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    Re: What're your backstage and house lights pics?

    That is one dusty attic!

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    Re: What're your backstage and house lights pics?

    Quote Originally Posted by mycroft16 View Post
    I don't think that Disney doesn't care about their image and doesn't fight sites with pictures for that reason. I think it is that they've realized there really isn't a viable way to fight them and that in the end it actually increases interest in the parks.
    Plus fighting them only draws interest to the controversial pictures and can quite possibly alienate their fans.

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    True. I mean, the more backstage photos I see, the more I want to go to Disneyland! Honestly, the supposed ugliness of backstage draws me even more to the undeniable beauty of the park.


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    Re: What're your backstage and house lights pics?

    Well, the thread asks for backstage and house lights pics - here are some from January 2003 when we had to walk off Snow White's Scary Adventures in Disneyland.

    Bats.




    Trees.







    Alligators.


    Some Dopey guys.




    All photos taken while a castmember patiently waited to escort us out.

    For the full trip report, see http://www.ghostlygallery.com/jan03/
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    Re: What're your backstage and house lights pics?

    Quote Originally Posted by Datameister View Post
    Despite my usual fascination with behind-the-scenes info, that's one bit of visual information I rather wish I didn't have in my memory. I've only turned around in that scene once, and it made me rather sad to see the ball simply stop in place...peaceful, unintimidating. Or are you talking about the whole thing about the chamber moving around you? In that case, I haven't taken a look, and probably won't anytime soon.
    I was talking about the entire chamber; the fact that you never actually go backwards, etc. I'm not sure what you're talking about, though...

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    I was talking about the entire chamber; the fact that you never actually go backwards, etc. I'm not sure what you're talking about, though...
    Ah, yes. That one never fails to amaze me, although it didn't seem to be working last Friday. I rode Indy three times over the course of the day, and the vehicle never "went backwards" the way it usually does. The ball showed up just fine, Indy behaved normally, the lighting was great, and we dove under the ball as per usual...but the backing up effect didn't seem to be working. Anyway, when it does work, it's amazing how effective it is. Every time I explain the trick to someone, their reaction is generally What?!

    What I was talking about is the fact that the illusion of the ball's motion disappears if you look behind you after the drop. If you look behind you after the drop but before the right turn, you can see the ball just sitting there. Very sad to see--you'd think they could at least turn off the lights after you go through, then turn them on when the next transport arrives at the scene.


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    Re: What're your backstage and house lights pics?

    Quote Originally Posted by Datameister View Post
    Ah, yes. That one never fails to amaze me, although it didn't seem to be working last Friday. I rode Indy three times over the course of the day, and the vehicle never "went backwards" the way it usually does. The ball showed up just fine, Indy behaved normally, the lighting was great, and we dove under the ball as per usual...but the backing up effect didn't seem to be working. Anyway, when it does work, it's amazing how effective it is. Every time I explain the trick to someone, their reaction is generally What?!

    What I was talking about is the fact that the illusion of the ball's motion disappears if you look behind you after the drop. If you look behind you after the drop but before the right turn, you can see the ball just sitting there. Very sad to see--you'd think they could at least turn off the lights after you go through, then turn them on when the next transport arrives at the scene.

    Ah... thanks for the clarification on that one. I've never looked behind after the drop. I just might have to check that out next time...

    And I so totally (I think I use this word a lot. maybe too much...) get the same reaction from people. Heck, even I gave that reaction at one time It's fun to share some of the neat factoids about the park. I love my friends reactions when they learn one of the many tidbits and secrets of the parks. They seem to have the same appreciation that we do.

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    I love my friends reactions when they learn one of the many tidbits and secrets of the parks. They seem to have the same appreciation that we do.
    Lucky you. I've been feeling more and more bitter about how few people (outside of this forum) can relate to my passion for Disneyland. Trying to share fun facts with my family is futile, with the occasional exception of when we're actually there. My friends listen and sometimes say "Oh, cool," or something to that effect, but rarely with extreme enthusiasm. I can't even share everything I want to with my girlfriend--she just doesn't care about Disneyland like I do. (Luckily for both of us, there are more important things to me. Otherwise we wouldn't still be together. )

    I've never looked behind after the drop. I just might have to check that out next time...
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    Re: What're your backstage and house lights pics?

    Quote Originally Posted by Datameister View Post
    Don't do it! You'll regret it! Far worse than looking into the eyes of Mara, I assure you...

    Well, considering nothing actually happens to you when you look into the eyes of Mara, that leaves open a whole realm of possibilities. You have me scared now. I just might pee my pants, I'm so scared. But, really, it's that bad? That is sad...

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    Quote Originally Posted by MrLiver View Post
    A long time ago, darn near 10 years ago, there was a person on a Disney message forum that posted several pictures of an attraction that had been long closed in a deteriorating condition (obviously having been ransacked and vandalized).

    There was nothing particularly shocking or revealing in the photos... just some shots of some plywood sets torn up.

    Disney fought long and hard to get those photos taken down. They threatened legal action, got the lawyers involved, made a big fuss about protections and what not... and in the end they lost.

    Flash forward to today, 10 years later, and you're right. Disney just doesn't care anymore. You want to take pictures backstage? Go ahead. You want to post them all over the internet? Sure. In fact now you can even BUY pieces of those old Disney properties in all their dirty and worn out glory.

    In the end it all has the same result. Disney doesn't care so much about their image. At least not enough to expend the energy to stop what they normally would have. I agree in the sense that you can't have it both ways: you can't on one hand complain that Disney doesn't care about good show, maintenance, cleanliness, a respecting the magic; all the while salivating for any backstage photo, dirty trash can, and broken ride. They're all part of the same problem.

    I guess It's all just a little ironic.
    You're completely right about Disneyland not caring anymore about preserving the show because the company doesn't take showmanship, itself, seriously, anymore.

    I do understand preserving the show in an age of camera phones and the Internet, as well as people who agree to not take pictures of backstage only to turn around and do so, anyway, is exceedingly difficult. But, the pre-Pressler Disneyland would have made every effort to do so.

    By the way, did this incident happen under Pressler?

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    Well, considering nothing actually happens to you when you look into the eyes of Mara, that leaves open a whole realm of possibilities. You have me scared now. I just might pee my pants, I'm so scared. But, really, it's that bad? That is sad...
    Are you kidding? I once rode Indiana Jones and no one looked into the eyes of Mara. We went up to the giant head, stopped without looking at the guy, and the Curtain of Time opened up. (It was on the right side of the vehicle.) We then chugged through the curtain into a room where a giant remote control allowed us to fast forward into the future, seeing what would happen. It was kind of like that flick Click, except with a giant stone head instead of Christopher Walken. So tell me honestly, would you rather be nearly killed on a rickety bridge over a pit of once-flaming lava, or would you rather be bestowed with Mara's mighty gifts? Yeah. That's what I thought.








    Anyway, it's not that bad. I mean, it's pretty dark. But somehow, the illusion of the ball rolling right into the spot where I just was always felt so completely real, despite the fact I knew it didn't. Turning around made me see both boulders--the moving one and the crashed one--at the same time, which really destroys the final scene a bit.


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