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    A Tradition of Organs

    Disneyland has had many Traditions. Here's an unexpected one we rarely think about! A tradition of organs.

    1. King Arthur's Caurosel- We all love the music playing right? Well, it's being played live by a player Organ and other musical instruments. It's located behind the Dumbo attraction.
    2. King Triton's Caurosel- Once Again the music right?? Well it's the same playing organ only it's playing California tunes for the entire Paradise Pier.
    3. Penny Arcade-We all love to put a quarter into it and choose a song right?? Yes, this organ can play songs selected by whoever decides to put a quarter into the slot next to it!
    4. Rodger Rabbit's Car Toon Spin- When we enter the gag factory we are greeted by a organ playing funny music that we hear throughout the scene.
    5. Disney's Electrical Parade- We all love the Dumbo Segment right. Well, the first float in the segment has a circus animal pulling a car which features Prince John from Robin Hood playing a pipe organ which sounds throughout the Dumbo Segment.
    6. Haunted Mansion-Here's the most obvious, the Famous Ballroom Scene where you see a ghost organist playing the renowned pipe organ which originally belonged to Captain Nemo in the movie 20,000 Leauges Under the Sea!
    Last edited by Walt Jr.; 02-19-2007 at 03:28 PM.
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    Re: A Tradition of Pipe Organs

    So true. Pipe organs are a tradition. I find that the tradition of rectangular trash cans is even MORE pervasive in the park than Pipe organs. Or Exit signs with green letters!
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    Re: A Tradition of Pipe Organs

    King Arthur's Carosel's music is really live?? I didn't know that! How neat!

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    Re: A Tradition of Pipe Organs

    Walt and Disneyland had the wonderful real steam pipe organ calliope on wheels pulled by horses, that played in the parade on Opening Day in 1955. They polished it and lit that baby up again and had it in the parade on Disneyland's 25th Anniversary. It was wonderful! Nobody that saw it or heard it would ever forget it! The sounds from those real live steam pipes tooting and hissing and spitting! Nothing like it in the world.

    After Disneyland's 25th...the beauty was sadly converted to compressed air and then shipped off to Walt Disney World and they use it and lent it out from there. I don't think it ever made its way back to Disneyland.

    I found the following reference to it on a Citrus Parade web site:

    Walt Disney World is proud to share Mickey Mouse and our 1907 Calliope (Ca-lie-o-p) which turns 100 years old next year. This Calliope was purchased by Walt Disney for the opening of Disneyland and later used in the movie Toby Tyler. In 1981, the calliope was relocated to Walt Disney World and has toured the country ever since in local parades. Today, the calliope is being pulled by an 8 – horse hitch of Percheron draft horses weighing in at more than 8 tons. When not on the road, the horses can be found on Main Street USA, or at home in the Fort Wilderness Resort and Campground.
    I was hoping it would make another appearance at Disneyland on its 50th Anniversary...but it was MIA and I couldn't even find anyone that knew what I was talking about!

    And here they had made such a big deal of it on Disneyland's 25th. So there seems to be at least one pipe organ "tradition" at Disneyland that doesn't get the tradition and attention it probably deserves.

    By the way...here's an old 2005 classified ad from a guy that acquired the steam components from this steam calliope of Walt's and Disneyland. It has a bit more history on the building of it:

    http://carouselclassifieds.com/detail.php?annid=75

    Who knows? Maybe the guy still has it for sale and you can own a real piece of Disneyland history!

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    Re: A Tradition of Pipe Organs

    I hate to burst your bubble...I appreciate your interest in pipe organs, I really do. However, 'orchestrias', mechanical instruments, and calliopes are not described as 'pipe organs'.
    As long as you are going down this road, you forgot the pipe organ in the treehouse that played the 'Swisskapolka'.
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    Re: A Tradition of Pipe Organs

    Isn't a pipe organ used to play some of the notes for the "Very Merry Un-Birthday" scene in the Alice in Wonderland attraction and the spinning Teacups as well?
    Last edited by Disney Wrassler; 02-19-2007 at 02:29 PM.

