Fun Find Friday
February 22, 2013
Location: Future World, Epcot
President's Day was this past Monday and to
celebrate I figured we should take a look at one of my favorite
(although retired) nods to a former President of the United States!
Franklin Delano Roosevelt, or FDR as he was called,
was the 32nd President and to this day is considered one of the
greatest leaders this country has ever seen. As the only president
to ever serve three terms, he led this country through The Great
Depression and through World War II while constantly giving the
citizens of America hope that better days were ahead.
Due to his influence on the country, FDR has been
featured in several attractions found throughout Walt Disney World.
In fact, he makes more appearances in different attractions than any
other US President (he's appeared in four different attractions).
His greatest appearance in my opinion, is unfortunately no longer
with us as of last year. So let's travel back in time and visit Test
Track for one of the most obscure Presidential references ever found
within Walt Disney World.
Several readers out there most likely remember
hopping aboard a Test Track car thanks to Bill McKim up in the
control tower while going through rough road tests, corrosive tests,
and even barrier tests. During their stay as crash test dummies,
guests were given one surprise that wasn't talked about in the
preshow video, a truck that crept up on them in a dark tunnel. This
truck, which always created a great reaction from unsuspecting
guests, is home to our Fun Find this week.
Even though the near death moment happens extremely
quickly, guests who were ready to look at death in the eyes probably
would notice that the driver of the truck was wearing a lei and
seemed to have no worry in the world that he nearly killed us. If
guests paid enough attention to the driver they would realize it was
in fact a cardboard cutout of FDR himself!
Below are two pictures I took prior to the
attractions closing. While they came out blurry, you can barely make
out the face of FDR in the picture on the right. Just goes to show
that presidents sometimes campaign in the most random locations!
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