This morning (1/17) was the grand opening of the attraction, and I got some pictures:
And of course, I went over to the other side of the park and got some photos of the current progress of The Simpsons ride (formerly Back to the Future).
I didn't ride Disaster today, but I went on it a couple of weeks ago during the soft opening. All I have to say is that it is MUCH better than Earthquake. Earthquake was a fun ride the first time around, but then it got kinda old, seeing the same pre-shows over and over again. The pre-shows now are much better, funnier, and way more technologically advanced. The ride itself is the same, but has been updated a lot.
The grand opening was pretty neat. From when I got up to the entrance until a little after 10:30, there was a guy with a microphone entertaining the crowd and quizzing us with Universal trivia, giving away Disaster t-shirts. Then Bill Davis spoke a little, and then he called upon a family to help blow up the entrance, and then The Rock came out. I wasn't expecting the explosion, so that was pretty cool.
Anyway, feel free to check out the pictures. I know they're not the best, my good camera is getting repaired right now, so that was the best I could do. Let me know what you think!
If they decided to leave the ride itself as-is, I wonder why they decided to change the name to that ridiculous long thing.
Regardless, I'm glad it's open again.
I also don't think Jimmy Neutron, and Twister are timeless either. Shrek, I agree with, but some other movies I don't. Now Jaws, King Kong, E.T., Jurassic Park, and Back to the Future I think of timeless movies.
I rode Diaster on Monday. Not a bad ride. Have to go through a few areas before you can actually get on the ride. So it takes awhile but not bad once you get on it.
Well that's how Earthquake was. These pre-shows are just 50 times better.
And Jeff, the actual ride itself is the same, but the whole idea is completely different. Rather than "Hey, you're going to experience this whatever.whatever earthquake!" it's more of a "Hey, we're making a movie and YOU are starring in it!" The pre-shows and the ride itself come together. In fact, the last pre-show makes very little sense until the very end of the ride. Rather, with Earthquake, they just talked about special effects and threw a dummy off a balcony after the one guy pulled the string and the water dumped on him.
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Theres three rooms prior to the actual ride, and with each room you go through the guests love it more and more. Very enjoyable experience. I haven't seen an attraction finale with as many positive reactions as this one. Universal has a winner on their hands. I think it is safe to say this is going to be the guest's favorite attraction in the park.
The new pre-show is funnier, the effects where a projected Christopher Walken walks around (in front, behind, etc.) physical props and exchanges projected objects with the live host is a pretty neat effect.
And The Rock in "Mutha Nature" with the volunteer inserts really are priceless.
I just assume have no pre-show, but I suppose that keeps a couple hundred people in the park occupied for awhile. I think the second time I sat through the old pre-show I had enough. The new one better be damn good.
Agreed. When I went in January '02 the park was dead due to time of year. They just ushered us right into the ride vehicle...bypassing all pre-show elements. It was great! (Except for the 10+ minutes we waited for them to get more people on the "train" before starting the ride)
Tried twice to get on it on Monday, broke down twice. Went home without a lap.
On the plus side, Mummy just keeps impressing me....one of the best launches anywhere! :)
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