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P. 73: Earth Week Celebration offerings announced!

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So what's the ride like? When I mentioned I was a coaster enthusiast and thanked Mr. Rhode for adding another to WDW's coaster total, he kind of hinted that "It's really not about raw thrills, you may not like it." For him, it's more about telling a story and it just happens that a coaster is the way you experience it.

 

Marlon Scott

 

At least Mr. Rhode acknowledges that enthusiasts may not like it.

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Not convinced!!

 

First impressions though, the ride (not the video) I would of thought that with the resources of WDW (although they have conquered mount everest) I think they could have imagineered something different! as they already have this ride next door.

 

(looking through the eyes of the video) this ride seems to me very much like Big Thunder Mountain (MK2 version).

 

Have the imagineers just run out of idea`s??? perhaps they should ask TPR

 

But on the other side of the fence I guess that its a great family ride and the kids will love it! and I`ll still ride it.

 

Sorry WDW (one of your biggest fans)

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First off: night rides: verrrry recomended. Some people were beeyotching about how you can't see the yeti (on that rogue video) -- trust me, even in the day you have sooo much more time than that video gives you, and at night, with your eyes adjusted to the tunnel, you really can focus on the guy (gal?).

 

So, can we put aside all these concerns over the video -- its crap, leave it be, it doesn't do the ride justice, it doesn't give you the crazy G forces (different in different parts of the train mind you) that you experience on the ride.

 

Lets see. After my first ride, my initial reaction was 'perfect'.

 

Its literally the perfect ride, in that every detail is taken care of. The gap between walkway and train -- none -- seamless access.

 

The transition between village to trainstation, seamless.

 

The path around the village to the ride, perfect.

 

The 'Yet-Tea' tea, the little toy abominable snowman with mickey mouse ears, the Nepalese pseudo porn, the scat collection and the architecture of the que right before you get on the ride (totally feels like you are in a train station). All these details are accounted for.

 

The masks, the bells, the lights (and yes, the animal smells) all add up to a pretty detailed attraction.

 

The actual ride:

 

The trains themselves have little bags/nets to put your crap in. I took no video because I was told not to on the ride (queue area not off limits btw, look for that video soon). The seats are nice, not too snug and the lap bars are great and work even for the large and youngins (and have a nice little plastic attachment that's readily accessible for cast members to pull up on).

 

There are no LIM, LSM on the ride, its all wheel based and you coast out of the station very nicely and take a quick right up the first (minor) lift hill. NOTE: there is foliage EVERYWHERE. You are surrounded by bamboo and it is very lush. The first lift hill is very quick, and soon you are over the hill and very quickly round your way up to the main lift.

 

Now, for the most part the lift was smooth and it didn't catch very violently at all (a little rougher than the first). They are also relatively quiet on the ratches (granted you are outdoors, not like BTMR).

 

You zoom up to the top and well...you've seen the video.

 

There is one thing that's a bit odd up top track wise, I'll have to model it out or something, its very odd, and rough if you are in the wrong car (but considering how its lining up with the rotating segment, I understand the necessity).

 

Rolling back is a lot smoother (you head straight back, then into the double enclosed helix) and the helix is insane, and more insane depending on which car you are in (back car is crazy).

 

You actually can see stuff, mostly construction stuff when you look around...so you get some bearing that way.

 

Popping out into the large cavern area you have the movie which is great, and looks a lot better in person (remember there might be issues with the scan rate of the camcorder vs. the display rate of the projector). So the projection looks fine...and most people don't see the ape swing out btw.

 

The drop is great and again, if you are in the back is awesome, front its a bit different, middle its more tame if I remember correctly.

 

Coming through the mountain you dive into the double helix outside which is soooo cool at night and great during the day.

 

After the double outdoor helix (a blur) you run over a break run and you head into the lair of the yeti.

 

Now, the video does not do it justice. You see the yeti coming for a long time (its a straightaway there after a nice corner which is after the break run). The straightaway allows you to see the yet from far away and you zoom right up to him and the track (this I hated, in a good way) lifts you up closer to him than bang you avoid him heading back down over a final break run which actually slows you down.

