Fun Fact Friday- Eve (from Wall-E)

Fun Fact-  Did you know that the character Eve from Wall-E was designed in part by the same person who designed the iPod, the iPhone, and iMac!

“I wanted Eve to be high-end technology – no expense spared – and I wanted it to be seamless and for the technology to be sort of hidden and subcutaneous,” Andrew Stanton, Wall-E’s director, told Fortune. “The more I started describing it, the more I realized I was pretty much describing the Apple playbook for design.”

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Andrew Stanton began working on the ideas for the movie in 2005 and asked Steve Jobs (Apple CEO and majority shareholder of Pixar at the time) for consultation work, and Steve sent him Johnathan Ive.

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Jonathan Ive and Steve Jobs

Ive is a quiet man, but consulted and worked with Stanton on the design, offering his suggestions.  So the man who brought us groundbreaking designs like the iPod and iPhones has placed his thumbprint on a small piece of Disney history.

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Fun Fact Friday- Soarin’ Flight #5505

Soarin’ Over California opened at Disney’s California Adventure park in the Condor Flats area of the park on February 8, 2001.  It was so popular that it was duplicated and added to “The Land” pavilion at Epcot on May 5th, 2005.  In honor of the opening day at Epcot the flight number is 5505.

In 2016 the ride closed for refurbishments on January 4th.  It reopened on June 17th, 2016 as “Soarin’ Around the World.”  This reimagined ride still pays homage to the original opening day at Epcot.

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Next time you’re at Epcot listen for the flight attendants (cast members in the Soarin’ area) to announce that flight number 5505 (Get it, 5505 is the date 5/5/2005) is now departing 🙂

 

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Fun Fact Friday- Hall of Presidents Part 2

Monday was President’s Day, so I published a rare “Fun Fact Monday” (it just doesn’t roll off the tongue like Fun Fact Friday!).  There is SO much to know about this attraction though, so today I would like to follow up with some more fun facts!

Fun Fact #1– The only place that you can see the Presidential Seal on display outside of the White House is at the Hall of Presidents.  In fact, it took Congressional approval for the seal to be displayed at the Magic Kingdom.  The seal is surrounded by a small fence to protect it from guests standing on it.

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Fun Fact #2– The Hall of Presidents opened up on October 1, 1971 when the Magic Kingdom first opened it’s doors, making it one of Disney World’s original attractions.  The attraction has been running for nearly 46 year now, and has to close every 4 to 8 years to undergo refurbishments to make way for the newest POTUS.  (The Hall is currently closed to make way for the new President Trump audio animatronic figure, and will re-open on June 29, 2017).

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Fun Fact #3- When Epcot’s Spaceship Earth needed audio animatronics, molds of the presidents were used for to speed up the process! Teddy Roosevelt was recreated into an Egyptian priest and again as a senator in Rome. James Buchanan was made into Johannes Gutenberg and can be seen standing next to the life changing printing press. Eisenhower is the lute player and the sculptor is actually from the mold of Ulysses S. Grant. Two more presidents, Franklin Pierce and John Tyler, can also be seen as scholars.

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Fun Fact Monday?- President’s Day 2017

Happy Monday from the Mouskaholic and Mr. Mouskaholic!  We’ve had an exciting weekend, creating and launching the “Confessions of a Mouskaholic” YouTube Channel!  If you missed it, check it here- Episode 1- Meet the Mouskaholics

If you’ve been following for a while now, you know that I normally dedicate my Monday posts to Disney Music and that Friday, is my “Fun Fact” day, however with the Monday holiday, it seemed more fitting to honor American history and a Magic Kingdom classic.

I will start off by first saying that the Hall of Presidents is currently closed for refurbishment.  With the election of our 45th President, Disney imagineers are hard at work creating the audio animatronic version of Donald J. Trump.  All of the presidents throughout American history are represented in this 23 minute theatrical style presentation.  The Hall of Presidents closed on January 17th and is set to re-open on June 29th, 2017.  (We will be on our trip to Disney World at this time, and will be sure to snap some photos!)

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Fact #1– The outside of the Hall of Presidents is designed to look like Independence Hall in Philadelphia.  The 1787 on the front of the building is representative of the year that the constitution was signed.

Fact #2– The auditorium inside the Hall of Presidents can accommodate 700 park goers at a time!  Don’t be discouraged if you see a long line for the attraction.  For this 23 minute show, turn over is quick, and nearly always is able to empty the queue when filling the auditorium.

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Fact #3– There is a “Hidden Mickey” cleverly disguised in a painting in the lobby.  So next time you’re in line for the attraction, be sure to look for the painting.  The Hidden Mickey can be located at the tip of George Washington’s sword.

Look for more fun facts about the Hall of Presidents in this coming Friday’s- Fun Fact Friday post!

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Fun Fact Friday- The Size of Walt Disney World

27,000 acres of land is owned by the Disney corporation in central Florida.  To give you an idea of how much land that actually is… 27,000 acres is 80 times the size of the nation of Monaco, twice the size of the island of Manhattan, and the size of the city of San Francisco.  Convert that from acres to miles, and it’s 47 square miles!  Keep in mind only 1,100 acres are taken up with the parks, while only 7,100 acres have been developed.

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Walt learned from Disneyland that outside developers and hotels would quickly surround his precious park.  He wanted space when he began to plan “Project X” or also known as the “Florida Project.”  To get the space needed Walt set up “dummy corporations” to operate under.  He knew that once it was announced that they were creating a park that the price of property would skyrocket.  So corporations like “M.T. Lott” (get it… empty lot!), “Reedy Creek Ranch Corporation” and several others went to central Florida to purchase the 27,000 acres of land.  The first acres of land were purchased for about $80.00 per acre.  After it was announced that Disney was purchasing the land, the price skyrocketed 1000% to $8000.00 per acre.

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With this land, the Disney corporation was able to create the magical world that we now know as Walt Disney World.  Even though Walt died prior to the opening of Walt Disney World, it has been a huge success!

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Fun Fact Friday- Food by the Numbers (Chef Mickey’s)

Chef Mickey’s is very popular dining location.  Located in the Contemporary resort, it is just one monorail stop away from the Magic Kingdom, and add in Mickey and Pals for character dining, and ALL YOU CAN eat dining, it’s no wonder the reservations for this location are snatched up so quickly!  (If you want to go be sure to get your advanced dining reservation!  Reservations open up 180 days prior.)

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At breakfast Chef Mickey’s specialty is of course the famed Mickey Waffles! Here are some fun facts about how much food is served at Chef Mickey’s Daily-

4000 Eggs (That’s 333.3 dozen eggs!)

1600 Mickey Waffles

1500 Pancakes

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That’s a LOT to chew on 😉

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Fun Fact Friday- Haunted Mansion: Up or Down?

Disney’s Haunted Mansion is a long time fan favorite.  It has received its fair share of updates and is slightly different in Disneyland and Disney World (not to mention it’s counter parts – Phantom Manor in Disneyland Paris, and Mystic Manor at Disneyland Hong Kong).

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One of the most obvious differences that I so enjoyed when I visited Disneyland this past November was the stretching room.

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I’ve rode the Disney World version dozens of times and in the stretching room the room stretches up, while in the Disneyland version, you descend.  It gives the same effect in both rides, but serves a different purpose!  With Disneyland, the stretching room physically transports you to the ride area with its descent.