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If a magic slide isn't fantasy I don't know what is.

I've been watching The Mickey Mouse Clubhouse with my 21 month old and I'm becoming more and more frustrated by the "Upslide".

When one person goes on the upslide, let's say Mickey, he sits on it backwards and the upslide pulls him up. When he comes back down he's facing the right way. Cute.

When multiple people go on the upslide (for example, on the episode Daisy's Grasshopper, see video )

Mickey is the first one on, but the also the first one off. I would have expected him to be the first last one off, and the Daisy, the highest up on the upslide, would be the first one off.

The only way it could do this is if it treated the entire person-load of the upslide as one entity. If this is the case, how big is the buffer capacity of the upslide? Have the inner workings of the upslide been explained in any Mickey Mouse episodes or books? Or is this one of Professor Von Drake's tightly kept secrets?

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    No doubt this is the same technology that ensures that both Mickey's ears are always visible, no matter what angle his head is at. – Daniel Roseman Oct 1 '12 at 15:43
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    A similar technology is employed to enable Donald Duck to hover as long as he is yelling. – Gorchestopher H Oct 1 '12 at 16:36
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    I'm curious why this might have been downvoted. I tried very hard to ensure it was on-topic and met all the criteria of desireable questions. Nevertheless, I'm open to improvement! – corsiKa Oct 1 '12 at 19:11
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    @corsiKa It's a children's series, which puts off a lot of people - the answer is likely to be "the writers/animators didn't really think about it". I usually just try to avoid them, rather than downvoting. – Izkata Oct 1 '12 at 23:32
  • For example, here's a question on Meta about whether this type of question is on-topic. The general consensus is "no", but AFAIK it's not actually part of the rules/FAQ. – Izkata Oct 1 '12 at 23:34
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Taking the upslide for granted (which I could only explain if Mickey had some big magnets in his pockets -- and even then, the movement wouldn't be linear, but parabolic), this can make sense, depending on the slide's architecture.

I've drawn a picture that highlights one possible architecture, omitting the curliness of the original slide. However, in order not to infringe on Mickey's precious copyright, I took the freedom to put Tuxes on the slide.

Two tuxes ride an upslide

In the picture, the blue tux is sitting in front of the green tux, that is closer to the end of the slide (like Mickey in your video). If the upslide magically slides them upwards with an initial velocity of v0, they will end up in a position in the middle, the blue tux being closer to the ground. I'm assuming that the slide is high enough so that all initial kinetic energy of the tuxes can be transformed into potential energy, meaning that they come to a full stop for an infinitesimal amount of time (v = 0).

At that point normal physics kick in and gravity pulls them down. Choosing at random (if the slide is built in a safe fashion, otherwise ... well let's say the occupants couldn't have future offspring otherwise) or with a bias the right side of the slide to descend. Note that this will restore the original kinetic energy and they will get off the slide on the same velocity as initially accelerated to (if you disregard friction) as well as it restores who was sitting in front (i.e. the blue tux).

Note: This is not canonical, but I don't think Disney would bother with physically correct entertainment apparatuses.

  • Who finds the pun? :) – bitmask Oct 2 '12 at 9:08
  • I'm not sure what the pun is, but I'm guessing that the phrase, physically correct entertainment apparatuses is an allusion, to another of Disney's quirks... – John C Dec 12 '12 at 11:23
  • @JohnC Frankly, I've no idea what I meant back then. I often put very subtle plays on words into otherwise serious posts (which I usually don't point out), but rereading the post, I honestly cannot remember where I hid a pun. – bitmask Dec 12 '12 at 14:05
  • Oh wait, I just found it. It's above the picture :) – bitmask Dec 12 '12 at 14:08
  • @bitmask Something about "architecture" and Tuxes, I assume? – gnovice Nov 5 '15 at 14:37

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