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Postby Wes » Mon Dec 12, 2005 11:59 pm

I'm still confused as to what those pictures are supposed to be showing. :?
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Tue Dec. 13. Some stuff:

Postby Jose Eber » Tue Dec 13, 2005 1:35 pm

Let's see -- what is new:

The warning signs are up (as well as the height requirement badge). The floatation device by the river is down :(

Some scaffolding structure is up by the waterfall area and part of the village has been wrapped (Cristo, were you here!?)

Diego was giving some folks a tour today and he had some cool things to say (Diego is an imagineer).

First off, the lack of a 'clickety clack' up the lift is very deliberate (its not just because its some newfangled technology or the sound is annoying in general). This ride is supposed to be a 'train' -- and how many trains go clickety clack up a mountain he says? That would be 'too coasterish'.

Another 'too coasterish' thing would be the lifthill itself. They wanted to avoid the look of a giant lift hill so they added a temple area/mountain as to visually break up the major lift hill. This make the 'train' look less like a coaster.

On Thursday they will be doing some evac testing -- so that might be fun to check out. I will have to look at my older photos but it looks like they've done a little more themeing of the major stairs visible in front of the mountain.

Today, electricians were testing the fastpass system and fiddling it a bit.

Pics up chortly.

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Yesterday this banner wrap went up. One of the signs was 'ripped off'. Broken off top of rock repainted.
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Height badge and Warning up.
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Warning.
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Part of the village is wrapped by Cristo
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Water fall area has new scaffolding
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Diego giving tour. Fastpass signs tooled with. Extra warning sign inside stand by entrance.

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Postby Hattuchili » Tue Dec 13, 2005 2:42 pm

Thanks for the new infos and pictures, Jose! :wink:

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Postby Chrissie » Tue Dec 13, 2005 2:51 pm

:D Thanks Jose! Cant wait to get to WDW!!
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Postby ECZenith » Tue Dec 13, 2005 10:31 pm

So that scaffolding area will be a waterfall?

Hard to believe this thing's gonna look even better!
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Postby DATman » Tue Dec 13, 2005 10:48 pm

I can't wait to see the waterfall done!

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Postby ECZenith » Tue Dec 13, 2005 10:55 pm

This info says it will not click clack on the lift hill... is it a cable lift or a chain? Or does that just suggest the ride has magnetic anti-rollbacks?
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Postby Jose Eber » Tue Dec 13, 2005 11:42 pm

The track 'clicks' at the beginning and end of the lift (the curved sections).

The 'straightaway' section puts up a ratchet system automatically when it senses the chain slows down to a stop.

This is just a plane jane variable speed chain.

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Postby DATman » Wed Dec 14, 2005 12:09 am

^that's really cool!

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Postby Nrthwnd » Wed Dec 14, 2005 12:23 am

Love that detailing. :) Thanks for the new pix, Jose.

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