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    SWAGS new effects and other things

    RCFD requested it, publicly. They got sick of nightly brush fires.
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    Disney Parks Revenue up

    ^ You've clearly gotten it all figured out. :rolleyes: Getting rid of ticket media wasn't required Removing room keys wasn't required Having a way to pay for stuff without a card wasn't required Making advance dining and ride reservations via the web wasn't required Having interactive signage...
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    Disney Parks Revenue up

    You've made that point several times. It's a terrible one. Even the Cedar Fair parks have parkwide wifi going in now. The backbone upgrades and non-public wifi channels are used for an immeasurable amount of behind the scenes stuff. The majority of it has nothing to do with monetizing or FP+...
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    Disney Parks Revenue up

    The fastpass portion of MM+ was a miniscule portion of the cost of the entire project. The rest was infrastructure related which literally brought much of the resort out of the stone age. Tens of thousands of rooms, thousands of POS systems, new network backbones throughout the entire property...
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    Volcano Bay

    Amongst all of VB's issues with capacity, tapu, lockers, food, unreliable slides, queues and the other stuff that the most disappointing aspect is really the terrible choices relating to materials and the weak theming throughout much of the park. I almost fell over laughing when my wife and I...
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    Volcano Bay

    If the new paradigm in water parks is that I'll be expected to queue for 30+ mins for minor slides, 90+ mins for family raft slides, and 150+ mins for the headliners then count me out. No amount of theming, food, interactive experiences, beach chairs or lazy river is going to change that. At...
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    Volcano Bay

    What a massively low bar for comparison. The worst most botched opening ever, literally hundreds of thousands of vacations ruined and we're congratulating them for not being that terrible? Again, I really thought VB and Uni at large deserve more credit than that. But like I've said before- it's...
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    Volcano Bay

    Lines were lengthy for much of the day, as in 30-40 minutes for the biggest slides including the hydro magnetic around lunchtime. Which is typical for even the big/most visited parks. Still, we rode the Master Blaster at Typhoon Lagoon with a 10-15 minute wait to our hearts content during...
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    Volcano Bay

    Just got an email letter showing interactive Tapu elements. That's just blatant false advertising at this point. When I walked the park before opening I just assumed they'd rush everything together at the last minute. Seems like they tried that but still could get much of it done. Can anyone...
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    Volcano Bay

    What stretch? I've already mentioned two that are flat out 1/3 or 1/2 the throughput of other similar slides at typical water parks. Others around the park have single raft load areas where many of those same models have two load areas for rafts which hugely helps with dispatch time consistency...
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    Volcano Bay

    The massive flaw in the arguments of the Universal apologists responses to 2-4 hour queues is that those are NOT NORMAL for any water park on planet earth, virtual queueing or not. The biggest slides at any other water park on the busiest of days rarely exceed an hour. I've been to water parks...
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    Volcano Bay

    Who would have predicted all of the disastrous issues with Tapu and the queueless system? :p:p:p Still though, having "no queues" turned out to be the disaster I knew it would. Unfortunate. I really thought they'd have some sort of ace up their sleeve that I wasn't considering. Instead, the...
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    Volcano Bay

    That's going to be dumber than anything Disney has going with transport (and their transport, especially to water parks, is really dumb). Water taxis take 10-20 minutes depending on several factors. The walk over to the bus zone is another 10 minutes. Then there will be a 10 minute wait for the...
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    Avatar Flight of Passage reviews, comments and questions

    I'll start by saying that I can't stand when a one-in-a-hundred rider can't be accommodated and throws a fit. Working in the field I do, there are always issues with safely accommodating people with special needs and or bodily proportions. Some manufacturers are ridiculous with their inability...
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    Volcano Bay

    Glad to see it! They look great! As far as the eruption, are they planning on projection mapping lava down the mountain still? Anyone know?
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    Volcano Bay

    This'll probably be the last time that I have an opportunity to say anything about VB before it opens to the public. I have quite a few doubts that everything is going to be one hundred percent for the opening, they still have things that need to be completed that are scheduled after the media...
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    Avatar Flight of Passage reviews, comments and questions

    @TalkingHead probably meant the comparison as a slight, but honestly my first few rides on Soarin were quite exhilarating back when DCA opened. In fact, that word is probably used a lot for Soarin's first time and repeat riders. Considering Soarin is BY FAR the best reviewed ride in Disney's...
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    Avatar Flight of Passage reviews, comments and questions

    After 10 rides on FoP, I can say that it's the best screen based ride/simulator I've done hands down. While I'm also in the camp of Orlando screen ride burnout, this thing is spectacular. Certainly a top 10 ride for me and there aren't many screen based rides on that list! Hope they sort out...
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    Volcano Bay

    Sorry I've been working non stop on stuff down the road at the mouse house. I'll try to give my thoughts on everything in the park later tonight.
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