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    So I was at Epcot last night, and decided to take a ride on Malestrom in Norway. The ride was disgusting.

    1. Ceiling tiles missing, and gaping in most show rooms
    2. The queue carpet was filthy
    3. The Queue Mural was black from people touching it
    4. The life hill tunnel was missing a few speakers
    5. There was mold on a lot of walls
    6. The 3 headed trolls movement was largely not working... just basic up and down, with some shuttering in the middle
    7. Speakers were missing throughout the ride with either exposed wires or gaping holes
    8. everything looked dirty and filthy (and not in a 'this is part of the show' kind of way)
    9. Exit theater's carpet was disgusting
    10. Exit theaters screen seemed dirty

    I was embarrassed on the ride, and was really shocked by how much in disrepair this ride actually is in.

    Has anyone else noticed how much this ride is in disrepair?

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    Got photos on 12/18/2012 so updating this with the photos

    Who wants to see some pictures?

    First: Worn through dirty carpet





    Look at that Nasty hand rail too!

    Second:
    Nasty running board, dirty paint, the electrical socket is dirty


    Third:
    Water damage along the ceiling on the mural







    Fourth:
    Filthy Ceiling vents








    Fifth:
    Dusty DIRTY mannequins





    Sixth:
    Paint coming off the trees and broken lighting effect (the white scrim)


    Seventh:
    Trolls the don't move anymore... only a head bob now.


    Eighth:
    A polar bear dirty and caked with dust




    Ninth:
    A rock that is burnt cutaway, left open





    Tenth:
    Paint chipped, worn, coming off



    Eleventh:
    Moldy ceiling and missing tiles





    The twelfth:

    Black Mold on the drop mural (unable to get a photo due to the location on the drop)

    So is this what people are paying 100.00 a day to see?
    Last edited by KingEric; 12-21-2012, 07:10 AM. Reason: updated with images
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  • #2
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    ive never been on the ride,but that is sad
    will we see that at UOR??
    NOOOO disney,wake up!!!!
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    • #3
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      I am going back to Epcot tonight, and I am going to try to get some photos! DISGUSTING!

      And no you could not find this at UOR right now!
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      • #4
        Re: Moldy Malestrom

        Why do people at Disney expect people to return to Walt Disney World
        for attractions like this that people at Disney probably aren't excited about?

        Even if this ride were restored, would it still be worthwhile?

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        • #5
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          I wish the ride were longer so I'd care about what shape it's in :P

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          • #6
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            Originally posted by jcruise86 View Post
            Why do people at Disney expect people to return to Walt Disney World
            for attractions like this that people at Disney probably aren't excited about?

            Even if this ride were restored, would it still be worthwhile?
            I still think it's a great ride that should be preserved as much as possible. It unique, mystical and not tied to a Disney film. I can't believe Disney is leaving this ride to rot.

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            • #7
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              Originally posted by mratigan View Post
              ive never been on the ride,but that is sad
              will we see that at UOR??
              NOOOO disney,wake up!!!!
              I see it at USH, Jurassic Park is in total despair.

              Originally posted by jcruise86 View Post
              Why do people at Disney expect people to return to Walt Disney World
              for attractions like this that people at Disney probably aren't excited about?

              Even if this ride were restored, would it still be worthwhile?
              Do you believe that is an honest justication for letting a ride rot into shambles? No. That's a Six Flags mentality. Disney should be better than that.

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              • #8
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                I love Maelstrom. It's not the only ride in WDW that's gross, however. I would place the falling apart rock work at Splash Mountain as a bigger priority for TDO than moldy ceiling tiles...
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                • #9
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                  Originally posted by jcruise86 View Post
                  Even if this ride were restored, would it still be worthwhile?
                  I'm not sure if that's the point. Whether it's an A ticket attraction or an E ticket one, the point ( to me ) is that this is a Disney attraction so dammit, there's standards to be held. ( Shakes fist in general direction or Orlando. ) I've never heard of any Disney park attraction looking this bad, not even unpopular ones. ....not even the restrooms. ....not even the gutters on Main Street.

