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P. 269 - Epcot is getting a makeover!
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Postby Gnome » Tue Jul 11, 2006 11:41 am

they should have a notice that says, "If you are unsure of your current medical conditions, for your safetey please do not ride."
Obviously you'll still get these accidents but it will still weed some more people out of the line. Which means less line for me next time I go. :D

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Postby Kumba9 » Tue Jul 11, 2006 11:50 am

Sorry. I started another thread earlier today on this incident and then noticed this thread opened at the bottom of the page..lol

It's only a matter of time before Disney will end up making yet another change(s) to the ride and perhaps place new signage at the ride entrance. Sounds like Disney has a real winner on MS in attracting more "thrill-seekers" to the park with the addition of the ride, but the recent history of incidents has to be taking its toll.

Past Publicity: http://www.newsinferno.com/archives/1090

Disney-Corporate and their lawyers will be hiring "Exponent" to do a study on MS. I believe they will also address (again) this past release regarding brain injury and the Amusement Park safety record in their defense case(s).

Exponent: http://exponent.com//about/news/archive ... index.html

Six FLags article/release: http://www.emerson-associates.com/safety/

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New Kim Possible Game at Epcot

Postby socalMAN123 » Sat Sep 09, 2006 12:11 pm

Hey everyone!

I was looking around Screamscape and found this. Thought it was cool enough to share.

Epcot visitors get into game to solve Kim Possible mystery
Those mild-mannered shopkeepers and their well-tended establishments at Epcot's United Kingdom Pavilion are now embroiled in a world of secret agents, mystery, and an evil plot to turn the whole world into one giant golf course.

So that explains what those kids, Ellen and Faye Meadows, were doing crammed in a phone booth playing with cell phones. Was that a golf ball that just popped out of the pay phone's change return? A clue!

Sleepy little areas in Epcot's World Showcase are coming alive with high-tech intrigue, as young heroes such as Ellen, 9, and Faye, 7, of Hemel Hempstead, England, run around trying to save the world, playing a prototype, high-tech, adventure game that Disney researchers are testing.

Ellen, Faye and others are on missions to help the cartoon character Kim Possible and her friends save the world. At the same time, they're helping Walt Disney Imagineering's research and development department explore possibilities for using the latest generation of interactive, hand-held technologies in theme-park environments.

Every weekday for another week or so, up to 100 selected visitors at Epcot are being handed specially programmed cell phones with global-positioning-system chips. Video, audio and text messages direct the participants to places, then activate special effects when they arrive, as they try to solve the mystery.

Disney Imagineering's research and development team is watching closely, first to see if the game is a hit, and what should be done to make it a permanent attraction someday. But more significantly, the researchers want to see how such technologies might be woven into new or enhanced Disney experiences without disrupting normal operations. The U.K. Pavilion, for example, cannot devolve into being just a game set.

If and when the game returns, it might cost extra. Disney officials say it is too soon to talk about whether visitors would be charged for the experience. But it's similar in nature to the Segway transporter attraction that Disney offers at Epcot. People can sign up for lessons on how to ride the two-wheeled scooters, then tour World Showcase before it opens, for $80 a person.

Bruce Vaughn, vice president for research and development at Walt Disney Imagineering, Disney's creative branch, envisions similar technology going into games or other activities that could be used not just in the parks, but at hotels, Disney Cruise Line ships and other places. In addition to games, Vaughn sees prospects for everything from concierge services to interactive guided tours.

Who better to try out such gadgets first than the people most likely to know how to use them -- kids?

"This new generation is growing up with the Internet, cell phones, mobile devices, hand-held devices, video games. This younger generation, I would say 20 and under, have a whole different idea about how to consume entertainment, how they can be involved in entertainment," Vaughn said. "That same generation, when they come to the park and we hand them a Kimmunicator and say, 'Go out and interact in the park as a secret agent and save the world,' they totally get it."

In the current test, which runs though Sept. 15, participants follow leads, collect clues and eventually try to help Kim Possible -- the main character of the Disney Channel adventure cartoon -- defeat the dastardly Dr. Drakken.

Ellen and Faye played the U.K. Pavilion version -- there's also a France Pavilion version -- while their parents, Julian and Sarah Meadows, relaxed nearby at an outdoor table of the Rose & Crown Pub. Faye, a big fan of the Kim Possible show, said she knew from the start that she would love the game. Much older and worldly Ellen wasn't so sure, until she started playing.

"I really want to continue now; I don't know why I almost turned it down," Ellen said, just before she and Faye rushed off to find another clue in the teashop.

"It's very interesting, they're trying to come up with new ideas, a new kind of entertainment, I think. It's fantastic," said Julian Meadows, an antique-furniture restorer. "It gets the children so involved. And I can sit here with my Guinness and I'm sure that they're safe."

The phones and GPS chips are not the only technologies involved. Lasers, talking puppets, audio and video special effects and other devices, all activated by the phones, move the story along toward a big finale in the bonus round. At least one professional actor is involved, and some of those shopkeepers must play along. There also is a chance for participants to communicate with one another to seek help. And it's not just for children; adults are playing, too.

After the test runs its course, Vaughn's staff will take all the surveys and observations they've collected back to the labs to figure out what to do next. It might be a year or more before the devices re-emerge for good. Regardless, it's clear to Vaughn that the time has come for personal digital devices to become part of the theme park fun.

"We believe this kind of device, with [software] overlays, we can make it appropriately for any age," Vaughn said.


This looks really cool and sounds like a lot of fun.
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Postby SharkTums » Sat Sep 09, 2006 1:01 pm

I've read reports on it, and on our recent visit we saw some of the setup for it. Very cool idea, way to make Epcot more kid friendly!

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Postby Adriel » Sat Sep 09, 2006 1:03 pm

So is it a game which gives you clues like...

Go to Japan right now and meet the assistant in front of the pagoda.

WOW! That's cool! Kids won't get bored! But it's only limited for 100 person per day, isn't it?

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Postby disneyfan1313 » Sat Sep 09, 2006 2:25 pm

Its just a test right now of the concept and technology. If it ended up being a perm fixture I am sure it would look very different and have different capacity.

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Postby dandaman » Sat Sep 09, 2006 3:09 pm

I heard some girl's Kimmunicator thing go off in France last week and immediately thought of Guy. :lol:

They had some cool golf ball "JJ Credit" of sorts in the UK, especially for the game. I stood there for a half-hour and someone finally came by and made the thing run ;)

Oh, and socal, Soren mentioned you last week :)
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Postby Golfie » Sun Sep 10, 2006 7:40 am

Ugh... they should just put in a crystal maze.

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Postby DarkStitch626 » Sun Sep 10, 2006 8:20 am

Why do I see Guy making trip reservations simply because of this?

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Postby speedracer » Tue Jan 30, 2007 9:42 pm

No question this was a very sad and tragic thing to happen, but I don't understand why Disney settles on these. Opens themselves up to even more lawsuits now that blood sucking lawyers know Disney will just payoff to avoid bad publicity regardless whether they are actually at fault or not:
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