Submitted by David Mumpower on Saturday, October 24, 2015 01:17
The little touches are what make Disney’s team of Imagineers world famous. They understand that the key to the Disney theme park empire is constantly emphasizing the differences between rides and attractions. Some places offer Gigacoasters and g-forces to thrill theme park tourists, and that’s great when you’re in the mood for it. When you visit Walt Disney World, however, you want to celebrate iconic characters through attractions that embrace all the accompanying aspects of their stories.
Disney makes movies, and then their parks reimagine those ideas into heart-warming renditions of the same concept. In order to accomplish this, Imagineers constantly work to discover new ideas to keep Disney’s iconic characters fresh and original. Their four Orlando parks in particular exemplify the mastery of theme park design. Here are the seven rides with the best special effects at Walt Disney World.
7. Peter Pan’s Flight
Image: Disney (license)
Again, the noteworthy aspect of this ride, at least with regard to special effects, occurs at the start. In early 2015, Disney added a new interior line queue featuring the Darling house’s nursery. This colorful sequence includes several children’s rooms in one larger room that is the line queue itself. In this area, guests can interact with Peter Pan and Tinkerbell in amazing ways.
For starters, Tinkerbell’s magic is pervasive throughout the room.
The wall projections cause several elements to react on a timer,
creating the effect of Tinkerbell ensorcelling a boat to rock, a trunk
to unlock, and the walls to glow festively. The showstopper involves a
wall where your shadows can “touch” bells to make them ring. You can
also make motions to chase characters away. You can even swat at
butterflies or pet them, depending on your mood during your wait in
line. Don’t forget to free Tinkerbell from her cage before you exit the
area, though. You can watch this video to see how much Imagineers have added to Peter Pan’s Flight by enhancing the (always long) line queue.