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    Grand Canyon and Primeval World Diorama

    Just took this vid on 9/9/09 have a look

    [ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VVu79tfgkZo"]YouTube - Grand Canyon and Primeval World Diorama[/ame]

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    Re: Grand Canyon and Primeval World Diorama

    Way cool! Thanks for posting that.
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    Re: Grand Canyon and Primeval World Diorama

    Thanks for that! It's great to see it again. I have always loved the Primeval World diorama since the first time I saw it. At first, I didn't appreciate the Grand Canyon one but as I got older I learned to. The background murals in the Grand Canyon were painted by none other than the legendary Claude Coats!

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    Re: Grand Canyon and Primeval World Diorama

    wow..amazing...I love the crystal clear of the video
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    Re: Grand Canyon and Primeval World Diorama

    Thanks for posting the video, I've never seen this before!

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    Re: Grand Canyon and Primeval World Diorama

    Quick question: What was there before the grand canyon and primeval world diorama? Did the train just travel in darkness or the back side of buildings? This video made me curious!

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    Re: Grand Canyon and Primeval World Diorama

    Quote Originally Posted by krpink View Post
    Quick question: What was there before the grand canyon and primeval world diorama? Did the train just travel in darkness or the back side of buildings? This video made me curious!

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    Thre indeed was nothing--just the back of buildings (although the Wikipedia entry on the DRR states otherwise).

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    Re: Grand Canyon and Primeval World Diorama

    Wasn't there always a short "tunnel" (actually covered bridge over the backstage access road) there? The same one that separates the two dioramas today?
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    Re: Grand Canyon and Primeval World Diorama

    Quote Originally Posted by BigThunder View Post
    Wasn't there always a short "tunnel" (actually covered bridge over the backstage access road) there? The same one that separates the two dioramas today?
    Not in the photos I've seen. Will try to find/post some.

    EDIT: Here you go. No tunnel, at least as far as these old eyes can see:


    Photo from USC:

    It does look like "berm" was built on the Park side, to shield backstage, however...

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    Re: Grand Canyon and Primeval World Diorama

    Another weird "Grand Canyon" connection:

    The final bars of Ferde Groffe's "On The Trail" movement of "Grand Canyon Suite," which plays in the diorama, can also be heard in "A Christmas Story" as the mystical music playing when Ralphie first wakes up in his bedroom on Christmas morning.

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    Re: Grand Canyon and Primeval World Diorama

    Aha! Okay, I was looking at a 1958 park map (not a photo) and it does show the "covered bridge tunnel" - so it was no doubt installed at the same time as the original Grand Canyon Diorama. That explains why it's been there as far back as I can remember. Thanks for posting the photo. Must be from around '56 or so?
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    Re: Grand Canyon and Primeval World Diorama

    Diorama? DIORAMA!? You mean we don't ACTUALLY go through the Grand Canyon????
    Next you'll be telling me those are fake dinosaurs!
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    Re: Grand Canyon and Primeval World Diorama

    The animals in the Grand Canyon diorama are actual stuffed (taxidermied) animals.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bob Weaver View Post
    The animals in the Grand Canyon diorama are actual stuffed (taxidermied) animals.
    Does that include the Dinosaurs?
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    Re: Grand Canyon and Primeval World Diorama

    Quote Originally Posted by BigThunder View Post
    Aha! Okay, I was looking at a 1958 park map (not a photo) and it does show the "covered bridge tunnel" - so it was no doubt installed at the same time as the original Grand Canyon Diorama. That explains why it's been there as far back as I can remember. Thanks for posting the photo. Must be from around '56 or so?
    Yeah, my image search included the year "1956," so that's probably the year.

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