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    Granite ball in Tomorrowland

    I didn't realize this at all, but this fact comes from http://www.hiddenmickeys.org/ and apparently it's been confirmed:

    "The ball weighs 6 tons and is held up bay a fountain of water. In fact, if it was ever removed the water from the fountain would rise 210 feet in the air!"

    Now, I knew the ball weighed a lot and was held up by water, but 210 feet into the air!? Why do they have a big rock there when they could be shooting water 210 feet into the air. Admittedly, they'd need some high fencing around it, but I think that'd be the neatest thing ever. Talk about the scale of Disneyland being thrown off though...how small would the park look when you have a jet of water shooting higher than the Matterhorn!

    But seriously, doesn't this cost a fortune in water bills for Disneyland? That kind of pressure would require a ton of water applied constantly. I'd think for such a small "attraction" in Tomorrowland it wouldn't be worth the enormous water bills.

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    Re: Granite ball in Tomorrowland

    That's true, although most of the water is gone now.

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    Re: Granite ball in Tomorrowland

    how does a small fountain in your yard work? its not constantly pumping fresh water! you should notice the grates underneath the ball that all the water holding the ball up drains into. its just recycled water so the only cost is the electricity for the pumps.

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    Re: Granite ball in Tomorrowland

    I agree. How much more fun would be a shooting water, even if it had only random blasts! Here we see another missed imaginative addition to TL. Now we have just a giant wet marble that blocks traffic flow.... reeeaal exciting!

    Now I know what to use the marble for, use it in the front entrance to the new Mission: Space ride, now that would be great!
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    Re: Granite ball in Tomorrowland

    That big ball attracts tons of kids to it. I like to turn it myself. There are much bigger issues with TL then the big ball.


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    Re: Granite ball in Tomorrowland

    Nothing attracts a crowd quicker than when a driver takes out a fire hydrant...

    Water spouting up into the air about 50-75 feet!

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    Re: Granite ball in Tomorrowland

    Quote Originally Posted by Athlonacon
    I didn't realize this at all, but this fact comes from http://www.hiddenmickeys.org/ and apparently it's been confirmed:

    "The ball weighs 6 tons and is held up bay a fountain of water. In fact, if it was ever removed the water from the fountain would rise 210 feet in the air!"


    They should really put a sign or a plaque or somethig with that written on it.

    I think people would find it more interesting.

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    Re: Granite ball in Tomorrowland

    I'm just waiting for some kid to run up to it in excitement, loose his/her balance, trip, smash their face into this wet spinning ball of rock and have a lawsuit be started up.

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    Re: Granite ball in Tomorrowland

    Quote Originally Posted by Olympicnut
    I'm just waiting for some kid to run up to it in excitement, loose his/her balance, trip, smash their face into this wet spinning ball of rock and have a lawsuit be started up.
    not sure about the lawsuit, but the tripping and smashing part has been done...

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    Re: Granite ball in Tomorrowland

    That wet marble and its attendant Home Depot planters need to go, like now.

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    Re: Granite ball in Tomorrowland

    Cosmic Waves inadvertantly turned Tomorrowland into a modern version of one of it's past attractions: Bathroom of Tomorrow. Now .. for the most part gone. While the granite ball remains. With a series of planters to give it a "frame".

    If Astro Orbitor is removed .. and placed back where it use to be .. along with something new on the Peoplemover track ... then I hope that's when they get rid of the granite ball.

    It represents "the remains" of a fountain that ultimately had to be shut down.

    Now .. they need to go in .. and get rid of the rest of it.

    I don't think Disney need to create anything in it's place. Tomorrowland can get quite crowded as it is ... especially in the summer.

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    Re: Granite ball in Tomorrowland

    If they removed it, they could put the speedramp for Space back in! (yeah yeah, make it for Fastpass I guess)

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    Re: Granite ball in Tomorrowland

    oohh fastpass speedramp sounds nifty!

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    Re: Granite ball in Tomorrowland

    I would hate to be a small child, and stick my hand in the 210 foot stream of water shooting up, I might go with it :P






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    Re: Granite ball in Tomorrowland

    Quote Originally Posted by Morrigoon
    If they removed it, they could put the speedramp for Space back in! (yeah yeah, make it for Fastpass I guess)
    What is this speedramp of which you speak?

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