Mickey pylon

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Mickey Pylon, viewed from westbound I-4

The Mickey pylon is a 105 ft (32 m) tall double-deadend pole-type 230-kV power line pylon in front of Osceola Substation, which is used for the power supply of Walt Disney World near Orlando, Florida, and which was completed on February 15, 1996. The pylon is in the form of a stylized Mickey Mouse head.[1] It consists of a 70 ft (21 m) high pole carrying a circular steel tube ring 30 ft (9.1 m) in diameter, at which two smaller elliptical rings with axis lengths of 18 by 20 ft (5.5 by 6.1 m) and 20 ft (6.1 m). The head weights 30,000 lb (14,000 kg). 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 12 by 20 inches (300 mm × 510 mm) galvanized steel tubing.

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, from steel tubes manufactured in Chicago, Illinois, and transported to NAPCO for galvanization.

The 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.

References[edit]

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

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