Top 10 Disney Secrets Illusions & Tricks Explained

Top 10 Disney Secrets Illusions & Tricks Explained

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find us @TPMvideos. Magic is often a word used to describe the
Disney theme park experience. The Disney magic comes alive in many different
ways on the dozens of attractions at Walt Disney World in Florida and Disneyland in
California. The most magical attractions are usually the
dark rides since dark environments make it easier to manipulate various illusions that
will trick the mind. On Instagram we asked you what your favourite
illusions and tricks are from Disney rides at Disneyland and Walt Disney World and this
list today was comprised by your responses. So while we look at many illusions and explain
how some of these tricks are achieved today we’ll be counting down the Top 10 Disney
Ride Illusions and Tricks! Number 10
The first ride we’re gonna take a look at is Na’vi River Journey at Animal Kingdom
in Walt Disney World. This ride is a great example of how physical
sets and screens create the illusion that what you’re seeing is a seamless canvas. About halfway through the ride you’ll find
this little waterfall. It appears as though actual water is flowing
down the rocks but the flowing water is actually just a projection. With some bubbling of the physical water at
the bottom, it creates the illusion that this is a real waterfall. Last year a viewer named Mattie sent us a
picture of Na’vi River Journey breaking down and this gives you a great perspective
on how the projection and physical sets blend together on the ride. Number 9
Heading over to Mickey’s Toon Town in Disneyland, Roger Rabbit’s Cartoon Spin brings you into
the wacky world of Roger Rabbit. At the end of the ride there’s this little
scene of Roger Rabbit opening the portable escape hole {Roger Rabbit} I’ve got a portable hole! I’ll save ya! and this illusion is achieved by a very simple
trick. Right here on the left hand side is a mirror
that reflects the bricks from the other side and the hole just gets pushed into the wall. As that motion is happening it tricks our
mind into thinking that its moving horizontally towards us when realistically its being pushed
vertically away from us. This night vision footage helps to give a
little more clarity into how the mirror is used in the trick. {Roger Rabbit} I’ll save ya! Number 8
As you saw in the previous example a mirror is a very simple way to trick the mind. After all, magic is just smoke and mirrors
and there’s another great example of a fun mirror trick that you all suggested. As you make your way through dead man’s
cove on Pirates of the Caribbean at Disneyland, you’ll come across this mini scene with
the octopus that was added in 2018. To mark your transition from Dead man’s
cove into the physical world of real pirates, a mirror is used to turn this skeleton into
a pirate. Each side only has half a figure and the mirror
placed in the centre hidden by this rope. The mirror reflects the half a figure which
tricks you into thinking that its a full figure that magically morphs into a human. Now this example of reflection is easy to
make out since it’s at eye level and the mirror is sort of visible, but there is another
example that we’ll talk about later in the video that’s much more effective. {Ride} Dead men tell no tales Number 7
The Haunted Mansion is home to 999 happy haunts. Many illusions, tricks and lighting effects
are used to create the ghoulish delights on the ride at both Walt Disney World and Disneyland. One optical illusion used on the ride is what’s
known at the hollow face illusion. The spinning marble busts can be found in
the queue at Disneyland and in the Library scene on the ride at Magic Kingdom. Now these busts appear to spin with their
eyes following you as you move past them. Although they look like convex figures like
these busts in the outdoor queue at Magic Kingdom, they’re actually concave and hallow. It’s just a reverse negative impression
of someones face, sort of like a mask, so it curves inwards instead of outwards. This mold of Albert Einstein really demonstrates
the effectiveness of the illusion. From the time we’re babies, our brain is
wired to recognize faces as being convex shapes so when we’re presented with a concave face
our brain is tricked into thinking we’re seeing something we aren’t. Lighting also plays a big part in this illusion. Lighting the faces from below reverses the
detail’s shading allowing them to appear more like a convex face that lit from above. Number 6
One of the most commonly used illusions found on Disney rides is the Pepper’s Ghost effect. The ballroom scene of the Haunted Mansion
is the most commonly talked about example and it’s actually one of the largest Pepper’s
ghost set ups there is. The simple yet effective illusion has been
around since 1862. It was commonly used in stage set ups and
it’s all about using a piece of glass and reflection. The easiest way to understand how the illusion
works is to look at any window. In these display windows you see the reflection
of the guests walking around the park and this pretty much the same concept as Pepper’s
Ghost. As your doom buggy travels along the ride
track, there’s a large pane of glass that extends 30 by 90 feet in front of this scene. Hidden above and below you there are the physical
ghost animatronic figures painted with exaggerated colours and they’re all placed against black
backdrops. When they are illuminated their image is reflected
onto the glass and creates a composite of ghostly spirits in the physical room in front
