TMSM Mythbusters: Removable Rooms and Misattributed Quotes

mythbustersThe goal of this blog series is to factually prove or disprove rumors and myths in the Disney-verse. Tonight on TMSM Mythbusters we are tackling some of the more “unique” myths and misconceptions we see frequently in Disney based forums.

Removable Rooms

One of the great Urban Legends about Walt Disney World’s Contemporary Resort is that the rooms are removable. This is one of those myths that created itself, in this case because of how the Contemporary (and Polynesian) were built to ensure the hotel would be ready on time for the park to open. The Contemporary’s A-frame design was created to let the rooms themselves be built off site by U.S. Steel and trucked to the building’s frame and then slid into place with a crane. Once they were installed all of the service connections (water, plumbing, electricity) were hooked up and then the outside of the building was completed making it impossible to remove the rooms from the building.

Contemporary Construction 1 WDW page 34 (Large)So though the rooms were originally “portable” the rooms at the Contemporary are in fact not removable, making this Disney myth busted!

10525841_4212157519750_2096196563165430385_nMisquoted Walt?

Many Disney fans know the quote “If You Can Dream It, Then You Can Do It”
this quote has become a great Urban Legend within itself. Many of us believe this was written by Walt, but in fact it WASN’T!
D23.com’s Ask Dave by Chief Archivist Emeritus Dave Smith resolves this myth so perfectly I couldn’t even try to do a better job in disproving this myth. Dave writes when asked “I heard that Walt Disney did not, in fact, ever say the famous quote, “If you can dream it, you can do it.” Is that true? If so, who did say it?”
“He never said this quote. If you check my book, Disney Trivia from the Vault, you can find the true story: “Despite its frequent publication, that is not a Walt Disney quote. We checked with Imagineer Tom Fitzgerald for the definitive answer: ‘I am very familiar with that line because I wrote it! It was written specifically for the Horizons attraction at Epcot and used in numerous ways, from dialogue in the ride to graphics. I find it amusing that the Science of Imagineering DVD series attributes it to Walt Disney, but I guess I should be flattered.”

UntitledSo even though this quote was made by someone employed BY the Disney, Walt was not it’s originator, making this Disney myth busted!

10525841_4212157519750_2096196563165430385_nTo see our previous TMSM Mythbusters articles visit www.themainstreetmouse.com/tag/tmsm-mythbusters

Contemporary construction photos courtesy of bigfloridacountry.com
Dave Smith info from d23.com

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Michele Atwood is the Owner/Editor of The Main Street Mouse and it’s subsidiaries and author of the books “Moving to Main Street U.S.A.” “How Many Sleeps Till Disney?” and “How Many Sleeps Till Disneyland?” Michele also contributes Disney news to the Joe Kelley Morning Show on 107.3 WDBO in Orlando. She and her family made the move from Michigan to the Orlando area to pursue their Disney dreams. Michele is a life long Disney fan, and has two sons who have followed suit, each going on their first Disney trip before their first birthday’s. Part of the goal Michele has for The Main Street Mouse is not only to keep members informed, but to create somewhat of a Disney Family by relating to others through personal experiences and opinions. Also, Michele is making it a priority to share stories of inspiration and hope to other Disney Fans in an effort to share the Magic and hopefully make a difference in the lives of others. ~ I enjoy writing personal perspective blogs, doing TMSM Meet Ups for our readers, and keeping the constant interaction going with others, sharing the Disney Magic to people when they can’t be at their Happy Place.

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