Pirates of the Caribbean Secrets

The Hidden Mickey Book Fan Club BLOG! - v001

The OFFICIAL HIDDEN MICKEY FAN CLUB!

Pirates of the Caribbean Secrets
By David W. Smith
Hello all you Hidden Mickey Fans!
Like our Hidden Mickey novels, we hope to inspire some adventure in our readers; consider it a 'quest' to decipher some 'inside' information about Disneyland and things related to Disney.
Because there are some scenes in Hidden Mickey that take place on Pirates of the Caribbean, I thought it would be interesting to share some inside information about the ride. While working the ride for three years (1981 ' 1984), I found there were many elements of the ride, which I become familiar with, and found interesting; some of which I want to share with you here.
Cameras
Regular visitors on the ride no doubt know that there are several infrared cameras throughout the ride. These cameras serve several purposes: One, they are to make sure guests are remaining seated throughout the ride and especially on the two 'waterfalls' and the ending 'up-ramp' where the boats are moving at sharp angles and at different speeds. Two, they are to make sure the boats don't back up in a section of the ride. On rare occasions, a boat's guide wheel will jump the ride flume, (either because of a improperly balanced load of guests or if a boat was rocking due to guests leaning side to side). Three, the use of flash pictures is discouraged due to the blinding light the flash produces for other guests. These flashes show up like nuclear bombs going of on the television monitors that feed the infrared camera images to the cast member who is working the 'Tower'. (The Tower is the dispatch booth above the load and unload dock which one cast member is responsible for dispatching the boats after receiving a 'green light' by the unload host who signals that the boats are loaded an the guests are seated properly by pressing a button on the underside of the handrail on the unload side of the dock.) Also, if people are reaching outside to boat to splash one another, this could potentially harm a guest if the boat were to bump up against the ride flume at the wrong time, possibly pinching the guest's fingers painfully! Guests who are taking pictures or splashing will usually initiate a loud speaker announcement directed to that particular part of the ride asking for the individuals to resist either/or. The Tower operator has various buttons that direct the speaker to that part of he ride he can see within the range of the infrared camera image.
Transition Tunnel
Many people believe that the rides at Disneyland go 'underground.' Well, this is a slight misnomer. Actually, because parts of Disneyland are built higher than the main entrance level, (yes, you are actually walking slightly up hill as you go up Main Street and head into Adventureland and Frontierland. Thus, when you go down the 'waterfalls' on Pirates, or go down in the 'Stretching Room' on Haunted Mansion, you are actually going down to 'street level' of the park. If you look behind the Disneyland Tram loading station in Downtown Disney, you will see several very large buildings behind the vine-decorated fences. These are the Ride Buildings that house Pirates, Indiana Jones, and Haunted Mansion.
The Pirates of the Caribbean ride is such a large show that there are actually two Ride Buildings that house all the scenes below Park level. As your boat leaves the Treasure scene on Pirates you enter a dark, low tunnel that lets out in the large open area where the large pirate ship is having a shootout with the fort on the opposite side of the room. The dark tunnel that separates the treasure room from the fight scene between the ship and fort is called the 'Transition Tunnel''it basically is the connecting tunnel that moves the boats from the first Ride Building to the second.

Well... that's it for this issue...
Enjoy, and have a Magical Hidden Mickey Day!
 

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Hidden Mickey books, Cover Art, and Jewelry!

I am excited to announce that All my Hidden Mickey and Hidden Mickey Adventures novels are available in Hardback & Paperback, as well as in many eBook Formats!

Here are the links to buy them on Amazon:
Hidden Mickey 1: Sometimes Dead Men DO Tell Tales!

Hidden Mickey 2: It All Started...

Hidden Mickey 3: Wolf! The Legend of Tom Sawyer's Island

Hidden Mickey 4: Wolf! Happily Ever After?