of you. The same effect is used to make the Blue Ferry
disappear on Pinocchio’s Daring Journey at Disneyland. In this breakdown footage its much easier
to see where the sheet of glass is and if we backup, behind this wall is where the physical
Blue Ferry figure is placed. Number 5
Other examples of the Pepper’s Ghost can be found all over Disneyland and Walt Disney
World. There’s a couple different set ups used
to achieve the effect and it all starts with a piece of glass on a 45 degree angle. Here’s an example of the effect at play
in a demo we set up. You can see how the image on the iPhone placed
upside-down projects right side up on the glass creating this composite. This same idea, flipped on its side, is what
allows the 5 missing elevator passengers on Tower of Terror at Hollywood Studios to magically
appear in the hallway. So right here theres a piece of glass placed
on a 45 degree angle. On the other side of this wall, there’s
an area where the hologram of the passengers is projected onto a mirror which reflects
onto the glass. The pepper’s ghost effect is also used to
allow the window to float forward then shatter in the same scene. At Walt Disney World you can also find the
Pepper’s Ghost effect used in the Seas Pavilion at Epcot. This is how the finding Nemo characters are
placed into the actual aquarium of The Seas with Nemo and Friends. {Music} In the big blue world, like I’ve
never seen before. These two examples have the audience looking
directly through the glass into the scene but there’s another set up used which involves
a little more reflection. Number 4
Another way peppers ghost is set up is by having the audience look a mirror which is
reflecting the effect from the opposite side. This is how Winnie the Pooh floats away in
his sleep on the Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh at Disneyland and Walt Disney World. So what you’re looking at in front of you
is actually a mirror visible on the bottom, right here. After you’ve passed this scene take a look
behind you and you’ll see the physical room that’s being illuminated and reflecting
onto the mirror. In this image you can also see the reflection
of these honey pots in the mirror. Then right here at a 45 degree angle is the
piece of glass used to carry out papers ghost allowing pooh to float away. Another example of the same set up is Randal
in the bathroom scene of Monster’s Inc Mikey and Sulley to the rescue at Disney California
Adventure. {Randal} Race you to the scare floor Number 3
The last Haunted Mansion trick can only be found at Disneyland and that’s the Hatbox
Ghost. This animatronic figure found his home on
the attraction in May of 2015 and it uses a couple different illusions to create this
Disney magic. So first lets take a look at how his head
disappears. Now his face is projected but the figure has
an actual wig so this will help us to identify what’s happening. Pay attention to the hair on right side of
his head as we bump up the brightness and play the clip in slow motion. When the face projection is switched off and
his face is no longer illuminated you can see the hair move and it’s quickly lowered
into his body. Now how does his face makes its way into this
hallow and empty hatbox? By using what appears to be the Pepper’s
ghost effect, think along the lines of the demo we showed you earlier with the iPhone,
his face is projected into the middle of the hatbox giving it a 3 dimensional shape. As for his hair well it appears to be illuminated
by backlight from an LCD screen. All of these elements together create a pretty
impressive illusions bringing this iconic animatronic character right to life. Number 2
The best mirror reflection illusion can be found on Journey into Imagination with Figment
at Epcot. Once you make your way into the sight lab
you see this butterfly in a cage and as your ride vehicle passes, it magically disappears. Well hidden in the middle of the cage is a
double sided mirror. As you first approach the cage, half of a
butterfly and a perch is reflected onto the mirror to make it appear as if it’s a full
butterfly. As your ride vehicle moves around the cage,
an empty half perch on the other side is reflecting against another mirror and thats how the butterfly
seamlessly disappears. The lighting in this scene as well as the
fact that the cage is elevated above eye level plays a big part into the effectiveness of
this illusion. Number 1
One of the most impressive illusions can be found on the Indiana Jones Adventure at Disneyland. In the big final scene on the ride there’s
the iconic boulder chase. The boulder rolls towards you as your the
ride vehicle moves backwards to avoid getting hit. Well what if we told you the boulder and the
truck don’t move at all and its the walls that actually move. The boulder is stationary but swivels in place
as the walls move forwards giving the optical illusion that the boulder is moving forward. In this Disney after dark news segment it
shows you exactly how the walls operate. Then in this night vision footage its easier
to see what’s happening while you’re on the actual ride. Once you combine all these tricks with the
dim lighting and you have one of the most convincing illusions in a Disney ride! So what is your favorite illusion or trick
from a Disney ride. Either from this list or maybe one we didn’t
mention. I’d love to know! Leave a comment down below to start a conversion
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100 thoughts on “Top 10 Disney Secrets Illusions & Tricks Explained

