Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Disney Structure / Weenie Heights

I've collated together the heights of over forty of Disney's most iconic structures from all of its parks (and waterparks) globally, and arranged them below in height order from largest to smallest.

Now some of this information seems off to me, but it's the best I've found. For example, the Cinderella Castles at the Magic Kingdom and Tokyo Disneyland are apparently the same, and places also say that the castle at Tokyo Disneyland and Mount Prometheus at Tokyo DisneySea are both the same height, but whilst Florida's castle is 189 feet, sources say Mount Prometheus is 168 feet - so the Tokyo castle's height is disputed. If anyone can offer some clarification that would be much appreciated!

Disneyland Paris's Big Thunder Mountain is listed as 197 feet, and other sources say it's 200ft, but I very much doubt this - it is much more probably around 104 feet, roughly equal to the other versions. I also do not know the heights of either Indiana Jones et le Temple du Peril or Raging Spirits (although the track height is around 16m/52ft).

Update

I did some research and it seems the main reason for the height discrepency is that Florida's castle height includes the layer of utilidors beneath it. Effectively, its height from the castle base is only 167-170 feet (the artificial ground level), not 189 feet (which is from the original ground level), matching Mount Prometheus. Interestingly to me, this means that Florida's castle is practically the same height as Disneyland Paris's (167 feet), despite the common thought that it's bigger.















































































































































































































































































Attraction

Park

Meters

Feet

Forbidden Mountain (Everest)

Disney's Animal Kingdom

60.8

199.5

Twilight Zone Tower of Terror

Disney's Hollywood Studios

60.7

199

Big Thunder Mountain

Disneyland Paris

59.7

197

Tower of Terror

Tokyo DisneySea

59

194.7

Cinderella Castle (& Utilidor)

Magic Kingdom

57.3

189

Twilight Zone Tower of Terror

Walt Disney Studios Paris

56

183

Space Mountain

Magic Kingdom

55.5

183

Twilight Zone Tower of Terror

Disney California Adventure

55.5

183

Spaceship Earth

Epcot

54.9

180

MaliBOOMer!

Disney California Adventure

54.5

180

Big Thunder Mountain

Magic Kingdom

54.2

179

Mount Prometheus

Tokyo DisneySea

51

168.3

Cinderella Castle

Tokyo Disneyland

51

168.3

Le Chateau de la Belle au Bois Dormant

Disneyland Paris

50.9

167

Mickey's Fun Wheel

Disney California Adventure

48.8

160

Space Mountain

Disneyland Paris

47

155.1

Matterhorn

Disneyland

44.8

147

Tree of Life

Disney's Animal Kingdom

44

145

Earful Tower

Disney's Hollywood Studios

39.4

130

Earfell Tower

Walt Disney Studios Paris

39.4

130

Space Mountain

Disneyland

39

128

Radiator Springs Racers

Disney California Adventure

37.9

125

Sorcerer Mickey Hat

Disney's Hollywood Studios

37

122

Mount Splashmore

Disney's Blizzard Beach

36.4

120

California Screamin'

Disney California Adventure

36.4

120

Space Mountain

Hong Kong Disneyland

35.8

118

Space Mountain

Tokyo Disneyland

35.8

118

Grizzly Peak

Disney California Adventure

33.3

110

Big Thunder Mountain

Tokyo Disneyland

33

108.9

Big Thunder Mountain

Disneyland

31.7

104

Splash Mountain

Tokyo Disneyland

30.3

100

Mount Mayday

Disney's Typhoon Lagoon

28.8

95

Splash Mountain

Disneyland

26.4

87

Splash Mountain

Magic Kingdom

26.4

87

Temple of the Crystal Skull

Tokyo DisneySea

25

82.5

Sleeping Beauty Castle

Disneyland

23.3

77

Sleeping Beauty Castle

Hong Kong Disneyland

23.3

77

Tarzan's Treehouse

Disneyland

21.2

70

La Cabane des Robinson

Disneyland Paris

21

69.3

Swiss Family Treehouse

Tokyo Disneyland

19

62.7

Tarzan's Treehouse

Hong Kong Disneyland

19

62.7

StarJets

Tokyo Disneyland

18.5

61.1

Swiss Family Treehouse

Magic Kingdom

18.2

60

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Phantom Manor Transcripts




Join now the spirits in nuptial doom,
A ravaging bride… A vanishing groom.

