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Postby Ccron10 » Thu Mar 20, 2008 8:16 am

I kinda think that the coaster industry is starting to go into a new phase with on-board sound systems and letting guests choose their own music. Wouldn't suprise me if a lot more coasters in the future use this more often.

This could make WDW renovate Space Mountain into Rockin' Space Mountain. I really hope.

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Postby figment1986 » Thu Mar 20, 2008 11:43 pm

Central Florida does include Tampa Bay Metro... to a point...

We are south central if you want to get technical ;)

Also, Universal did confirm The manufacturer is Maurer Söhne and more information will be released soon regarding everything else on the attraction... when, i dont know.

Also i found this MONTHS ago but kept it to myself...
http://www.maurer-soehne.com/files/amus ... eat_en.pdf

thats all the details on the seat that would fit the attraction...

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Postby Swimace » Fri Mar 21, 2008 10:45 am

^Yeah they've had a lot of stuff up promoting their X-Cars for a while now.

I just don't think this whole multi-media gimmick is really that great. Plenty of rides have on-board music systems, and I can't imagine that allowing the guest to choose their song is really that much of a technological advancement.

I guess it's a good marketing strategy though, the GP will probably think it's the coolest thing ever. I wonder if Disney will retaliate with a similar feature on Space Mountain 2 or perhaps modifying RRC to choose different mixes.

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Rising Star opens at Universal Orlando's City Walk

Postby pianojohn » Sat Mar 22, 2008 6:55 am

Rising Star opens at Universal Orlando's City Walk

I am officially a rock star! Well, not really, but I sure feel like one!

After a month of rehearsal, the new venue Rising Star officially opened at City Walk in the old City Jazz location. The club decor is a swanky Vegas style lounge with lots of dark purple curtains, new carpeting, and some high tech enhancements.

I will be playing at the club as a sub musician, so if you get the chance to come out on March 29th, April 4, 5, 11, and May 3rd, you can see me tickling the ivories!

The concept is basically a karaoke bar with a twist: instead of singing to pre-recorded tracks, you sing to a live band with two female back up singers and a male MC. It's a total blast!

The local FOX affiliate did a story about the club. Here is the link:
http://www.myfoxorlando.com/myfox/pages ... 1.1&sflg=1

Anyway, onto the pics!
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One of our daytime rehearsals as the club is being remodeled.
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The new logo on the wall of logos on the walkway to CityWalk.
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The new signage out front of the club.
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Please, no autographs!
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OK, maybe one!
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The new decor
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My office
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There are three plasmas above the stage that show the words as well as live HD video of your performance!
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The logo at night
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Backstage with my friend Lindsey, one of the backup singers.
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And with some of the band
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On our preview night, Joey Fatone from NSYNC took the stage!
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Sang "Livin' On a Prayer."
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One of my bosses Richie took the stage last night.
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Name that tune!
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Your view from the stage (actually the balcony!)
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Out front of the club
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Taken from backstage
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One more shot!
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Postby Vffreak07 » Sat Mar 22, 2008 7:09 am

Congrats dude! That looks wicked fun!

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Postby Erik Johnson » Sat Mar 22, 2008 7:32 am

Hey that is quite neat. Enjoy the new gig!

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Postby SharkTums » Sat Mar 22, 2008 9:04 am

:lover: Joey Fatone :lover:

OMG, I am so jealous!!! I pretty much love him and want to well...yeah...

Seems like a really cool concept! I can't sing worth a crap so I'm not into the Karaoke thing, but for people who are this is such a great idea!

I hope the gig lasts you a while!

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Postby DenDen » Sat Mar 22, 2008 10:20 am

VERY COOL, the concept, and you're new job! Wish we had something like that down here.

Oh wait, we do, drag bars.
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Postby Jhcbiinoc » Sat Mar 22, 2008 3:58 pm

I think this will be the first "X-Car" coaster at a major American theme park, and it looks to be the largest coaster of this type they have done, so this should be really interesting.

I was reading about this coaster on ScreamScape, and one of the things they said was that the park originally went to B&M for something like the coaster they had built for Universal Studios Japan but that B&M could not fit it into their schedule for a 2009 opening.....which makes me wonder, just what all is B&M doing this year?

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Postby iZak » Sat Mar 22, 2008 5:06 pm

Nice rig there! Care to take some of us musicians on a tour?


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