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Gaff's Disneyland Report/World of Color show

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  1. gafftaper

    gafftaper Senior Team Senior Team Fight Leukemia

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    Well I went to Disneyland last week and besides all the rides I had a great time checking out all the special effects and lighting. So here's my trip report.

    First off LED's are EVERYWHERE at Disneyland. I was told Disneyland loves LED's and has the money and time to see the long term pay off to convert fixtures to LED. In a an operation where the lights are on full from 9am-midnight you can definitely see how they will save a lot of money in gels, lamps, and labor by converting to LED. While it's clear by the color saturation that they are using lots of LED's its not always easy to see the fixtures. Here's an LED being used in "Innoventions" an exhibit about the latest technology.
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    It's a Small world has a lot of LED's in use. Take a look at the color saturation of the blues in this night shot. [​IMG]
    If you look way off to the right you'll see a dimly lit blue structure. The fixtures used to light this were hidden behind the main clock tower face and can be seen during the day. It's probably a 80' throw. Not sure what they are using to try to light that area. It's not the most effective but it works. Below are two shots from the day time of the fixtures they are using to light that distant blue area... with top hats.
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    Inside Small world they were using a lot of LED's as well
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    There were several times in Small World that there is a water ripple light effect. I was curious how they were doing it. Because I could hear a fan from the boat. Yet I could see the source of the light. I leaned my arm out of the boat and shot several pictures into the moat to try to figure out how they were doing the water effect. I finally got this shot. Looks like a fan pointed at a sheet of blue gel. Not sure how this works. If the were reflecting the instrument off the gel or shooting light through the gel. Any thoughts?
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    Over in Disney California Adventure I spoted these VERY impressive turnbuckles holding up 1 1/4" cable. It was some impressive rigging although I find it odd they didn't mouse the turnbuckles. Perhaps they put a little weld on them or some sort of lock tight adhesive to keep them from moving. That's me. I'm 6'2". My wife just laughed at me for being such a nerd posing with the turn buckles.
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    Also in California Adventure they are working on a new Water show that will open next summer. As you can see they've drained the lake and are building a massive pump structure for the show. It'll use lights, fountains, video, and lasers to project a massive show at night. It'll be open summer 2010. That's a really impressive structure with a LOT of pumps. Can't wait to see it in a few years.
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    During the fireworks show Tinkerbell flies from the top of the Materhorn down around the castle.
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    Notice how she glows... She's getting hit by tons of UV from a bank of moving lights. In order to not cook Tink, her costume has full UV protection including her face. Note: the flying rig is just barely visible in blue in this second shot.
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    Here's a better view of the flying rig. In the day you can see the lines that run from the top of the Mountain to what would have to be the world strongest and most conveniently located tree (if it were real that is).
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    Speaking of Fake Trees... this was in the parking lot at Knott's Berry farm. I thought it was hilarious.
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    Future technicians amusing themselves in line. My 5 year old figured out that Dad knows how they do a lot of the special effects tricks and spent the week asking me "How did they do that?" I had a great time trying to explain: Scrim, Pepper's Ghost, video projection tricks on different mediums, IR cameras, intelligent lights, bubble machines, stages with traps, flying effects... it was a proud moment for me. The best one was when we were having lunch while the "jedi training academy" show was going on. A Jedi master picks kids out of the audience, gives them robes and light sabers, teaches them a few moves then an elevator brings Darth Vader and Darth Maul up out of the floor and the kids duel Vader and Maul. Good times. Well we had already seen the show and were sitting behind the stage. As the show ends, Vader and Maul descend back into the trap room on an elevator. Vader's stomping around the stage swinging his light saber and threatening that he will be back as he descends. My son completely ignored all this, because from where he was sitting he could see down into the trap room and spotted a technician and the door Vader uses to escape once the stage is completely submerged. I was so proud. :dance:
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    Ah sounds like you had fun! Good to see I'm not the only one who goes to theme parks, theaters, concerts and even sporting grounds and looks at the lighting. I remember my dad being more exited about Disneyworld than we were, and he was basically only taking us so he could go.
    We have tons of the fake trees hiding phone towers, they would be less obvious if they weren't the tallest tree for miles.....
    Very cool Tinkerbell effect, by the time I next go to the US the water show will be finished, but thats about 10 years away....
    Nick
     
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    10 years from now the water show will be replaced by the 3-D color laser hologram show in smell-a-vision ;)
     
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    Man that lake with pumps looks like its gonna be a good show indeed. I also like on the Clock tower how they have white fixtures yet the tophats are black.
     
