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Tuesday, December 13, 2016

The Main Street Light Bulb You Never Knew Had A Story!

The Main Street Light Bulb You Never Knew Had A Story!
by: guide4wdw - Collin
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Have you ever been inside the Car Barn on Main Street U.S.A at the Magic Kingdom? If not, be sure to add it to your list for the next time you are in the park. The barn is full of little Disney details that you can peer through the big barn doors at and it truly feels like you're getting a look "behind the curtain" at something uniquely Disney. Fortunately, there's more to this story than you may expect.

If you get the chance to peer into the Car Barn, be sure to catch a glimpse of a small light bulb hanging from a single wire on your right just inside the barn near the far right wall (pictured on the right hand side of the picture below) While that light bulb is quite small and seems to serve very little purpose for lighting the room, it holds quite the interesting backstory.

(photo: wdwlive.com)
(The lightbulb described is just above the cans on the shelf along the right hand side of the image.)

As you may know, the lights of Main Street tell a story all on their own. As you progress through the time periods each section of the street represents, the light fixtures very in order to fit the era represented. When you really take the time to notice it, there is everything from authentic gas lamps to electric lights as you move farther and farther throughout the eras of production. With that being said, there's only one true representation of the original electric lightbulb. 

As you may be imagining, this is where the story starts to come back around to create the full circle! The lightbulb we originally mentioned hanging on the wire all by itself is a contracted piece specifically for the purpose of authenticity. The bulb itself is created by one particular individual up north using only the materials Thomas Edison had available when the original lightbulb was created. I can only imagine how delicate that creative process is. 

Honestly, this is a very small detail of the parks, but something Disney truly did not have to add. However, I'm amazed and happy that they do in fact continue the tradition. It's these little details that truly create the "Disney difference." No other organization would put so much effort into a single light bulb in a place that many guests will never even see in order to make the experience as realistic as possible. This truly is amazing in my own personal opinion and one of those little details that you may have never experienced, but one that you surely should appreciate on your next vacation! It's not a grand spectacle, a overwhelming beautiful detail, or a must do for every single guest, but simply something that goes to show the pride Disney has had and continues to have in their parks. 

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