Another view of the Rainbow Ridge mining town seen at the loading area of Natures Wonderland and recreated for Big Thunder. This photograph shows the Rainbow Ridge Clarion Newspaper building along with the Last Chance Saloon with the Dentist on the second floor. Once again a great example of detailing to create the illusion of reality to allow guest to suspend belief and to acheive the mood to believe the ride is real including cactus in the shape of things, mis-timed geysers and Rainbow caverns. No other theme park ever created such immersive environments and even today at Disneyland there is not as much of a concentration of immersive environments. The last effective ride has been Indiana Jones with theming and environment. That is one of the reasons that California Adventure fails. One can hope that new rides are designed with better themed environments.
Windows to the Past: The Mickey Mouse Weather House
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