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    It's a small world clock

    Does anyone know how the clock works for "It's A Small World"? Is it an actual clock that keeps real time? Is the quarter-hour show fully automated? Or does someone make the change to the blocks that show the time? Just wondering since I love clocks that put on a show. Maybe there's a website out there that shows the inner workings like those HM sites.

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    Re: It's a small world clock

    I thought it was just a face that swayed left and right.

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    Re: It's a small world clock

    by this point it's fully automated and the clock is computer controlled. at one point it probably was its own clock though.

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    Re: It's a small world clock

    All the 1: 2: 3: Hour Blocks are automated to change positions at the end of each show cycle, and the clock shows are started automatically on the quarter hour by a timer. I'm told (by a reliable source) that you can hear the clock blocks advance to the next position on the quarter hour even in the wee hours of the morning when the Show play of the clock is inhibited.

    The Hour blocks are on a track in a continuous loop riding on tubular tracks inside the clock building, kind of like the Marching Dolls that take a lap around the base of the tower. (The bogies look kind of like the chain conveyor they use at your local Dry Cleaners.) The quarter hour sign block (:00 :15 :30 :45) turns on a horizontal axle.

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    Re: It's a small world clock

    Quote Originally Posted by Bruce Bergman View Post
    All the 1: 2: 3: Hour Blocks are automated to change positions at the end of each show cycle, and the clock shows are started automatically on the quarter hour by a timer. I'm told (by a reliable source) that you can hear the clock blocks advance to the next position on the quarter hour even in the wee hours of the morning when the Show play of the clock is inhibited.

    The Hour blocks are on a track in a continuous loop riding on tubular tracks inside the clock building, kind of like the Marching Dolls that take a lap around the base of the tower. (The bogies look kind of like the chain conveyor they use at your local Dry Cleaners.) The quarter hour sign block (:00 :15 :30 :45) turns on a horizontal axle.

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    Wow. Now that's great information!


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    Re: It's a small world clock

    Quote Originally Posted by k_peek_2000 View Post
    I thought it was just a face that swayed left and right.
    Lol you obviously don't pay IASW enough attention (who can blame you with that song *eye-twitch*).

    On the quarter hour:
    http://youtube.com/watch?v=9Li_Mis6TBo


    AND during the last holidays at night:
    http://youtube.com/watch?v=3V8jSAFAfgY

    I love the crowd's collective reaction to it going dark and then totally going crazy

    So do you guys think that IASW clock was the world's first digital town square clock? Most public clocks are analogue.
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    Re: It's a small world clock

    Quote Originally Posted by monotonehell View Post
    AND during the last holidays at night:
    http://youtube.com/watch?v=3V8jSAFAfgY

    I love the crowd's collective reaction to it going dark and then totally going crazy
    My only regret is that I'm at work with no sound from the computer. Can't wait to get home and watch that light show. I might have to talk to the family boss to see if there's a DL trip this year.

    And Bruce, thanks for the info. That's just the information that I was looking for.

    Does anyone have "inside" pictures? Just wondering.

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    Re: It's a small world clock

    Quote Originally Posted by Bruce Bergman View Post
    All the 1: 2: 3: Hour Blocks are automated to change positions at the end of each show cycle, and the clock shows are started automatically on the quarter hour by a timer. I'm told (by a reliable source) that you can hear the clock blocks advance to the next position on the quarter hour even in the wee hours of the morning when the Show play of the clock is inhibited.

    The Hour blocks are on a track in a continuous loop riding on tubular tracks inside the clock building, kind of like the Marching Dolls that take a lap around the base of the tower. (The bogies look kind of like the chain conveyor they use at your local Dry Cleaners.) The quarter hour sign block (:00 :15 :30 :45) turns on a horizontal axle.

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    Wow, had some idea...but not that detailed of an idea.
    Thanks for the info.
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    Re: It's a small world clock

    I read somewhere that the Tick Tock sound was created live somewhere in the park; that a microphone was set up to capture the sound and cast members were warned not to speak in or around the microphone room. Seems odd to me that a recording was not created, so I'm not certain how accurate this story is.

    Also, I was fortunate enough one year to witness Imagineers testing the clock during the transition from Holiday back to regular. But for some reason, they hadn't got the front doors just right. The doors are supposed to open and stay open for the entire doll parade. But this day, each doll pushed the door open, which then slammed back into the doll behind it. "There's so much that we [SLAM!] That it's time we're a-[SLAM!] It's a Small World [SLAM!]-ter All..."

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    Re: It's a small world clock

    Quote Originally Posted by dougeebear View Post
    Also, I was fortunate enough one year to witness Imagineers testing the clock during the transition from Holiday back to regular. But for some reason, they hadn't got the front doors just right. The doors are supposed to open and stay open for the entire doll parade. But this day, each doll pushed the door open, which then slammed back into the doll behind it. "There's so much that we [SLAM!] That it's time we're a-[SLAM!] It's a Small World [SLAM!]-ter All..."
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    Re: It's a small world clock

    Quote Originally Posted by dougeebear View Post
    I read somewhere that the Tick Tock sound was created live somewhere in the park; that a microphone was set up to capture the sound and cast members were warned not to speak in or around the microphone room. Seems odd to me that a recording was not created, so I'm not certain how accurate this story is.

    Also, I was fortunate enough one year to witness Imagineers testing the clock during the transition from Holiday back to regular. But for some reason, they hadn't got the front doors just right. The doors are supposed to open and stay open for the entire doll parade. But this day, each doll pushed the door open, which then slammed back into the doll behind it. "There's so much that we [SLAM!] That it's time we're a-[SLAM!] It's a Small World [SLAM!]-ter All..."
    The sound is created live in the clocktower with an actual woodblock. If they don't want the ticking, the mic will turn off.
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    Cool Re: It's a small world clock

    The Parade of dolls that come out every 15 minutes is called "The Parade of Nations"! Fun times at the World of Small
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    Re: It's a small world clock

    Quote Originally Posted by Walt Jr. View Post
    The sound is created live in the clocktower with an actual woodblock. If they don't want the ticking, the mic will turn off.
    WOW!!! THATS KOOL!

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    Re: It's a small world clock

    The Sound of the Clock is recording, and is turned off by pressing a "Clock Show Mute" button in the Captains Tower. It is neither live nor utilizes a woodblock.
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