TV Alert (Everst Building of a Theme ride)

Monday, April 10, 2006 6:54 PM
Discovery 8pm EST Wednesday a 4 part 4 night show about the building of the ride.

Looks really good.


Thanks,
DMC

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Monday, April 10, 2006 9:54 PM
That should be pretty cool to see
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Monday, April 10, 2006 11:14 PM
There was a show on Travel Channel on sunday, showed one of the imagineers (name escapes me) traveling through nepal researching the yeti legends, towns, etc... to make the ride & surroundings authentic. Also showed quite a bit of ride footage, more than i was expecting, too much actually. Will have a crack at everest in june, looks great!
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Tuesday, April 11, 2006 2:30 PM
Here is a clip from Discovery's website. It looks really really good! I can't wait.

http://science.discovery.com/convergence/everest/everest.html?clik=netmain_feat1


Thanks,
DMC

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Tuesday, April 11, 2006 2:35 PM
Lord Gonchar's avatar It was pretty good. It was on the Science Channel last night. (well, the "Building A Thrill Ride" show :) )

(although there was a 'lower third' at one point that advertised the show on Discovery on Wednesday as a "director's cut" - so take that for what it's worth)

I still can't belive how much work and detail they put into the Yeti for riders to zip by it in 3 or 4 seconds.


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Tuesday, April 11, 2006 2:40 PM
Yeah I don't get the science channel only discovery that why I was confused of it showing last night. It looks truely amazing!

Thanks,
DMC

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Tuesday, April 11, 2006 4:10 PM

I still can't belive how much work and detail they put into the Yeti for riders to zip by it in 3 or 4 seconds.

I thought so too, until I actually rode it.

That son of a gun looks REAL. As in, the most amazing animatronic I've seen. It's stunning, even though it is so short, and it might be more effective *because* it is so short. After all, you are narrowly escaping doom. If you had 10-15 seconds close enough to see his fur wave, you'd be dead.

I actually had the "pleasure" of seeing the Yeti in A-mode for my first ride, and B-mode for my second. My wife knew that the second time it wasn't as effective of a gag, but couldn't pinpoint exactly why. The kids didn't notice at all.

*** Edited 4/11/2006 8:13:58 PM UTC by Brian Noble***


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Tuesday, April 11, 2006 4:23 PM
Lord Gonchar's avatar Perhaps. I suppose I automatically lose this one until I have a chance to ride EE.

I still think it seems there's a ton of overkill in design vs what was needed to work just as effectively. But then again, I guess if there wasn't, it wouldn't be Disney. ;)


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Tuesday, April 11, 2006 7:56 PM
Of course you don't automatically lose. This is CBuzz.


there's a ton of overkill

I hear the sun rises in the East, too.

A colleague of mine---a CS faculty member at Carnegie Mellon---worked on the Magic Carpet VR ride in Disney Quest on his sabbatical. From my conversations with him (and getting to peer under the hood of the attraction in the mid-90s when they were beta testing at Epcot) there are two things about Imagineers that you have to know. First, their budget is effectively unlimited. Yes, there may be limits, but they are not "limiting" in the practical sense of the word. Second, they do not screw around, and the pressure is on to produce. This guy got tenure at Virginia without ever once resorting to an antacid. He bought it in bulk working in Imagineering.

The last 10% of the details in *any* Disney enterprise is 90% of the cost, it seems. Could they get away without that 10%? Maybe. Though, people claim that that is exactly the problem with DCA and (to a lesser extent) DSP. And, if the rumor mill is to be believed, they are throwing a ton of money at the "placemaking" project at DCA---money spent only on that 10%. Not new attractions, but richer themeing, etc.


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Tuesday, April 11, 2006 8:35 PM
The Mole's avatar

CoasterFan4Life said:
There was a show on Travel Channel on sunday, showed one of the imagineers (name escapes me) traveling through nepal researching the yeti legends, towns, etc... to make the ride & surroundings authentic. Also showed quite a bit of ride footage, more than i was expecting, too much actually. Will have a crack at everest in june, looks great!

The name is Joe Rohde, the guy with all the ear rings. He's a personal hero of mine, a great story teller and amazing artist.

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Wednesday, April 12, 2006 11:29 PM
This show continues to amaze. I caught the Discovery Channel episode tonight. The last episode will be on Animal Planet this Saturday night.

http://animal.discovery.com/fansites/jeffcorwin/yeti/videogallery/videogallery.html

*** Edited 4/13/2006 4:23:57 AM UTC by thrillerman1***


I survived a Japanese typhoon and the Togo flat ride of death!!!!!!
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