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    A cell tower disguised as a douglas fir or cedar just wouldn't look very good.

    I'm assuming the white fixtures mean they are water proof... that seems to be pretty standard in the industry. The guys at Disney probably figure no one in their right mind will be trying to take a picture from the back side of the clock tower as they ride.

    Anyone know what those fixtures are?
     
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    Doesn't Warner Brothers have the copyright on smell-a-vision. As I recall, the concept was first introduced in a Bugs Bunny cartoon.:rolleyes::whistle:
     
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    The Garden State has many of these towers.

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    At first glance they look like a GLA lamp Star Par or a S4 Par(neL)
     
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    I thought they looked a lot like a PAR during the day but judging by the color saturation when they are on at night they appear to be LED fixtures.
     
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    What Rigger? I'm so fly....I Neverland.

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    Some of, if not THE best shots I've seen of Tink. Period!

    The lakebed at DCA is the build for "World of Color". I've never seen it, thanks for the first look. (Now I know where a couple of my bro's have disappeard to and what they've been doing. But they're not talking.)

    And yeah, the palm tree cell tower is quite common around SoCal.
     
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    Family resemblence is uncanny, no?


    :grin:


    (Oh, and thanks for the virtual tour of Disney, Gaff. I'm fairly sure I speak (type) for others that we appreciate your contribution.)

    Woohoo!
     
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    :oops: Sadly I must admit I didn't get shots that good of Tink... my little camera is good but not that good. I wanted to talk about what I saw but didn't have good shots to back it up. sooo... Google Image Search "tinkerbell flight" this site is right at the top. There are a few more good ones there too. Sorry I didn't note that in my original post. I assure you those are my children and that is me geeking out about the world's largest turnbuckle... which needs to be moused. "My lawyer has instructed me to say nothing else at this point.":twisted:;)

    As for the future "World of Color Show" I took those shots from "The Golden Zephyr" while in flight. It's a massive stage structure. All the more impressive when you realize it's waterproof. Here's a little more on it for those who haven't heard about it...

    It's apparently being designed/constructed by the people who did the Bellagio fountains, WET Design. Here's the official art work of what the show will look like.
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    and completely off topic... The Tower of Terror is perhaps the greatest ride ever. AWESOME!
     
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    Yes. Yes it is. We have a similar thing at a themepark here in Aus. But I never got to ride Space Mountain....
    Nick
     
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    Space Mountain, Tower of Terror...


    Sorry guys, but Cedar Point trumps them all.
     
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    Oh I agree. The "new" California Screamin' is Disney's first attempt at a real coaster and it's okay... not great, but okay. My wife and I swore from before the kids were born that as soon as they are 52" tall we are taking a family pilgrimage to Sandusky. Until then we'll have to make do with Knotts Berry farm (which is now owned by Cedar Point and they've added a couple of good ones. Check out the Silver Bullet... it's the real deal) and Magic Mountain ("we have all the rides Cedar Point does they're just shorter and slower").
     
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    I think you were just upset for not finding the hidden Mickey's. By the way, that wouldn't have counted.
    For what it's worth, I rarely see turnbuckles moused unless they are for overhead use. At that point they are always moused in some fashion.

    Now I can't wait to take my kids.:dance:
     
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    You don't need to take your kids, kids are just an excuse for grown adults to go and get photos hugging there favourite Disney characters and riding on roller coasters eating cotton candy. You can do that without kids!
    Nick
     
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    Wifie used to work for Great America (Six Flags) Chicago area, were we not too far away she would go back. What a life she enjoyed. This given pay rates where she got verses where she was would be a problem. Still also I have this dream at times of escaping and being the guy that changes the lamps in the "It's a small world" ride. Drive me crazy the song on while changing the lamps but for a while at least instant paridise pleasure in doing something meaningful.

    Hope you rode the flying Dumbo and tea cups while there - no matter the age, its' necessary, and it is about the kids plus us becoming that again. Amusement parks, are a source to work and with time one can get good salary, the wife worked with someone that stuck with it long enough for his career as now the boss for lighting.

    Also note such things as non-moused off stuff - than again constant adjustment and people sticking themselves on the mousing and or it no longer being a prop. That while there the lighting and or if CA has Wheel of Progress - think it's called, that would be another thing I would want to work and the scrim reveals for me opened up worlds in design for me, that past visit was magic for me beyond doing the drinking around the world a goal in seperate area for Florida.

    Want to go back and will take future kid there, it is magic kindom. Hope you enjoyed yourself beyond the wonders of how it was done that's also fun.
     

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