• strict warning: Non-static method view::load() should not be called statically in /var/www/html/sc/sites/all/modules/views/views.module on line 906.
  • strict warning: Declaration of views_handler_argument::init() should be compatible with views_handler::init(&$view, $options) in /var/www/html/sc/sites/all/modules/views/handlers/views_handler_argument.inc on line 744.
  • strict warning: Non-static method views_many_to_one_helper::option_definition() should not be called statically, assuming $this from incompatible context in /var/www/html/sc/sites/all/modules/views/handlers/views_handler_argument_many_to_one.inc on line 35.
  • strict warning: Non-static method views_many_to_one_helper::option_definition() should not be called statically, assuming $this from incompatible context in /var/www/html/sc/sites/all/modules/views/handlers/views_handler_argument_many_to_one.inc on line 35.
  • strict warning: Declaration of views_handler_filter::options_validate() should be compatible with views_handler::options_validate($form, &$form_state) in /var/www/html/sc/sites/all/modules/views/handlers/views_handler_filter.inc on line 607.
  • strict warning: Declaration of views_handler_filter::options_submit() should be compatible with views_handler::options_submit($form, &$form_state) in /var/www/html/sc/sites/all/modules/views/handlers/views_handler_filter.inc on line 607.
  • strict warning: Declaration of views_handler_filter_boolean_operator::value_validate() should be compatible with views_handler_filter::value_validate($form, &$form_state) in /var/www/html/sc/sites/all/modules/views/handlers/views_handler_filter_boolean_operator.inc on line 159.
  • strict warning: Non-static method view::load() should not be called statically in /var/www/html/sc/sites/all/modules/views/views.module on line 906.
  • strict warning: Declaration of views_plugin_style_default::options() should be compatible with views_object::options() in /var/www/html/sc/sites/all/modules/views/plugins/views_plugin_style_default.inc on line 24.
  • strict warning: Declaration of views_plugin_row::options_validate() should be compatible with views_plugin::options_validate(&$form, &$form_state) in /var/www/html/sc/sites/all/modules/views/plugins/views_plugin_row.inc on line 134.
  • strict warning: Declaration of views_plugin_row::options_submit() should be compatible with views_plugin::options_submit(&$form, &$form_state) in /var/www/html/sc/sites/all/modules/views/plugins/views_plugin_row.inc on line 134.

Bellhop Station

More than anything else, Disney Imagineers are amazing at hiding necessary functionality in plain sight.  What I mean is, if you go to a local amusement park, you will see lighting cables, speakers, support beams and all the other "things" that are necessary to make the park work all around you.  At Walt Disney World, those same things are all hidden from sight to complete the feeling of immersion in the story being told.

A great example of this can be found in this year's Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights display. If you walk by the Plaza Hotel facade, you will see a light display of Christmas carolers.  They are standing in front of a Bellhop Station, which you'd expect to find at any ritzy hotel.

Looks fine, right?  Well if you pay careful attention you will notice the Bellhop Station is actually a speaker.  To make the Osborne Lights, there needs to be some speakers on the ground (most are above you in windows and rooftops) and rather than just have a speaker out in the open, Disney covered them up to look like a Bellhop Station.

Just around the corner is another covered up speaker, this one made to look like a marble slab that is part of the hotel's exterior.

All of this is a great example of the subtle nature of theme that Disney prides itself on.  Frankly, details like this are meant to be overlooked because Disney does not want you to see a speaker.  Rather, they want you to feel like you're in a city enjoying the Osborne Lights.

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