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Welcome back to The WDW Radio Show â€“ Your Walt Disney World information Station. Thanks for tuning in once again. This is Show #9 for the week of April 8, 2007.
Lou’s very special guest Michael Broggie gives an exclusive interview and recounts wonderful stories of growing up around Walt Disney, as well as his father Roger Broggie, who was the very first Disney Imagineer. He also shares Walt’s “secrets to success”, tales of Roy Disney, and Walt’s interactions with his Imagineers. Lou and Michael also talk about the extinct Fort Wilderness Railroad, including Michael’s work and preservation efforts for its engines and cars. They also discuss the future of the Disney Company led by Bob Iger and John Lasseter, and so much more! Jeff Pepper continues with the railroad theme as he looks at the secrets and stories behind the train bulletins at the Main Street, USA Railroad Station. Lou answers more of your emails, and reports on Walt Disney World News and Views, and Mike Scopa comes on to talk about another Best of the Best at Walt Disney World. So sit back, relax, and enjoy this weekâ€™s episode of the WDW Radio Show!
Be sure to visit the Iron Spike Room at the Villas at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge
Read the Gran Fiesta Tour Starring the Three Caballeros Review and “Trip Report” at DisneyWorldTrivia.com and post your comments and reviews there as well!
IllumiNations Cruises will be available for the 11:30pm shows on 4/5, 4/10, 4/12, 4/20 and 4/27 Currently, you cannot call WDW-PLAY to book these cruises, they MUST be booked the day of the cruise at Bayside Marina. It is unclear at this time as to whether Disney will allow telephone calls to the marina to make reservations. More information to follow as it becomes available.
Cruise with Lou Mongello and Margaret Kerry (yes, the same Tinker Bell that you just saw on your new Peter Pan Special Edition DVD) on the Disney Magic! Join us for special events, Pirate costume contests, tons of free giveaways, private dining, extra fun things to do Castaway Cay, treasure hunts, trivia games, live podcasting from the ship, where you can help be a part of the show, charity fundraising events to benefit the DWT Dream Team and the Starlight Childrenâ€™s Foundation, and so much more! Everyone who books as part of our group will get special pixie-dusted items in cabins.
One of the things Iâ€™m happy to finally be able to announce is that at many of these events, you can participate and earn KEYS, end of cruise, one of your keys could open a huge treasure chest filled with incredible Disney Surprises and Merchandise!
There will be LOTS of things we have planned just for kids, too, including a special treat from Captain Jack Sparrow, treasure hunts, and more!
Everyone who books by June 1, 2007 will receive a very unique surprise before the cruise. During a wonderful, private event we have planned as we set sail, we will have a very special, very fun-filled drawing at a private event where one person will win a $500 Disney Gift Card that you can use on board! Of course, if you have already booked on the cruise, you will also receive the surprise and be eligible to win, so no worries!
For more information and a free, no-obligation quote visit the Cruise information page
Walt Disney World Travel Tip
Disney pins aren’t the only collectors item at Walt Disney World Resort! Disney Transportation Collector Cards are becoming popular among younger guests as well. The 18 cards highlight the three modes of transportation on Walt Disney World Resort property: watercraft, monorail and bus – and are distributed by transportation Cast Members. Oh yeah… they’re FREE!!
The cards were introduced in June 2006 as another way for Cast Members to interact with Guests. Since the program’s debut, more than 200,000 cards have been distributed.
We invite you if you dare to join us on October 27, 2007 for a running event that lies beyond the fifth dimension, beyond the deepest darkest corner of the imagination. Disney Sports is pleased to introduce The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror 13K, which is the first night race in the Endurance Series at WALT DISNEY WORLDÂ® Resort. This race is a part of the celebration of the 13th Anniversary of The Twilight Zone Tower of Terrorâ„¢ attraction.
On a night like this, long ago, a young movie actress named Shirley Malone and her husband checked into the Hollywood Tower Hotel. They laced up their shoes and went on a 13K run, knowing little of the nightmare into which their path would lead. For Shirley and her husband disappeared that night into a land of both shadows and substance, of things and ideas. The jogging trails of yesteryear are opening again, but this time they are opening for you. In this act, you are the star. What will be your fate as you brave the same path that led Shirley and her husband directly into, The Twilight ZoneÂ®.
ENTRY FEES – Entry Fees for this event include a post-event party which will last from 9:00 p.m. to 1:00 a.m. The party will include a live band. The following attractions will be open for the party: The Twilight Zone Tower of Terrorâ„¢, Rock ‘n’ Roller CoasteÂ® starring Aerosmith, and The Great Movie Ride.
13K: $65.00 / 6.5K: $40.00 Additional Post-Event Party Tickets: $25.00
Registration Fees Include: Glow in the dark race shirts, Access to the post-event party
All finishers will receive Commemorative The Twilight Zone Tower of Terrorâ„¢ 6.5 K and 13K Finisher Medal
COURSE DESCRIPTION – The Twilight Zone Tower of Terrorâ„¢ 13K is an 8.1 mile night-time road race that will begin and end in the shadows of The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror attraction at the Disney-MGM Studios. The course will also feature Disney’s Wide World of SportsÂ® Complex, before returning to Disney-MGM Studios where the course will feature the Lights, Motors, Actionâ„¢ Extreme Stunt Show and then down New York Street, past the Sorcerer’s Hat, to an unforgettable finish at The Twilight Zone Tower of Terrore. The 6.5K only scares you half way and back.
For more information, visit Disney’s Twilight Zone Tower of Terror 13K event information page
Are you going to be running/cheering at the Walt Disney World Marathon/Half-Marathon in 2008? If so, let us know you’re coming, and we’ll try and arrange a meet! Visit the forums at DisneyWorldTrivia.com and add your name to the list!
More information from Jeffrey about the Disney Imagineering Labs at Innoventions:
Hi Lou I enjoyed your PodCast that covered the history of the 3D films at Walt Disney World. Your mention of the Agrabah rendering and DisneyQuest would have been the perfect seugway into mentioning the DisneyVision / Imagineering lab that was at EPCOT in 1994…unfortunately, no mention of this brief, but very unique attraction.
A bit of history on the lab: (Geeking-out a bit here!)
The DisneyVision Lab was joint venture between Disney Imagineering and Silicon Graphics Computer Systems (AKA: SGI). Disney used the lab to develop their VR app for DisneyQuest and SGI used the opportunity to write extensions to their IRIS Performer package and gather data for the next generation of graphics hardware. The SGI graphics hardware used a custom board called â€œTri-clopsâ€â€¦as far as I know SGI only produced 5 of them. The Tri-clops board allowed the output of the three graphics pipes in the SGI Onyx systems to be summed into one full rez HDTV (keep in mind this was 1994!), stereo (120Hz) display. Due to the rez, pixel depth and refresh rate of the HMD (Head Mounted Display), motion sickness was a problem and barrels were added to show for to accommodate sick guests. Also, the temperature of the lab was kept quite low to help minimumize the effects the motion had on guestsâ€¦a practice that is still used today in DisneyQuest…well, the barrels are not in use, but the temp is quite chilly. Disney and SGI displayed DisneyVision at the 1994 Siggraph show in Orlando.
The current VR attraction @ DisneyQuest is (as 07/98) is MUCH lower quality than that of the EPCOT lab. Where EPCOT was running one SGI Onyx with three graphics pipes summed into one pod, the DisneyQuest attraction has one Onyx2 with one graphics pipe running 4 pods. The DQ attraction removed the Mickey Mouse hands from the edge of the magic carpetâ€¦sad to see that touch did not make it into the attraction.
Thanks again to Jeffrey Speegle for the information and photos!