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Why Disney is so Interested in Mountains?

What's your favourite mountain?  

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  1. 1. What's your favourite mountain?

    • Journey to the Center of the Earth
    • Splash Mountain
    • Expedition Everest
    • Space Mountain
    • Big Thunder Mountain
    • Grizzly River Run
    • Matterhorn - Added by Robb

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Well, if you can see, Disney uses mountains as the important things in his ride! Splash Mountain, Big Thunder Mountain, Expedition Everest, Grizzly River Run, Journey to the Center of the Earth, Space Mountain. All of them are E-Ticket ride!


So, anyone know?

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Maintains have massive visual impact. They are big, dominating things that look impressive.


They also happen to be able contain hundreds of yards of ride steel really well too.


Took the words right out of my mouth. What would you rather have; a bunch of track just sitting out in the open, winding around, or a bunch of track in and around a mountain? The mountain also makes it hard to predict where the track will go and opens up tunnel and scenery opportunities. If the Matterhorn was just a lot of track it probably wouldn't be half as good because you'd drop the tunnels, the crystals, the splashdown, the yeti, so on and so forth.

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Yeah....what's been said about "hiding the track" is pretty much right on. I mean, think about...most Disney (and Universal themed attractions) are pretty much "rides in a box" whether that box is a "mountain" like all the ones listed above or a "sound stage" (aka show building) like Indy, Pirates, etc.


And like Cerberus said, some attractions are designed around having a massive visual impact, which the "Mountain rides" do deliver, while other rides are based on more internal theming, like Indy, etc.


Then there are the other attractions that use the facade to draw you in, for example Haunted Mansion. Where the ride never really exists inside the actual "house" but it's used as an icon for the attraction.


Anyway.....Hope that explains thing a bit more.

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Remember that Disneyland/world/sea is a place to go to immerse yourself in fantasy, adventure, and joy. So the less immersive a ride, the more the park has failed to actually immerse you, the tourist. Walt Disney strove to create a park where a family could go and spend a day in the future, the past, the jungle, and the world of fantasy.

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