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    Splash Mountain is No Laughing Matter, Nemo/Asimo/Tiki, Crush-ing, All Un-a-board, Rehab Photos... discuss it all here!
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    It's not up yet!
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    • #3
      Al always posts a message about it in micechat first, so he can have a URL to link to in the story itself.
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      • #4
        Great update, Al. I'm happy to hear that Turtle Talk will be arriving...should help bring more kids and families into Animation. I'm kinda sorry to hear that the monorail will be closed next year, during the 50th, but I guess you gotta do what you gotta do. Should be nice to see new monorail trains though
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        • #5
          great article al

          I really enjoy reading the updates

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          • #6
            Great update - and we don't mind waiting if they keep up this quality.

            Thanks.


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            • #7
              Poor Splash. I'm still curious to know how the log problem happened in the first place. We keep hearing that CAD design is supposed to prevent design problems like this. The old logs were all destroyed??? Hmmm... they didn't sell any on EBay? Weird.

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              • #8
                Great update, but when are we going to get some news on Rockit Mountain?

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                • #9
                  I will be so pissed if Splash Mountain is closed in May!

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                  • #10
                    Splash for Cash

                    Do you remember when Splash Mtn was about to open for the first time. McDonald's had a big promo for it's debut called Splash for Cash. While MickeyD's ran there promo, the ride wasn't ready. The problem back then was the length of the logs, they were too long for the flume and got stuck. They had to rebuild all the logs before the ride could open. I can't believe this is happening all over again. You would think they would have learned from the first time.

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                    • #11
                      AL, I'm jealous of the waffle and strawberries, sounds delicious. Anyway, I was just wanting to comment on the Tiki room entrance.

                      As I have posted before it is much more inviting, Sort of (as the old guard would say) the "Wienie" that entices people to follow and enjoy. It is much more open and beautifully decorated.

                      When I went back in March, one of the castmembers (female) was wearing a Hawaiian dress. While there was one person not even in Indy costume, just dress slacks, probably head CM for that area?

                      The lemonade stand needs to go, It drowns out the Golden Horseshoe and foot traffic is a little crazy when the show is outside.

                      Al, thank you for the update.
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                      • #12
                        Thanks for the update Al. This is so classic with the Splash Mountain logs. They spend lots of money on an idea only to find out they have to fix it.












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                        • #13
                          Thanks for the update Al, as always, it's a real treat on a Tuesday morning. I remember on the old DIG site on MP it used to be weeks, if not months, before your updates so some people are really spoiled it would seem. Please know that most of your readers truly appreciate your efforts, no matter what the frequency.

                          So it would seem there's still a chance the Nemo ride could be all rumor and no substance as long as it's officially unannounced. With the keeping of the "Club Buzz", we've got a stage, a food court, a ride, and a shop all themed the Buzz Lightyear! Also, Space Mountain and <ugh> Astro Orbitor and Innoventions (if those even count) will be the only things in Tomorrowland not based off a movie. Time to break out the ol' imagination and stop relying so much on Pixar to do things for WDI. It's nice to have all-new rides that aren't shipped directly from Florida, but Disneyland is not Universal Studios, no one goes there to go on rides that have a "been-there-done-that" feel to them because the characters and story has already been established before you even ride. Let's face it, will kids *really* care about Nemo and Buzz 20 years from now? It seems no one even cares about TARZAN anymore (it's only been 6 years), not to mention Pirates of the Carribbean and the Tiki Room have been captivating kids and adults for decades almost unchanged because they have a timeless feel to them. There's no pop culture involved so they could go on entertaining for another 40-50 years unchanged, whereas most kids today probably don't even remember Tarzan at all!
                          Last edited by Athlonacon; 04-12-2005, 08:14 AM.

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                          • #14
                            I can't believe that they distroyed all the old logs before knowing for certain that the new logs where going to work... Ugh... Talk about a nightmare... They probably didn't keep/research their notes from the last time they had log problems...

                            I am still curious if you know what is going in the motorboat area... My eye brow raises as they do work, but no plan is mentioned...

                            It will be great to see those Honda robots in action...

                            That block party is a bit problematic, I saw that when they mentioned the ball thing... Ugh!

