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See Mickey Pylon
Electrical pylon in the shape of Disney's beloved mouse.
The Mickey Pylon is a 32 metres tall double-deadend tubular powerline tower in form of a stylizied Mickey Mouse used to feed nearby Osceola Substation with two 230 kV circuits, one coming northward over Gaylord Palms Resort from the Intercession City Power Plant and the other coming southward from the Pearce Road Substation.
The Mickey Pylon consists of a 21.3 metres tall tubular pole, on which a circular ring with a diametre of 9.1 metres and a weight of 13.608 tons is installed for the head. At this ring two eliptical rings with axis lengths of 5.5 and 6.1 metres and a weight of 2.495 tons are installed, representing the ears. All ring structures consist of galvanized steel tube with a cross section of 0.305 m x 0,508 m, manufactured by Bend-Tec of Duluth, Minnesota, USA.
At night, the structure can be illuminated by fibre-optic cables installed on the rings, which are fed from a laser installed at the ground through a telecommunications-grade fiber mounted inside the pole.