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    Question Question: Zodiac at Disneyland

    The last time we were at Disneyland, I noticed that the Zodiac appears in several places around the park. Specifically, I noticed the signs around the base of the Astro-Orbiter, in Sleeping Beauty Castle, and on the old Fantasyland Skyway chalet. Does anyone have any more information on the appearance of the Zodiac around the park, the significance in Disney history, or Disney's relationship to it? Thanks in advance to anyone who can shed some light on this!

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    Re: Question: Zodiac at Disneyland

    Simple answer: Easy symbols to paint that look mystical, futuristic, and old-worldly at the same time, without offending too many people...

    Long answer: I always enjoy watching a conspiracy theory unravel. I'm gonna go microwave some popcorn
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    Re: Question: Zodiac at Disneyland

    Disney was a member of the Stonecutters Society.
    "The old man's gonna knock on the sky. Listen to the sound."

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    Re: Question: Zodiac at Disneyland

    Any idea what number he was?

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    Re: Question: Zodiac at Disneyland

    The zodiac appears often in medieval "Book of Hours" manuscripts (which were (Christian) prayer books) and clocks - so with Sleeping Beauty castle, at least, adding the zodiac there would be adding an authentic Middle Ages element. Here's the clock tower in Venice Italy, for instance:

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    Re: Question: Zodiac at Disneyland

    Paul Pressler was secretly the Zodiac Killer.

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    Re: Question: Zodiac at Disneyland

    Quote Originally Posted by Ortizmo2000 View Post
    Disney was a member of the Stonecutters Society.
    Fact......Walt Disney was a DeMolay, but never a Mason.

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    Re: Question: Zodiac at Disneyland

    Long answer: I always enjoy watching a conspiracy theory unravel. I'm gonna go microwave some popcorn
    Please make enough to share. We can bring Club 33 into the mix and have a grand discussion about conspiracies.

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    Re: Question: Zodiac at Disneyland

    Quote Originally Posted by Eric5675 View Post
    Simple answer: Easy symbols to paint that look mystical, futuristic, and old-worldly at the same time, without offending too many people...
    This is probably the most reasonable answer. I don't think Walt had any particular fascination with zodiac signs.

    Malina's above comparison to the Middle Ages answers Sleeping Beauty's Castle. The old Skyway station features a cuckoo style clock with the two doors. Small wall or mantle chalet cuckoo clocks are very popular in Switzerland, so the clock being on the Skyway building makes sense. It's more than likely a nod to those 19th Century clocks if anything. Generally, the clock isn't an Astronomical one, but there is no reason why it couldn't be. Lastly, the Astro Orbitor was obviously created long after Walt's time, so the only thing I can think of is wrapping the base of the attraction with the various signs is a "futuristic" looking alternative to having nothing there at all.

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    Re: Question: Zodiac at Disneyland

    Homer was a member of Stonecutters Society, not Walt.

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    Re: Question: Zodiac at Disneyland

    Quote Originally Posted by brian11811 View Post
    Homer was a member of Stonecutters Society, not Walt.
    Attach the Stone of Shame!

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    Re: Question: Zodiac at Disneyland

    There's also the Disney characters Zodiac on the Magic Mirror in Sorcerer's Workshop


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    Re: Question: Zodiac at Disneyland

    Well, the moon and planets follow the Zodiac path through the skies.
    That much is fact.
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    Re: Question: Zodiac at Disneyland

    I'm trying to imagine the uproar from the more easily offended members of mainstream religion if they'd done "real" hermetic/magical symbols for their fantasy 'magic' bits.

    We're somehow OK with shoehorning Astrology in with monotheism, but I think full summoning circles might attract unwanted yelling.
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    Re: Question: Zodiac at Disneyland

    I think it would greatly amuse me to find esoteric symbols hidden in the park.
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