Mickey Pylon

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Mickey Pylon, viewed from westbound I-4

The Mickey Pylon is a 32 metres tall double-deadend pole-type 230-kV powerline pylon in front of Osceola Substation, which is used for the power supply of Disney World in Celebration, Florida, USA and which was completed on February 15th, 1996. The Mickey Pylon is in the form of a stylized Mickey Mouse head.[1] It consists of a 21.3 metres high pole carrying a circular steel tube ring 9.1 metres in diameter weighing 13.608 tons, at which two smaller elliptical rings with axis lengths of 5.5 and 6.1 metres and a weight of 2.495 tons are attached. It is located along Interstate 4 on the north side of the highway, at the junction with World Drive and the Central Florida GreeneWay (Exit 62).

As the rings were not transportable on public roads, they were designed for an assembly at the construction site.

Each ring is constructed from galvanized steel tubing with a cross section of 0.305 m x 0.508 m.

The support pole was fabricated by North American Pole Corp. (NAPCO), Dallas, Texas, USA, while the rings were bent by Bend-Tec of Duluth, Minnesota, USA from steel tubes manufactured in Chicago, Illinois, USA and transported to NAPCO for galvanization.

The Mickey Pylon can be illuminated at night by fiber-optic cables at the rings, which are fed from a laser installed at the ground through a telecommunications-grade fiber running inside the pole.

Polymer insulators are used to minimize visual effects.

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  1. ^ "Mickey Pylon". Atlas Obscura. Retrieved 26 November 2016.

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