Revenge of The Mummy: "Death is only the beginning...."

Monday, April 12, 2004 1:09 AM
I won't post a bunch of *buzz-killing spoilers*, but when they say there's MORE left to add, I don't know WHAT it could be....this thing is themed *to the nines* ("The Whole Ten Yards", just for you movie heads), as the ride left nothing *wanting* in my estimation...:)

Three rides total on Mummy (single rider lines ROCK)....of course the "couple" in front of us wanted to ride *together*....ARGH! Oh well, let me say that I was NOT expecting to get to ride since it was posted VERY recently that they were shutting down the *previews* to get ready for "Grand opening." The trains are extremely reminiscent of those on FoF, except for the four-across thing...and there's really only one *car*...

Railfans are railfans, I'm a "train junkie"...:)

Bummer is that the digital camera battery was DEAD, so I got NO pics...:(. I'll be back, though...:)

This really IS the signature ride it was meant to be, and makes the USF park infinitely more complete in terms of thrills. Jill said..."now THAT'S what I call *riding the movies*..."...yeah, she uses those ass-terisk things too, LOL...;)

I'd post a TR, but we really spent a little over an hour in the park, and also caught a ride on MiB....did I mention how excellent single-rider lines are...;)

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Monday, April 12, 2004 2:29 AM
"Bummer is that the digital camera battery was DEAD, so I got NO pics..."

Using the cell phone batteries in the camera, eh? ;)

Thanks for the quick write-up. Looking forward to the TR.

mOOSH

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Monday, April 12, 2004 10:13 AM
I had no idea Mummy had 4-abreast seating...on Premiere trains, to boot?
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Monday, April 12, 2004 11:24 AM
Yeah, Vater...seating is 4x4.
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Monday, April 12, 2004 11:35 AM
LOL, Moosh....nope the camera ONLY accepts camera batteries...BIG big thanks to Bassistisistist for helping pick out this camera, it really IS that good. Now if only I'd remember that the battery has a short "usage life" and needs to be recharged frequently...I'll probably just get a spare so I can use one and charge the other...;)

Honestly, with the shin bar/lap bar combo, I felt secure enough to go through an inversion.....but I also see that USF isn't "that kind of park", so it's the best decision for them to forego the loops (to say nothing of the tight confines of that building, LOL....;)

Now, back to getting Universal to open up BOTH the Studios AND IoA for a huge *blow-out* come Halloween time....:)

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Monday, April 12, 2004 11:39 AM
Yer a lucky duck gater!
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Monday, April 12, 2004 12:02 PM
Don't I know it....:)

It's a fine line I have to walk, somewhere between gratitude and outright guilt...;)

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Monday, April 12, 2004 1:11 PM
So Gator, were the issues of the animatronics being muffled/imposible to hear fixed?
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Monday, April 12, 2004 1:37 PM
Jeff, for whatever reason, anytime anoyone under 30 speaks, directly OR through audio-animatronics, it ALWAYS sounds muffled to me...;)

The audio portion was "better than most", but could still use some *tweaking*....VOLUME was unusually good, but the words seem....garbled.

Advice for those making audio/broadcasting thru speakers...."please take the marbles out of your mouth"...:)
*** Edited 4/12/2004 5:38:23 PM UTC by rollergator***

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Monday, April 12, 2004 5:42 PM
Does anyone know for certain if the ride will actually still be working right up till offical opening or is it closing soon for final works. I heard it was closing in about a week for this, but now I've heard preview openings are infact happening right up till Mid May so whats the offical verdict if anyone knows anything???

You see, I'm visiting the park on May 3rd and maybe May 7th and would love a few rides on it if I could, I guess it wouldnt be a huge disapointment if I missed it, but I am coming from England so probably wouldnt get another oppotunity for quite some time

Oh Well, heres hoping

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Tuesday, April 13, 2004 5:06 PM
PaulD...since it's a "soft opening", the ride may go down at ANY time, at the discretion of the park. No one here will be able to tell you, and probably not even the park will be able to say for sure...

Right before I left for Orlando on Saturday, someone posted that they were closing Mummy until the May 20th Grand Opening...fortunately that turned out to be false. From what I saw, it looked as though the ride was "good to go", but the signs and employees said there was "more to come".

Best bet, go into the park *even if* some employees tell you it's closed...it's only a few hundred yards from the gate, and IF it's open, it's WELL worth your time...:)

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Tuesday, April 13, 2004 6:22 PM
thanks rollergator, I'm definatly going to the park whatever happens, but it would be so nice if it was open as I would love a few rides on it if possible. I'm keeping my fingers crossed ;)

I think I might actually go to the park with a clear mind and try not to think about the ride at all, that way if its closed, I might not actually be disapointed in not riding it whereas If I went there really hyped up and felt a bit excited riding it and it happened to be closed, I would be coming out extremly disapointed and it would put a huge downer on the rest of my trip.

Still here's hoping anyway

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Wednesday, April 14, 2004 1:28 PM
I'm not sure if it will close or not. Apparently they have a few audioanimatronic figures of Imhotep to put into place but everything I saw when I managed 7 rides on Monday night seemed to work flawlessly.

If anything they need to tweak the ending -- or at least set it up better in the queue area because unless the line is so long that you're actually waiting around before the final dig-site rooms in the queue you'll miss the significance of the Mad-Jai symbol or who Reggie is (which makes for a real odd themed experience not knowing these things going in when you some shivering mummified guy with a baseball cap warning you about the cursed temple).

And, unless you spend some time watching Brendan Frasier interact with the movie set catering company in the room before the tom, hounding them for a cup of Joe, you won't get the coffee joke at the end.

As far as audio quality, it was perfect on Monday. My only gripes beyond the story elements were the slow launch sequence and the jerky jolt at the end of the backward sequence before loading up on the turntable.

And, no, I don't think I have included any actual spoilers here. It's a real fun ride with some excellent freakouts and fakeouts.

USF has a winner here. USH will soon too!

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