Phantom Theater: A few questions from an old fan.

Thursday, July 11, 2002 3:10 PM

Since Phantom Theater at PKI is closing, I have a few questions about it that I never figured out.

1. In some cases, old dark rides don't have any walls. Only certain parts of the ride are illuminated at certain times, so you can't tell if there are walls or not. So here's my question, does Phantom Theater have walls? I know it may sound stupid, but every time I go on this ride, at certain points, I am able to see other parts of the ride, which you would have passed before, or will pass.

2. Do the cars that you sit in on Phantom Theater follow the same route the boats did when that building housed the Smurf Ride?

3. When Phantom Theater is removed, what will happen to all the themeing and animatronics?

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Thursday, July 11, 2002 3:13 PM
Sorry I'm unable to answer 1 or 3, but I do know that at one point, I'm pretty sure it was for loading and unloading, the Smurfs boats went outside the building, but it might follow a similar path....
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Thursday, July 11, 2002 3:24 PM

1. There are SOME walls, I know this for sure, I think it does use walls everywhere though, because you can obviously see them.

2. I don't think the Smurf ride loaded outside, I think it loaded in also, also the hill you go up and down is the same as in the Smurf Ride,

3. I think the Animitronics and such will be given to another Paramount Park or auctioned off,

If I am wrong on any or all of these forgive me please.

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Thursday, July 11, 2002 5:12 PM

The Smurfs Enchanted Voyage as well as the Hanna Barbera ride loaded and unloaded outside on the platform that is now part of the queue for Top Cats Taxi Jam (the kiddie coaster). You would enter from the center of the platform, and head west, toward the current PT entrance, then turn (past a big snail) into the building. The return was out from almost the same location (more west) then back to the station.

I believe the whole building was gutted when Phantom Theater went in. I worked at KI when HB switched to Smurf. Then it was just a big warehouse with a boat trough and animatronics. PT is much more, and certainly follows a unique path.

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Thursday, July 11, 2002 6:00 PM

1. Phantom Theatre does have walls, however most are all facades and not weight bearing at all. Many of them do not even reach the ceiling of the building. Also, a lot of the walls actually hide the mechanics and animatronics that operate the effects.

2. The route PT follows is unique to Phantom Theatre. It does not follow the same path that the former Enchanted rides took.

3. The animatronics and props will be removed and sold silently. I woudl not expect them to show up at other parks to be used on other rides. There is no chance of GP obtaining parts. From what I understand the fate off all the characters and props of Phantom Theatre is decided and they are spoken for.

Shaggy

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Shaggy
A.K.A. John K.

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Thursday, July 11, 2002 7:14 PM
I don`t know what the reason but when I rode PT today,(the 11th) they were only loading every other car. Cars that people weren`t going in had a red piece of tape on them. I found this a little odd since on Monday, all the cars were being loaded.

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Friday, July 12, 2002 5:06 AM

I would suspect that they are marked for REMOVAL...........

Hmmmmmmmm.... now what could be happening to them???? Why would they need to be removed????

Gang, I think we just found our second clue!

Shaggy

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Shaggy
A.K.A. John K.

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Friday, July 12, 2002 5:17 AM
Rut-ro raggy ;) ...(sorry, couldn't help myself)...could they be getting repainted to match the Mystery Machine?

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*** This post was edited by redman822 on 7/12/2002. ***

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Friday, July 12, 2002 5:38 AM
Even if the transportation system is destined to remain the same, it makes sense to remove the vehicles before trying to redecorate the sets, as the vehicles don't leave a whole lot of clearance for the sets. It would just be a matter of making the facility easier to work on.

--Dave Althoff, Jr.

*** This post was edited by RideMan on 7/12/2002. ***

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