disney World)

Did you know that Jean Shepherd, the narrator of A Christmas Story, lends his voice to the Father on the Carousel of Progress?


You know, I don’t recall ever riding this one! Shame! I know!



Yale Gracey was the Imagineer responsible for some of the ghostly spectators in The Haunted Mansion. He’s the name inspiration for the master of the house as well!


That’s too cool!



(image borrowed from Wikipedia)

In The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh, the ride pays homage to the ride it replaced. As you pass by a property deed to Owl, you will see a portrait of Mr. Toad hanging above it.


And we also know a statue of Mr. Toad is in the Pet Cemetery at The Haunted Mansion too!



The Magic Carpets of Aladdin was the first Adventureland ride to be added in over 20 years.


Wow. I didn’t realize that there was such a gap between rides when Aladdin came in.






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