Friday, May 28, 2010

Band Concert in the Park Today - Silly Symphony Swings

Based on the Mickey Mouse short “The Band Concert”, Silly Symphony Swings takes riders along on a concert ride in the sky.

walking towards the entrance

Maestro Mickey stands on top as he conducts the orchestra. Playing “William Tell Overture”, a twister is conjured up and interrupts the concert and sends riders around and around, all the while Mickey is to busy conducting to notice anything wrong.

As the twister raises up the Guests, they can see the band members in the center of the cyclone. Looking up, Guests can see lightning, but no need to fear as the storm will pass and everyone lands safely back to the ground.

Cast of Characters:
Mickey Mouse - Conductor
Donald Duck - Flute Player
"Licorice Stick"*- Clarinet Player
Horace Horsecollar - Drum Player
Clara Cow - Piccolo Player
Peter Pig - Tuba Player
Extra - Trombone Player
Extra - Trumpet Player

*In the animators draft, who appears to be Goofy is just labeled as Licorice Stick Player

Two sections from the “William Tell Overture” are used for the attraction and the music alternates between each cycle. One cycle will feature “Storm” and the other will feature “Finale”.

It is funny to note that even though the attraction is titled Silly Symphony Swings, “The Band Concert” was never a Silly Symphony cartoon.

Taking a ride on Silly Symphony Swings, Day time

A look around the area:

The queue only goes behind the staircase before heading back out

The rest of the area will be used as a walkway during the Parade times and possibly for World of Color

Looking at the "conductor stand", another nice little detail 

Night Shots

One week later, the lightning effect can now be seen

The Mickey short can be found on Walt Disney Treasures: Mickey Mouse in Living Color

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