Black Sheep in Tokyo Disneyland Book Disney
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Black Sheep in Tokyo, The Confessions of a Robotics Installer is a new book about the building and installing of the robotics and animated shows to open Tokyo Disneyland. The stories are told by an actual hands-on installer in 1982 and 1983 about the efforts in getting the shows up and running. The author goes on to describe the work installing the Horizons Pavilion at EPCOT, E.T.’s Adventure at Universal Studios, a T. Rex at Knott’s Berry Farm, attractions at Puroland in Japan and then off to the World’s Fair in Seville, Spain to design and install the shows in three pavilions. Next the wiring and operation of the dinosaurs in Jurassic Park and The Lost World for a special effects house, Stan Winston Studio. The book ends with the shooting of the film Lake Placid with a 33 foot long animated crocodile. 166 pages with 18 photographs. 8.5” x 5.5” soft-cover. Here are some quotes from several Bookplex reviews; “All I can say about Black Sheep in Tokyo the Confessions of a Robotics Electrician Tokyo Disneyland is WOW!” “If you’re planning a trip to Disney and want to see how everything works and how the magic really happens, then check out this book by Author Bruce Stark. You will definitely look at Disney in a whole new light.” “The inside scope on how everything works in unison to give visitors the most of their experience I felt was priceless. It certainly gave me a new appreciation of what I was seeing.” “The view that this book is written in gives the reader a front row seat of how it was to work at Tokyo Disneyland.” “Bruce Stark, the author, begins by sharing how he got his start at Disney and then accepts the opportunity to travel to Tokyo for two years with his wife to open a Disneyland there. During his time in the park, he not only worked on such famous rides and shows as Pirates of the Caribbean and the Bear Bands; he also found himself in sumo wrestling with a very drunk worker from Space Mountain, learned about Japanese cat tail practices, and found himself the victim of a poisonous caterpillar. The end of the book also explores some of this other jobs, such as working on the movie set of Lake Placid. I also liked the pictures throughout the book. The author also took care to weave anecdotes about Tokyo and Hong Kong into the book, which I felt gave me an often-humorous glimpse into what it must be like to be an American abroad in a foreign culture (and occasionally a culture where you’re not welcome). I found Starks book to be well-written and organized.” “This story although short took us into a very detailed profession and gave us a view of an individual that is not really shown in the lime light. Not a bad read.” “I would recommend Black Sheep in Tokyo to readers who enjoy memoirs, books about Americans in other cultures, and Disney in general. 4 Stars!” Here is a sample chapter from the book titled “Sumo Pirates.” “Sumo Pirates I wasn’t involved with ride control engineering. I always felt good about this. I didn’t want to be in a field where if I made a mistake someone could get hurt or killed. Before Tokyo Disneyland opened, the ride control engineers had been doing sandbag testing and asked me if I wanted to help. Mike advised me I would end up filling and moving sandbags while the engineers gave instructions. I declined their offer. In the next meeting I attended, the ride control engineers complained that during the sandbag tests of the boats in Pirates, the TDL (Tokyo Disneyland) person in charge had stopped the tests. The Disney engineers were increasing the weight in the boat to determine how much it could withstand. The TDL person who stopped the tests said there was no need to test the higher weights because, as he said, the Japanese people were not as fat and heavy as Americans. During that same meeting someone in the back of the room said, “What about sumos?” Nothing more was said. Apparently the same problem occurred during the sandbag testing in Space Mountain. Most people don’t know, but while a Space Mountain vehicle is waiting at the bottom of the main lift, the vehicle is being weighed. An existing program for the weight of one’s vehicle is used to control the vehicle during the ride. During the month-long “opening day,” a sumo wrestling school came to TDL for a visit. Sumo wrestlers are not uncommon in Tokyo and are regularly seen on downtown buses and shopping. They would usually be seen in groups of two or more. There was a group of five who first headed for Pirates. As their boat was rolled off of the ramp and into the flume, it sank. The water is very shallow so there were five sumo wrestlers sitting in an unseen boat with just their heads and shoulders sticking out of the water. I was in the Pirates maintenance room when this happened and we were informed that the show had gone 101(Show Stop) because of a ride problem. I went up to the load area to see the last of the wet sumo wrestlers climbing out of the waterlogged boat. The five wrestlers were rushed off by TDL personnel to the wardrobe building to have their robes dried. They were also given a free lunch. As fate would have it, the next ride they went on was Space Mountain. As the vehicle was being weighed, the show automatically shut down, 101. There was no computer program for the weight of their ride vehicle. The show had to be evacuated. The ride control Imaginers were complaining that they knew this would happen and they asked why the TDL people wouldn’t listen to them. In the next meeting the subject was brought up about the Space Mountain and Pirates shows shut-downs. The TDL people were asked how this problem could be fixed. The man in charge very happily informed us that there was no need to worry as the problem had already been resolved. TDL had simply instituted a “one sumo wrestler per ride vehicle” policy in the park. Problem solved.” We sold these books at a recent comic book convention and it was well received. See my other book here on GunBroker, "Auto Mag the Pasadena Days." Shipping is by USPS Priority Mail Flat Rate envelope for $6.65 I will autograph the book. Will ship to Canada Thank you....Bruce
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