Hidden Mickey Adventures 1: Peter and the Wolf

Hidden Mickey Adventures 2: Peter and the Missing Mansion

Hidden Mickey Adventures 3: The Mermaid's Tale

Hidden Mickey Adventures 4: Revenge of the Wolf

Hidden Mickey Adventures 5: When You Wish

Buy a Bundle and Save! Choose from Hardbacks or Paperbacks at a special price, and I sign all the bundle sets:
Hardcover Bundle - 4 Hidden Mickey Novels
Paperback Bundle - 4 Hidden Mickey Novels

Hardcover Bundle - 5 Hidden Mickey Adventures Novels
Paperback Bundle - 5 Hidden Mickey Adventures Novels

The beautiful cover art on all novels is Available to Purchase! Beautifully created, numbered and limited edition prints of this artwork is now available on beautiful 12" x 18" Canvas.
Here are the links to buy them:
Hidden Mickey 1

Hidden Mickey 2

Hidden Mickey 3

Hidden Mickey 4

Hidden Mickey Adventures 1

Hidden Mickey Adventures 2

Hidden Mickey Adventures 3

Hidden Mickey Adventures 4

Hidden Mickey Adventures 5

There are only a handful of the beautiful Hidden Mickey Heart Pendants left. First introduced in Hidden Mickey 2: It All Started... and featured throughout both series of novels. Limited edition, with a gorgeous 30 carat lab created RUBY on a 14K Yellow Gold Vermeil "Hidden Mickey".

Here is the link to buy one:
Hidden Mickey Heart Pendant with 16" chain
Hidden Mickey Heart Pendant with 20" chain

Want to go on your own Hidden Mickey Adventure? My Hidden Mickey Adventures Quest books are available in Paperback and many eBook Formats!
Here are the links to buy them on Amazon:
Hidden Mickey Adventures in Disneyland

Hidden Mickey Adventures in Disney California Adventure

Hidden Mickey Adventures in WDW Magic Kingdom

HIDDEN MICKEY ADVENTURES 5: When You Wish

HIDDEN MICKEY ADVENTURES 5
When You Wish

This is volume 5 in the Hidden Mickey Adventures series, the book you have all been waiting for… action… adventure… and mystery surrounds Walt Disney and Wolf as they interact with Peter Brentwood in this 5th Disneyland clue-solving adventure.


Nancy will be signing this, and all her other adventures, at the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books, on Saturday April 22nd & Sunday April 23rd, 2017.
And at Disney's D23 Expo, Friday July 14th, Saturday July 15th & Sunday July 16th, 2017.
As with all the other Hidden Mickey Adventures, this book was written for Adults, Teens, & Tweens (age 9 & up).

A FAMILY IN CRISIS

When tragedy strikes, Adam and Beth find it more and more difficult to believe in miracles. Will their family ever be whole again?

CAN A MAN FROM THE PAST REALLY HELP A BOY IN THE FUTURE?

Peter, still hurt and angry by the treatment he received at the hands of Nimue, is handed a special message. It is from Walt Disney himself. Can Peter get back his love for Disneyland and fulfill his special Hidden Mickey quest? Or will the absence of his partner be too much for him?

EXTORTION. BLACKMAIL. A FORBIDDEN GLIMPSE INTO THE FUTURE.

Walt exacts a promise from Wolf in exchange for his help. Wolf vowed never to take him on such a dangerous journey. Who will win this ultimate battle of wills?

NOW IS THE TIME TO WISH!

Disneyland now and in the future is the backdrop for this exciting tale of hopes, dreams, and discovery. When You Wish unites families and friends as they work together to keep the Disney magic alive both for themselves and for Walt s legacy.

Another “E-Ticket” ride through Disney’s history. 


HIDDEN MICKEY ADVENTURES 5
When You Wish
As you can see on the cover, Peter appears to be in the set of the Jungle Cruise Attraction at Disneyland.  Wolf seems to be lurking in the distance, keeping a watchful eye on things.  Why is Peter there at the Rhino scene? What could he possibly be looking for? Will he be caught when a Jungle Cruise captain catches a glimpse of a boy in a place he is not supposed to be? The answers to these questions, and many more, are answered as you are once again immersed in this fun fantastical Disneyland adventure that picks up right where the last book HIDDEN MICKEY ADVENTURES 4: Revenge of the Wolf left off, and brings you back to what happened to Lance in HIDDEN MICKEY 1: Sometimes Dead Men DO Tell Tales! and HIDDEN MICKEY 2: It All Started… so hang on to your hats, it’s going to be a bumpy ride!



