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    I know I started the whole thread about stupid poses, but it brought back memories of a debate I always had with fellow Skips. Are ride photos an enhancement to the ride experience. Do you consider them a good souvenir of a thrilling or terrifying moment, or an annoyance and opportunity to do a random pose. Personally I think ride photos take away from the actual ride because you are so "worried" about the camera that the drop takes a backseat (Splash) or you actively seek out the camera placement (Buzz). I'd actually be upset if they decided to place one on Matterhorn or BTM... but I know some would love to see that. So what do you think?
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    Re: Ride Photos, Yes... or... No?

    Originally posted by techskip View Post
    I know I started the whole thread about stupid poses, but it brought back memories of a debate I always had with fellow Skips. Are ride photos an enhancement to the ride experience. Do you consider them a good souvenir of a thrilling or terrifying moment, or an annoyance and opportunity to do a random pose. Personally I think ride photos take away from the actual ride because you are so "worried" about the camera that the drop takes a backseat (Splash) or you actively seek out the camera placement (Buzz). I'd actually be upset if they decided to place one on Matterhorn or BTM... but I know some would love to see that. So what do you think?
    I have one up of me, husband and 4year old son's first ride. Not every time but if the picture isnt' too stupid looking once in awhile yah why not.
    Janette


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    • #3
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      I like checking them out, but overall I think they detract. Too cliched so people ham it up. Yes it is distracting to ride a ride and think about how your picture is going to look. Anyway, I have only purchased 3 of those things in my life, usually not. Especially since they are so amazingly expensive. It would be better in actuality, not having them.

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      • #4
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        I don't buy photos from the rides... I am too cheap. There's only one time I've ever wanted to buy a picture from any Disney ride and I was told I couldn't. Maybe if I had kids and it was my son or daughter's first time on a ride... like as an adult if I could have had a picture from my first ride on Space with my cousin Tricia that'd be awesome! When I told her kids that their mommy took me on Space Mtn and made me be brave they were like "Nu-uh!" I really want to take Luke and Lilly on Space. I want the full circle thing and I want a picture of that. So that way they can show my kids their first ride was with me and then possibly take my kids on Space...

        With Buzz... I get bored on the ride. How bad is that? So I try to test which photos can be passed through.

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        • #5
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          I'm not a big fan of them... I suppose I should say, I never purchase them because they are usually poor quality and low value for the money. I understand what you are saying, it takes away from the drop for the sake of the drop... it makes it about the photo-op, and not the thrill of the moment. I don't mind it on a ride or two, but it would be annoying if they had it on every ride.

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            I LOVE ride photos. IMHO, it doesn't take away from the ride itself, but I completely see where you're coming from, saying that some can get worked up over the camera itself and forget the ride. I'll admit that on Buzz Lightyear Astro Blasters or Buzz Lightyear's Space Ranger Spin, I tend to seek out the camera when it's time, and on Tower of Terror, I choose to pose. But that's my choice. I also like to just sit back sometimes, and see what pose my face decides to give on its own. But I think the camera is great for a first-timer who ( even if they know there IS a camera ) just gives a genuine expression. It seems those are my favorites, but funny poses are great! I love seeing what people dream up for the cameras, but one thing that really disgusts me is when people choose to be vulgar for the camera ( flipping it off, etc. ). Last week on my VERY first trip to DL, my VERY FIRST Tower of Terror photo was ruined by some idiots next to us who decided they had to flip off the camera during the picture. I wanted to see my genuine reaction, but no, I wasn't able to. And I wasn't the only one upset. There was a little girl next to me who told her family, "That's the SECOND time that's happened to us today!!", and she was clearly upset. She even had a birthday crown on! Some birthday present. So, the camera itself doesn't bother me, nor do funny poses. But there should be some stopping point as to what people choose to do....

