Pirates of the Caribbean Secrets

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The Hidden Mickey Book Fan Club BLOG! – v001

 


The OFFICIAL HIDDEN MICKEY FAN CLUB!

 

Pirates of the Caribbean Secrets
By David W. Smith

Pirates of the Caribbean Secrets

Hello all you Hidden Mickey Fans!

Like our Hidden Mickey novels, we hope to inspire some adventure in our readers; consider it a ‘quest’ to decipher some ‘inside’ information about Disneyland and things related to Disney.


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Because there are some scenes in Hidden Mickey that take place on Pirates of the Caribbean, I thought it would be interesting to share some inside information about the ride. While working the ride for three years (1981 ‘ 1984), I found there were many elements of the ride, which I become familiar with, and found interesting; some of which I want to share with you here.


Cameras

Regular visitors on the ride no doubt know that there are several infrared cameras throughout the ride. These cameras serve several purposes: One, they are to make sure guests are remaining seated throughout the ride and especially on the two ‘waterfalls’ and the ending ‘up-ramp’ where the boats are moving at sharp angles and at different speeds. Two, they are to make sure the boats don’t back up in a section of the ride. On rare occasions, a boat’s guide wheel will jump the ride flume, (either because of a improperly balanced load of guests or if a boat was rocking due to guests leaning side to side). Three, the use of flash pictures is discouraged due to the blinding light the flash produces for other guests. These flashes show up like nuclear bombs going of on the television monitors that feed the infrared camera images to the cast member who is working the ‘Tower’. (The Tower is the dispatch booth above the load and unload dock which one cast member is responsible for dispatching the boats after receiving a ‘green light’ by the unload host who signals that the boats are loaded an the guests are seated properly by pressing a button on the underside of the handrail on the unload side of the dock.) Also, if people are reaching outside to boat to splash one another, this could potentially harm a guest if the boat were to bump up against the ride flume at the wrong time, possibly pinching the guest’s fingers painfully! Guests who are taking pictures or splashing will usually initiate a loud speaker announcement directed to that particular part of the ride asking for the individuals to resist either/or. The Tower operator has various buttons that direct the speaker to that part of he ride he can see within the range of the infrared camera image.


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Transition Tunnel

Many people believe that the rides at Disneyland go ‘underground.’ Well, this is a slight misnomer. Actually, because parts of Disneyland are built higher than the main entrance level, (yes, you are actually walking slightly up hill as you go up Main Street and head into Adventureland and Frontierland. Thus, when you go down the ‘waterfalls’ on Pirates, or go down in the ‘Stretching Room’ on Haunted Mansion, you are actually going down to ‘street level’ of the park. If you look behind the Disneyland Tram loading station in Downtown Disney, you will see several very large buildings behind the vine-decorated fences. These are the Ride Buildings that house Pirates, Indiana Jones, and Haunted Mansion.

The Pirates of the Caribbean ride is such a large show that there are actually two Ride Buildings that house all the scenes below Park level. As your boat leaves the Treasure scene on Pirates you enter a dark, low tunnel that lets out in the large open area where the large pirate ship is having a shootout with the fort on the opposite side of the room. The dark tunnel that separates the treasure room from the fight scene between the ship and fort is called the ‘Transition Tunnel”it basically is the connecting tunnel that moves the boats from the first Ride Building to the second.

 

Well… that’s it for this issue…
Enjoy, and have a Magical Hidden Mickey Day!
 


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Hidden Mickey books, Cover Art, and Jewelry!

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I am excited to announce that All my Hidden Mickey and Hidden Mickey Adventures novels are available in Hardback & Paperback, as well as in many eBook Formats!

Here are the links to buy them on Amazon:

Hidden Mickey 1: Sometimes Dead Men DO Tell Tales!

Hidden Mickey 2: It All Started…

Hidden Mickey 3: Wolf! The Legend of Tom Sawyer’s Island

Hidden Mickey 4: Wolf! Happily Ever After?

