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On the Road with Mickey 119 – How Changes in Technology have changed the rides

April 25, 2022
Episode 119 – How Changes in Technology have changed the rides

How Changes in Technology have changed the rides

Hey everyone, I’m Mike, she’s Sophie, that’s Brenda, and and he’s Grogu, and we’re On the Road with Mickey! This is episode 119 for April 25, 2022, and today our feature topic is How Changes in Technology have changed the rides. We’re taking a look at the attractions at Disney and are thinking about how those attractions have changed over the years. Grab your favorite beverage, sit back, and relax, and tell us in the comments below what you think! Here’s the rundown of what we talked about:

  • Cheddar from the Big Cheese
    • Brenda: Over at Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind, the team has revealed their list of six songs that will be part of the experience. They are: 
      • “September”
      • “Disco Inferno”
      • “Conga”
      • “Everybody Wants to Rule the World”
      • “I Ran”
      • “One Way or Another”
      • You won’t know until your ride starts which one you’ll get.

    • Sophie: Over on the west coast, Disney’s California Adventure welcomed World of Color back this past Friday, April 22nd. Everyone that’s listened know that I love that show, and I’m glad to hear it’s back now!
    • Mike: Disney has released the second trailer for the movie Lightyear, which is the origin story of Buzz Lightyear. The trailer is good and I think the movie will be too! It premieres on June 17th.

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  • Feature Topic: How Changes in Technology have changed the rides.
    • When Walt Disney World first opened, there were set ways that rides were developed. In some cases, rides were imported from other places – a key example I’m thinking about in this case is how the Prince Charming Regal Carrousel was built in 1917 by the Philadelphia Toboggan Company. Before it ended up at Walt Disney World, it enjoyed runs at Belle Isle Park in Detroit, Michigan, and then Olympic Park in Irvington, New Jersey, before being bought by Disney in 1967.
    • Many of the early Disney attractions focused on how the Disney Imagineers would take common items and put them to extraordinary use in making a ride “come to life”. Some key examples are the use of mirrors in The Haunted Mansion and the use of lights and colored paper to give the illusion of fire in Pirates of the Caribbean. However, all of these early concepts still revolved around mechanical rides that didn’t vary from one ride to another.
    • With the advancement of computers, though, that changed how rides could be designed and how the technology really changed how attraction junkies like us were able to experience the rides. That’s what we are going to talk about today – how those rides revolutionized the way we think about rides.
    • The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror
    • Star Tours
    • Toy Story Mania
    • Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway
    • Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure
    • Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run – Hondo Ohnaka Audio-Animatronic
    • Rise of the Resistance
    • Avatar: Flight of Passage

  • This Day in Disney History for April 25:

  • Disney Who’s Who Character
    • Little John from Robin Hood

  • A little bit of Walt
    • “The way to keep children out of trouble is to keep them interested in things. Lecturing to children is no answer to delinquency. Preaching won’t keep kids out of trouble. But keeping their minds occupied will.” – Walt Disney
    • (This reminds me of what I heard growing up “Idle minds are the devil’s workshop.”)

  • Coming Next Week: The Lands of the Magic Kingdom, Part 1
    • Brenda will have Liberty Square
    • Sophie will have Fantasyland
    • Mike will have Adventureland

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