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                  • #10
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                    Wow Eric, Thanks for bring this to my attention, I think that if when we go in Jan the property is in this much disrepair there'll be a long string of letters...Did anyone around you say anything about the rides disgusting shape?

                    Edit: Sorry but in addition to the long string of letters, I don't think I'd be going to WDW for awhile...this makes me sad/angry at the same time...
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                    • #11
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                      maybe it gives disney an excuse to overhaul the attraction a bit and, you know make it like somewhat about real Norwegian people lol. i still love the attraction but it does need a bit of an update anyways, especially with the audio in both the ride and the post show.

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                      • #12
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                        I didn't really notice anything wrong when I went in Late October/Early November...

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                        • #13
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                          me either. It's the people who WANT to look at what's wrong versus I guess us, the people who choose not to look at what's wrong with an attraction, park, light pole, fence, bench, etc.

                          My home and car aren't perfect and neither are the theme parks.

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                          • #14
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                            I'm surprised honestly, I would have expected them to have kept up the ride properly since the Malestorm is a good crowd eater during the "busier" season at WDW. Although this might just be the crews being behind schedule. I remember a long post about IASW being in a state of decay but when I visited a few months later the ride was in a really nice state (well apart from the monkey rope that decays in .2 seconds of being replaced). Some pictures would be nice.

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                            • #15
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                              When I was there at the end of November the only thing I really noticed on the Maelstrom was the lack of animation on the three headed troll. It's a Small World and Splash Mountain were in far worse shape. I usually don't go out of my way to look for problems but when practically every animatronic broken or missing like they are on Splash Mountain it's hard not to notice. I was going to take pictures but I didn't think it was worth riding a second time, and Splash Mountain (when it works) is my favorite attraction. The Maelstrom looks brand new by comparison.
                              It bothers me when people selectively edit quotes to support whatever point they are trying to prove.
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                              • #16
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                                Originally posted by Dapper Dan View Post
                                When I was there at the end of November the only thing I really noticed on the Maelstrom was the lack of animation on the three headed troll. It's a Small World and Splash Mountain were in far worse shape. I usually don't go out of my way to look for problems but when practically every animatronic broken or missing like they are on Splash Mountain it's hard not to notice. I was going to take pictures but I didn't think it was worth riding a second time, and Splash Mountain (when it works) is my favorite attraction. The Maelstrom looks brand new by comparison.
                                What's wrong with Splash Mountain? When I was there at the start of July most AAs and effects were working (the finale looked fantastic). The only -minor- problem I saw was that some of the bee hives didn't have bees and 3 groundhog AAs were disabled. Is the ride really that prone to falling into disrepair?

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                                • #17
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                                  Originally posted by BandM View Post
                                  What's wrong with Splash Mountain? When I was there at the start of July most AAs and effects were working (the finale looked fantastic). The only -minor- problem I saw was that some of the bee hives didn't have bees and 3 groundhog AAs were disabled. Is the ride really that prone to falling into disrepair?
                                  the issue i find in splash, unlike any other attraction at disney, is that the AA's will be constantly breaking down and looking OK again like over a matter of days, its crazy. i don't know why this happens but it just seems to for this ride.

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                                  • #18
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                                    Here's a play by play of my trip through Splash Mountain on November 27th. We tried riding it the night before during extra magic hours but the ride broke down shortly before regular park closing time and didn't open again for the rest of the night.

