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ParkPeeker

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Is there any footage online of 'A-mode' yeti. And has anyone experienced both A-mode yeti and the new yeti at matterhorn? Was the movement like that?

edit found this, pretty cool
 
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HMFan999

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Please allow me to propose a new theory on the yeti situation.

The foundation and AA mechanics are fine. He's haunted. The yeti has been placed in b mode for our safety. Joe Rohde is an unsung hero.
 

Mickeyboof

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I gasped when the bird popped up!!

And there is a little bit of station steam. Better than nothing.

So happy!!! The owl/hawk was such a treat!!
 

Marc Davis Fan

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And has anyone experienced both A-mode yeti and the new yeti at matterhorn? Was the movement like that?
I was there when EE first opened with the yeti working, and I've also been on the updated Matterhorn many times.

The EE yeti is obviously much larger, and its positioning (above riders) is more interesting/unusual than most animated pieces on Disney attractions (think of how the vultures on Splash stand out because they're right above you, and now imagine something that looks like its 30 feet tall and lunging down at you).

That being said, the new Garner Holt -developed abominable snowmen in the Matterhorn are... excellent. The first one lunges forward at you with realistically smooth (and pretty substantial) movement, and the second one originally did something similar - but its movement profile was recently improved to look like it's standing up from behind a rock (the figure is rising up as you approach).

Indeed, truth be told, IMHO... the difference between the Matterhorn snowmen and EE's A-mode yeti isn't quite a huge as most of us seem to imagine. If Disney replaced the EE yeti with a Garner Holt animatronic similar to Matterhorn and placed it somewhere on the side rather than the yeti's current spot above, I would really like that compromise. The problem is, with all the hype about the yeti and the years of waiting, most fans would view that (relatively) minor downgrade as a big letdown, and thus would be unhappy. So, I expect that they'll have to wait until the big refurb finally happens, and then either "fix" the existing yeti, or combine a new version with other special effects that make up for any "downgrade" of the animatronic.

Also, maybe they'll add some kind of effect during the dark backwards portion. That would make the ride feel a lot more complete.
 

Musicman20

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I was there when EE first opened with the yeti working, and I've also been on the updated Matterhorn many times.

The EE yeti is obviously much larger, and its positioning (above riders) is more interesting/unusual than most animated pieces on Disney attractions (think of how the vultures on Splash stand out because they're right above you, and now imagine something that looks like its 30 feet tall and lunging down at you).

That being said, the new Garner Holt -developed abominable snowmen in the Matterhorn are... excellent. The first one lunges forward at you with realistically smooth (and pretty substantial) movement, and the second one originally did something similar - but its movement profile was recently improved to look like it's standing up from behind a rock (the figure is rising up as you approach).

Indeed, truth be told, IMHO... the difference between the Matterhorn snowmen and EE's A-mode yeti isn't quite a huge as most of us seem to imagine. If Disney replaced the EE yeti with a Garner Holt animatronic similar to Matterhorn and placed it somewhere on the side rather than the yeti's current spot above, I would really like that compromise. The problem is, with all the hype about the yeti and the years of waiting, most fans would view that (relatively) minor downgrade as a big letdown, and thus would be unhappy. So, I expect that they'll have to wait until the big refurb finally happens, and then either "fix" the existing yeti, or combine a new version with other special effects that make up for any "downgrade" of the animatronic.

Also, maybe they'll add some kind of effect during the dark backwards portion. That would make the ride feel a lot more complete.
Effects on the dark section going backwards would be awesome.

Still one of the best thrill rides I've experienced.
 

Occasional Guest

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Rode 3 times on Monday, 9/2, once in a downpour. I noticed the owl working and just thought I had never noticed it before. It was a nice effect. I would gladly take Disco Yeti forever if there was an effective method for eliminating hair ties from the mountain.
 

Ituri

New Member
Likely referring to the bird. It appears at the very top of the mountain before you go backwards. The bird pops up to the front/left of the train.
If anyone is genuinely curious (and even if you are not), the "bird" is supposed to be a Bearded Vulture. These birds live in mountainous regions across Eurasia and Africa and feed largely on bone marrow, which they get to by dropping bones from high altitudes until they smash open on the rocks.
 

Orangeanna

Active Member
Just had to brag I rode e.e. during passholder preview and saw the entire ride in it's full glory. The yeti was cool but not worth sacrificing the whole ride for. It's Still a great ride and I'm sure it drives Joe Rhode insane that after all that research and work the yeti remains broken and we're talking about it. I guess we all have to move on.
 
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