Discussion in 'Tokyo, Hong Kong and Shanghai' started by loaloa, Apr 7, 2009.
As I mentioned, we need more Imaginners that is this creative.
Scary. I've always liked to pretend that TOT was of the contemporary, when clearly it is not.
I'm not worthy! Thank you.
Not fully true, you forgot they were were making a entirely original park with no IPs forOkinawa back in 2013, add in Volcano Bay being designed back in 2008 with No IPS, and they have plans, as well as Space Fantasy being 100% original and designed by UC. Yes a majority is IP based but UC itself its not limited to IP based projects.
Truly great to have you here, Tom.
I have to tell you a story about JTTCoTE at TDS. I visited that amazing park for the first time in late 2010 and rode Journey 4-5 times in the four day visit to the resort. But on the first day we were in the queue and about 10 minutes to boarding when there was some rumbling and a gentle shaking (barely noticed that) and after a few minutes the work lights came on and announcements were made, all in Japanese. It was obvious the attraction had technical issues. I was very disappointed as this was one of my most eagerly awaited attractions and seeing that volcano rising above and spewing fire was unlike anything I had ever seen in any theme park.
They started evacuating the ride and we just walked out, determined to ride later in the day. We headed over to Indy, an Anaheim favorite, only to find it too was down. We decided to have lunch early and then decide what to do. ... Well, we had an amazing day. And got our first two rides on Journey out of the way with almost no waits.
At dinner that night we met up with friends who are Tokyo locals -- and TDR APers -- as well as a friend from Florida who was also visiting for dinner at Zambini Brothers and as we all sat with our food, the first question directed at us was "So, where were you guys when the quake struck?"
We were dumbfounded. We had no idea, but a 6.0 (not a little one) earthquake had struck under the seabed not all that far off the coast of Tokyo Bay. Journey -- and every major attraction -- shut down. But since there was no panic, no shouting, no anything ... we had no clue. We truly thought the shaking and rumbling were simply part of the amazing queue and pre-show experience. I had never been in any quake before, despite living in California part time for almost eight years, and here we were in a big one and we thought it was simply great work by WDI.
I have mentioned this to a few people in Imagineering in the past, but no one who actually worked on the ride. That should tell you a bit about how successful you guys and gals were in delivering a true world class product.
Sadly, I haven't seen much of that from Disney (well, almost none at all in the FL swamps) of late. I do have hope for Pandora at DAK as it really looks impressive as is.
Anyway, thought you'd enjoy that anecdote. And I'm headed back to TDR again later this year! Glad to have you here and hope you drop in regularly.
Thanks for sharing your thoughts Tom. This is a very interesting thread.
I was lucky enough to visit Tokyo and Journey to the centre of the earth was my favourite ride, I loved the design and even the way the ride vehicle incorporated an umbrella holder for the Japanese weather!
I hope to go back soon with my new knowledge so I can see things now I know more about the design
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