This looks good as well, better than the solution they settled on.I would love to see some kind of happy medium between the original design that was released and the version we have now. I think Mama Odie's tree would've been visually overwhelming but I do agree that as is the mountain looks a little barren without the tree stump on top. Been sketching out my take on how it could've been redesigned.
20k also remained filled with water and used as "decoration" for a decade before they demolished it to make a Winnie the Pooh playground (which itself was demolished for the Fantasyland expansion). I remember being annoyed when they announced that Nemo ride knowing it could have been done with 20k as well if they didn't demolish it.
I didn't mind it too much based on what they've shown with the DL exterior, but the WDW version almost feels too flat. The cartoony nature of the DL structure lends itself better to the rounded peak but with WDW's the missing stump is a lot more noticeable. That said, it does help the structure to feel less like a mountain and more like a hill (considering that's likely what they're aiming for).This looks good as well, better than the solution they settled on.
It has become apparent that regardless of the subjective opinions of the rest of the exterior, the decapitation of the peak is going to be a sore spot on the facade (well that alongside the tacking tiara water tower). It looks very awkward without something there.
You're right. The Splash mountain log flume is quite long, longer than most long flumes. If the show scenes aren't spectacular, the ride will absolutely fall flat.By all means then, gut the interior so it's just a concrete flume riding through dark steel hallways. See if most people still consider that to be remotely as fun.
The drop is fun and looks cool. It's not what gives the ride staying power though. If that was all it had going for it, relatively few people would be remotely as upset about this overhaul. The interior scenes are what makes the ride stand out and places it far above any other log flume out there.
When I first road it as a kid, I didn't have any idea that it was going to be a fully fledged immersive dark ride inside. I just figured it would be a prettier take on the log flumes i'd ridden elsewhere. I didn't know there would be impressive interior scenes with amazingly detailed sets and tons of animatronics with a narrative progression, and those were what made it spectacular and one of my favorite rides of all time. It needs those scenes far more than it needs the big drop.
William Pollock felt ill on the Magic Kingdom water ride, so he climbed out of the log-shaped boat and stood along the canal, among the animatronic Brer Rabbit figures.
To get off Splash Mountain, Pollock had to cross the canal.
"I'm going to try to cross here," Pollock told log flume riders Sunday.
As Pollock stepped on the boat directly in front of theirs, it lurched forward. He slipped into the water and was struck and crushed by the next boat, said Bernie Presha, a spokesman for the Orange County Sheriff's Office.
Structural integrity…EE was built in 2006…ask Joe Rhode about structural integrity and the Yeti…They don't seem to be lacking a healthy budget compared to when it started. I would assume they don't intend to touch any of the structural supports unless they're already damaged and need repair. That includes the interior. If they do find something like that, they are in for some serious problems.
But I'm also not sure this is worth seriously worrying about unless they actually do find something. Unlike Tower of Terror or Universe of Energy, I don't believe Splash was built on or around any sort of compromised land. 30 years also isn't that old, and I would imagine the underlying structure itself was built with some degree of longevity in mind. As dilapidated as the exterior show layers have been allowed to become at times (which again is not even particularly "bad" at the moment compared to 2012, aside from needing paint), i've yet to hear about any issues with the structural integrity.
2013?? That was 10 years ago…a LOT can happen in those 10 years…Most of the exterior wear was caused by exposure to Florida's weather (sun, humidity, temperature variation etc). It's the flume and nearby concrete getting backsplash that is affected by the treated water. Unless that's what you meant.
I don't know if the ride has some sort of reputation for leaking these days. It did have some leaking problems on the final lift for a couple of years prior to 2013. But the outer layers of thematic concrete likely provided SOME form of protection to a lot of the underlying structural steel and concrete. As far as i'm aware, a lot of the mountain is also hollow and accessible to work crews so they can view a large portion of the structural support from behind without needing to tear anything out. I doubt they're going that deep into the foundation either. So if there are any issues with that, they might not even find it.
I'm not trying to say your concerns are unfounded. But I also think they have already been able to do a lot of important preliminary structural inspections to know what they're getting into. Particularly during that major 2013 rehab.
According to some people in the know on this forum, the problems with the Yeti have nothing to do with the structural integrity of the mountain, as is rumored.Structural integrity…EE was built in 2006…ask Joe Rhode about structural integrity and the Yeti…
That’s funny, because the interviews with Joe R. that I have seen said that the “platform” the Yeti sits on and is part of the structure of the ride couldn’t handle the endless motion of the giant AA. That was the reason given as to why it couldn’t be repaired. The bottom line is EE was built in ‘06 and the Yeti only worked for a very short time before the structural problem was discovered.According to some people in the know on this forum, the problems with the Yeti have nothing to do with the structural integrity of the mountain, as is rumored.
I guess but I know people who work at places where someone passed away and claim that their ghost still hangs around. It's odd to have that as part of a public goodbye but I'm sure it's something that means something to the cast members.
I'm sure if Pirates went out they'd say goodbye to GeorgeI guess but I know people who work at places where someone passed away and claim that their ghost still hangs around. It's odd to have that as part of a public goodbye but I'm sure it's something that means something to the cast members.
The coaster, mountain and Yeti all have independent structures. The problem is with the figure itself and it has even been removed from the attraction. There is absolutely no way Disney would allow a large figure to sit overhead on a compromised structure.That’s funny, because the interviews with Joe R. that I have seen said that the “platform” the Yeti sits on and is part of the structure of the ride couldn’t handle the endless motion of the giant AA. That was the reason given as to why it couldn’t be repaired. The bottom line is EE was built in ‘06 and the Yeti only worked for a very short time before the structural problem was discovered.
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