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  1. Well, there's been several rumors circulating about PP and the rides that will remain. i suggest checking out www.micechat.com it has some good info on the refurb. i have heard anything from a parachute "Army men" themed attraction, to the removal of jumping jellyfish. The orange stinger will definetly be rethemed to mickey's silly simphony swings. We only have to sit and wait for this to come true... I personally would like to see a tightly inverted coaster take over GFS and maybe toss in a few inversions....

    >>Jake

  2. Here's a New coaster that I added to the 6FB. It's designed with the new seats that Diamondback, and Behemoth have. Tell me what you think, and what could possibly be changed.

    >>Jake

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    Other view of the end of the ride.

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    End of the ride with a huge helix through a mine building.

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    Midcourse brake run, and alot of turns afterwards.

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    The Turnaround

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    First Drop, now, this will not be total vertical, however, it will be somewere around 75,85 degrees. This was the closest I could get to what I wanted.

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    Station with the queue, and lift.

  3. Well, Monorail blue is daytime testing now. Monorail Red is transporting guests, but instead of the normal 22 guests, it is running at 15 guests per car. Monorail Blue will be transporting guests ONLY if the old purple shuts down. At the moment, it doesn't appear that Blue is not equipped with the air scoops that Red has. Enjoy the pics!!

    >>Jake

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  4. Great TR. I will have some pictures of the park on my Asia thread when I get some time in the next week or so. I like the park, but the Dive Coaster didn't really impress me.

     

    Thanks for posting this!

    Really? How come?? I thought it was a fun ride. What did you think of 10-inversion coaster??

    And btw, OldJJman, the vomit bucket was place just outside the 3-D Theatre showing the Marvin the Martian film.

    >>Jake

  5. Hey y'all,

    Thought I would put some photos on here from my recent trip to Chime-Long Paradise in Guangzhou, China! Overall I was pleased with the park. They have some fun rides, and a new Kick @$$ coaster. Dive Coaster is a floorless Dive coaster with a HUGE immelman. It was smooth, fast, and all too short. They also have a 10-inversion coaster, and a motorbike launch coaster. I really enjoyed the park, and the rides. So, without further adieu, here's the photos!!

    >>Jake

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    Thanks for reading my photo TR! Look for a video of the rides of Chime-Long soon!!!!

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    Signage as we leave the park.

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    Noted.

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    Peace. Hello ladies, call me. . . . or txt me. whatever's better for you.

    661-343-2393. ;-)

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    I had no clue what they said in this show, but IT WAS AWESOME!!!!

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    Coffee gum. YUM!!!! ITHASTHESAMEAMOUNTOFCAFFINEASAREGULARCUPOFCOFFEE!!!

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    - drool-

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    Dive Coaster. One of my favorites. I tried to film the ride, but the stupid ride-op took my camera!!! I told him it was strapped to my hand, he just waved his hand no, and took it anyways!!!! dumb@$$.

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    Left Lunggage. Not right lunggage. Left. Got it? good.

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    I love the cartoons over here!!!!!

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    It could be a great ride, despite the fact of the constant headbanging, and lack of legroom onride.

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    Orgiastic Scream. I almost felt raped riding the 10-inversion coaster. It was WAAAY painful.

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    Vekoma. It was really smooth!!! I was shocked!!!!!

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    Chinese Geek Squad!!!!!!!!!!! Lol I love wireless psp's!!!

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    Why is he taking her off the ride you ask?? She was caught flashing the onride camera.

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    Transformers??????

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    Lol Please hang onto your belongjings.

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    Through the trees shot of Dive Coaster.

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    An Advertisment for the new coaster.

  6. Found this on Yahoo. I think this is really pretty accurate. What do you think?

    >>Jake

    http://travel.yahoo.com/p-interests-23216035;_ylc=X3oDMTF1MThzY3NvBF9TAzI3MTYxNDkEX3MDMjcxOTQ4MQRzZWMDZnAtdG9kYXltb2QEc2xrA2JvYXJkd2Fsa3MtMjAwOC03LTEy

     

    The hot sun on your face, ice cream dripping on your hands, the sound of music mingling with the crash of waves . . . they're all part of a summer day spent strolling the boardwalk. Visit one of our editors' top American boardwalks and you'll see why their amusements, live entertainment, people-watching, and nostalgia make them tops for pure, unadulterated summer fun.