Hidden Mickey Adventures 1: Peter and the Wolf

Hidden Mickey Adventures 2: Peter and the Missing Mansion

Hidden Mickey Adventures 3: The Mermaid’s Tale

Hidden Mickey Adventures 4: Revenge of the Wolf

Hidden Mickey Adventures 5: When You Wish

Buy a Bundle and Save! The links below will give you a choice of Hardbacks or Paperbacks at a special price, and I sign all the bundle sets:

Hardcover Bundle – 4 Hidden Mickey Novels
Paperback Bundle – 4 Hidden Mickey Novels

Hardcover Bundle – 5 Hidden Mickey Adventures Novels
Paperback Bundle – 5 Hidden Mickey Adventures Novels

 

The beautiful cover art on all novels is Available to Purchase! Beautifully created, numbered and limited edition prints of this artwork is now available on beautiful 12″ x 18″ Canvas.

Here are the links to buy them:

Hidden Mickey 1

Hidden Mickey 2

Hidden Mickey 3

Hidden Mickey 4

Hidden Mickey Adventures 1

Hidden Mickey Adventures 2

Hidden Mickey Adventures 3

Hidden Mickey Adventures 4

Hidden Mickey Adventures 5

 

There are only a handful of the beautiful Hidden Mickey Heart Pendants left. First introduced in Hidden Mickey 2: It All Started… and featured throughout both series of novels. Limited edition, with a gorgeous 30 carat lab created RUBY on a 14K Yellow Gold Vermeil “Hidden Mickey”.

Here is the link to buy one:

Hidden Mickey Heart Pendant with 16″ chain
Hidden Mickey Heart Pendant with 20″ chain

 

Want to go on your own Hidden Mickey Adventure? My Hidden Mickey Adventures Quest books are available in Paperback and many eBook Formats!

Here are the links to buy them on Amazon:

Hidden Mickey Adventures in Disneyland

Hidden Mickey Adventures in Disney California Adventure

Hidden Mickey Adventures in WDW Magic Kingdom

 

 

Hidden Mickey Adventures Game Books – On Sale!

Hello, Hidden Mickey Adventures fans!

All three of the Hidden Mickey Adventures Game Books are on sale on Amazon! The sale applies to both the paperback and the eBook copies. Whether you are going to Disneyland, Disney California Adventure, or WDW’s Magic Kingdom, you can get a paperback quest book for only $4.99-that’s half off the regular paperback price! If you will be going to 2017 D23 in July, be sure to stop by my booth 310E because I will have a special deal for you! Here is the link to Amazon’s sale: amazon.com

Running the Quest in "Hidden Mickey Adventures in Disneyland"
Running the Quest in “Hidden Mickey Adventures in Disneyland”

These books are fun for the whole family. There are trivia pages and puzzles you can work on while waiting in lines, there are Hidden Mickey searches, there are pictures you must find in the Park, there are road rallies, and even games for the Junior Adventurers in your family.

You will enjoy reading what others have said about the game books:
Hidden Mickey Adventures in Disneyland
Here’s what Vera said: “My family and I love Hidden Mickey Adventures. We are annual pass holders and have been for a few years now. Taking the book to the park with us and doing the quests was a nice change from our normal routine. We have only done a couple of the quests so far and are looking forward to doing them all.”

Hidden Mickey Adventures in DCA
The Reed family posted: “Fun book! We brought it with us to DCA and it added a lot to our trip for our kid, and us as well! Fun visual scavenger hunts, quizzes (which our kid loves!), and pictures of hidden Mickeys, but you have to find where they are. Good book for Disney fans as well, there were (many) times I found myself looking up challenges before the kiddo asked! And some of the questions were hard, it was stuff I didn’t already know and I thought I knew most of it being a pretty big DLR fan. The book was small enough that it fit in the front pocket of our back pack so it was easy to bring to the park. It actually fit in my front pocket. Well worth the $ to make an already magical trip just a little bit more fun. I truly hope there will be more quests book that come out in the future.”

Hidden Mickey Adventures in WDW Magic Kingdom
Natalie had this to say: “During a recent vacation, I took a copy of the book with me into the Magic Kingdom. The book is very lightweight and small, making it easy to carry while touring the parks. I, being someone I who knows quite a bit about the Magic Kingdom parks, found this to be a lot of fun. Many of the facts mentioned were new to me. It offered me the opportunity to find something new while vacationing in a park I have been to many, many times. While I did not complete all of the adventures, I did have a great time participating in the fun! I felt that people of all ages will definitely find this entertaining. I found that I would read the questions while standing in line, then headed out on my hunt for the answers afterwards.”

So grab a game book for only $4.99 while they are half price, and Have a Great Time inside the Park. Here is the link: amazon.com