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  • First Look at Pandora

    Youtube channel "adamthetracker", who produces several high quality theme park-related videos, has recently uploaded a video of his preview of Pandora. He rode both rides in their entirety (no B-mode) and had a chance to see the land in operational mode.

    [video=youtube;2GA63tGS6Is]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2GA63tGS6Is[/video]

    Takeaways:

    Navi River Journey:

    - Queue with BLACKLIGHTS AND SPEAKERS!!
    - Underwhelming, 3-minute long ride with screens that are evident screens. As we know, one AA at the end.

    Flight of the Banshee:

    - One AA in the queue. Glorified science experiments everywhere too!
    - Soarin 2.0 - a simulated movement movie in IMAX format with sensorial elements such as wind and smells. 3D.
    - Seats are just bike-like, dispelling the rumours of riding a banshee and the picture of the Imagineer allegedly riding an AA banshee himself. The Banshee "breaths" with some inflatable device on your legs.
    - A slight update to the 1980's Back To The Future?

    Theming

    -Pretty good theming with a backstory, if you care for it. Should be pretty attractive at night with bioluminescence and illuminations.

    I am less convinced than I was at the start. I -kind of- gave this place the benefit of the doubt, but a C and D ticket around a dead franchise just have no appeal to me whatsoever.

    PS: Remember when DCA 1.0 opened and people said they cried during Soaring because of how that was the highlight and it was just so amazing? Yeah...

    PS.S: Has anyone heard about Nintendo World at Universal? Can't wait!

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    05-10-2017 08:00 PM
    "Laughter is timeless, imagination has no age, and dreams are forever". - Walt Disney :ap:

  • #2
    I really cannot help but being salty about this. I have literally waited for YEARS for the next TOT or Indiana Jones Adventure, and all we have gotten is a New Fantasyland made of Clones and Restaurants (and one last minute "savior" ride), more clones, more clones, and this. I have NO reasons whatsoever to return to Orlando until Star Wars Land, and even then, it will be a Universal Studios and Islands of Adventure vacation with probably half a day at the DHS.
    "Laughter is timeless, imagination has no age, and dreams are forever". - Walt Disney :ap:

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    • #3
      Originally posted by mtlchuck View Post
      Youtube channel "adamthetracker", who produces several high quality theme park-related videos, has recently uploaded a video of his preview of Pandora. He rode both rides in their entirety (no B-mode) and had a chance to see the land in operational mode.

      [video=youtube;2GA63tGS6Is]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2GA63tGS6Is[/video]

      Takeaways:

      Navi River Journey:

      - Queue with BLACKLIGHTS AND SPEAKERS!!
      - Underwhelming, 3-minute long ride with screens that are evident screens. As we know, one AA at the end.

      Flight of the Banshee:

      - One AA in the queue. Glorified science experiments everywhere too!
      - Soarin 2.0 - a simulated movement movie in IMAX format with sensorial elements such as wind and smells. 3D.
      - Seats are just bike-like, dispelling the rumours of riding a banshee and the picture of the Imagineer allegedly riding an AA banshee himself. The Banshee "breaths" with some inflatable device on your legs.
      - A slight update to the 1980's Back To The Future?

      Theming

      -Pretty good theming with a backstory, if you care for it. Should be pretty attractive at night with bioluminescence and illuminations.

      I am less convinced than I was at the start. I -kind of- gave this place the benefit of the doubt, but a C and D ticket around a dead franchise just have no appeal to me whatsoever.

      PS: Remember when DCA 1.0 opened and people said they cried during Soaring because of how that was the highlight and it was just so amazing? Yeah...

      PS.S: Has anyone heard about Nintendo World at Universal? Can't wait!
      Opinions on Navi River journey have been consistently mediocre although they are understating the length. A few full ride through videos have been posted and it times out to about 5 minutes with the boat moving the whole time.

      As for Flight of Passage, most the other reviews I have seen are much more positive then this, some saying it's one of Disney's best rides to date. I have also seen nothing by high praise for the theming.

      We will have to wait until the actual opening to get a wide range of opinions.

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      • #4
        I had slight doubts about how this would fit into Animal Kingdom but it looks like it fits in flawlessly. I love all the plant life.

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        • #5
          Originally posted by danlb_2000 View Post

          Opinions on Navi River journey have been consistently mediocre although they are understating the length. A few full ride through videos have been posted and it times out to about 5 minutes with the boat moving the whole time.

          As for Flight of Passage, most the other reviews I have seen are much more positive then this, some saying it's one of Disney's best rides to date. I have also seen nothing by high praise for the theming.

          We will have to wait until the actual opening to get a wide range of opinions.

          I dont see how a screen-based simulator could ever be on par with 60's wonders such as Pirates and Mansion, 80' genuous lile horizons and Journey into Imagination, or 90's showstoppers like Indy or Tot.
          "Laughter is timeless, imagination has no age, and dreams are forever". - Walt Disney :ap:

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          • #6
            Originally posted by mtlchuck View Post


            I dont see how a screen-based simulator could ever be on par with 60's wonders such as Pirates and Mansion, 80' genuous lile horizons and Journey into Imagination, or 90's showstoppers like Indy or Tot.
            Rides like Transformers and Spiderman are a good path forward while still being the start of the journey. They're still not at (IMO) the correct balance of "real" vs. "movie", but there's definitely room to use projection screen technology in E-ticket situations alongside full practical animatronics and sets.
            Boggard LIEEEEF!

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            • #7
              Originally posted by mtlchuck View Post


              I dont see how a screen-based simulator could ever be on par with 60's wonders such as Pirates and Mansion, 80' genuous lile horizons and Journey into Imagination, or 90's showstoppers like Indy or Tot.
              I think there is plenty of room for diversity in ride systems. A screen based simulator like Flight of Passage can give you a ride experience that you can't get with other ride systems.

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              • #8
                We're really excited to see what it has to offer. From what we've seen it looks gorgeous and have heard great things about the area.
                Theme Park Brews - Where theme parks are just half the fun!

                http://youtube.com/ThemeParkBrews

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