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Tokyo cars spotted near the speedway

Discussion in 'WDW Parks News, Rumors and Current Events' started by Bacon, Aug 10, 2017.

  1. TP2000

    TP2000 Well-Known Member

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    I've been on the Tokyo Disneyland Speedway several times in the last couple decades. They had a nifty feature to prevent bumping; if you came within a foot or two of the car ahead of you your car would come to a stop. It was impossible to bump the car ahead of you, because bumping is impolite. I hope they bring that feature to WDW's Speedway, which may be why they've shipped the cars over from Tokyo's closed version.

    You obviously haven't been to Japan lately. They are quite noticeably behind America when it comes to the middle classes ownership and use of new technology; smartphones, Apps, web-based services, mobile technology, home TV tech, cable and Internet, etc.

    Tokyo Disneyland, for example, doesn't have a wait time app. There is no public WiFi available in the Tokyo parks. They don't have any form of electronic Fastpass (MagicBands, Maxpass, etc.), you still just have to pull paper Fastpasses one at a time like it was 2002. Websites are all circa 2006. Cash is king and it's harder to pay with credit cards. Uber (as we know it, it's just a taxi-hailing service in Japan) doesn't exist in Tokyo, you take the subway or your own car to the park. Etc., etc., etc.

    I know, right?!? What's the most fascinating, is that there are Americans in 2017 who still think Japanese society is so far advanced than America. It's the exact opposite. The Japanese should congratulate their PR teams from the late 1980's who got that marketing concept going so strongly that it still has legs in 2017. Japan is a lovely country, and their Disneyland beats the snot out of anything we have here (maintenance, cleanliness, service, CM appearance, entertainment).

    But when it comes to daily use of technology, especially for the middle classes, they are a decade behind how the average American lives.
     
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  2. andysol

    andysol Well-Known Member

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    They do have america beat in toilets and bathtubs- theirs are crazy :). Also home surveillance. Outside of that though, they aren't ahead of America technologically speaking.
     
  3. JimW

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    Don't forget dishwasher detergent...
     
  4. TP2000

    TP2000 Well-Known Member

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    Okay, you're right, I forgot about the toilets. About a decade ago I went to the Toto Toilet Showroom on the 40th floor of a skyscraper in Shinjuku. I spent an hour there looking over the exhibits, while uniformed hostesses demonstrated the various features and cutting-edge toilet technology and offered tea and cookies. It was HYSTERICAL! America still hasn't caught up when it comes to toilets, and likely never will.

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    Although, I have noticed that high-end hotels in Los Angeles and San Francisco now include the, ahem, features of Japanese toilets in their suites. So like the Honda motorbikes in the early 1960's that were a SoCal Craze, and became an everyday American thing by the 1980's, maybe things will finally spread east from California when it comes to that.

    Back to Disney, the anti-bumping technology they used in Tokyo Disneyland's Speedway was pretty basic 1990's stuff. A simple radar sensor in the front bumper that triggered whenever you got too close to the car in front of you and it would kill the engine. Bumping problem solved. But it would require occasional maintenance and calibration, which to TDO and TDA means money, so they just don't want to be bothered with the expense even though it creates a better experience for the paying customers. :rolleyes:
     
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  5. rocketraccoon

    rocketraccoon Well-Known Member

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    More cars have shown up in that spot since the thread was made.

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    Sorry for the blurry photo. Forgot this was even a thing until I had already gone into Space Mountain so I had to get it on the way out.
     
  6. cjkeating

    cjkeating Well-Known Member

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    If these are additional cars... could they be used to keep the ride open whilst cars are taken out to be converted to hybrid or electric?
     
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  7. Monorail Mike

    Monorail Mike Well-Known Member

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    Why is it that everyone on this thread says the cars are spotted, when clearly they are striped?
    ;)
     
  8. Monorail Mike

    Monorail Mike Well-Known Member

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    We've got our best Muppet working on it...
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  9. mandstaft

    mandstaft Well-Known Member

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    I think all this would make Tokyo Disney Resort wonderful!
     
  10. ChrisFL

    ChrisFL Well-Known Member

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    They also have automatically parking car garages that lift the car up to a space after you park it, and the same for some bike garages...advanced vending machines that always work and are EVERYWHERE.

    Yes, a lot of Japanese people still use fax machines frequently as well, so there's more and less advanced.
     
  11. trainplane3

    trainplane3 Well-Known Member

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    Sure, but also add their newest defense systems to that. Once it's complete, the world won't stand a chance.
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    Credit: https://twitter.com/ShonanPai/status/898816198363631617
     
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  12. Chef Mickey

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    They are far ahead of America technologically, particularly their transportation system and overall infrastructure. Ever been on a Japanese bullet train?

    Amazing country.
     
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  13. twilight mitsuk

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    All we need is a WDW-TDL hyper-loop line.
     

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