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Postby KrakenKing » Thu Aug 27, 2009 9:43 am

Before getting Diary of Jane for a hidden track, one of the employees I talked to (Some girl, forgot her name) asked if I had ridden the ride before. I said yes and mentioned I was discovering the hidden tracks.

She asked which ones I got, and I said only Stockholm Syndrome. She then preceded to ask which number I was going to pick, and I said 124. "Oh, I know which one that is!" she said and asked if I listened to rock music and the local radio station, 101.1 WJRR, I said yes, and she said "Then you'll know it".

After that I asked if there was a list of the hidden bonus tracks that the staff gets to look at. She said that there is bonus track listing and that they had it out for the employees for only half a day before the managers removed it telling the staff "We want you to find them on your own and it be a surprise".

When the train pulled back in the station she asked me "So, how was your ride listening to Diary of Jane?" which leads me to believe that she knows more of the hidden tracks, which I will ask her about next time I go.

So yes, there is a list floating around somewhere at Universal. Now, if only someone could be the mole and get their hands on it ;)
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Postby Imhotep » Thu Aug 27, 2009 9:44 am

dkaway wrote:Just seems like if I’m a theme park anywhere thinking about spending millions on a new attraction, a study of how both of these projects were handled could give some great clues as to how to get it right and how to get it wrong.


I think all of it is contributed to Rockit being a new endeavor.

Manta isn't the first flyer (and not a copy of tatsu), and its not the first B&M in Florida.

Almost everything is new about Rockit. If you spend millions on a new attraction, especially one with so many technical features built by a company not known to build in the US, delays come with the territory.

It didn't really open that much later than anticipated. Especially not compared to other attractions in Florida that have seen significantly longer delays.

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Postby MrX8991 » Thu Aug 27, 2009 9:57 am

Imhotep wrote:Almost everything is new about Rockit.


You're right...except it's not the first X-car coaster, it's not the first coaster with a vertical lift, it's not the first coaster to play music while you ride, it's not the first coaster with light-up trains, and it's not the first coaster to film you and sell an over-priced DVD of the film. The touch screens allowing you to select your song are the only parts that are new, and those weren't the things that caused the most delays.
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Postby cgodsey » Thu Aug 27, 2009 11:29 am

^How about the music delivery system to each individual seat. Or the sound setup for each seat. Also, I have never seen LED lights on a coaster train that do what Rockit does. Comparing this coaster to Manta in terms of proven technologies is apples and oranges. Maurer has done 5 of these coasters and this one is the tallest lift. B&M has done 7 of these coasters and the technology itself took close to 10 years to develop so its pretty seasoned compared to the X-Car.

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Postby ryno1986 » Thu Aug 27, 2009 12:07 pm

Actually, Hollywood Dream has the choose your music feature, so not even that is new.

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Postby robbalvey » Thu Aug 27, 2009 12:25 pm

^ Same!

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Postby piers » Thu Aug 27, 2009 12:28 pm

Im at the live Q and A on facebook right now, expect its all Q no A at the moment...

I think its because too many people are asking dumb questions!

edit: Hooray, many many answers!

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Postby cgodsey » Thu Aug 27, 2009 12:52 pm

Right, but Hollywood Dream doesnt have the music selection HRRR has. Keep in mind that these trains have to download a dozen different songs (out of 100+ songs that we know of so far) in a span of seconds. That system has to be pretty complicated I would imagine.

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Postby robbalvey » Thu Aug 27, 2009 12:54 pm

Just got off a call with Michael Roddy (HHN Show Director) and Oren Koules (co-producer of the “SAW” film series) to discuss the upcoming Saw Maze and everything else Halloween Horror Nights related.

First off I want to sent a big thank you to Roddy and Koules for having us on the call, there were many questions asked which was all recorded and I'll post a link to the recording which will appear on the HHN Facebook page soon!

As for some notes from the call, here goes -

- Roddy feels that Saw is the "perfect fit" for HHN as the film franchise is the current #1 "Halloween Movie" in the theaters.

- "When you walk into the maze, you'll be trapped in Jigsaw's Lair. And you the visitor will be the one to set off Billy's traps" Roddy says.

- "You'll see traps from ALL the movies - Saw 1 through Saw 6" says Koules, "The Hair Pull, the Reverse Bear Trap, etc,"

- "We are using lots of great technology like audio triggers, air effects to enhance the immersion of the maze." says Roddy

- The maze will be located in the Jaws extended queue area and will include audio FX in the queue, videos playing that will feature moments from Billy's world and the teaser for the upcoming film.

