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13 Spooktacular Days

Day 8 - October 26, 2013   

 After boarding your Doom Buggy, your ride vehicle will travel into the library. The library is our first instance where the Imagineers use lighting to trick our mind into believing something is different than it actually is. Interestingly enough, one of the effects is done by dim lighting while the other is by adding lighting.

First let's set up the scene. Once you enter the Library there are several marble busts found upon the shelves (of some of the greatest ghost writers the literary world has ever known). In addition, there is a table, chair, books scattered upon the floor, and naturally book shelves found throughout the room. While most of the books sit still, a few of them are being pulled and placed upon the shelves by an unseen ghost!

So what are the effects? Let's begin by taking a look at the books themselves. While entering the room you may realize that this is a library Belle would be more than happy to visit, however, she would most likely be very disappointed after closer inspection. While the books that lay on the floor and the ones that move on and off the shelf are indeed real, the rest of the ones found upon the shelves are actually a very detailed mural. Due to lack of lighting guests minds are tricked into thinking they are all real!

Now for the real star of the show: the busts that watch your every move! How on earth does this effect work? The bust is indeed a tricky yet very simple effect to pull off. While the busts are moldings for busts, we are actually looking at them from the back side. So while everything appears to be coming out at us, it is indeed entering the wall instead! This causes guests to look at different parts of the bust from different angles which in turn, with the aid of a light behind it, creates the idea that the busts are following your every move!

After passing the library and going through stairway room guests enter the endless hallway. A few doors down the hallway you will find a floating candlestick. The effect of this endless hallway with a candlestick floating is done by mirrors and scrim (the same item that helped hide the hanging man in the stretch room). A few doors behind the candlestick a mirror is placed to give the illusion that the hallway keeps going when in reality it is just about three or four doors deep. In addition to that, to help avoid seeing multiple candlesticks, the back of the candlestick is painted black so it doesn't appear in the mirror!

Another interesting item to pay attention to while in this room is the chair on the left hand side. It's been a debate for quite some time whether or not this face is just a face of if it belongs to everyone's favorite Duck, Donald! If you look at it, you can see a sailor hat with two large eyes and a large bill.

Tomorrow we will continue down the hallway and observe the portraits upon the walls and how it is one of the best foreshadowing methods ever used in a Disney attraction!

 

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