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  • Statues along Sleeping Beauty Castle Moat

    I've searched for an answer to this, but haven't found one yet (must be using the wrong search terms!). Yesterday was my first time back to Disneyland since before the holidays. I just noticed four "statues" around the moat of Sleeping Beauty's Castle. A squirrel & owl on the west side and a rabbit and another owl (possibly, the proportions seemed all out of whack on that particular one) on the east side. They're obviously camoflaging some sort of speakers or lighting or other electrical equipment. Were these added for the fireworks show or the lighting/snow effects over the holidays? Or have they always been there and I was just passing them by?

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    I think I know what you are talking about. They have been there since the beginning. You probably haven't pay attention to them before.

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    • #3
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      I thought the hid the projectors for the fireworks show. there was a picture of the owl open somewhere on the board.

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      • #4
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        Those were added in recent years to cover lighting for the newer fireworks shows. They have come and gone and come back too.

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        • #5
          Re: Statues along Sleeping Beauty Castle Moat

          If I remember correctly, the statues first appeared sometime around October 2005.
          "I Only Hope That We Never Lose Sight Of One Thing,
          That It Was All Started By A Mouse." - Walt Disney
          http://www.StartedByAMouse.com

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          • #6
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            This is the funniest thing. I just noticed those this last Sunday. I thought they were new, too.

            If they have been there for a long time, then they must have changed their pedestals or something, because they stick out like sore thumbs now.

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            • #7
              Re: Statues along Sleeping Beauty Castle Moat

              Since 2005, maybe 2006. Since someone else posted 2005, I'd go with that.

              I hate 'em. They've ALWAYS stuck out like a sore thumb in my book. They also block any decent shots of the castle from those angles. They most certainly have NOT been there since the beginning.

              I just recently saw someone's shot on here with the pedestal tilted up in preparation for the fireworks.
              edit: found it: http://micechat.com/forums/showthrea...ure-92870.html (the first couple pictures)

              The lighting/projectors underneath them look like R2D2, and they would've REALLY stuck out. Honestly, having them sink into the ground and pop up for the show (similar to the Fantastmic lighting, only shorter) would've been a MUCH better option. ...IMO
              Last edited by daddyb; 03-31-2008, 04:58 PM.
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              • #8
                Re: Statues along Sleeping Beauty Castle Moat

                you know ive never noticed them before, now I'm gonna have to look
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                • #9
                  Re: Statues along Sleeping Beauty Castle Moat

                  Those are VL3000 Spot Fixtures in EcoDomes (outdoor enclosures)


                  High End Systems EcoDomes



                  Vari-Lite VL3000 Spot





                  Watch this video:
                  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_cgyfKd9K6E
                  Last edited by SparkyLD; 03-31-2008, 07:30 PM.

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                  • #10
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                    I also just saw them this Sunday I like them it fit it perfect. If I'm not wrong I think the Owl and the others are a treat for Princess Aurora. Cause I think these are the ones in her movie so they fit just right in there spots.

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                    • #11
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                      yeah, unfortunately you can't FIND Princess Aurora (or any other princess for that matter) anywhere near the castle anymore (unless you count as they pass by on a parade float)... so they're not a 'treat' for anybody.

                      They're just styled similarly to the squirrels in the rain spouts, and from the characters in the SB movie.
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                      • #12
                        Re: Statues along Sleeping Beauty Castle Moat

                        Originally posted by SparkyLD View Post
                        Those are VL3000 Spot Fixtures in EcoDomes (outdoor enclosures)


                        Watch this video:
                        http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_cgyfKd9K6E
                        Nifty!

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                        • #13
                          Re: Statues along Sleeping Beauty Castle Moat

                          Originally posted by daddyb View Post
                          yeah, unfortunately you can't FIND Princess Aurora (or any other princess for that matter) anywhere near the castle anymore (unless you count as they pass by on a parade float)... so they're not a 'treat' for anybody.

                          They're just styled similarly to the squirrels in the rain spouts, and from the characters in the SB movie.
                          With you on that count daddyb. That's my biggest beef with the park at the moment. But I do like the statues around the moat. Yeah, they do throw a wrench in the works when it comes to getting a nice wide shot of the castle from the sides, but they do fit in, and they are a clever way to disguise the spots that project the effects onto the castle during the fireworks. I guess they could have technically hid them in the ground and had a patch of sod lift up instead, but I think this works as well.

                          Our revels now are ended. These our actors, As I foretold you, were all spirits and Are melted into air, into thin air: And, like the baseless fabric of this vision, The cloud-capp'd towers, the gorgeous palaces, The solemn temples, the great globe itself, Yea, all which it inherit, shall dissolve And, like this insubstantial pageant faded, Leave not a rack behind. We are such stuff As dreams are made on, and our little life Is rounded with a sleep. mycroft16 on Twitter

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                          • #14
                            Re: Statues along Sleeping Beauty Castle Moat

                            Thanks everyone for the answers - and especially for the video!

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                            • #15
                              Re: Statues along Sleeping Beauty Castle Moat

                              Originally posted by SparkyLD View Post
                              Those are VL3000 Spot Fixtures in EcoDomes (outdoor enclosures)


                              High End Systems EcoDomes



                              Vari-Lite VL3000 Spot





                              Watch this video:
                              http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_cgyfKd9K6E

                              Oooh, thank you! I'm always curious to know what's inside!

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