It is patterned after the one in Disneyland, Paris.
REPORTED: TR Shaw 18 JUL 98
The music that is periodically played is the same music that is played at Disneyland Paris' De la Terre a la Lune (Space Mountain)
REPORTED: Kevin 17 NOV 98
One of the themes played is the theme from the Rocketeer. If I recall it was written by Jerry Goldsmith, a prominent sci-fi composer.
REPORTED: Gary Kopp 14 MAR 00
CONFIRMED: Spaz 27 JUN 01
On top of the Rocket Rods loading area (where the old rocket ride used to be) there is a sculpture with all sorts of antenna and dishes. This is actually a type of clock. On the hour, as well as the half and quarter hour, the whole sculpture will rise and rotate and the parts will move around. It will end when the topmost device pointing towards the sky opens up into a dish. This is also accompanied by a loud fanfare during the whole proceedings. We have yet to find out if or where any time indication is given.
REPORTED: Gary Kopp 15 FEB 00
It does appear that the Observatron is some type of clock. 2 days ago I was there passing by it at 2pm walking towards space mountain and I noticed the top most dish (not the arrow tail thing) was facing north, but to the right a bit. I also noticed 6 big dishes on the bottom, and 6 smaller dishes between those but slightly upwards, making a total of 12, like the numbers on a clock. The top dish did appear to be pointing to a "2 o' clock" dish. But then again, later on after riding space mountain finally, walking rather fast past it I noticed it was pointing towards what would be like 4 or 5 o' clock dish rather than the 3 o' clock dish which would have been the time, but then again since I was passing by it fast I didn't give much thought to which dish would be which hour. I didn't get a chance to watch the Observatron move at the quarters of the hour to notice any more clock-like features.
CONFIRMED: anon 08 JUL 02