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It’s a shame more people didn’t take advantage of the Institute. The programs were really fabulous. Sure, you had to give up some time in the parks, but the trade-off was well worth it… especially when traveling with someone like my mom, who doesn’t walk super-fast or like any sort of thrill rides. We spent any spare time we had at Epcot, and that was just fine with her.
We had an instructor who explained a lot about the faux painting and trompe l’oeil techniques that Disney used to create illusion and tell stories in their buildings and features. He talked about the “weenies” of the park, like the castle and the tree being designed at the new Animal Kingdom Park. He informed us that Tower of Terror is exactly 199 meters (or is it yards?) high because at 200, they would have to put an airplane signal tower on top – totally ruining the effect, and then we went on a field trip to the Wilderness Lodge.
I had never been to the Wilderness Lodge, so I did what EVERYONE does when they walk into the huge lobby… I looked up. Sure enough, so did everyone else. Our instructor immediately turned our attention to the two huge totem poles and told us of opening of the resort.
DISCLAIMER: I am repeating the story I was told in my tour… I have no idea how accurate this information is…
“What’s wrong?” asked the Imagineer.
“Well, that’s Eagle and Raven,” one gentleman replied. “There… at the tops of the poles.”
“Yes?” asked the Disney dude. “Are those not accurate representations?”
“Oh, yes!” the gentleman returned. “But they are enemies, you see. They probably would not even be in the same area… but if they WERE… they would certainly be facing away from each other. Here they are very close, and looking right at one another.”
There was a long pause. There was some nodding. Some blinking. A baby cried somewhere. Crickets… Then Disney dude finally replied…
“This is Disney World. Everyone gets along. So moving forward…”
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