                                    First lift hill - No Br'er Frog.
                                    The outside still scenes were all fine being still. All the speakers seemed to be working too. I did notice that the flume seemed more full than usual, but no big deal.
                                    First drop and opening animatronic scene - The first stork that is by himself moved somewhat. None of the other storks worked at all. They all just stood slumped over looking dead. The two frogs were not present.
                                    The first Bre'er fox animatronic was moving. Br'er Bear was not. Br'er Rabbit and Mr. Bluebird were not present.
                                    Br'er Porcupine did not move, Br'er Raccoon? was not present. The rbbit on the steps was not present. The rabbit in the garden had some movement, but the mouth did not move. The animated silhouette projection was working (ironically this is the first time in several trips I remember this particular effect working properly)
                                    The next Br'er Fox did not move. The Br'er Bear caught in the snare only bobbed up and down. The hopping Br'er Rabbit was not present.
                                    The jumping fish and fishing Br'er frog were not present. Br'er Roadrunner was working properly. The three Opossum girls were not present. Br'er Bear's butt seemed to be working but Br'er Fox's other movements didn't seem to be online. Br'er Rabbit also did not move.
                                    The Laughing Place - None of the bees were present. Br'er Bear and Br'er Rabbit were moving. I can't remember if Br'er Fox was.
                                    Laughing Place part 2 - none of the water effects were working. No jumping fountains, no water under the turtles. The turtles did not move, nor did the frogs or any of the weasels, half the lights were out too. Br'er Rabbit also didn't move but Br'er Fox and the vultures did!
                                    At this point, just before the big lift hill the ride broke down for about 5 minutes and I seriously thought we were going to have to be evacuated. Fortunately we did get to complete our ride. The bat eyes worked. I can't remember if the tied up Br'er Rabbit at the top of Chick-a-pin Hill worked. The Br'er Fox projection didn't work but I only remember that ever working right the first time I rode this ride when it was brand new.
                                    Zip-a-dee-doo-dah Scene - I don't remember the alligator band being there. About half the birds on the steamboat were missing but the ones that were there worked. The pig organ player was there and working too. I can't remember if the frog and turkey were there either. The Br'er Fox, Br'er Bear, and alligator setup wasn't moving at all. The final Br'er Rabbit had partial movement but Mr. Bluebird didn't move at all.

                                    This was the worst example of bad show I have ever experienced at any theme park. This ride should never have been open to the public in this condition and the person who decided this attraction was show ready should be fired for incompetence.
                                    It bothers me when people selectively edit quotes to support whatever point they are trying to prove.
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                                    • #19
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                                      Originally posted by goofy donald View Post
                                      the issue i find in splash, unlike any other attraction at disney, is that the AA's will be constantly breaking down and looking OK again like over a matter of days, its crazy. i don't know why this happens but it just seems to for this ride.
                                      Originally posted by Dapper Dan View Post
                                      snipity, snip, snip
                                      This was the worst example of bad show I have ever experienced at any theme park. This ride should never have been open to the public in this condition and the person who decided this attraction was show ready should be fired for incompetence.
                                      This is just odd, how can an attraction veer into disrepair so quickly? Is it the custom built AAs that are prone to breakdowns?The ones in DL seem to remain functional most of the time, is there something fundamentally flawed with the ride? Sure lazy maintenance plays a huge role in Disney ride and some rides are prone to failing quicker then others but it doesn't make any sense that it would breakdown so easily. I mean come on, the Country Bear was barely touched before the refurb in August yet it worked fine (apart from the crazy eyed bear, which oddly they didn't fix) and CoP... yeah that thing hasn't been touched in years by the look of things (and it does show it's age) however the AAs remain functional (apart from the mouths or necks occasionally needing a tune-up). Should the whole ride be overhauled not to fail so quickly?

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                                      • #20
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                                        Originally posted by Micoofy Duck View Post
                                        me either. It's the people who WANT to look at what's wrong versus I guess us, the people who choose not to look at what's wrong with an attraction, park, light pole, fence, bench, etc.

                                        My home and car aren't perfect and neither are the theme parks.
                                        Honestly I am not someone who is looking for something wrong. I frequent Universal and SeaWorld every weekend, so for me at those parks, I can spot with an eagle eye what has changed/wrong/improved

                                        I stopped going to WDW frequently so that I could actually have the shine come back to the parks.

                                        Well after almost 4 months away, I was disgusted by the state of the attractions.

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