  1. The Peasant's Manor Farm says:

    My favorite use of Pepper's ghost was at LaBrea Tar Pits using skeletons and full size mannequins of a woman and a Sabre Tooth Tiger, two way mirrors, and dimmable lights to make the mannequins appear to turn to skeletons where they stood in the museum.

  2. Julie61392 says:

    I Like how they do these Tricks

  3. Joery M. says:

    Disney will probably use transparent oled screens a lot in the future

  4. Joery M. says:

    Disney will probably use transparent oled screens a lot in the future

  5. Susan F says:

    If you turn around, right after you pass the Blue Fairy illusion, you can see the figure from the car.

  6. Elizabeth Butterfield says:

    in the hanted mansion ride I saw a hidden mickey in the ball room

  7. Tyler says:

    This is some pretty cool science actually.

  8. Damian Huerta says:

    i love TPMvids 🙂

  9. Crystal Productions says:

    Well it's no longer a secret

  10. Dark Boi says:

    Mysterio made Disney world

  11. Rachel Johnson says:

    The noob, 7ou 6ig 4oob, the master, what the freak what is that noob is that a manshion u big pro, the noob 7es 7 es

  12. MichiGoldenGamingandVlogs MGGAV says:

    I used to think every thing was just Projecters

  13. Paigerini_ Art says:

    I had to learn the ballroom trick in school when learning about light! I was impressed!

  14. Angel Vega says:

    How many mirrors are there

  15. peeter says:

    the ballroom dancers in the haunted mansion room are mesmerizing

  16. Sully A CAT says:

    On the figment one my dad disappeared when I looked at him right after the butterfly

  17. FreeRanged Lemon says:

    My favorite is the Indiana Jones one because I figured it out myself~!

  18. Tony says:

    My mind has been blown so many times

  19. Hypershadic23 says:

    Disney World is run by Quentin Beck; change my mind

  20. Jill Pawlowski says:

    When we go to MK in Florida on haunted mansion I tell my whole family all the secrets from you. I love your videos I have seen every videos these are awesome

  21. TwilightDan says:

    At Disney’s magic kingdom there is this beauty and the beast bell thing and small window looking frame turns into a door you can go through

  22. Eggfriend says:


  23. -#*Vortex Gaming*#- says:

    People: how many illusions do you want?
    Disney: we’ll let you know

  24. Ana Huynh says:

    did you see on the right at 0:50 sum1 wrote “the magic in the Hogwarts ride” i swear, some ppl.

  25. Richard Booth says:

    so in other words at Disney keeping mirrors clean is a professional trade

  26. Amy Hazen says:

    love this video

  27. The Laib's says:

    Tower of terror

  28. SgtxAnus says:

    my favorite illusion was my dad not coming back for me in the Disneyland Parking lot. Man lol that dudes was crazy, where you at dad like lol

  29. Linda Epps says:


  30. J says:

    Can someone please explain to me how the stretching room in haunted mansion line works? Is this room actually stretching?????

