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Editors Note: As the Disneyland
resort in Anaheim expands with the new budget minded California
Adventure park, We invite you to take a look via a series of photo
essays at the level of detail and quality the Walt Disney Company put
into past projects, in particular Disneyland Paris.
Contributor Ian Parkinson's eye for
detail has provided us with a wonderful series of photos celebrating
what may have been the last time we may ever see this kind of effort put
into a new park from the Disney Company. [We should note that the
opening of Disney Tokyo Seas may also be another wonderful example - in
this case only because it was funded by the Oriental Land Company.]
In order to best show some of the
detail in this series on line - we've gone ahead and reproduced photos
at much larger sizes than you may be accustomed to. This means of course
that pages may take a bit longer to download. We think once you see the
richness of detail in these shots, you will feel it is well worth the
extra time it may take to view the pages.
Thanks to the magic of the net -
let's head on off to Paris, and see what a real Disney theme park
should look like...
- Al Lutz
Les Mysteres du Nautilus
In the summer of 1995 a major new attraction
opened at Disneyland Paris, Space Mountain. As
part of the overall theme for the area a smaller walk-through attraction
was also included. Les Mysteres du Nautilus was designed, built
and constructed as an integral part of the Space Mountain development.
As you approach Space Mountain a large
lagoon filled with clear blue water separates you from it. In the lagoon
you see the Nautilus ‘floating’ - yet tethered, columns of bubbles
apparently rising from the depths of the lagoon.
As you face the front of the Nautilus to the
right you will see a small lighthouse, this marks the entrance to your
underwater adventure. Behind the Nautilus is a small bridge across the
rear of the ship, this provides access to launch viewing area for Space
Mountain. (The photo was taken on a very wet day!)
The finish and detail around this area is
really well done, with nice touches to the signs, railings and roof.
Here are a few shots showing the typical detailing around the Nautilus
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