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

    Love love love the thread! My favorite attraction by far. I always have to ride the train from Main St. to Main St. at least once at night and once during the day when I go. Thanks Caleb =)

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

    We all loved the train. What I would like to know is if that is a bullet hole in the plexiglass?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Susie63 View Post
    What I would like to know is if that is a bullet hole in the plexiglass?
    It is. The hole has been there for over 30 years. Theories range from a .22 pistol to an air gun (BB or pellet), to a ball bearing fired from a wrist rocket.

    From a MiceChat thread in 2006 entitled "The Worst Disney Maintenance - Grand Canyon BB hole"....

    Quote Originally Posted by RobotMirror"
    The hole has been there since 1974. This website quotes the following:

    "As you're going through [The Haunted Mansion] look and you'll notice what's supposed to look
    like a spider web on one of the sheets of glass. (It's on one of the last ones you see) The story I heard behind this (from a HM Cast Member and a good friend of mine) is that one night somebody actually shot through the glass, leaving a bullet hole.

    This was confirmed by Mark Keiser (Retlaw 72-76 Security 77-81) Summer 1974 "The guy that shot there presumably also shot the hole in the last or second to last window of the Primeval World diorama. Later investigation determined the hole to be .22 caliber (in both places), and bullet fragments matched (courtesy of Anaheim PD) the holes in Adventures in Inner Space (he shot up the snow flakes)."

    There is another bullet sized hole beneath the duelist on the right, so perhaps a deranged guest was shooting at "the man with the gun".

    They knew that to replace the glass they'd have to take the roof off the building first, so they decided to simply disguise it as a spider web. BTW, there is a spare pane in the back lot."
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    Re: Grand Canyon Diorama and Primeval World Attraction (The Best!)

    Doesn't TDL have a PW display too?
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    Quote Originally Posted by ozmacity View Post
    I'm so confused...the voice heard currently, at least I thought, has been the same voice I've always heard. I was born in 1985. Now either my memory fails me or some of you are just taking false info from one of the Disneyland Railroad websites as fact and don't actually know for sure yourself. I could have sworn that guy playing right now has been on as long as I can remember.
    I assure you, Caleb, that I am not taking "false info" from one of the Disneyland Railroad websites. Your memory is simply decieving you. Thurl's distictive voice is heard quite plainly--and is completely different than the current ca. 2002 version--in the link I posted above.

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

    Weird. Yknow, it's probably because I hadn't paid too much attention to his voice as a kid, more to the scenes, and then I had a gap of not going again from Indiana Jones opening time 1995-ish to about 2003 (Grad Night for highschool). And I've gone a million times since, so I suppose it makes sense that the most I've really paid attention to the narrator's voice was after 2002. Thanks for the info.
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    Re: Grand Canyon Diorama and Primeval World Attraction (The Best!)

    I am surprised that nobody mentioned that the Primeval world was heavily inspired by Fantasia's Rite of Spring scene, its almost the same in some places.

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

    Quote Originally Posted by Telpeurion View Post
    I am surprised that nobody mentioned that the Primeval world was heavily inspired by Fantasia's Rite of Spring scene, its almost the same in some places.

    I always figured that's what it was as a kid, especially the part w/ the T-Rex and Stegosaurus.
    On another note... according to a couple posts above,....how the heck did a guy manage to avoid detection and shoot up TWO attractions and not be caught?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Telpeurion View Post
    I am surprised that nobody mentioned that the Primeval world was heavily inspired by Fantasia's Rite of Spring scene, its almost the same in some places.
    Although the scenes were inspired by the "Rite of Spring" segment of Fantasia, the Primeval World dinosaurs originated in the Ford Magic Skyway Pavilion at the 1964 New York World's Fair.
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    Just listened to the Grand Canyon Suite during Sunday breakfast out on the deck. An amazing piece of music, the sweep of which the Grand Canyon Diorama mimics pretty closely. We see the Canyon from sunrise to sunset, including a cloudburst--just like the Suite.

    Long gone are the days when a theme park attraction could feature an incredible score of classical music.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Steve DeGaetano View Post
    Long gone are the days when a theme park attraction could feature an incredible score of classical music.

    What about Silly Symphony Swings?


    Here's a not very clear shot of the armadillo:


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    Armadillo? What armadillo? I saw nothing in that photo.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Not My Real Name View Post
    Armadillo? What armadillo? I saw nothing in that photo.

    Right there:



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    That doesn't look like an armadillo to me. Could be a Collared Peccary or a porcupine--both native to the Canyon.

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

    There was once a rumor (late 80's/early 90's maybe) that they were going to add a third diorama that featured the canyon in the future. I'm glad this never came to be. Also, I was surprised to see alot of the diorama scenes are recreated in Ellen's energy ride at Epcot. Great thread by the way.

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