KBrylczyk wrote:I'm surprised how little information was included in this press release...
The Press Release says they have submitted their plans and are waiting on state and local government approvals. So, I would guess they didn't say anything about those plans, because they haven't been approved yet.
A.J. wrote:It's quite fascinating... The only turntable movement that you can deliberately feel is at the very beginning and the end, when turntable movement actually happens in the story. For the entire ride, you're basically clueless to the movements of the turntable because there's just so much else going on.
My understanding is that the times you feel it are the only times it moves (it's stationary for the actual ride I think, in the same way Carousel of Progress stops to allow people to board), but nevertheless it's such a great solution and really seamlessly integrated. What I love about things like this (and the carousel screens on Forbidden Journey) is that it's this amazing tech that is basically invisible and the average rider wouldn't even know it exists. It reminds me of that Arthur C Clarke quote that any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.
The table rotates to each of the positions throughout your ride. Your comparison to Carousel of Progress is correct; but the reason you don't feel the lateral movement most of the time is because your pod is moving around on it's motion base. You only feel the movement in the beginning and end of the ride because your pod is not moving shaking you around, so you feel the rotation.
The animation that you referenced is 100% correct in showing how the ride works.
KBrylczyk wrote:^ Exactly. It's half-baked which is very odd for official news out of Disney.
But this is how it's been for every park so far. Disney, Universal, SeaWorld, even the smaller parks that have submitted for approvals. If there is any take-away from this is that the "submission for approval" is basically a technicality and it would seem like their plan has already been pretty much approved before the official submission has even happened.
Last edited by robbalvey on Fri Jun 12, 2020 8:46 pm.
WARNING--Some spoilers for Smuggler's Run and how it works ahead
Alright, so using this video of a solo ride on the Florida version, which is by all practical measures completely identical, we can see that the initial and final rotations are at times 1:20 and 5:10 in the video. According to the diagram on the last page, we can see that six rotations are necessary to move the capsule from the loading station to the unloading station during the 230 seconds of active ride time. Since the ride must rotate 4 times during that time, the time between rotations is roughly 46 seconds. Thus, the rotations are disguised roughly at timestamps 2:06, 2:52, 3:38, and 4:24.
2:06 is the first jump to hyperspace, most likely disguising that lateral motion by rolling the pod slightly in the direction of the turn so it is observed as positive Gs during the kick into hyperspace. At 2:52, the Falcon comes around a tight corner just before running into the train, so the laterals felt during that turn are actually partially caused by the pod rotating into the next position. 3:38 I can't seem to figure out, there is a small kink in the Falcon's motion as it crests a hill, so maybe that could be disguised with some creative roll work behind the scenes. 4:24 is probably my favorite of the bunch. In this case, it is synced perfectly with destroying the rest of the coaxium train as a distraction. The rotation and resulting laterals is shown as the blast you feel from the exploding train.
We all know Disney is capable of some wizardry behind the scenes, but this exceeds my expectations greatly. I had some ideas about where they could be coming into this research (I was most certain about one being timed with the crash) but all of them were wrong. This ride, as relatively tame and screen-based as it is, has some absolutely insane technical wizardry with all the rotations, pitch, and roll of the motion simulator platform and then sticking that already complicated system on a gigantic rotating wheel. As much as it is distinctly not my favorite ride experience-wise at the parks, it is probably my favorite on a technical standpoint.
New York(CNN Business)Disney is delaying the phased reopening of Disneyland and Disney California Adventure, the company's flagship theme parks in California, the company said on Wednesday.
The resort, located in Anaheim, California, was set to welcome back guests on July 17 after being closed for months because of the coronavirus pandemic.
Disney (DIS) did not give a new reopening date for the Disneyland resort.
The company said that the State of California had indicated it would not issue theme park reopening guidelines "until sometime after July 4," according to a statement. "Given the time required for us to bring thousands of cast members back to work and restart our business, we have no choice but to delay the reopening of our theme parks and resort hotels until we receive approval from government officials."
Disney just announced big changes to Splash Mountain at both USA parks:
The log flume ride — which is based on the controversial 1946 film "Song of the South" — isn't going anywhere. Instead, it will be rethemed to star the characters from the 2009 animated film, "The Princess and the Frog," which features Disney's first Black princess.
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