Wednesday, April 24, 2013
Here's a familiar (but nice) view looking down on Skull Rock over in Fantasyland; somehow I never really noticed that taller outcropping of stone behind and to the right of the skull. From the front I would imagine that forced perspective helped with the illusion that the skull was part of a small mountain range. And perhaps the faux peak also helped to isolate Storybook Land on the other side, making it feel more like a cozy little land unto itself. If you look up toward the top edge of the photo, you can see great piles of earth, presumably part of the construction of "It's a Small World" (which would open in about 9 months); and near the upper right corner you can see a row of candy-striped lights that were a part of the old Fantasyland Station - soon to be removed.
The unusual perspective on this photo, taken aboard the little Mine Train, is pretty neat. And since this is from a stereo slide, I had hoped to make a "wiggle-vision" version. But it turned out too jarring; the people in front of us leapt around, back and forth, making one's eyes fall out of their sockets. Anyway, look at how the forced perspective works here as well; if you could walk into that opera house, it would be the size of a small child's bedroom.