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Preserving endangered dark rides with VR

Crystal writes, “‘Dark rides’ like the Spookarama at Deno’s Wonder Wheel Park, those single-cart rides that take you through a haunted house full of ghosts and scares. They’re prime for teenage making out, have been around for 100 years — and they’re disappearing. Joel Zika, a 36-year-old art and design university professor in Melbourne, Australia, has been fascinated with the dark rides for years, reveling …

How haunters remember their own among 2016's deaths

Dan Howland from the dearly departed Journal of Ride Theory snapped these all-the-feels tombstones at this year’s Davis Graveyard (previously) haunt. report this ad @marcoterenzi’s Instragram of tiny handmade tools is a joy to browse. He sells his tools, too! (Thanks, Daniel!) READ THE REST Todd writes, “We the Builders brings together 3D printer operators from all over the world to create …

To do in San Francisco: Oct 15 panel on the creation of the Haunted Mansion

To do in San Francisco: Oct 15 panel on the creation of the Haunted Mansion / Boing Boing The storied Walt Disney Family Museum hosts Imagineer Kim Irvine, former Disney lead Twitter writer Ed Squair, and Winchester Mystery House manager Walter Magnuson in a panel on Oct 15, discussing the origins of the Disneyland Haunted Mansion, a subject near and dear to my heart.  …

The incredible true story of the Epcot Horizons superfans who ruled the ride

In 1995, after a year-long closure, Disney re-opened Horizons, the GE-sponsored original Epcot ride devoted to showcasing different ideas about the future, a kind of heir to the Futurama at the 1939 New York World’s Fair; fearing the ride was likely to be shuttered soon, two Epcot superfans began covertly exploring and documenting the ride, figuring out its ways and means until they learned …

What's inside a Tiki Bird?

Kevin Kidney owns a couple of audio-animatronic birds from the Enchanted Tiki Room, the first Disney showcase for robotic animals, still running and glorious today — he’s decided to make them good as new, and is documenting his process. As Kidney dissects and rebuilds these robotic birds, he’s posting photos and notes from the process, revealing the cunning mechanisms that the Imagineers …