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  1. thepirateking

    Mini Disney World - Fan-Made Model

    @yensidtlaw1969 This is absolutely fabulous. What a truly awesome creation. You have my respect! Your models, layout and lighting are great. And your audio work on the video was also a nice touch. Thank you for sharing with everyone!
  2. thepirateking

    Unpopular Disney World Opinions

    Animal Kingdom is extremely overrated, and it's my least favorite park. It needs at least 4-5 more C, D or E-ticket rides to actually feel competitive. I enjoy the shows, but I go to parks to ride rides and have fun. I can go to my local zoo when I want to walk around all day and watch animals...
  3. thepirateking

    Rumor Brazil (and maybe others) Pavilion Coming to Epcot [not about Brazilian people nor a country wish list]

    I'd rather see the space used for ride(s). Who's with me?
  4. thepirateking

    Very random Backlot Tour question

    The old tour had a mini-feature showing how that miniature was used to shoot a scene from Díck Tracy. I specifically recall them saying it took 6,000 hours to build. You can see it in Martin's video: Disney MGM Studios - The Tours History 1 of 3 (https://youtu.be/R8EEFdJvHRU?t=2512) @Rinx
  5. thepirateking

    Which attraction were you terrified of as a kid.

    100% with you. That was terrifying, and I've been waiting to see if someone else remembered it.
  6. thepirateking

    Festival Center???

    Thank you. It looks like an amazing concept. But, definitely the kind of thing that seems impractical. Especially in light of the way the budgets have been cut for everything from Slinky, Mine Train to even SW:GE. Seeing it in the video made me think it had passed some time of greenlight...
  7. thepirateking

    Festival Center???

    @marni1971 Is this the new festival center? Are they really planning to build those tiers with trees on top and everything?
  8. thepirateking

    "Black box" interchangeable dark ride coming to Disney's Hollywood Studios?

    This rumor seems heavily inspired by the tech WDI is already using to help design and iterate Rise of the Resistance (and much of Galaxy's Edge). Basically, an articulated and programmable ride vehicle in a warehouse. Instead of a CAVE sysetm with projections, the riders wore VR head mounted...
  9. thepirateking

    Toy Story Land expansion announced for Disney's Hollywood Studios

    It's really striking to see how much land the Slinky coaster takes up. This image also illustrates how small the guests walkway exploration space is in contrast. It feels like more of a sideshow than a land. Something you walk past, instead of something you walk into. Imagine if there was a...
  10. thepirateking

    Star Wars Land announced for Disney's Hollywood Studios

    Mission Space was hyped to include all kinds of mission critical interactivity when it was in development and we know how that turned out. (For those that don't know, each person has 2 buttons that light up during the course of the mission that they are supposed to press during the ride. It...
  11. thepirateking

    Star Wars Land announced for Disney's Hollywood Studios

    Speaking of dated Mission Space... I believe the Falcon ride will be projected onto the inside of a cone shaped surface, right? The Mission Space displays (even the new ones) have always made me feel ill. The Mission Space displays (cockpit screens) have a magnified/lenticular effect that causes...
  12. thepirateking


    This 100%. The old SSE imparted guests with a sense of "look at what humanity has accomplished. The world of the future is awesome and it's here now. Go embrace it!" It was like stepping off a speedramp into the 21st century. Replacing the descent with screens basically eliminated the...
  13. thepirateking

    Voyage of the Little Mermaid thoughts

    This was one of my favorite effects. It's the sort of plus-ing that is missing these days. Along the same lines, I miss the conveyor system above the Star Tours queue. It made the building feel more alive. Now it feels like a building, not a Star Wars locale. We still have the attractions, but...
  14. thepirateking

    Does anybody miss World of Motion?

    WoM was great. Like many other original Epcot omni-movers, it had incredible detail. 15 minutes of scenes, AAs, large projection screens and narration. You really could see new things every time you rode. And a ride was relaxing and transporting since it was so long. Test Track is novel, but...
  15. thepirateking

    News American Adventure Refurb, New Projectors and Ending Video

    The new song sounds modern. I want to like it. It just never reaches and sustains a good climax. By the time it gets going, it's over. I give it an 8/10. Of course, hearing it "live" in the theater on that amazing sound system combined with big visuals might make it a little more impactful.
  16. thepirateking

    The fate of Star Tours?

    I miss the overhead conveyor belt in the ST queue. It seems a little bare without it.
  17. thepirateking

    Sum of All Thrills Returning?

    That's too bad. Seems like an easy win. It was an enjoyable experience. And it was fun just watching the arms.
  18. thepirateking

    News Announced: Mary Poppins Attraction in UK Pavilion

    Missed opportunity. A new Toad could've been amazing.
  19. thepirateking

    Help me waste my time

    I'd recommend the Lost Legends series by Brian Krosnick. He's written great pieces on Disney attractions that have been lost. Sadly, he has a couple more rides to write about now (UoE, GMR). http://www.themeparktourist.com/users/brian-krosnick
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