- It was confirmed that actor Tobin Bell (Jigsaw from the movie) has recorded lines of dialogue for Universal. Nothing else was said about this though! =)

- In regards to the Usher, guests of the theater will come face to face with this new HHN character both on the streets and in his own maze. He will ensure that all guests are following the rules of the theater! So don't break any! =)

- There will also be an announcement soon about VIP HHN tours that may (or may not) include backstage tours. (Not many details were given)

I am also happy to report that a "Full Reveal" press release has gone out and a new video from HHN released! See the full press release below -

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MODERN HORROR FILMS COME ALIVE AT UNIVERSAL ORLANDO’S HALLOWEEN HORROR NIGHTS

For the First Time Ever, Universal Orlando Dedicates its Entire Event to Mega-Horror Films

SAW, The Wolfman, Chucky and More Are “Ripped from the Silver Screen” at The Country’s Best Halloween Event


ORLANDO, Fla. (August 27, 2009) – A cold, lifeless hand takes your ticket. You’re left with a bone-chilling shiver as you move toward an empty theater seat. The lights dim, voices fade, the film begins. The screen starts to rip apart as the action comes straight for you. The show’s about to begin…

For the first time ever, Universal Orlando is devoting its entire Halloween Horror Nights event to bringing horror films to life. All eight haunted houses, all six scare-zones and two live shows will be directly inspired by some of today’s most popular horror films.

In another first, guests will experience three powerful mega-horror film concepts live and in-person before seeing them on-screen: “SAW,” the legendary horror series from Lionsgate® and Twisted Pictures, due in theaters with its newest release of “SAW VI” this October; “The Wolfman” from Universal Pictures, in theaters February 2010; and “Cirque Du Freak: The Vampire’s Assistant,” also from Universal Pictures, due in theaters October 2009. There will also be two additional haunted houses inspired by cult horror films.

“Our guests are going to feel as if their favorite horror films have left the screen and surrounded them,” said Jim Timon, senior vice president of entertainment for Universal Orlando Resort. “They will come face to face with many of the most disturbing characters in film history. When they leave Halloween Horror Nights, they’ll wish their experience was just a movie.”

The terrifying world of “SAW” – one of the most profitable horror franchises to date – will be transformed into a haunted house featuring iconic scenes from the films such as Jigsaw’s lair and the tomb-like bathroom. Guests will come face to face with Jigsaw and also watch as his victims struggle to try and win at his game.

Before guests can see the “The Wolfman” on-screen, they will be able to live its horror. In this house they will walk through scenes from the film, joining “The Wolfman’s” alter-ego Lawrence Talbot as he discovers a primal side of himself he didn’t know existed.

A world where toys go bad is brought to life in a haunted house inspired by the “Chucky” films. Guests will experience a funhouse lead by the sadistic doll where favorite children’s toys aren’t what they seem.

This year’s Halloween Horror Nights will also include dramatic new interpretations of Universal Pictures’ famed Frankenstein and Dracula. Both will be featured in their own houses and both will be more horrifying and intense than ever before.

In the Silver Screams haunted house – based on a demented movie theater run by a supernatural usher – guests will experience “Shaun of the Dead,” Universal Pictures’ “The Phantom of the Opera,” Lionsgate®’s “My Bloody Valentine 3D” and more.

Two live shows inspired by popular films return this year – the entertaining “Bill and Ted’s Excellent Halloween Adventure” and “The Rocky Horror Picture Show: A Tribute.”

Halloween Horror Nights runs September 25-26, October 1-4, 8-11, 15-18, 21-25 and 28-31.

Daily updates and exclusive details on Universal Orlando’s Halloween Horror Nights are available on the event’s official Facebook fan page: www.facebook.com/halloweenhorrornightsorlando or search on Facebook for “Universal’s Halloween Horror Nights – Orlando OFFICIAL.”

Advance tickets are now on sale for $69.99 plus tax. Tickets can be purchased at www.HalloweenHorrorNights.com or by calling 1-888-467-7677 (HORROR-7). Due to the event’s popularity, tickets for weekend nights are expected to sell out and should be purchased well in advance.

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Postby piers » Thu Aug 27, 2009 1:03 pm

This last day has been so amazingly full of updates!
Earlier I said I was excited and now I can barely contain myself (also Robb, very jealous...) :lmao:

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