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Tower Of Terror (UPDATED, PLEASE REREAD)

Discussion in 'How do they do that?' started by MattyMitch, Aug 15, 2015.

  1. MattyMitch

    MattyMitch Member Original Poster

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    Guys do you know how the AGV (I think its called that) gets secured in to the cage that moves up and down??
     
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    MattyMitch Member Original Poster

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    Does anyone know how AGVgets locked in place in the elevators?
     
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    Tom Tom Premium Member

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    I'm guessing a series of mechanical latches. Whatever it is, it's foolproof and has multiple failsafes.
     
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    MattyMitch Member Original Poster

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    I was thinking a bar that is above the wheels so it cant go up or down
     
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    MattyMitch Member Original Poster

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    So when I was talking about seat belts and there being some LED Lights I finally found a photo on a blog that shows them, I think! So you can see a panel with the seating layout on. Its located on the right of the door. You can see there is 3 rows of 3 on the right side and 3 rows of 4 on the left side. I think these light up when they are at load. I think so anyway! Or it could be the left side there is a box that looks like it could be opened. I'm not sure though!
     

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    This fascinates me as well, and I have no idea how it happens. I summon Martin Smith. @marni1971
     
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    marni1971 WDW History nut Premium Member

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    Clamps. Big clamps. Very strong clamps.
     
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    MattyMitch Member Original Poster

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    Do you know about the LED light???
     
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    marni1971 WDW History nut Premium Member

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    Yep.

    Each LED corresponds to a seat. They blink quickly when the belt is fastened. A slow flash is a fault or an incorrectly fastened belt. A dark light should correspond to an empty seat.

    Then you have guests self cert their belts to show the company's equipment is working.

    Then you have the arms in the air to prove no one is sat on a hand or is pulling the belt loose.

    Then a final glance at the board should show the same as the first check.
     
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    marni1971 WDW History nut Premium Member

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    Clamps. Bloody big clamps.

    Seriously, I've asked someone who should know technically.
     
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    marni1971 WDW History nut Premium Member

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    The WDSP / DCA / TDS VVC is slightly different to Orlando's:

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    But they work the same. The AGV slides in and engages with VVC clamps that hold onto latches on the AGV itself. The VVC also has two hydraulic clamps that attatch to the front of the AGV to prevent it moving.
     
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    MattyMitch Member Original Poster

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    I thought so I said this before but nobody knew what I was talking about
     
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    MattyMitch Member Original Poster

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    Are these clamps locked by a trigger sent to them by a sensor when the agv is in place?
     
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    marni1971 WDW History nut Premium Member

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    Yep.
     
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    MattyMitch Member Original Poster

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    Okay cool!
     
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    marni1971 WDW History nut Premium Member

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    Just a correction - there's just one maintainence bay. On Echo side. Foxtrot has space to hold an AGV until needed later in the day (or else it'd need bringing from maintainence which is a convoluted pain) but there is no service area over on Foxtrot.

    Seat belts indeed don't need to be buckled between unload and load. The vehicle is perfectly rideable back up to load.
     
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    MattyMitch Member Original Poster

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    Is there a link of track between foxtrot and echo for the AGVs to pass through?? I was also wondering about the control pannel you see when you board. When I was there the cast member pressed a button and it took a while for the lift to come. I was wondering if there was a sequence it went through before the agv came. But how did he know the agv was there? And what do all the other buttons do because he didnt seem to press many when we were loading. I couldnt find a picture but im sure theres on somewhere. You can see it on the videos of tower of terror with line.
     
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    marni1971 WDW History nut Premium Member

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    Yes. Not track though. Remember this is a trackless ride!

    Imagine you're stood between the two unload doors in the basement. Face towards the photo desk and edit. Behind you is a door. Behind that is a corridor that leads to the service elevator back to load amongst other places.

    In that corridor part of the floor is a bridge with roller shutters either side. The floor lifts up, doors roll up, and AGVs can pass from one side to another.
     
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    So when they want to add in another AGV how do they stop a back log of agvs??
     

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