                            Thanks, Al... Again, I am not complaining... I just think it is time for us to give you breakfast for once...
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                            • #15
                              The Splash Down news has me fuming. I'd put in a bunch of symbols to replace the cursing, but what would be the point. Al, it made me spit coffee out my nose on to the monitor. I guess I should have gotten a waffle.

                              It would seem to me that they'd do better to just to take the current logs and run them through a band saw to get rid of the back seat or something, and keep the ride up and running until they can shoot the lawyers who forced this change in the first place, and make new logs that work. Even limited capacity is better than no capacity at all, don't you think?

                              It should have been caught in design, it should have been caught in testing and QA, and it wasn't. Another low moment in DL history.

                              Shoot. My favorite ride in DL, we go down in a couple of weeks, and it'll be down. A foul pox indeed upon the houses of whoever perpetuated this monstrous deed.

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                              • #16
                                Originally posted by Athlonacon

                                So it would seem there's still a chance the Nemo ride could be all rumor and no substance as long as it's officially unannounced. With the keeping of the "Club Buzz", we've got a stage, a food court, a ride, and a shop all themed the Buzz Lightyear! Also, Space Mountain and <ugh> Astro Orbitor and Innoventions (if those even count) will be the only things in Tomorrowland not based off a movie. Time to break out the ol' imagination and stop relying so much on Pixar to do things for WDI. It's nice to have all-new rides that aren't shipped directly from Florida, but Disneyland is not Universal Studios, no one goes there to go on rides that have a "been-there-done-that" feel to them because the characters and story has already been established before you even ride. Let's face it, will kids *really* care about Nemo and Buzz 20 years from now? It seems no one even cares about TARZAN anymore (it's only been 6 years), not to mention Pirates of the Carribbean and the Tiki Room have been captivating kids and adults for decades almost unchanged because they have a timeless feel to them. There's no pop culture involved so they could go on entertaining for another 40-50 years unchanged, whereas most kids today probably don't even remember Tarzan at all!
                                Athlonacon, I'm totally on board with your idea about coming up with ideas that aren't based on Pixar movies (really, I am!) but I don't know if the statement you made about kids perhaps not *really* caring about Nemo or Buzz 20 years from now seems a bit off the mark to me.

                                After all, if kids can still get excited about Snow White, Peter Pan and Sleeping Beauty, characters created decades ago, why not new characters?

                                I know what all the purists will say: those characters are classic, Buzz and Nemo can't even touch them -- yeah, agreed. But children don't think like we do, and what makes a huge impact on them while they're still young will stay with them into adulthood. And Nemo and Buzz have made a HUGE impact on kids. (Tarzan, apparently, didn't -- you're right.) If the imagineers can create a sub ride with a Nemo theme that blows people's minds, I'm all for it.

                                That being said, I really like what you said about certain rides having a timeless feel to them.

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                                • #17
                                  Thanks for the update, Al. You help give me my weekly Disneyland fix all the way out here in very snowy Colorado.

                                  I am a bit depressed to hear about Splash. I've been to DL now four times in the past year or so, each time Splash has been closed for one reason or another. I'm beginning to think that it is closed more often than it is open.

                                  Not to go off on a tangent, but does anyone have any clue as to how Nemo will fit into to Tomorrowland's theme or will it (like the Matterhorn) be considered a suburb of Fantasyland?
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                                  • #18
                                    As far as the Splash problems go, I think I'll now blame the water-dummy designers. Clearly they were not assuming people may not all be starving themselves on a Zone/Atkins/South Beach/weightwatchers/etc. diet.

                                    Destroying the old logs was just plain dumb .....

                                    Go back to the original, pre-lawyerfied logs!
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                                    • #19
                                      Al, at the end of your article you state "Meanwhile, over at Disneyland, the construction walls are threatening to spread even further to help fix some unexpected problems with two rides that just emerged from lengthy rehabs". You go into detail about the Railroad, but not about the 'second' ride. Are you going to expand on your statement? :confused:

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                                      • #20
                                        Another fine column. Thanks, Al.

                                        Too bad about Splash. Here's hoping that they find a quick fix that works.

                                        -Reagan

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