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Day 14 - September 15, 2012

Forced perspective is a key trick that Disney Imagineers have mastered throughout the years. What is it exactly? Due to the fact that you can't exactly build everything to full scale (for both monetary and space reasons) things are often built smaller than they look but at the same time built in a way that they seem taller than they actually are. Confused? Imagine you are walking down Main Street, USA at the Magic Kingdom.

While you approach Cinderella Castle you look up at it and begin to realize how massive this beauty truly is. However, it may not be as tall as it seems. If you take a look at the "bricks" near the bottom of the castle you will realize that they are quite large, but as you look towards the top of the castle they "bricks" begin to get smaller and smaller. With this simple act your brain is tricked into thinking the castle is hundreds of feet in the air when in reality it's not even 200!

So how does all of this have to deal with Epcot? While building the park Imagineers needed to truly master the art of forced perspective to make some of the landmarks found throughout the park that were duplicates of actual landmarks in the world appear larger than they actually are.

While in the France pavilion you may notice Paris' most famous landmark, The Eiffel Tower, towering over the building that is home to Impressions De France. While it appears that The Eiffel Tower is just a few blocks away while in the pavilion, it is actually sitting just on top of the theater showroom. I know, not too impressive compared to Cinderella Castle and the tricks with the bricks. However, Disney has gone to great lengths to keep the image of a far off Eiffel Tower believable.

Shortly after construction finished on Epcot's Eiffel Tower a group of birds decided that it was the perfect place to call home. With birds appearing to be quite large over the majority of the Tower a solution was created. Disney being the animal experts they are did some research to discover that there is a bird distress call made by birds to warn other birds to fly away from the area. They made recordings of this distress call and play it constantly on the rooftops of Epcot's Paris. So next time you are walking through the France pavilion take a look up and see if you can find one of the rarest sights in all of Epcot: a bird on the roof of Paris!

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