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            • #7
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              [quote=techskip;2040076 Personally I think ride photos take away from the actual ride because you are so "worried" about the camera that the drop takes a backseat (Splash) or you actively seek out the camera placement[/quote]

              I think you're only focused on it if you know it's there. If your Joe A. Tourist from Racine Wisconson, you're not focusing on it, it's just another souvienier of your time at the park. I personally don't care for them, I think they are rather tacky and honestly...what are you supposed to do with them? Does that mean I haven't bought one before...oh no, abousoulutley not. They always just seem to end up in a junk box, so to combat the situation, I'll usually just snap a picture of it with my digital camera. On a personal note, I've promised myself never take a souviner photo with someone I'm dating. I went through previously mentioned junk box and found various theme park photos I had taken with an ex-girlfriend. Mind you, we're still friends(sort of) but what am I supposed to do with the picture?
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                I do not like the space mountain camera. that bright light in a black tunnel is killer. Worse than the flashes on POTC. Every picture of me on space has my eyes closed and my hands over them.

                We have bought a couple of photos from splash mountain./

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                  Re: Ride Photos, Yes... or... No?

                  They only detract from the ride experience if you let them... I like them, but they don't need to be in any more rides.
                  It's fun to pose for them, esp on Buzz
                  But on there esp. you see A LOT of people who didn't even realize their pic was taken. Didn't take anything away from the ride for them.
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                  • #10
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                    At one time I had a photo of 9 rugby players in a Splash Mt. log, I didn't buy it, they bought 10 and one of the girlfriends ran back and gave me the 10th one for actually fitting all 9 guys in the log for the photo op. These Guys were BIG... and the splash off drop 5 not only blocked out the photo behind them, it caused a low water censor for several minutes and almost caused an E-Stop! One of the few times I have witnessed a wooden gopher drown coming off the station belt! This was in the 1998 time frame, before DOSH and the new efficiency standards on Splash.

                    I also have a picture of my family on an elephant, taken at the S.A. Zoo on my daughter's 3rd BDay... but really...how many times do you get to ride an elephant?
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                    • #11
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                      I totally understand where you're coming from...but I don't feel the same way in the slightest. I love ride photo ops, despite the obvious commercialism and the distraction from the ride and the problem of others being tempted to be stupid. They're a lot of fun for me and my family; we really enjoy thinking of new group poses on old favorites, or laughing at our stupid expressions on rides we hadn't ridden before. I rarely buy ride photos, but they're still a lot of fun and I'm glad they exist. The flashes usually don't bother me or detract from the experience of the ride. There are even cases like Space Mountain and Buzz Lightyear that make it rather difficult to know when the picture was taken.

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                      • #12
                        Re: Ride Photos, Yes... or... No?

                        Originally posted by NeverNeverland View Post
                        They only detract from the ride experience if you let them... I like them, but they don't need to be in any more rides.
                        It's fun to pose for them, esp on Buzz
                        I agree with NNL. I can choose when to pose for a ride photo or to just ignore and enjoy the ride. I generally just enjoy the ride and let the camera capture whatever expression is there. I'll occasionally pose for a photo, but it doesn't bother me one way or the other. And yes, Buzz is a fun ride to pose for.

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                        • #13
                          Re: Ride Photos, Yes... or... No?

                          I can choose when to pose for a ride photo or to just ignore and enjoy the ride.
                          Agreed.

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                          • #14
                            Re: Ride Photos, Yes... or... No?

                            Originally posted by SCUBAbe View Post
                            I do not like the space mountain camera. that bright light in a black tunnel is killer. Worse than the flashes on POTC. Every picture of me on space has my eyes closed and my hands over them.

                            We have bought a couple of photos from splash mountain./

                            Agreed 100% Scub.

                            It's so blinding, I don't like it one bit.

                            Chad

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                            • #15
                              Re: Ride Photos, Yes... or... No?

                              you can walk away from the photo viewing area, and just be w/e for the picture.
                              people dont ride the ride to get the picture they ride to ride.
                              I dont think i understand this post, its not a big deal normally me and my friends walk past the ride photos especially after a long day, we dont care, its not a big deal.


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