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    Re: Grand Canyon Diorama and Primeval World Attraction (The Best!)

    Quote Originally Posted by Barbossa View Post
    ozmacity,

    It seems we have the same thing on our minds today. While posting some new stuff in the African Cats thread in the movies section earlier, I started thinking about what topics I'd like the Disneynature crew to maybe visit in the future, and what popped into my head was the Grand Canyon - not so much because of the diorama at Disneyland, but because of the featurette that was released with Sleeping Beauty.

    Would love to see Disney revisit the Canyon and shoot a hi-def movie for the Disneynature series!
    Maybe this could be a new attration over in critter country. Kind of a flying over the canyon thing
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    Re: Grand Canyon Diorama and Primeval World Attraction (The Best!)

    I'd just like to add that legendary Imagineer Claude Coats painted the backgrounds (or at least, designed them and had help painting them). Whether he had help or not, they are definitely done in his style of painting and should be considered his works. Claude is credited as the Art Director and Show Designer for both the Grand Canyon and Primeval World dioramas. ClaudeCoats.com - Imaginography

    Disney did release a "Grand Canyon" documentary film in 1958. Grand Canyon (1958) - IMDb

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    Re: Grand Canyon Diorama and Primeval World Attraction (The Best!)

    The whole area is a piece of art on its own
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    Re: Grand Canyon Diorama and Primeval World Attraction (The Best!)

    Quote Originally Posted by Bob Weaver View Post
    I'd just like to add that legendary Imagineer Claude Coats painted the backgrounds (or at least, designed them and had help painting them). Whether he had help or not, they are definitely done in his style of painting and should be considered his works. Claude is credited as the Art Director and Show Designer for both the Grand Canyon and Primeval World dioramas. ClaudeCoats.com - Imaginography
    I knew that only because I am a huge Claude Coats fan.

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    Re: Grand Canyon Diorama and Primeval World Attraction (The Best!)

    I think this is the most underrated attraction in the park

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    Re: Grand Canyon Diorama and Primeval World Attraction (The Best!)

    Agree with all! It is refreshing to hear people who can appreciate the quiet, relaxing attractions, and recognize them as their own kind of thrill ride.

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    Re: Grand Canyon Diorama and Primeval World Attraction (The Best!)

    Here! Here!
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    Re: Grand Canyon Diorama and Primeval World Attraction (The Best!)

    Quote Originally Posted by JerrodDRagon View Post
    I think this is the most underrated attraction in the park
    Seriously. And while I'm thinking about it...I'm not sure how many of you have been to WDW and rode their train, but Disneyland has WDW so beat. With our diorama scenes and ride through Splash Mountain that I love so much.

    I am a grown man, and believe me, I will literally cry the day they decide to change it, bring in new animals/scenes/dinosaurs, or remove it completely.
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    Re: Grand Canyon Diorama and Primeval World Attraction (The Best!)

    The DLRR is one of my son's FAVORITE rides and the dioramas are awesome. I read somewhere, though, that the deer in the GC scene are the only taxidermied animals and the rest are fake. Is that not right? I'll have to change my blog entry about it!

    I'm not a great photographer, but here are a couple of shots from a recent trip:










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    Re: Grand Canyon Diorama and Primeval World Attraction (The Best!)

    Quote Originally Posted by ShelbyH View Post
    The DLRR is one of my son's FAVORITE rides and the dioramas are awesome. I read somewhere, though, that the deer in the GC scene are the only taxidermied animals and the rest are fake. Is that not right? I'll have to change my blog entry about it!

    I'm not a great photographer, but here are a couple of shots from a recent trip:









    Shelby love the photos. I am so stocked about going back in november.
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    Re: Grand Canyon Diorama and Primeval World Attraction (The Best!)

    Quote Originally Posted by Bob Weaver View Post
    Disney did release a "Grand Canyon" documentary film in 1958. Grand Canyon (1958) - IMDb
    It's on the Sleeping beauty DVD. Technically not a "documentary" as it is just filmed footage from the canyon with Grand Canyon Suite music playing. Kinda like a long music video. Would love to see Disneynature tackle a hi-def full length documentary feature about the canyon.

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    Re: Grand Canyon Diorama and Primeval World Attraction (The Best!)

    We took my seven-year-old cousin to Disneyland for his FIRST TRIP EVER last week The first thing we did was ride the train to give his a scope of how big Disneyland is, and he just adored the Grand Canyon and Primeval World exibits. Then after all of the fast and furious rides of the day, what was he excited to do on day 2? See the train exibits again! I love that he appreciated the dioramas so much. My seven-year-old self would have probably been more interested in Space Mountain

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    Re: Grand Canyon Diorama and Primeval World Attraction (The Best!)

    Nice thread!
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    Re: Grand Canyon Diorama and Primeval World Attraction (The Best!)

    I remember riding the train as a kid, not knowing that the dioramas even existed. I was so thrilled when we went past them... it kinda felt like a "secret" I had stumbled across.

    My son (4 yrs old) loves dinosaurs...next month on his first trip to DL, guess what I'm going to take him on and NOT tell him about beforehand? heehee Can't wait to see his face.

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    Re: Grand Canyon Diorama and Primeval World Attraction (The Best!)

    THANK YOU to the original poster for this wonderful write-up ... and picture review!!

    Love it! Great job!! :-)


    Quote Originally Posted by Bob Weaver View Post

    Disney did release a "Grand Canyon" documentary film in 1958. Grand Canyon (1958) - IMDb
    I think there's only one way to enjoy this - Get the Bluray version of Sleeping Beauty and see it on a Bluray projection system ... .against a 8 foot wide screen.

    I had, just, that chance .. to see it in that format ... and it was like being in the movies!!!

    Mesmerizing .. is the best word to describe this CinemaScope treat!

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