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  • ATIS atommobile rotation at beginning

    I was just remembering the very first part, when the atommobiles would rotate as the track made that U-turn once inside "the Mighty Microsope". It was disorienting, in that pitch darkness, and a clever way of getting the vehicles where they needed to be. It always seemed so smooth. I remember a rather "jerkiness" of the cars in other parts of the ride. But that initial U-turn seemed much more deftly made. Does anyone else remember this? Just a random memory of mine; in addition to the sights and sounds, there was that unique kinesthetic element that added to the whole experience. Oh how I miss that attraction!

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    Re: ATIS atommobile rotation at beginning

    As I remember, the vehicles puposely wobbled back and forth a little, just after entering the microscope. This was designed to distract you from the fact that the vehicles were now changing direction and instead of moving forward, you were moving sideways, and then backwards. The wobbling was intended to disguise that.

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      Re: ATIS atommobile rotation at beginning

      Thanks, Bob. Now that you describe that wobbling, it's coming back to me! Funny how the mind makes up stuff or doesn't remember things exactly. How ingenious of the Imagineers to use that wobble to disguise the change of direction!

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        Re: ATIS atommobile rotation at beginning

        I'm trying to find the link to the video someone posted about a week ago, about ATIS. In it, X. Atencio was interviewed about writing the script, and Bob Gurr related how he came up with the concept and name of the Omnimover vehicles in a brainstorm with John Hench.

        Anyhoo, one of those guys (I think it was Atencio) mentioned that for technical reasons they couldn't get the Ominimovers to hold position solidly during a rotation without a bit of left/right wobble. I got the impression that it was something they tried to have not happen.

        If I can find the link I'll post it here -- it's an absolutely outstanding video for any of us ATIS fans!


        EDIT: Here it is -- "Disneyland Adventure thru Inner Space History Documentary the Special Edition" by David Oneal (with thanks to Ortizmo2000 for posting the link!). Bob Gurr's recollection of the invention of the Omnimover starts at around 14 minutes. X. Atencio's comment starts around 15:20, about how Walt wanted the Ominmovers to be so smooth that "you could put a martini glass on it and it wouldn't spill a drop," but they weren't able to get it to not jerk left/right when it rotated.
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          Re: ATIS atommobile rotation at beginning

          I know the omnimover had an inherent wobble like Mr. X describes but I think the ATIS may have intentionally added a little wobble at the beginning to hide the change in direction. The HM also adds a little wobble at the top of the first rise (before the endless hallway). At that point you are still in the dark . I always enjoyed the ATIS.
          Never underestimate the power of stupid people in large groups.

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            Re: ATIS atommobile rotation at beginning

            I remember this. It was quite a while before I figured out what was happening.
            http://micechat.com/forums/disneylan...oto-heavy.html
            http://micechat.com/forums/disneylan...ip-report.html
            http://micechat.com/forums/disneylan...oto-heavy.html
            http://micechat.com/forums/disneylan...oto-heavy.html
            http://micechat.com/forums/disneylan...something.html

            No matter where you go, there you are.

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            • #7
              Re: ATIS atommobile rotation at beginning

              Here is a virtual ride thru https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KA3uFkF1A9o

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              • #8
                I totally remember the pivot side to side it helped make the ride more fun versus just a visual experience. ATIS was a great attraction and sadly I do not think the current generation would appreciate it much. I have often wondered with modern VR tech transparent screens and an enclosed pod could they do a new ATIS and then have it go say through the human body?
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                • #9
                  They had a motion simulator in EPCOT for many years that did this. It was called Body Wars and used an identical simulator to the one used in Star Tours.
                  http://micechat.com/forums/disneylan...oto-heavy.html
                  http://micechat.com/forums/disneylan...ip-report.html
                  http://micechat.com/forums/disneylan...oto-heavy.html
                  http://micechat.com/forums/disneylan...oto-heavy.html
                  http://micechat.com/forums/disneylan...something.html

                  No matter where you go, there you are.

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