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13 Spooktacular Days

Day 3 - October 21, 2013   

The 1964 World's Fair was a huge stepping stone in Disney's history. While some of the highlights consisted of attractions like it's a small world, Carousel of Progress, and Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln, miniaturized triumphs occurred which would help mold the look and feel of Disney to this very day.

One of the biggest steps was the idea of omni-mover styled attractions. Prior to this, Disney didn't have an attraction which allowed guests and the ride vehicle to move on a conveyer belt side by side, which in turn allowed for more efficient loading and unloading for attractions. Up until this point, the Haunted Mansion was fully intended to be a walking tour. Thanks to the 1964 World's Fair and the perfection of omni-mover technology the original plans for the attraction were changed and the idea of the Doom Buggy was first put into play.

The design of the Doom Buggy was actually based off of the first attraction in Disneyland to fully use the omni-mover technology: Adventures thru Inner Space. While the ride vehicles were blue, to fit in with the theming of the attraction the blue domed ride vehicles would be painted black to fit in with the theme of the Haunted Mansion.

Imagineers decided to take the Doom Buggy one step further than the Adventures Thru Inner Space vehicles. While the ATIS vehicle would have each vehicle constantly facing the vehicle in front of it, the Doom Buggy introduced new technology which would actually allow guests to view items in front of, to the side, and behind the ride vehicles movement.

While this gave Imagineers a clear view of what they wanted guests to see there was one hurdle left standing in the way: several ideas originally intended for the attraction would only work for a walk through attraction and not a constantly moving attraction. Due to this several ideas had to be dropped on the cutting room floor. What ideas were dropped and which ideas would eventually come back into play? Stop by tomorrow to find out!




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