     

     

     

    1. Atlantic City

     

     

    If you love Las Vegas for its casinos and the Jersey shore for its boardwalks, you’ll delight in both in Atlantic City, home of the nation’s oldest (dating back to 1870) and longest (5.75 miles including the portion that extends to nearby Ventnor City) boardwalk. If you can pull yourself away from the attending casinos' slot machines, you’ll be rewarded with mini-golf, beach bars, amusement rides at historic Steel Pier, and free summer concerts. Forget what you’ve heard about AC’s sketchy rep, as the town and boardwalk have experienced a renaissance in recent years, with new upscale casinos and shopping being added to the mix. One of the best ways to take it all in is by Rolling Chair, a canopied contraption built for two (and pedaled by someone else), with salt water taffy in hand.

     

     

     

    2. Coney Island

    Today’s most-celebrated amusement parks owe their existence to the pioneering rides and spectacles that turned New York's Coney Island into America’s premier playground in the early 20th century. Saunter along the stroller-friendly Riegelmann Boardwalk, which runs 2.7 miles from Coney Island to Brighton Beach, and you’ll see classic attractions like the colossal Wonder Wheel, the now-defunct Parachute Jump (aka Brooklyn’s Eiffel Tower), and the rickety, wooden-railed Cyclone roller coaster, opened in 1926 and now operated by Astroland amusement park. While Astroland is slated for a glitzy, multi-billion dollar redevelopment that will inevitably destroy much of its historic and faded charm, the neighboring boardwalk – romanticized in The Drifters’ 1964 chart-topper "Under the Boardwalk" – will continue to age gracefully.

     

     

     

    3. Kemah

    The staid South is hardly where you'd expect to find a sprawling beach area teeming with a carnival atmosphere, but that’s just what you’ll find on Kemah Boardwalk, on Galveston Bay, in Texas. Whether you're in town to catch a Texaribbean cruise, or just for the fun of it, Kemah’s amusement park rides, marina, beach, and family-friendly activities should factor high on your local agenda. Bunk down at the Boardwalk Inn, a beautiful boutique property with water views and proximity to the concerts, restaurants, and shopping that bring visitors back year after year. You'll be thrilled you did, since, with rides like the Boardwalk Bullet (a terrifying wooden roller coaster that debuted last year) and new attractions like a 4-D Theater (featuring SpongeBob SquarePants), Kemah Boardwalk is poised to give the old Eastern Seaboard classics a run for their money.

     

     

     

    4. Mission Beach

    For summer fun in San Diego, head to Mission Beach where a popular beach strip is paralleled by a 2-mile-long cement boardwalk that stretches from the Mission Bay channel to the north end of Pacific Beach. The boardwalk is constantly jam-packed with with joggers, cyclists, skaters, and strollers, thanks to SoCal's near-perfect weather, and, after participating in a requisite beach-volleyball game, you should take a ride on the Giant Dipper, the old-school roller coaster in Belmont Park, before grabbing a bite at one of the boardwalk’s restaurants. You can amuse yourself with the games and crafts here until the sun sets, but be sure to stick around for the nightly fireworks display.

     

     

     

    5. Ocean City, MD

    One of the East Coast’s most iconic boardwalks always delivers fun family entertainment come summer. Dating back to 1902, the boardwalk in Ocean City, Md., is packed with restaurants, shops, amusements, nightlife, and hotels. Constructed of 100-year old oak, the 2.5-mile stretch is chock-full of historic rides like Trimper’s Carousel, the country’s oldest continuously operating carousel (it's been running since 1912). For some traditional carnival-caliber amusements, check out the Sling Shot ride that will catapult and bounce you around inside its chambers. And no day on the boardwalk is complete without slurping down an ice-cream cone – get your favorite flavor from one of Ocean City's many boardwalk vendors.

     

     

     

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  7. Honestly, I did get scared when I heard that Disney was going to Outsource. But the more I think about it, it makes sense. Have another company make the small stuff, and have your own people focus on the big stuff (i.e Lucky, Muppets Mobile Lab, Patato Head Barker,and life size Wall-E) I believe that this is a *ok* move. It does suck for the people that will be getting laid off. What I do have a problem with though, is recently people have been questioning if Disney will be on top of the theme park industry. Yes, other parks are coming out with rides like the Simpsons, and X2. People complain that TSMM isn't going to bring it's "A" game, so to speak. Well, if you look at the big picture, Disney will more than likely be on top in the next 5-6 years. With the refurbishment of DCA, the new Monsters Inc ride @ TDL, and the "rumored" pirate land @ HKDL, they are going to be pulling off some neat stuff. I can't wait to see what will happen now that they have time to focus on the BIG stuff.