When it opened, the hauntingly mesmerizing Phantom Manor at Disneyland Paris was narrated spectacularly by the late Vincent Price - who else could be better than the master of horror to guide our visit through the crumbling house. Unfortunately, too many of the French visitors understandably felt left out of the story and the narration was redone in French, never to be heard in the attraction again. Fortunately, Disney has provided the soundtrack on some of its CD releases, and I have found myself being captured by its melodic, chilling style.

For those that do not know, the Phantom Manor contains the much more explicit story of Melanie, a heartbroken bride, and the Phantom, a villainous creature who will never allow the young bride to be with her true love. This change from the implicit story of the classic Haunted Mansion, very much up to the guest as to how it is read, has often divided opinion - including prompting severe criticism from the original Imagineers that created the Disneyland original.

What I have found very interesting is the new script that was written for the attraction. I have transcribed it below, do give it a read. What is fascinating is how the script writer has reinvented and reimagined the lines most Disneyland fans know by heard in new ways. Do you sense a 'disquieting metamorphosis'? Well now it will be examining the changing portraits in the gallery before boarding your doombuggy, not in the stretching room.

Phantom Manor
Ghost Host Introduction Transcript

Transcribed by Cole Younger

THE FOYER

Where hinges creak in doorless chambers, where strange and frightening sounds echo through the halls, where candlelights flicker though the air is deathly still… This is Phantom Manor.
Welcome curious friends. You may not believe it, but beauty once lived in this house. And beauty lives here still... Show yourself! Lovely, isn’t she? Come, I have more beauty to show you.
THE STRETCHING ROOM
Our tour begins here in this gallery where you gaze upon the sweet innocence of youth. Ah, but things are not always as they seem. Can it be this room is actually stretching? And notice this: this chamber has no windows and no doors, which offers you this chilling challenge… to find a way out. Of course, there’s always my way.
THE HALLWAY
Oh I didn’t mean to frighten you. Come, let us continue our tour. There is much to see, so look alive, and stay together. I’d hate to lose you… so soon. As you travel past these priceless works of art, perhaps you sense a disquieting metamorphosis? Of course, it’s only a trick of the light. The real beauty of this house awaits us farther on. There’s a party in your honour, and she’ll just die if we’re late. And now curious souls, a carriage approaches to take you to the party and beyond. I’ll leave you now, but I’ll be waiting for you on the other side. Have a frightfully good time.
- - - - -
As well as this, Leota makes a return but her rhymes are now different, and alternate between English and French. David G. Ravenswood, of Ravenswood Manor, wonderfully provides a translated script of her lines.
Phantom Manor
Madame Leota Transcript

Transcribed by David G. Ravenswood

Goblins and ghoulies, creatures of fright...
We summon you now, to dance through the night.

Esprits et fantômes sur vos fièrs destriers,
Escortez dans la nuit la belle fiancée.

(Spirits and ghosts on your proud stallions,
Escort the beautiful bride through the night.)

Warlocks and witches, answer this call,
Your presence is wanted at this ghostly ball.

Des douze coups de minuit aux matines sonnantes,
Nous valserons ensemble, macabre débutante.

(As the bells strike the twelve knolls of midnight,
We shall waltz together, gruesome debutante.)

Join now the spirits in nuptial doom...
A ravishing bride... A vanishing groom.
- - - - -
Finally, Little Leota returns once more, beckoning the guests to return soon.
Phantom Manor
Bride's Farewell Transcript

Transcribed by David G. Ravenswood

Revenez, revenez! Vous venez à peine d'arriver, et je me meurs de solitude.
(Come back, come back! You've just arrived, and I'm dying of loneliness.)
Hurry back! Hurry back! Be sure to bring your death certificate. We're just dying to have you.
- - - - -
To some, the Phantom Manor is an inferior, dictatorial version of the classic Mansion. We are no longer experiencing our story, we are experiencing Melanie's. But for me, I applaud Imagineering's attempt at reimagining a cherished attraction instead of duplicating what has already been done. Some may like Mansion, some may like Manor, but thanks to the Imagineers' bravery in imprinting the new generation's signature on their work, at least we now have that choice. Phantom Manor does some things spectacularly successful, and truely is hauntingly beautiful in many places.
And with Mystic Manor soon reinventing the classic even more dramatically, it will be interesting to see what nods to the original Lord Henry Mystic's house will hold.