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November 22, 2013

Location: Frontierland, Magic Kingdom

Let's start off this week's Fun Find Friday by taking a look at the following picture:

Splash Mountain

Sure the picture is recognizable as being from Splash Mountain in Frontierland, but have you ever noticed how many trees there are found throughout the attraction? The amazing thing is these trees are helping hide one of the most amazing details found within the attraction. How so? The best way to explain it is by taking a look at a picture from Pirates of the Caribbean:

Pirates of the Caribbean

So what are we looking at here? While this is the famous auction scene in Pirates, have you ever taken a look at the sky here? Black as night. Same thing for attractions like Peter Pan's Flight, Snow White's Scary Adventure (RIP), Buzz Lightyear's Space Ranger Spin, and the list goes on! So how do all these night time scenes and the trees in Splash Mountain connect with one another?

When Imagineers paint the interior portions of attractions they usually make it nighttime in the attractions for a simple, yet obvious, reason. If the paint was brightly colored the edges of the ceiling would stand out resulting in guests losing the believability that the sky is a continuation from the walls to the ceiling. While Splash Mountain could have easily been set in dark rooms as well, it is pretty obvious that wouldn't be the scene set for a zip-a-dee-do-dah type of day.

The solution? Keep the bright colors exemplifying the brightness of the day, but add trees throughout the attraction to help cover up where the ceilings meet the walls!

 

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