    >>Jake

  8. Walt would not be happy with this.

    >>Jake

     

     

     

    WDI Animatronic Outsourcing Means Additional Layoffs

    By C. W. Oberleitner

    June 13, 2008

     

    Ouch! Less than 24 hours after an internal Walt Disney Imagineering memo, with news of a strategic shift in focus for manufacturing operations was sent to employees, copies of the document leaked out and began popping up around Southern California.

     

     

    From Your Desk to God’s Ear

    The Orange Country Register today reported receiving a copy of an internal memo from Bruce Vaughn, Chief Creative Executive of Walt Disney Imagineering (WDI) sent to all WDI employees.

     

    The memo, according to WDI spokesperson Marilyn Waters, says the Disney Company will begin outsourcing the manufacturing of Audio Animatronic figures. The reason for taking this action, given in the memo by Vaughn, is the high demand placed on WDI staff and resources by producing these iconic Disney theme park figures in house.

     

    What the memo does not say is that “some positions will be eliminated by this in order to implement these really strategic changes,” a WDI insider said. Overall, WDI believes that “only a small number of people” will be affected by the changes. No further specifics were given.

     

    Audio Animatronics was the name Walt Disney gave to the flapping, talking, and singing mechanical birds that first appeared in Disneyland’s Enchanted Tiki Room. Over the years, the technology has advanced, and Audio Animatronic figures can today be seen in Disney parks around the world, as plundering pirates in the Pirates of the Caribbean; the all-singing, all-dancing children of the world in It’s a Small World; as the very interactive Roz at Disney’s California Adventure Monsters, Inc. Mike & Sulley to the Rescue; and soon as Mr. Potato Head at the new Toy Story Midway Mania attractions at the Disneyland Resort and Walt Disney World.

     

    The memo dated June 12,was sent to all Walt Disney Imagineering employees from Bruce Vaughn (Chief Creative Executive), Craig Russell (Chief Development and Delivery Executive), and Kevin Eld (Vice President of Disney Creative Production).

     

    A copy of the memo was also sent to the Orange County Register by an anonymous source.

     

    In an e-mail statement sent to o-meon, Waters went on to say:

     

    The new strategy for our Manufacturing and Prototype Organization is to focus on greater innovation in prototyping and developing the next generation of Audio-Animatronics figures. This will involve strengthening our competencies in the creation of, unique Audio-Animatronics figures.

     

    In the past few years, our industry has generated a number of highly-skilled, technically-proficient vendors who can supplement our teams with specialized expertise quickly and efficiently. The production of simple figures will now be managed by vendors with oversight by the WDI production team.

     

    In recent years, WDI has been developing the next generation of Audio Animatronics through its “Living Characters Initiative.” The new generation of Animatronic figures is completely self-contained and roams, seemingly, freely throughout Disney parks and at special event venues.

     

    The first of these was Lucky the Dinosaur, a six-foot tall, flower-loving dinosaur that pulls a cart full of blossoms—and presumably his electronics—around behind him. Lucky was joined sometime later by Muppet Mobile Labs, a sort of motorcycle apparatus seemingly operated by popular Muppet characters Dr. Bunsen Honeydew and his assistant Beaker.

     

    Recently, a “life-sized” version of the title character from the upcoming Disney/Pixar film WALL•E was seen interacting with a somewhat startled public in downtown Los Angeles.

     

    Waters added that WDI’s North Hollywood facility will “build some select, highly complex” figures, such as the Roz, Mr. Potato Head, and Lucky characters.

     

    WED Enterprises—the forerunner of WDI—originally began building its own Animatronic characters because there simply were no third-party vendors in the business of making what are essentially robotic entertainers.

     

    Just as the theme park industry blossomed as a direct result of the success of Disneyland and Walt Disney World, so, too did themed entertainment manufacturing. Today, there are dozens of businesses dedicated to meeting the manufacturing needs of this billion dollar industry.

     

    Under the direction of WDI Imagineers, Chinese vendors built many of the figures used in Hong Kong Disneyland’s It’s a Small World attraction.

     

    “Our industry has generated quite a few heavily-skilled and proficient vendors who can supplement our teams with simple figures with significant oversight by our production team,” Waters said. “This will allow us to focus on creating more sophisticated and advanced figures.”

     

    Even as Waters was focusing on the future of Animatronics, Disneyland is preparing to celebrate the birth of Audio Animatronics. The 45th anniversary of the first Disney Audio Animatronic attraction, Walt Disney’s Enchanted Tiki Room, will take place on June 22.

     

    As the attraction’s star performer, Jose, might say, “It’s time to stop clucking and get on with chow.”

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