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    Look magazine, November 2, 1954.
    Walt said this before the park opened, but today a clock is on the Mainstreet Train Station, in Fantasyland on the clock tower and, of course, It's a Small World.

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    -Walt Disney

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    And theres a clock shop on Main Street. It's impractical not to have clocks around the park.


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      Originally posted by IzzyInWonderland View Post
      And theres a clock shop on Main Street. It's impractical not to have clocks around the park.
      Oh, I agree. Seems perfectly legitimate, and I love them, they are all very nice. -- It just seems funny, that quote. I must have been asked at least a dozen times by someone, while at the park, "do you have the time?"


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        It is a funny saying, however I think it is meant that time or a calendar has no meaning more than the actually clocks and watches (i.e. the current time of day.) It's meaning is more like Walt's opening speech about leaving the of today behind. You're in period time of the future, past, turn of the century, etc. and not in the now when it comes to the backdrop.
        Stalking is when two people go for a long romantic walk together but only one of them knows about it.

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          Strangeness...

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            I wonder if guests think the clocks in the park are fake.

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              Originally posted by Sir.Mouse View Post
              I wonder if guests think the clocks in the park are fake.
              Not the one in Toontown.


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              -Walt Disney

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                not to mention all the clocks for attractions that have fastpass.

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                  It's a metaphor. Disneyland isn't a Las Vegas Casino...

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                    In the Haunted Mansion, it's always 13 o'clock.
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                      My vacation isn't complete, if I don't get a picture of the clock on Main Street.
                      BarbaraAnn

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                        Originally posted by Sorcerer's Apprentice View Post
                        Walt said this before the park opened, but today a clock is on the Mainstreet Train Station, in Fantasyland on the clock tower and, of course, It's a Small World.

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                        To tell people what time it was?

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                          Don't forget the Clock of the World front and center in old Tomorrowland.

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                            he didn't say they were completely irrelevant


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                              Originally posted by Sorcerer's Apprentice View Post
                              Walt said this before the park opened, but today a clock is on the Mainstreet Train Station, in Fantasyland on the clock tower and, of course, It's a Small World.

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                              First off, time is relative, but it is a constant. It continues no matter what decade or place you are in, because, we as human beings live in a world that rotates and revolves around the sun, causing time of day and seasons. What was meant by that statement was that even though the hours of the day may pass every sixty minutes, those changing numbers will have no effect in the long run, because the time Disneyland runs by is a constant and is unchanging. Walt never said that there would be no day or night at Disneyland. He simply said that clocks would have no meaning. They don't really. The main reason we have clocks, other than to tell the specific time of day or night, is to measure the days, years, and decades of history. The clocks at Disneyland will mean nothing other than to determine a particular time of day. An exact point in time (in which one land is set) will not be altered by the hours of a day.

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                                Pinocchio's Daring Journey should have more clocks, I mean, Gepetto is first and foremost a clock maker, after all.


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                                  Originally posted by Sorcerer's Apprentice View Post
                                  Pinocchio's Daring Journey should have more clocks, I mean, Gepetto is first and foremost a clock maker, after all.
                                  I've wondered why they don't sell clocks that look like the Gepetto made ones at the end of the ride. Those are so neat and I'd love to own one.


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                                    The Main Street Station clock story:

                                    Seems the clock on Main Street Station was off by a few minutes one day. Maintenance was called, a worker climbed into the clock tower, and the clock was re-set.

                                    However, it was still wrong. The maintenance man climbed back into the clock tower, and again re-set the clock.

                                    It was still off.

                                    So, on a hunch, a manager accompanied the worker as he reset the clock. Following standard procedure, the worker called City Hall to verify the correct time. The manager watched as the City Hall telephone operator pulled back the curtains of her window, looked over to Main Street Station, and told the worker the "correct" time.

                                    Problem solved!

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                                      Speaking of the Main Street Station clock, there was another, slightly more subtle use for the clock besides the telling of time.

                                      It was an advertisement.

                                      Timex, Elgin, and Lorus were all one-time sponsors of the clock, and all at one time had their name emblazoned in large letters on the clock faces.

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                                        Originally posted by Steve DeGaetano View Post
                                        Speaking of the Main Street Station clock, there was another, slightly more subtle use for the clock besides the telling of time.

                                        It was an advertisement.

                                        Timex, Elgin, and Lorus were all one-time sponsors of the clock, and all at one time had their name emblazoned in large letters on the clock faces.
                                        Maybe the next sponsor will know that the traditional Roman numeral for 4 on a clock face is IIII. It used to be that way till somebody "fixed" it.

                                        We can hope.

                                        --t
                                        Another refugee from Yertle's stack o' turtles.

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