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  1. MerlinTheGoat

    General Discussion of Tiana's Bayou Adventure

    There are a lot of tricky conditions present with this project that wouldn't normally apply to most others projects.
  2. MerlinTheGoat

    General Discussion of Tiana's Bayou Adventure

    My assessment is that Carter and her team are solely responsible for the backstory. It doesn't seem like something Tony would come up with. Tony might have given pointers on the script and such to try and clean it up a bit, but the Salt Mine and food company concept probably originate from...
  3. MerlinTheGoat

    General Discussion of Tiana's Bayou Adventure

    He's not the leader on this project (even if I suspect he might be taking the lead over the interior scene designs), and he's also an independent consultant instead of a full employee at Disney. There's probably also a fear at Disney of allowing an "old white man" to "upstage" Carter's team in...
  4. MerlinTheGoat

    General Discussion of Tiana's Bayou Adventure

    There appears to be two things feeding into it- 1- The assumption that he's always just been used as a PR mouthpiece for the project and has no actual involvement beyond that. And that his lack of "presence" in any of the photos or videos about the ride's creation is "proof" of this. 2-...
  5. MerlinTheGoat

    General Discussion of Tiana's Bayou Adventure

    Where are you seeing that he did?
  6. MerlinTheGoat

    News Tiana's Bayou Adventure construction

    Louis isn't going to be sidelined. He's the most merch-pushing character in that movie and has been in every piece of art for the ride thus far. I still think the exterior and queue is where most of this backstory will be pronounced. While the interior of the ride will largely skew towards...
  7. MerlinTheGoat

    News Tiana's Bayou Adventure construction

    Those were vastly overhated IMO. At least most of those had Ian McDiarmid's fun performance as Palpatine to carry them. Plus Episode III also gave an impactful conclusion to that senate chamber.
  8. MerlinTheGoat

    News Tiana's Bayou Adventure construction

    I still err on trusting the source that said Tony is involved, especially since they were right about a few other things so far. One interesting thing i'm noticing about this ride is that it almost seems like there are two opposing "visions" on what it's supposed to be. On the one hand, you've...
  9. MerlinTheGoat

    News Tiana's Bayou Adventure construction

    I'm legitimately struggling to think of any demographics with significant numbers who would like this story. Even some of the people who strongly supported this retheme seem to consider that aspect to be exceptionally poor. I think children and teens will be fairly confused and put off by the...
  10. MerlinTheGoat

    News Tiana's Bayou Adventure construction

    Close, but it's a sequel D+ series that this ride and its story are tying into
  11. MerlinTheGoat

    News Tiana's Bayou Adventure construction

    They're not. It may not look pretty or be a good backstory, but this is clearly intentionally planned out. Even I can see what they're trying to do here.
  12. MerlinTheGoat

    News Tiana's Bayou Adventure construction

    Again, not defending this stupid salt mine storyline, but i'm sure the logos and signs are intentional. The stamped on "Salt Company" logo being representative of the previous owners of the company and Tiana being the person who bought it out. She put up signs over it to convey that she's moving...
  13. MerlinTheGoat

    News Tiana's Bayou Adventure construction

    While I don't have actual information on the riverboat, logically speaking I cannot imagine them scrapping it. There's simply no reason whatsoever and it makes zero sense. It fits the IP perfectly. Even moreso than it did Song of the South in fact, as I don't recall there even being a riverboat...
  14. MerlinTheGoat

    News Tiana's Bayou Adventure construction

    They've doubtless done mechanical repairs that are hidden to guests quite a few times over just the past 5 or so years. But the last truly major rehab the ride received was in 2013. I've been somewhat of a broken record in stating that the ride was in the worst shape it's ever been in for...
  15. MerlinTheGoat

    News Tiana's Bayou Adventure construction

    It depends on two things. The first is whether the mountain exterior requires any significant work first before installing the new scenery. And the second is whether they want to prematurely knock out the exterior scenery early on, but let it sit idly for nearly 2 years in Florida's harsh...
  16. MerlinTheGoat

    News Tiana's Bayou Adventure construction

    I'm still curious to learn if the salt mine will even be a significant presence in the interior scenes. As much as they talk it up in the marketing, its presence in both the art and models seems close to nonexistent. Even the exterior of the mountain is still largely themed to a bayou. And while...
  17. MerlinTheGoat

    News Tiana's Bayou Adventure construction

    I saw it mentioned that Hong Kong's version of Frozen was getting at least one fully physical AA of Elsa. Though i'm not sure if that applies to all of the other AA's in the rides. Nor am I sure if it was mentioned whether Paris will also be getting this non-projected figure. During the period...
  18. MerlinTheGoat

    News Tiana's Bayou Adventure construction

    There is such a thing as being too dismissive of evidence. The diagram is not a schematic for deeply technical robotic engineering specs. It simply shows some of the general axes of motion that the artists ordered that specific AA to be built for. I do not expect that this diagram will have...
  19. MerlinTheGoat

    News M&M'S characters now appearing for meet and greets at Walt Disney World

    It was probably a bit too obscure of a joke for most people here to get. I'm not attracted to fictional green candy. But a certain "reporter" on a certain cable network (neither of which shall be named) apparently was. And he was very upset when she was given new "less feminine" shoes, ruining...
  20. MerlinTheGoat

    News Tiana's Bayou Adventure construction

    Not sure, but it doesn't seem like it. This looks like it's probably a new figure. Even some of the motions suggested in that diagram seem to be different than any of Splash's AA's (particularly the eyebrows). The other animals seen in the concept art may also be new AA's too. The only...
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