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    Were the dark rides actually dark when the park first opened, did they even have blacklights then to make them glow? or was it just a soft white light?

    Thanks for any info


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    They were like they are now. Blacklights.
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      Originally posted by HBG2 View Post
      They were like they are now. Blacklights.

      awesome, thanks!

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        Little known fact: electricity wasn't invented until 1973, and hence the indoor rides became known as 'dark rides'.

        Eventually candles and subsequently fireflies were used to light the rides.

        Well, it could be true.
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          Originally posted by Loomis View Post
          Little known fact: electricity wasn't invented until 1973, and hence the indoor rides became known as 'dark rides'.

          Eventually candles and subsequently fireflies were used to light the rides.

          Well, it could be true.
          :lmao: haha, yes it could be true

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            Yes, but fastening devices weren't yet invented, so they would hang castmembers by ropes from the top of each ride, to hold bulbs to light the attraction.

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              Originally posted by Frogberto View Post
              Yes, but fastening devices weren't yet invented, so they would hang castmembers by ropes from the top of each ride, to hold bulbs to light the attraction.
              haha, that could be true as well....

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                But the stench of those hanging bodies would add up after awhile.

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                  Originally posted by aimster View Post
                  But the stench of those hanging bodies would add up after awhile.
                  hence why they changed the name to Snow White's SCARY Adventures.
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                  • #10
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                    The only other thing that I remember from the original Disneyland Dark Rides was that there were only flats. All the scenery was painted on flats, some of which moved or swung out of the cars path. Any figures were not animated or very limited in movement. All that changed when Tony Baxter redid Fantasyland in 1983 and all the Dark rides were basically rebuilt to new standards. But yes, blacklight was used and you could actually see the flourescant black lights on the ceilings of most of the rides.
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                    • #11
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                      Originally posted by Lost Boy View Post
                      The only other thing that I remember from the original Disneyland Dark Rides was that there were only flats. All the scenery was painted on flats, some of which moved or swung out of the cars path. Any figures were not animated or very limited in movement. All that changed when Tony Baxter redid Fantasyland in 1983 and all the Dark rides were basically rebuilt to new standards. But yes, blacklight was used and you could actually see the flourescant black lights on the ceilings of most of the rides.
                      Broadly speaking, that's true. However, there were some notable exceptions. There were a few 3-D witches in Snow White, and I believe Captain Hook, Smee, and the Crocodile in the last room of Peter Pan were 3-D.

                      Also, even after the 1983 rehabs, Mr. Toad still has a lot of the old flat figures.

                      For giggles, here's a layout of the original Snow White:

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                        Originally posted by HBG2 View Post
                        Broadly speaking, that's true. However, there were some notable exceptions. There were a few 3-D witches in Snow White, and I believe Captain Hook, Smee, and the Crocodile in the last room of Peter Pan were 3-D.

                        Also, even after the 1983 rehabs, Mr. Toad still has a lot of the old flat figures.

                        For giggles, here's a layout of the original Snow White:

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                        • #13
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                          I personally like the flats, its like being in the cartoon.

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                            I went on Snow White as a 6 year old in 1955 and it scared me to death. I wouldn't go back on it and my mother remembered my reaction to it and in subsequent years she refused to let me ride it. Looking back on it now, I find it hard to believe I was so frightened!
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                              Originally posted by Wendygirl View Post
                              I went on Snow White as a 6 year old in 1955 and it scared me to death. I wouldn't go back on it and my mother remembered my reaction to it and in subsequent years she refused to let me ride it. Looking back on it now, I find it hard to believe I was so frightened!
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