National Geographic : 1973 Nov
Blurred as a bullet, silent as an arrow, the rubber-tired Disney World monorail train comes to a halt inside the 100-foot high concourse of the Contemporary Re sort hotel (left). The train runs straight through the A-shaped hostelry (below) ona2 1 /2-mile circuit that links it with the Magic Kingdom, the Polynesian Village hotel, and the park's entrance. In Utilidor, an eight-acre service and supply vault beneath the Magic Kingdom, Snow White and the Wicked Witch are accompanied by Br'er Bear and two of the Three Little Pigs (right). Overhead pipes funnel utilities, including a waste removal system that vacuums trash with a 60-mile-an-hour whoosh. Utilidor houses a huge wardrobe cen ter, where seamstresses maintain more than 100,000 costumes. A computer keeps the bears dancing in time, coordinates the scowls of the ghouls, and even sniffs the air in the Hall of Presidents to warn against fire.