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  • [Question] What happened to the "diorama" scenes on the railroad?

    So, I can't find any info about this on Yesterland, but I recall there being all sorts of silly outdated dioramas on the Disneyland Railroad with an extremely old narration. My last two trips, March 09 and May 08, it was completely dark and there was no narration on the entire trip. Was this taken out and if so, when? Will they make use of it again or refurb?
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  • #2
    Re: What happened to the "diorama" scenes on the railroad?

    They're still there, maybe they were working on them both times you were there?

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    • #3
      Re: What happened to the "diorama" scenes on the railroad?

      same here, just saw them last month. they do seem dated, but they were working.
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      • #4
        Re: What happened to the "diorama" scenes on the railroad?

        Just went last Friday, and they're still there.

        IMHO, the Grand Canyon is a little outdated, albeit charming, but the Primeval World still rocks!
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        • #5
          Re: What happened to the "diorama" scenes on the railroad?

          There have always been two dioramas - the Grand Canyon and Primeval World - and they're still here to this day. You just have to ride the train from Tomorrowland to Main Street. As Alex said, it's possible that they were being refurbed during your visits.

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          • #6
            Re: What happened to the "diorama" scenes on the railroad?

            There's still diorammas there, after the tomorrowland stop, before main Street, and there's narration still the whole time. There are some dark tunnels with nothing in them, but every stop has some narration.

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            • #7
              Re: What happened to the "diorama" scenes on the railroad?

              I thought there were more than two also...hmmmm!

              Weird! I'll have to look again. I haven't seen em since 2002! They should really put some AI into it.
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              • #8
                Re: What happened to the "diorama" scenes on the railroad?

                Originally posted by TheGr8K8 View Post
                I thought there were more than two also...hmmmm!

                Weird! I'll have to look again. I haven't seen em since 2002! They should really put some AI into it.
                Could you possibly describe them please?
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                • #9
                  Re: What happened to the &quot;diorama&quot; scenes on the railroad?

                  There's also a hole where you can look in Splash Mountain, some people think of it as the third one, but that's still there, too.

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                  • #10
                    Re: What happened to the &quot;diorama&quot; scenes on the railroad?

                    Originally posted by TheGr8K8 View Post
                    I thought there were more than two also...hmmmm!

                    Weird! I'll have to look again. I haven't seen em since 2002! They should really put some AI into it.

                    I'm not sure if you mean artificial intelligence or audio animatronics. If you mean the latter, Grand Canyon's animals are non-moving taxidermy figures (according to an old Official Guide to Disneyland) but Primeval World has some awesome animatronic figures, including the huge t-rex and stegosaurus at the end.
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                    Part 1: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J7mC-...feature=relmfu
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                    • #11
                      Re: What happened to the &quot;diorama&quot; scenes on the railroad?

                      hmm well I remember the grand canyon but I thought there was some kind of large cat type thing.
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                      • #12
                        Re: What happened to the &quot;diorama&quot; scenes on the railroad?

                        Originally posted by animagusurreal View Post
                        I'm not sure if you mean artificial intelligence or audio animatronics. If you mean the latter, Grand Canyon's animals are non-moving taxidermy figures (according to an old Official Guide to Disneyland) but Primeval World has some awesome animatronic figures, including the huge t-rex and stegosaurus at the end.
                        Animatronics, I don't remember those moving either! haha Can't wait to re-experience this.
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                        • #13
                          Re: What happened to the &quot;diorama&quot; scenes on the railroad?

                          Originally posted by TheGr8K8 View Post
                          hmm well I remember the grand canyon but I thought there was some kind of large cat type thing.
                          The black puma! It used to be between main street and NOS if I remember right. It was just a static statue, but it was cool.

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                          • #14
                            Re: What happened to the &quot;diorama&quot; scenes on the railroad?

                            Yes, you should.
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                            • #15
                              Re: What happened to the &quot;diorama&quot; scenes on the railroad?

                              *looks up a Youtube video* AH. There IS a cougar type thing as well in what appears to be the canyon! I see.

                              And yes, the puma!
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                              • #16
                                Re: What happened to the &quot;diorama&quot; scenes on the railroad?

                                Here ya go...

                                Originally posted by brian9549 View Post
                                Just took this vid on 9/9/09 have a look

                                YouTube - Grand Canyon and Primeval World Diorama



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                                • #17
                                  Re: What happened to the &quot;diorama&quot; scenes on the railroad?

                                  There's also a mountain lion in the Gd Cyn section, which I belive is still the world's largest handpainted mural/backdrop or something along those lines. Paris has the canyon only, which seems quite incomplete without the PW. The lava effect is so simple yet so effective.

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                                  • #18
                                    Re: What happened to the &quot;diorama&quot; scenes on the railroad?

                                    It seems like there may have been more before, since there are such huge gaps of darkness. I remember taking the train around the entire park and not having that many large black gaps.
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                                    • #19
                                      Re: What happened to the &quot;diorama&quot; scenes on the railroad?

                                      Also, does MK have anything on their railroad?
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                                      • #20
                                        Re: What happened to the &quot;diorama&quot; scenes on the railroad?

                                        Originally posted by PinBrian View Post
                                        The black puma! It used to be between main street and NOS if I remember right. It was just a static statue, but it was cool.

                                        They should put that back, or put some sort of jungle animal there to make you feel like you're going through Adventureland.
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                                        Part 2: http://www.youtube.com/user/animagus.../0/sasNTMDRBLU

                                        Retro Rant Review of "Home on the Range" (comedy review of Disney movie):
                                        Part 1: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J7mC-...feature=relmfu
                                        Part 2: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qoUie...feature=relmfu
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