Walt Disney is being devoured alive by an Enchanted Tiki Column!!
Model Earth - Spaceship Earth’s Structure
It’s 1980 and Imagineer Marilyn Gage is putting the final piece of structural steel in place on WED’s model for Spaceship Earth. Besides boasting a clear look at the geosphere’s structural supports, this picture also gives us a great look at the “ride table” that the omnimover attraction utilizes to wend through the sphere. Notice the steep “down ramp” near the top of the table that takes vehicles down from the planetarium at the ride’s summit. Also interesting is the portion of the table that extends upwards into the planetarium that is not utilized, today, to keep Spaceship Earth structurally sound and to not tax the supports.
Walt is NOT keeping his arms, legs, feet, and hands inside the vehicle at all times.
Today is Earth Day and that means that Disney’s Animal Kingdom is marking an anniversary. Today, marks the park’s 15th year of showcasing indigenous culture, the world of animals, and the fantasy and challenge of nature in her many forms.
Disney’s Animal Kingdom is a special species of her own. The park is not conventional, not idealized, not an example of the gleaming and happy-go-lucky theme that most theme parks attempt to realize in their placemaking and environments.
Instead, she is real. She has history coursing through her veins, grit to boast in realistic and believable environments, and a heartfelt and vital message.
Yes, this difference often puts her at odds with the other parks that Disney has built around the world. But, in this difference is Animal Kingdom’s originality and unique qualities that make it an enthralling venture and experience.
Happy 15th, Animal Kingdom.