Orlando parks make changes out of respect for tragedy

Posted Friday, September 14, 2001 4:25 AM | Contributed by Jeff

While Universal altered an attraction (presumably Spider Man) that showed comic villains destroying New York, Disney has cancelled their nightly New Year's Eve celebration at Pleasure Island as well as the upcoming Mexican Independence Day at Epcot.

Read more from The Orlando Sentinel.

Friday, September 14, 2001 6:20 AM
I don't think that they should have cancelled things like this, only because it is part of a sort of history, as you will. I can see the Universal ride being altered (hey, I'd be the first to vote for it), but not what they did at WDW.
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Friday, September 14, 2001 6:21 AM
I'm not sure if this would be Spiderman or Kong.  The possibility of Kong changing is a strong possibility (although the attraction is scheduled to go down for rehab very soon anyway).  I guess the scene with Spiderman could be anything with the backdrop of the city.  This could encompass many scenes if memory serves.  Not sure how they would go about doing this in any sort of timely manner though.

 

-Shady

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How long is the wait time from this point?

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Friday, September 14, 2001 1:29 PM
It says in the article that the scenes taken out at Universal were from the pre-show video of Spiderman.
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Friday, September 14, 2001 2:02 PM
How could any of you be thinking about amusement parks when this may become a reality?

Not before an escalation in conflict that is barely imaginable at this point. The Army alone has over 1 million professional soldiers, and the U.S. Armed Forces already have the capability to fight a major war with an enemy the size of China or Russia. The enemy in this case is a small band of terrorists and possibly nations that support them; air strikes and small Special-Ops-type operations are the most likely options at this point.

A full-scale invasion and occupation of a country such as Afghanistan would likely result in the activation or reserves, certainly. But remember —drafted soldiers take 6 months to train properly, and at this point no one is imagining a protracted large-scale conflict on the order of WWII or even Vietnam. It’s just not that kind of enemy. But as we’ve learned this week, the unimaginable is always possible.
I hope this doesn't become fact but anything is possible!

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Friday, September 14, 2001 2:48 PM
How did they change Spiderman? Did they redo a scene, or just take out part of the ride?
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Friday, September 14, 2001 4:49 PM
cpoint14~~read the article before you ask
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Saturday, September 15, 2001 6:27 AM
I agree with the changes, and the alterations to Spiderman are in line with the alterations that have been done to other rides in times of disaster and tragedy. This isn't that unusual for the Orlando parks to take action this way, but it is a very good gesture of respect toward everyone involved.

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Saturday, September 15, 2001 1:07 PM
I agree CrystalKat, they did the same thing before with Twister and delayed the opening by about 2 months due to the tornados that hit the surrounding areas.

And Why Me, the reason we discuss these topics is to create an escape from the horrible things that have happened.  If you want to dwell on the events and refuse to make an attempt at moving on, then you will stay paranoid for the rest of your life.  All I'm saying is not to let this tragedy rule your life.  Yes, it was a terrible thing that happened, but some of us need these other discussions to take our mind off it, even if only for a moment.

I'll probably go to a theme park this weekend and ride a few coasters myself, possibly even Universal.

Stepping Down now...

-Shady

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How long is the wait time from this point?

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Saturday, September 15, 2001 4:06 PM
You may take your mind off of it for a while, but next time read my post a little better, what if drafting occurs, then amusement parks will be something we ay never get to enjoy again...
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Saturday, September 15, 2001 6:56 PM
I dont agree with them altering the spiderman ride. I feel as bad about anyone that this happened but removing that aspect of the ride isnt going to make us forget what happened.
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Monday, September 17, 2001 6:11 AM
No, it may not make us forget what happened, but it will not be a blantant reminder of it either.

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Monday, September 17, 2001 7:35 AM
They didn't change the ride. You people need to learn how to read. It just effects the pre-ride video which I have only seen once since I always go in, in the single rider or express line.

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Monday, September 17, 2001 8:03 AM
Jeff's avatar thrillman: I see little reason for you to be hostile at anyone and I'd appreciate it if you apologized.

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