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Saturday
Oct242009

A Day At The Magic Kingdom - Tilt Shift Video

Fun video.  This was made with hundreds of still images and 'tilt shift' filtering which makes imagery look like miniature models.  Thanks, Megan for sending it to us! 

Saturday
Oct102009

Ride Vehicle Concept - Part One

Concept by Mitch

Who doesn’t love the feeling of slowly drifting through the cool air on the slow-moving waters of the Pirates of the Caribbean?  The old PeopleMover was a joy because it let you relax and look at Tomorrowland from above.  The feeling you get paddling down the Rivers of America, steering your own Autopia car, or zipping around every bend of Big Thunder Mountain.  Most ride systems offer sensations you feel nowhere else but at Disney.

There are dozens of types of ride vehicles and ride systems.  Some are connected to tracks, some move through water, some are connected to tracks in the water.  One particular ride system of note, the Matterhorn Bobsleds, featured the world's first tubular steel roller coaster track.  Epcot’s Universe of Energy transports up to 600 guests in a moving theatre which breaks up into six multi- passenger vehicles. WED-developed Omnimover systems maintain constant motion at a specific speed throughout the entire course of the attraction.  (Omni mover = a blend of the words OmniRange and PeopleMover- coined by Bob Gurr).

Ride systems serve many functions, not the least of these is helping advance an attraction’s story.  To enhance this story, vehicles offer a variety of sensations including speed, falling, quick movements, slow movements, etc.

“This concept“, Mitch says, “is a ride system that can be applied to any number of attractions with any number of storylines.  Attractions with a need for a variety of thrills can have them.  Rides that require a less intense journey will enjoy unparalleled sensations non the less.”

This concept seats eight riders per vehicle.  The track system resides far above it’s passengers- virtually out of sight, out of mind and never blocking the view.  “The inspiration behind this concept came from a thought I had about the lack of visibility on certain attractions.  Most rides offer a pretty good view of the surrounding scenery.  There are, however, people sometimes sitting in front of you or to the sides of you, blocking the view a little.  This design offers you a 180+ degree viewing range because the people closest to you are sitting to the side and slightly back from where you are sitting.”

“Attractions with tracks on the ground have story-telling scenery on either side of the track.  This concept allows for scenery to be placed throughout the show area, uninterrupted.  Adding to that, the scenic elements of the sets will be visible from more angles.  You’ll be able to see things from the front, sides, and back.  Almost always, sets are designed to be viewed from a single angle.”

Mitch says he has been riding the same rides for decades and never tires.  “However”, he says, “I  appreciate attractions that offer a slightly different experience each time you ride.  I loved the old Mr. Toad‘s Wild Ride at Walt Disney World because the two tracks showed you different things to look at.”  With this concept, people sitting on one side of the vehicle will see pieces of the ride that their friends sitting on the other side wont see.  This will encourage them to get right back on the ride to experience the same story from a different view.

Best of all, “this ride system will offer a range of motion unmatched by any other vehicle.  The forward motion with computer-programmed rotation back and forth offers a sensation like no other.”

Thank you, Mitch for sharing your concept. 

Wednesday
Oct072009

Sounds of the Jungle Cruise

Looped for your never-ending enjoyment.