Here are some Fun Facts from my 2nd edition.
This should give you a well-rounded taste of what is in my book. Here are just a few out of the over 3,700 that are in it.
Pirates of the Caribbean
The treasure chest in the Treasure Room Scene is the actual prop from Pirates Of The Caribbean: Curse Of The Black Pearl (2003).
The 1962 Elephant Pool expansion displaced the Magnolia Park gazebo.
Indiana Jones Adventure: Temple of The Forbidden Eye
The queue begins outside where Guests walk past a 2.5 ton Mercedes-Benz troop transport truck. This truck is the actual truck used in the famous desert chase scene in Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981). Take note of how the hood ornament is still missing. The license plate still says WH-11204, but the spare tire has been changed out. There was also a handle added to the right side for the stuntmen to use while filming.
The Enchanted Tiki Room
This attraction was sponsored by United Air Lines from 1964-1973. Hawaii joined the United States in 1959, so Hawaiian style was very popular throughout the1960’s. United Air Lines benefited from its Tiki Room sponsorship because its airlines offered flights to Hawaii during this period of peak popularity. In 1976, sponsorship was taken over by Dole Pineapple and has been the sponsor ever since.
The Haunted Mansion
In the ballroom scene, there are two portraits hanging on the back wall. They depict two men who are about to have a duel. Their ghosts appear, shoot at each other, and then disappear. In 1974, someone actually shot at the portraits with a .22 caliber gun. Some people believe it was a child with a slingshot. This left a hole in the glass (the second to the last on your way through the scene next to the pillar). The Disney Imagineers used a fake spider and webs to cover the hole. To replace the whole pane of glass, they would have had to remove the roof to lower it in.
Big Thunder Mountain Railroad
The safety spiel was done by voice actor Dallas “Dal” McKennon. He was the laughing voice of the hyenas in the zoo in Lady and the Tramp (1955). You can hear this same laughing track for the hyenas on it’s a small world. In Lady and the Tramp, he voiced Pedro, the Chihuahua in the pound, Toughy, the dog that banged his tail on the pail, and the human with the bowler passing the zoo that Tramp tried to pass off as his owner. He also voiced the Angel in the “Johnny Appleseed” segment of Melody Time (1948), Cal McNab, Paul’s father, in Paul Bunyan (1958), the owl that dances with Aurora and also Diablo in Sleeping Beauty (1959), random barking dogs in 101 Dalmatians (1961), the fox and a hunting horse in Mary Poppins (1964), the bees in Winnie the Pooh and the Honey Tree (1966), Max the dog in How the Grinch Stole Christmas (1966), the Bear in Bedknobs and Broomsticks (1971), and the voice of Gumby in that series from 1988. In the late attraction, the Country Bear Jamboree, he was the voice of Zeke.
Dumbo the Flying Elephant
Originally, Dumbo’s ears used to flap up and down when he flew, but they proved to be too heavy for the mechanical arms to lift, so they were removed.
The Matterhorn Bobsleds
The mountain is made out of different layers: the outer shell is made out of concrete, then there is wire mesh and canvas, that is on a wood superstructure made from enough wood to build 300 new homes, then the center is all made out of steel beams.
Buzz Lightyear Astro Blasters
There are two Evil Emperor Zurg characters on the attraction. A few inches below the emblem of the “Z” on his chest plate, is a hole about the size of a dime. Shooting in that hole is worth 50,000 points.
Grizzly River Run
Grizzly Peak started out as a 25’ X 25’ hand-carved foam model that was scanned into a computer. The computer translated it into the plans of the final version that is steel and cement, carved to look like stone.
World Of Color
The show has 1,200 fountains that can spurt jets of water into the air up to 200 feet and each fountain is mounted on an LED light ring, capable of producing multiple colors. This is what the fountains look like raised out of the water.
Guardians of the Galaxy- Mission Breakout!
In the entry level of the attraction before boarding, there are lots of “Easter Eggs” hinting at all of the Marvel films or other Disney things;
1. Hanging in a cage high above is Figment - Epcot’s Journey Into Imagination
2. Just before boarding the lift, you can see Harold, the original Yeti - Matterhorn Bobsleds.
Attractions Of The Past
1957-1967, Monsanto House of the Future - A walk-through tour of a plastic house with plastic furnishings and interior and fascinating modern appliances, such as dishwashers and microwaves. The house was designed in roughly the shape of an X (looking down on it) with high-tech rounded exterior contours, all made from white plastic with large windows. It was outdated almost as soon as it was built. It was anchored to a solid concrete foundation that proved to be so indestructible that, when it was dismantled, the work crew gave up and left some of the support pilings in place and they can still be seen in Neptune's Grotto, now Pixie Hollow, between the Tomorrowland entrance and Fantasyland. Just look behind the entrance sign for the Pixie Hollow queue for cammo mesh covering the concrete.
Meet the Robinsons (2007)
You can see a picture in the outfield of Baloo and Mowgli from The Jungle Book (1967), and Jessie, Woody, and Bullseye from Toy Story 2 (1999).
In pre-production, Remy had a mother named Desiree, but after the story focused on the relationship between Remy and his father, her part was cut.
General Movie Trivia
The Wilhelm Scream has an interesting history. Actor Sheb Wooley let out this famously used scream when he was attacked by an alligator in the film Distant Drums (1951). It was later used in the film The Charge at Feather River (1953) when Private Wilhelm took an arrow in the thigh. It was used a few times after that, but when Star Wars Episode 4: A New Hope (1977) was released, it brought the stock sound to light. You can hear it when Luke and Leia are trapped on the landing. They are shooting up at the Storm Troopers when Luke manages to hit one, knocking him into the depths; the trooper is heard screaming. The sound department for Lucas dubbed it “The Wilhelm Scream.” After that, it was used in other Star Wars and Indiana Jones films. In total, the sound has been used in over 360 films, television episodes, and video games. Not only is Sheb Wooley known for his scream, he is also known for being the artist who wrote and performed the classic oldie “Purple People Eater” song in 1958.
The chess set in Merida's room is the famous Lewis Chessmen from the 12th century, unearthed in Scotland in 1831.
Adventureland - In the Bazaar shop, in the left side entrance, there is a Mickey head on the wall painted in a dirt sifter.