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Astro Orbiter and TTA Refurbishment in 2014

Discussion in 'WDW Parks News, Rumors and Current Events' started by rct247, Apr 8, 2013.

  1. dman1373

    dman1373 Active Member

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    well arent they coming out with a new tomorrowland movie in 2014. Maybetomorrow land is the next one to get a ton of tlc.
  2. BoarderPhreak

    BoarderPhreak Well-Known Member

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    AO a couple of weeks ago - NO NEON anywhere.

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  3. GymLeaderPhil

    GymLeaderPhil Well-Known Member

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    They disabled all of the lights on the tower of Astro after the electrical fire.
  4. steve2wdw

    steve2wdw WDW Fan Since 1973 Premium Member

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    The neon on the yellow tower comes on and off, as if it coincides with the teleportation in the attraction. I noticed it working at three different times last night.
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  5. marni1971

    marni1971 WDW History nut Premium Member

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    Shocking. But not surprising.
  6. rct247

    rct247 Well-Known Member

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    REFURBISHMENT UPDATE

    We already know that the Peoplemover is going down from February 10 to March 27, but it looks like Astro Orbiter will not be going down at the same time. Peoplemover looks to be getting some structural work done to the building as well as general maintenance and cleaning of the trains, track, and station. Recently, I have heard of some issues with the ramps leading up to the attraction. The refurbishment will also address those issues. No changes planed for the themeing, narration, or experience from what I can tell.

    While it hasn't appeared on the calendar yet, Astro Orbiter looks like it will be going down during the summer. I'm not sure why they picked then, but my guess is that Astro usually goes down when it storms anyways. The main reason for the refurbishment will be all new elevators, but there will be other extensive work to the ride and the planets from what I am told. No word on if Peoplemover will have to go down briefly for any reason. I would also like to add that sometime in the past two months, the neon has returned to the top of Astro Orbiter.

    Carousel of Progress was also mentioned in another thread to go down for a refurbishment in 2014. It look like this may happen in the Fall. There will be come cosmetic stuff with carpeting and seating as well as some ride safety related things. No plans to change or update any of the acts or animatronics.

    Finally as a side note, the Tomorrowland Speedway is currently in its one week refurbishment that will mainly be focused on track concrete work especially near the load area.
  7. TubaGeek

    TubaGeek God bless the "Ignore" button.

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    I'm really not sure about that...
    Why do you think it has to do with SGE and isn't just on its own timer?
  8. aladdin2007

    aladdin2007 Well-Known Member

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    Thank you for the updates
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  9. Weather_Lady

    Weather_Lady Well-Known Member

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    Thanks for the info.! I'm so glad that the PeopleMover will likely be back up before our visit in early May. Last time, it made both of my kids' top 4 or 5 favorite attractions in all of WDW! In fact, so did the Tiki Room, right alongside Big Thunder, POTC and TSMM. Who says a well-done classic attraction can't capture the imagination of today's techno-savvy kids? Glad to see these Tomorrowland classics getting some love.
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    JEANYLASER Well-Known Member

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    Thanks for the updates!
  11. steve2wdw

    steve2wdw WDW Fan Since 1973 Premium Member

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    I don't think it "actually" is timed with the attraction inside....I'd bet it's on it's own cycle. I think it is just supposed to represent that teleportation is happening at that moment when the lights are flashing.
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  12. marni1971

    marni1971 WDW History nut Premium Member

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    The lighting effect (neon and strobe) that's thankfully working again is right above the original AE queue entrance, hence its a visual representation of the teleport theme inside.

    And it looks nice.
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  13. Fable McCloud

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    TTA was the ride I loved to do at night. It was so pretty to see the Castle all lit up at dusk.
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  14. rct247

    rct247 Well-Known Member

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    ANOTHER UPDATE

    The Peoplemover refurbishment next month may be pushed back to a later date this year to match up with the Astro Orbiter so that more work can be done. If that's the case, then all of Rockettower Plaza building will be down this summer.
  15. mr_braver23

    mr_braver23 Well-Known Member

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    I hope your right coming down Feb 28-March 9 was kinda down because if this!
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    Maybe it will include some time to install any kind of theming after all.

    Maybe somebody read my post referencing the TRON tunnel in the DL version??

    Nah...
  17. marni1971

    marni1971 WDW History nut Premium Member

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    Summer? Wow. Not knocking work being done, but strange scheduling.
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  18. Matt_Black

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    I've come to accept that they'll probably never include any kind of proper Tron stuff in WDW. I keep hoping for it, but it's a measured, practical hope. It's the same sort of optimism that causes me to ask if there's any Gargoyles merchandise at the shops when I stop down there (there never is).
  19. WDWLover#1

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    Seems very weird why u would do heavy refurbs during your most busy, and most profitable, months.
  20. rct247

    rct247 Well-Known Member

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    I agree. They were supposed to go down at the same time to begin with, but I don't think things were finalized in time for Astro so it was pushed back. I think they were only ok with Astro going down in the summer due to the frequency that it went down for lightning, however, that would also make it hard to work on it during the rainy season. I don't think the dates have officially been changed yet, but if there is a sudden change, you will know why now.
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