  31. Toaster The Gamer says:

    I love this show!! Make it live on tv!!

  32. Mr Krabs with 100k subscribers says:

    We need a mysterio/spider man ride with ALL the illusions

  33. Mike Anderson says:

    The info on the Indiana Jones attraction is not entirely true, the ball “does” move towards the jeep.

  34. Chloe Martinez says:


  35. Bekx says:

    I used to work Winnie the Pooh in Disney World. The bear figure that floats is actually behind the two way mirror. I believe you said it was reflected on a second mirror at 45 degrees which is untrue.
    The scene where he’s sitting and falling asleep is reflected but the floating bear is in a black room behind the mirror itself. The light turns on as the figure rotates upwards.

  36. 우리집인형tv says:


  37. foxytail 1117 says:

    My uncle works on pirates of the Caribbean and Indiana Jones he tells me these secrets

  38. Annette Andrade says:


  39. TH13TEEN the Demon Waifu says:

    I made my own peppers ghost hologram

  40. Carodex says:

    In the show Jessie on Disney channel their apartment kinda looks like the Hollywood hotel

  41. Seán O'Dea says:

    this is so incredibly fascinating oh my goodness, also i had absolutely no idea there was a roger rabbit ride???? how did i not know this?????

  42. Eveling Cerrato says:

    I have a kid she’s a girl 👩🏽‍🦱

  43. Neil Engel says:

    Tower of Terror at California Adventure had a mirror that reflected you in your ride vehicle as a ghost in real time. Then your ghostly image vanishes and you see the reflection of your ride vehicle but now YOU and your fellow riders are MISSING. The car is EMPTY. Very complicated but satisfying gag.

  44. k sg says:

    What about the illusion of that statue from the Tokyo Disney Tower of Terror ride? I think that one is pretty impressive.

  45. WolfieGamer135 says:

    During the ballroom scene, I wore a glowstick. Wow.

  46. dove love says:

    I loved how the ghosts in WDWs haunted mansion worked! thx!!!

  47. Craig says:

    Wait… you mean those aren't real ghosts inside the Haunted Mansion™ ? Say it isn't so !!! Next you'll try and tell me that's not really Tinkerbell flying around the Matterhorn™ at night.

  48. Lihaiili _ says:

    4:48 I keep thinking it's going the other way

  49. Nicole Velasquez says:

    I went to the one of the butterfly before i saw this video and when i saw it was like whaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaat

  50. Pam Ross says:

    I see I see

  51. Gaming with Keziah says:

    on my birthday

  52. Jae Lou says:

    Haunted mansion. I’ve always loved that ride

  53. Robby palmer says:

    There's a really cool one at Disneyland Beijing where Jack Sparrow goes from a skeleton to animitronic pretty seamlessly

  54. Micah Sherman says:

    My favorite trick is when my mom says “tell me the truth, I won’t get mad” and she gets very frustrated

  55. T S says:

    I kinda dont want to watch this cause it would ruin the magic of the rides but at the same time I do want to watch

  56. Isabel Greco says:


  57. gios inc 2pointo says:

    You forgot 1 in Disneylands Alice in wonder land in the flower seen when the catterpiller was smoking how dose the smoke work?!

  58. m b says:

    Somebody tell the guy that narrates this that the word mirror is pronounced (mir.ror/ˈmirər/) not "mere."

  59. Lumine Wolf says:

    Bruh i was so happy when he said the butterfly one in the figment tide it’s always stumped me lol

  60. Cherie Guggenheim says:

    My favorite trick is the butterfly disappearing. I did not under stand the Indiana Jones?

  61. William R. says:

    Well wtf ruined it for me 😂😂😂😂

  62. David Knee says:

    What’s better, like for Disney World 👍. Comment for Disneyland

  63. Yulia Harvard says:

    The tower of terror is the best

  64. ho chloe says:

    Pls talk about the captain jack in Shanghai, I really want to know the true

  65. B H says:

    Wow! Never knew my car wasn't traveling backward on the Indian Jones finale. Wild!

