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Pirates ride, where's the mermaids?

Discussion in 'WDW Parks News, Rumors and Current Events' started by HowAboutDisney, Mar 15, 2017.

  1. HowAboutDisney

    HowAboutDisney Member

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    Sorry if this has already been posted I couldn't find it anywhere, but what happened to the mermaids in the water? I was on pirates last night and noticed again no mermaids.. are they broken or done away with?
     
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    Minthorne Well-Known Member

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    She is in Fantasyland ;)
     
  3. rushtest4echo

    rushtest4echo Well-Known Member

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    I haven't seen the water Mermaid effects active for quite some time. If I had to venture a guess, too many idiots put their hands into the water and they just axed the effect before someone axed a finger. Shame too, that was one of the few changes made to Pirates from the films that I really thought added to the ride.
     
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  4. HowAboutDisney

    HowAboutDisney Member Original Poster

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    Silly me lol
     
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  5. marni1971

    marni1971 WDW History nut Premium Member

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    The effect never worked as planned. It was deactivated and I believe the projectors removed.
     
  6. wdwmagic

    wdwmagic Administrator Moderator

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    The projection effect did not work. It needed the AA versions to be effective.
     
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    AJH219 Well-Known Member

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    Gone with the wind. It wasn't a great effect; I believe I only saw it work a handful of times.
     
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  8. Stephen novak

    Stephen novak New Member

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    Glad someone brought this up. I've been wondering what happened with them, and always look for them now when I ride. It wasn't the greatest effect in the world, but I always thought it was kinda neat
     
  9. Bocabear

    Bocabear Well-Known Member

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    anything in that section of the ride is kinda neat... It is a shame we didnt get a little more... Well maybe for the 50th
     
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  10. rushtest4echo

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    I thought the effect worked well enough. :(
     
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    Agreed, I thought it worked okay, and was one of those things I looked out for. It seemed to be lost on most people though, as to what exactly was going on or what it was in the water. Shame it's gone.
     
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    WDI tried to put MORE IN sometime in 2013/2014 without the original ones ever having worked consistently. It's amazing to me that 2013 WDI couldn't get a projector to work when 1969 WED built the Haunted Mansion. There was a small motor in the water that was to emulate a tail splashing the surface of the water as the mermaid dived back down. But that worked even less often than the very standard projectors. The mermaid effect was completely turned off during the 2015 refurb
     
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    Clamman73 Well-Known Member

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    The effect amounted to me saying..."Wait...was that supposed to be it...not sure...saw some bubbles though"
     
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    the biggest reaction I ever saw to it was a raised eyebrow...
    Now what if one of the skeletons on the beach morphed into Jack Sparrow (Shanghai)and welcomed you to follow him back in time... now THAT would be an addition that would actually move the story a bit...
     
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    Honestly wasn't the better additions as it was difficult to even figure out what was there....But, I think the siren song is still played..
     
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    They drowned.
     
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    mouse_luv Well-Known Member

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    The mermaid skeleton should still be on the beach in that section but they did away with the other effects.
     
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    They got rid of the effect when they re-opened after the last refurb.

    Speaking of Pirates though, does anyone notice the timing of the cannons has been off the last couple of months and everyone sitting on the right side of the boat is getting drenched ? OR is this on purpose ?
     
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  20. HowAboutDisney

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    My wife was on the right side of the boat and her hair got wet from it.
     

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