Well they didn't. Rod Serling had already passed away before 1994.
We are excited to announce, we had the great pleasure to interview the man behind the voice. You may not know him by his face, but Mark Silverman is the voice actor behind the Walt Disney World attraction. He recorded the voices in 1993 for the opening of the attraction, which opened in 1994. Can you believe next year will be 25 years since it opened? He also was the voice of the Disney California Adventure version, before they changed it to Guardians of the Galaxy, "Mission Breakout".
We are pleased to welcome Mark Silverman to join us here on the E Ticket blog.
- Question ETTT: We understand that you loved doing voices when you were younger. Did you ever call your school trying to call out sick by using your parents voice?
Mark Silverman's Personal model of the T.O.T. ride.
2. ETTT: We heard your father knows Richard Sherman, Did you ever hang out at the Walt Disney Studio's with him?
|Richard Sherman is on the left,|
Answer MS: "Well...I know Richard Sherman, because he was a friend of my father's years ago, and I went to parties and talk to him about all sorts of things and that was great. And then I ended up working on the restoration of "The Happiest Millionaire" with him. when I re-voiced Fred MacMurray."
3. ETTT: If you could do any other voice other than Rod Serling's from the Twilight Zone Tower of Terror, who would it be? or what attraction?
Answer MS: "I would love to narrate the People-Mover if it ever came back." ( He gave us a sample of the narration. It Sounded great).
4. ETTT: I saw on a interview on YouTube you do a great Maxwell Smart (Get Smart). Did you ever do the cartoon voice of Inspector Gadget?
Answer MS: "No but I should of been I think, but it was Don Adams doing that. But if they ever brought Inspector Gadget back, It would be nice to do that voice. Well there are these things that factor in to getting a voice job in this business, and a lot of the time and talent is not main thing, you know, so many things factor into it. But Don Adams, that was my first impression I did." I threw in a quick question asking Mark, if he had his own recording studio. and jokingly he said "I do... it consists of my closet.. and my microphone... and that's about it."
5. ETTT : We understand Walt Disney's Pinocchio is your favorite Disney Animated film. What is your favorite scene from that movie?
Answer MS: "It is.. Walt's masterpiece. It was the first Disney film to win a Oscar, for both best score and best song. Probably the whale chase. The whale chase is probably the greatest, most intense scene ever animated by Disney or any studio really. Especially on the big screen its truly just a incredible sequence. I never pass up the opportunity every time there is a screening on the big screen I'm there . And I got to meet a through a few Disney Christmas Parties I became friends with Dick Jones, the voice of Pinocchio. He passed away a few years ago. It was wonderful to finally get to meet him. The two greatest Disney icons I've met since doing Tower of Terror with out a doubt, was Dick Jones and X`tencio because I'm such a Pirates of the Caribbean fanatic. I was there with him, in his house and talked about the ride doing pirate voices. It was such a thrill for me."
6. ETTT: We have met you at the past Disneyana show and sales, we had brought you smarties candy. What is your favorite candy, for the next time we see you?
Answer MS: "Sure Snickers are good, Snickers are great!! I like a snickers bar right out of the freezer, not the ice cream version, but the fun size Snickers." I asked if Mark would be at the next Disneyana show? and he asked when is it? the next Disneyana show and sale is Sunday Oct. 7th, and the new location is at the Double Tree Suites.in Anaheim. So maybe we will see him there.
7. ETTT: What is your favorite ride or attraction at Disneyland?
Answer MS: "Pirates of the Caribbean, I have been obsessed with that ride since I was a kid, It's the best thing Disney ever did. It is like two rides in one, you get the caves and waterfalls and then the cities.. It is so well thought out." (we chatted about the changes taking effect on the rides) and Mark says "The original at Disneyland is the greatest ride of all time."
8. ETTT: When you did the Lego video game, what voices were you? Batman?
Answer MS: "I did a few characters in the video game. I did Lincoln in the game."
9. ETTT: Do you have any upcoming movies in the near future you are working on?
Answer MS: "I did narration for a movie, but there is no release date yet, But it looks like a real compelling movie with big Oscar winning stars in it. that is all I can say."
Don't worry Mark we are almost done asking questions, which are great btw.
10. ETTT: Will we see you ate the next Disneyana show, or next years D23 Expo in 2019 in Anaheim Ca.?
Answer MS: "I hope so, I always love being there for whatever reason but, the voices of the parks panel is always fun to do, I always have a great time doing that. very exciting..." (If you haven't seen it like me) Mark explained "It is a panel of the people who are the voices of the different attractions sit there on stage and talk about their careers and the rides, and do a little sample." I asked Mark what year he did the voice for Tower of Terror in Fl. He said 1994.
11. Last question ETTT: Do you have any advice for people who want to become a voice actor like yourself?
Answer MS: "Yeah, For anybody who wants to be a voice actor, you have to love it! And if you don't love it, you shouldn't try to get into it. There is too many people that do love it then you'll have to compete against and you'll never be good enough if you don't love it. That's really the key to it. It's really the key to anything if you want to do, you know.. But I've just loved doing voices and impressions since I was a kid and I have always loved taping my voice and hearing myself back, So that's the key. You really have to love it and watch a lot of old Disney movies and hear those voices and great voice actors and practice, practice ... and keep doing it."
We here at "E" Ticket to Tomorrowland Blog, Want to thank you Mark Silverman for taking the time out of your busy day.
Please stay tuned for more interviews in the future and new attractions opening up at your favorite Disney Parks and Resorts.