  66. Nathaniel Weiss says:

    The boulder actually does move but everything else is coreect

  67. Hayley Blonstein says:

    I've always wondered how, in the Indiana Jones ride, the car can go through one of three different walls and still end up in the same place. I heard that it's an illusion with the walls themselves, but I'd love to learn for sure how that works!

  68. Zack Griffin says:

    Mine is that the waterfall on ririver

  69. Germalyn Siapno says:

    I think i see the right skeleton rights hand is a man like if y’all see that if you see that your cool

  70. Germalyn Siapno says:

    5:15 i think i see the picture becomes a ghost!!!

  71. rct3isepic says:

    The boulder in Indiana Jones does actually move. It’s on rails, so once the room backs up it starts actually moving forward. If you look at the hole in the ground you drive through you can see it approach the edge from further away

  72. Alley Farley says:

    When I was on Nemo, a dolphin went by and it looked like it had eaten Dory

  73. enderman gamer says:

    Why do you have 666K subs?

  74. Petey the Cat says:

    A four year old got brain damage in the rabbit car toon spin

  75. Linzi Lynch says:

    my favourite trick is the butterfly illiousion.
    [sorry about spelling mistakes] =]

  76. XenoRPT says:

    8:42 * Wolves by Kanye West begins to play *

  77. robin mcgregor says:

    Americans can't pronounce the word mirror.

  78. Qibli of the SandWings says:

    I really like the illusion of the paintings in the Haunted Mansion line, and how they're able to make the paintings in the stretching room look like they're shifting into something dark

  79. Arianna & Wilbur says:

    on the Indiana jones ride, I always scream at the top of my lungs at the boulder part. Jesus it’s scary 😂

  80. Lexie Watkins says:


  81. Some Gem says:

    Peppers ghost illusion is so amazing

  82. Zoey’s_GachaAcademia says:


  83. RosaBell Animations says:

    My favorite illusion is the Peppers Ghost Effect

  84. ShinGojira 62 says:

    My favorite illusion has to be the Hat Box Ghost

  85. Xgamer34 94 says:

    Number 15 Burger King Foot Lettuce Is An Illusion In One Of The Disney Land Rides.

  86. i am last says:

    The illusion i understand before this video was 10,9,and 6

  87. Furriez Playz says:

    Idk if I should subscibe ugh should I?

  88. Esau 64 says:

    Here’s a fun game count how many time he says mirror and peppers ghost

  89. Ava Eller says:

    I like the mirrors in haunted mansion that shows people on your head you know what I mean?

  90. Curlamus Asomus says:

    The peppers ghost trick used in tower of terror is similar to the one used in a game from the Ace Attorney series (the investigations spinoff for those wondering) where a costume is placed at the end of a side hallway, and a mirror is placed at a 45 degree angle in the hallway, the mirror can actually turn, with a the other side of the mirror having a pattern similar to the walls. This gives the illusion that the costume can disappear. The culprit in the case with a good knowledge of the park, of course, uses this to his advantage as a hiding spot. It’s actually a really fun trick to figure out.

  91. Timothy Petriccione says:

    For the Indiana jones one, when the ball starts coming towards you just look behind and you see the wall behind you doesn’t move at all.

  92. Mel Minion says:

    When I was at Journey to the Imagination with Figment, I saw the butterfly in a cage. As we moved passed him, he disappears.

  93. christy castro says:

    Disney peddles pedophilia. #BOYCOTDISNEY

  94. PhantomDucky says:

    Winnie the Pooh: dream floats
    Me: When the 3 Perc 30's you took hit you all at once.

  95. John Dieudonné says:

    Two thumbs up! (Well, one with a mirror…)

  96. Alyssa Verbeke says:

    7:33 you can hear a littel girl singing

  97. Alyssa Verbeke says:

    no wait 7:29

  98. NACIO says:

    0:27 when you touch you're self by accident

  99. Guard Craft says:

    Part 2 please

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