On July 3, 1985 Tinker Bell made her first flight from the top of Cinderella’s Castle. For many of Disney World’s guests, the highlight of the fireworks show at Magic Kingdom is seeing Tinker Bell fly through the sky. Most of us cannot even remember a time when Tinker Bell didn’t appear. Here’s a little history behind Tinker Bell’s magic flight.
In 1957, Walt Disney was attending a show at the Hollywood Bowl when a circus performer appeared and did a high wire act across the top of the theater. He though, “That is what’s missing from my fireworks show!” After a few years of back and forth, in 1961, Tiny Kline, made her first appearance at Disneyland in California as Tinker Bell. She was 4’10”, weighed 98 pounds and was 71 years old. Still to this day Tinker Bell must be under 5 feet tall, and weigh no more than 105 pounds.
An hour before the fireworks show Tinker Bell begins putting on her makeup and climbing the stairs and eventually taking a ladder to her place, 189 feet up, inside Cinderella’s Castle. There is room at the top for Tinker Bell and one other Tech person. The door she climbs out of is only 4 feet tall.
Once the cue is given the tech person literally shoves Tinker Bell out of the window (that’s about the only way they could get us to go) and depending on the shove off, and the wind resistance, Tinker Bell can fly anywhere from 20 to 35 mph; the flight usually takes about 30 seconds.
At the top of the Tomorrowland Terrace is a gymnast mat up on its side waiting to bring Tinker Bell to a screeching halt. Before she gets to the mat, there are 2 techs standing on the roof with a net spread open to “catch” her.
Tinker Bell is wearing a battery pack in a backpack, to make sure that her wings are fully illuminated, but that isn’t the only thing in the backpack, she has a rope…Yes, a rope! Tinker Bell is not on a pulley system, her flight is pretty much a free fall. If the wind is against her or she doesn’t get a great shove off, Tinker Bell might not quite make it all the way to Neverland. When that happens, Tinker Bell turns off her lights and pulls herself hand over fist the rest of way down the wire to the top of the Tomorrowland Terrace. Once there, and out of sight of our guests, she reaches into her backpack and pulls out that rope, drops it to the 2 techs that are standing on the roof, and they pull her the rest of the way in to safety.
So we have to ask… Any volunteers?!
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