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#124569 - 11/01/06 03:50 PM More Disney Wiring
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I thought you might enjoy seeing a couple of pictures I took while visiting Disney's Animal Kingdom park in Florida recently. One of the places in the park is a fictional town in Africa and it's very well done, right down to the wonderful wiring hanging all over the place.

The Disney folks obviously thought that the resident enhanced wiring hanging all over was important enough to the ambiance of the place to spend a lot of time and effort stringing their own all over the park.

It's not in use of course, the first meter still reads 0 (obviously bypassed by the owners of the building before they were even switched on Just part of the "magic"


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#124570 - 11/01/06 05:34 PM Re: More Disney Wiring
steve ancient apprentice Offline

Registered: 03/04/05
Posts: 170
Loc: west springfield,mass
visited mombassa kenya in 1979 while in the navy. Sure looks like the place. Although i was more concerned with booze than anything else but it sure looks like the wireing that was there.

#124571 - 11/02/06 12:07 PM Re: More Disney Wiring
cschow Offline

Registered: 09/08/06
Posts: 41
Loc: Boise, ID, USA
what a experience it would be to mock that up, legally.

I love Disneyworld for it's detail in authenticity.

#124572 - 11/02/06 05:43 PM Re: More Disney Wiring
napervillesoundtech Offline

Registered: 02/28/06
Posts: 144
Loc: Naperville, IL, USA
Thats really cool! I'm glad that its just for show. It would be fun to "wire" a system like this, far more relaxed than the kind of work i'm used to doing

#124573 - 11/02/06 05:43 PM Re: More Disney Wiring
Gus99 Offline

Registered: 08/11/05
Posts: 26
Loc: Los Angeles, CA
Anoter cool vintage electrical mock up is the "Indianna Jones" ride at Disneyland. It's an acient temple being opened. They have an old open construction type generator shack actually running (with an electric motor drive) but there is authentic antique engine sound effects. The old generator is very unstable and as it dips and chokes, the carnival type string lighting dims and blinks in sync. Of course in some underground vault there is some embedded microcomputer running the whole thing with a very state of the art VFD on the motor.

Yes, they are sticklers for detail.

[This message has been edited by Gus99 (edited 11-02-2006).]

#124574 - 11/02/06 08:23 PM Re: More Disney Wiring
Nick Offline

Registered: 08/13/01
Posts: 603
Loc: Riverside, CA
OK I have got to say it.
Gus99 I spent about a year working on that ride when it was being built in '94. I know it well. All the open overhead wiring is props installed by the WDI prop people. The fixtures are actually wired in code compliant traditional methods. One thing I noticed last time I was there was the incandescent fixtures in the Que. (The custom old looking ones with the fake wiring) We had to supply frosted lamps with the stamp, the one that tells you the voltage and wattage, put on top of the bulb to wards the socket rather than the bottom of the bulb. This was so you couldn't see it and it enhanced the "old" look. Over the years the maintenance guys have just replaced them with standard every day lamps. The original lighting designers were very particular and I am sure would not be happy with how it looks now.
I don't remember what drives the motor you were talking about, it is a prop so it's probably just a plan old 120V circuit, but I can tell you the lighting in the area you are talking about is fed and controlled by Strand dimmer panels with DMX control. They were installed, if memory serves,in an existing electrical room that feeds part of The Pirates of the Caribbean. I didn't do allot of work in the Que. I spent most of my time in the ride area. It was actually a fun job. Every one I have done there since has been a miserable experience. I'm sure it's just the difference between working with the tools and dealing with WDI as a Foreman.

#124575 - 11/02/06 09:41 PM Re: More Disney Wiring
yaktx Offline

Registered: 02/19/03
Posts: 286
Loc: Austin, Texas, USA
Wow, two Sangamo Type H meters (1911-1914)! Notice the rust. They were not designed for outdoor mounting back then.

I once saw a GE I-14 (1913-1927) in Mexico, still in revenue service as of 2001. I wish I had a picture of it. I have my own I-14 that I used to submeter my fridge for a year.

#124576 - 11/03/06 12:13 PM Re: More Disney Wiring
Trumpy Offline


Registered: 07/05/02
Posts: 8532
Loc: SI,New Zealand
In pic No.2, that wire looks like coaxial cable.
I could be way wrong though.
Let's face it, these days if you're not young, you're old - Red Green grin

#124577 - 11/03/06 02:01 PM Re: More Disney Wiring
wa2ise Offline

Registered: 11/29/02
Posts: 769
Loc: Oradell NJ USA
I imagine all that fake bad wiring is all well bonded to ground. So it can never get "hot" and become the hazard that it's supposed to look like.

#124578 - 11/04/06 09:01 AM Re: More Disney Wiring
e57 Offline

Registered: 05/27/03
Posts: 2837
Loc: S.F.,CA USA
It appears the meter in pic 1 was never used.... They got it new?
Mark Heller
"Well - I oughta....." -Jackie Gleason

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