Nancy will be signing this, and all her other adventures, at the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books, on Saturday April 22nd & Sunday April 23rd, 2017.
And at Disney's D23 Expo, Friday July 14th, Saturday July 15th & Sunday July 16th, 2017.

If you can’t make it to that venue, this adventure is now available as a Pre-Order in Hardcover edition, paperback edition, and eBook formats, from Amazon.com, Barnes & Noble Booksellers, and many many other Bookstores and online retailers.

Flesch-Kincaid Grade 4.1 – Flesch Reading Ease 83.6

Hidden Mickey Adventures in Hardcover

I am excited to announce that these 4 Hidden Mickey novels are now available in Hardback!
Click HERE for Info


I'm sure you will love the beautiful NEW artwork on the covers of  Hidden Mickey 1: Sometimes Dead Men Do Tell Tales and Hidden Mickey 2: It All Started…

Click HERE for Info

All of the Hidden Mickey Adventures are now in Hardback as well...

Here are the links to buy them on Amazon:

Amazon – Hidden Mickey 1      
Amazon – Hidden Mickey 2
Amazon – Hidden Mickey 3     
Amazon – Hidden Mickey 4
Amazon – Hidden Mickey Adventures 1 
Amazon – Hidden Mickey Adventures 2
Amazon – Hidden Mickey Adventures 3
Amazon – Hidden Mickey Adventures 4

I am also offering a Bundle Sale on my web page.  The links below will give you a choice of Hardbacks or Paperbacks at a special price, and I sign all the bundle sets:
Bundle Sale – Hidden Mickey Novels
Bundle Sale – Hidden Mickey Adventures Novels

Book Signing and New Release at Disney's D23 Expo


Meet the Author
 "Nancy Temple Rodrigue"
 

Nancy Temple Rodrigue at D23

at:  Disney's D23 Expo at the Anaheim Convention Center

Friday August 14th thru Sunday August 16th, 2015



Nancy will be in Hall B, Booth B915
signing her new release
"Hidden Mickey Adventures 4: Revenge of the Wolf" as well as the other Hidden Mickey Adventures and Quest books.

These action adventure mysteries about Disneyland were written for all ages (9 and up).

Watch the video


If you don't yet have the books in the Hidden Mickey series, they will also be in her booth, along with the books in the Hidden Mickey Quests series.  The Quest books are full of fun games and quests to play when you visit Disneyland and Disney California Adventure. 


You won't want to miss this great Disney Event where you can meet the author and get Autographed books.

Book Signing - Hidden Mickey Adventures - O. C. Childrens Book Festival

"Hidden Mickey Adventures" Book Signing


Author "Nancy Temple Rodrigue"
 

at:  O. C. Childrens Book Festival - Orange Coast College

Sunday, September 28th 2014



'Nancy Temple Rodrigue' will be signing her newest novel release "Hidden Mickey Adventures 3: The Mermaid's Tale" as well as the 2 other books in the Hidden Mickey Adventures series. 

These action adventure mysteries about Disneyland were written for all ages (9 and up).

video

If you don't yet have the books in the Hidden Mickey series, they will also be in her booth, along with the books in the Hidden Mickey Quests series.  The Quest books are full of fun games and quests to play when you visit Disneyland and Disney California Adventure. 


You won't want to miss this opportunity to meet the author and get Autographed books.

Book Signing - Hidden Mickey Adventures - Disneyana Expo

"Hidden Mickey Adventures" Book Signing


Author "Nancy Temple Rodrigue" 

at Disneyana Expo - Anaheim Crowne Plaza Resort

Sunday, July 20th 2014



'Nancy Temple Rodrigue' will be signing her newest novel release "Hidden Mickey Adventures 3: The Mermaid's Tale" as well as the 2 other books in the Hidden Mickey Adventures series. 

These action adventure mysteries about Disneyland were written for all ages (9 and up).

video

If you don't yet have the books in the Hidden Mickey series, they will also be in her booth, along with the books in the Hidden Mickey Quests series.  The Quest books are full of fun games and quests to play when you visit Disneyland and Disney California Adventure. 


You won't want to miss this opportunity to meet the author and get Autographed books.