Abe actually brought the following busts into exsistence! While Rolly Krump and Yale Gracey were creating gags and effects to use in the HM, they had a "rubber mask" from the mold of Abe Lincoln. One day, they had sat it on a chair backwards and started to pace back in forth in thinking for a new experiment when they noticed that Abe's face kept following them. Soon they realized that if they used a mold of a bust backwards, it would face guests down in the portrait gallery!
That one smacks of "urban legend" to me. The hollow/inverse image gag used for those busts had already been around for awhile before the HM. I remember seeing a picture on the wall of a hillbilly or old guy, full color, in the "Haunted Shack" at Knott's Berry Farm in the mid-60's. The face followed you wherever you were in the room. I lingered behind with the group we were in so I could creep up and get a closer look. Had to get pretty close before I could see how that eerie thing actually worked.
So when the HM opened a few years later, my brother and I recognized the gag immediately as the same one Knott's had used.
When I was a kid I used to marvel about how far down under ground POTC was, I used to look up at the ceiling in the ship scene, and think no wonder this was so expensive to build, just look how far down they had to dig!!!
I must LOL at how ridiculous that thought was! Of course there was a show building over head to account for it!
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Can someone provide me with some proof that this one isn't absolutely true. I proposed to my wife at what I thought was the 'Heart of Disneyland'. If this is indeed an urban legend, then we must all swear never to tell her. It'll crush her to know that it was just used for some stupid surveying thing.
Until I see actual proof somewhere, I'm belieiving that it is the true 'heart' or center of Disneyland... as it existed in 1955
Sorry. Don't tell her (BTW, I'm guessing she won't love you any less).
Photo circa 1955. Red lines "center."
Blue line--through the spike--not so much:
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Hehe...I have heard this one as well, and in all of my delvings, couldn't find a solid foundation for this intriguing rumor. Now it's certainly true that the HM and POTC have AA's "in common", but as far as Honest Abe is concerned, I'd call this one a "myth". If any has a credible citing regarding this particular rumor, I would owe you big time if you were to share it. Good one, Chad--I'd almost forgotten about this one!
The Auctioneer was one of the first "modern generation" AA's. The motion was far more fluid--the limbs' motions didn't end in a sudden "stop!" but slowed to a stop more authentically.
Ask out own expert, Opus1. He spoke directly to Marty Sklar about this. Sklar admitted the falsity.
I believe the confession is also in one of the television documentaries used by the likes of Travel Channel and Discovery Channel.
I think I'm going to agree that underground has to be under ground. In school (architecture) we have had several assignments that did not allow underground development, but we could dig into the site a la Pirates. Just my little opinion.