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    Re: A Tradition of Pipe Organs

    Quote Originally Posted by Brer Bear View Post
    I hate to burst your bubble...I appreciate your interest in pipe organs, I really do. However, 'orchestrias', mechanical instruments, and calliopes are not described as 'pipe organs'.
    As long as you are going down this road, you forgot the pipe organ in the treehouse that played the 'Swisskapolka'.
    If you read the descriptions for the Caurosels and the other player in Penny Arcade, I did mention that there were other Musical Instruments in the Mix. I did reffer to the thread about mostly Pipe Organs, I should have put just organs in general! Thanks!


    Quote Originally Posted by Disney Wrassler View Post
    Isn't a pipe organ used to play some of the notes for the "Very Merry Un-Birthday" scene in the Alice in Wonderland attraction and the spinning Teacups as well?
    Once again, I should have put organs in general.
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    Re: A Tradition of Organs

    There! The thread has been revised!
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    Re: A Tradition of Pipe Organs

    A CONCISE HISTORY OF OREGON THEATRE PIPE ORGANS
    based on the Robert Rickett memoir "The Golden Era of the Theatre Organ"
    and added to with information from: Donald James edited by jn

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    The 3/10 Morton from the Orpheum Theatre in Tacoma was in the home of Bill Morrison, who added three ranks to it. I bought this organ and went to Mukeltio with my wife. We crated it and brought it to Portland in three twenty foot rented trucks and put it in storage. This organ is now being stored by Ted and Ruth Beecher prior to building a studio to house it.
    http://www.theatreorgans.com/oregon/...ttslegends.htm



    Article was written in the late 1970s.

    Mega, mega kudos to anyone who can figure out why I posted this in a Disneyland forum about organs.

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    Re: A Tradition of Pipe Organs

    Quote Originally Posted by sleepyjeff View Post
    A CONCISE HISTORY OF OREGON THEATRE PIPE ORGANS
    based on the Robert Rickett memoir "The Golden Era of the Theatre Organ"
    and added to with information from: Donald James edited by jn

    ----------------------------------------
    The 3/10 Morton from the Orpheum Theatre in Tacoma was in the home of Bill Morrison, who added three ranks to it. I bought this organ and went to Mukeltio with my wife. We crated it and brought it to Portland in three twenty foot rented trucks and put it in storage. This organ is now being stored by Ted and Ruth Beecher prior to building a studio to house it.
    http://www.theatreorgans.com/oregon/...ttslegends.htm



    Article was written in the late 1970s.

    Mega, mega kudos to anyone who can figure out why I posted this in a Disneyland forum about organs.

    Anyone accept the challenge?
    I got nothing!
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    Re: A Tradition of Pipe Organs

    Quote Originally Posted by sleepyjeff View Post
    Mega, mega kudos to anyone who can figure out why I posted this in a Disneyland forum about organs.

    Anyone accept the challenge?
    Easy one. Ruth Beecher was Walt's sister.


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    Re: A Tradition of Pipe Organs

    Quote Originally Posted by Opus1guy View Post
    Easy one. Ruth Beecher was Walt's sister.

    Oh! Thats Cool!
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    Re: A Tradition of Pipe Organs

    Kudos Opus....I have to spread some um, er...kudos around more before I can give you a more tangible kudo
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    Re: A Tradition of Pipe Organs

    Quote Originally Posted by sleepyjeff View Post
    Kudos Opus....I have to spread some um, er...kudos around more before I can give you a more tangible kudo
    A big kudos to who can decipher this message!
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    Re: A Tradition of Organs

    Quote Originally Posted by Walt Jr. View Post
    5. Disney's Electrical Parade- We all love the Dumbo Segment right. Well, the first float in the segment has a circus animal pulling a car which features Prince John from Robin Hood playing a pipe organ which sounds throughout the Dumbo Segment.
    I thought that was King Leonidas from Bedknobs and Broomsticks?

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