 

At night this segment is amazing because your eyes are adjusted to the darkness and you really can see the Yeti for a looong time (and see a safety cable there holding him up!?)

 

Anywho, you slow down nicely after you see the Yeti and turn a corner into a final break run and take a quick right turn (quite the G forces!) into the unload area (man, THAT stop can hurt though! lol).

 

Over all, like I've said, its a technically perfect ride and it begs to be ridden over and over (the first ride seems too short, but the more you ride, the longer it seems and satisfies).

 

I guess the compliment can be seen as a criticism as well -- there is little heart in the ride as its simply a (cold) coaster encounter with an angry heartless (don't tear up our track!) beast.

 

So in that sense, its an empty thrill with not a story, but an argument: man vs. beast, religion vs. technology and tradition vs. contemporary realities.

 

But who cares -- its just a thrill ride, and an EXPENSIVE one at that.

 

Its going to be a must see. Its got me into a park that I'd normally never visit.

 

J.

 

(how do I post this in the ride review section?)

 

TECH addendum:

 

The bonus of sitting up front is you get to see the track spin -- which is fun...but to me the cool part is the mechanics of the banked holding areas before/after the rotating track. These wheels are powered in that they break and accelerate and numerous. The entire track is lines with tonnes of wheels.

 

The load/unload is great in that the cars come to a complete stop in one smooth swoop.

 

The chain lifts are speedy and fairly smooth.

 

I will say though that after riding the last car, it does smack of Vekoma tech. Very rough back there.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

G.A.P. Members, rejoice:

 

 

 

 

Video of Queue: iPod size: here.

Large Trailer size: here.

HD coming soon

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Hey Brent,

 

I'm not a coaster junkie -- I'm particular to disney parks...so I can't tell you whether it compares to expedition g force or montu or whathave you.

 

I do know a little about DLP, WDW and DLR -- I don't know, its so hard to judge -- you can just tell they spent 100 million (does that make sense?)

 

I have a lot more video, that was just a rough cut.

 

It literally (to me) was the perfect ride, and like I said in my review -- there's pros and cons to that.

 

I don't know! lol. Hope you can ride it, its fun (and for me, close!)

 

J.

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ECZenith, when I was there, there was a CM telling us which rows to go to.

 

I will back up my claim. The General Public will love this ride. Coaster enthusiasts? Not so much.

 

Brent, your original opinion I read in another thread, will probably be closer to your actual opinion rather than what you posted in this thread.

 

The queue is amzing. So much to look at. Just one problem, I don't think there is enough queue for the possible lines this ride might amass.

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I don't know why a big coaster enthusiast would think a Disney ride is aimed at them anyway.

 

^ Well, think about rides like Tower of Terror, DLP's Space Mountain, Rock N Roller coaster, Journey To The Center Of The Earth, and even Mission: Space, while they might also be technically made for the "entire family" all of those DO apply in some way to the thrill or enthusiast community. So when the next "big E ticket" ride is going in, and it's also a roller coaster, and it goes backwards, and there is also a HUGE drop that we've all been seeing photos of, there are certain expectations someone might have.

 

--Robb

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If you want a forceful ride -- yah the back is crazy. But I was up front too, and that offered its unique element.

 

I was also in the 2nd car 3rd car etc.

 

But def. for the inside helix -- that back seat added a bit of wump near the middle end, but the front seat gives you some nearly 0 g when the train heads into it.

 

Don't know, hard to recommend something -- but for pure forces, probl the back end.

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I'd be very interested in seeing that footage! Does the mpeg2 compression handle the high speed motion/jerking of a roller coaster (which, by most accounts, is the thing that HDV has trouble with)?

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I actually preferred the front to the back. The Yeti was much more effective in the front.

 

Just a warning for those who haven't ridden EE yet. Do not go into this ride with high expectations, they will most likely not be met (especially for coaster freaks.) Instead go into the ride with realistic expectations.

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