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    Astro Orbiter Moving?

    This could be completely wrong but it's an idea that crossed my mind. If you've seen recent updates of Tomorrowland, you'll notice that the astro orbiter has been walled off and essentially dismantled. The cosmic waves area has also been walled off and a trench has been dug surrounding the ball. Do you think that by any chance the astro orbiter is being moved to the location of cosmic waves?

    If you look at a google earth satellite view of tomorrowland, you'll notice that the area walled off around cosmic waves and the current astro orbiter space are almost identical in size. If this is what's happening (though this is merely a conjecture), what are your thoughts?

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    Re: Astro Orbiter Moving?

    No. The innards of Astro Orbitor are already being put back up.


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    Re: Astro Orbiter Moving?

    Hmm, interesting thought, but I don't think that is going to happen.

    The walkways in Tomorrowland are already pretty crowded as it is during busy days. If it were to be built right where Cosmic Waves use to be, you'd lose a pretty good amount of needed walking space.


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    Re: Astro Orbiter Moving?

    If you use the search feature, or, heck, even look at pages 2 and 3 in the discussions, you'll see that this very rumor has been discussed at extreme length the last two weeks.

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    Re: Astro Orbiter Moving?

    That's not the plan as far as we can tell - they have to take the Astro Orbiter apart to fix the motors for the kinetic sculpture on top, and the general 10-year major maintenance on the ride portion on the bottom. Oh, and they want to paint it in whites and light metallic tones instead of the brown and gold pallete, and that's easier when it is apart.

    If they were going to move Astro Orbiter anywhere, they would replace the gantry lifts and put it back up on the platform. And that isn't going to happen till they figure out what will go on the middle level first - if anything... (They could "top" it and build on the second level instead.)

    The Marble Ball for Cosmic Waves is still in place on it's pedestal, and securely covered against damage - if it was going away, that is the first piece they would pull off with a crane and remove for storage. It looks like they are reworking and/or removing the pumping system for the Marble Ball's "floating" water supply and replacing or removing the fountain elements underneath the surrounding 'ring' deck.

    Looks to me like they are removing the deck fountain parts entirely - they were taking all the electronic control boxes off the walls, and removing all the fountain heads.

    But they could put the squirting fountain system back together IF they meet the Health Department filtration requirements for a Public Pool, which is why the fountain was shut down a few years ago.

    Keep peeking over the walls and taking construction pictures as you wander by, folks, and if you see signs of new gear being installed get lots of close-ups from several angles. You might not know what you are looking at, but there are others here that will...

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    Re: Astro Orbiter Moving?

    Quote Originally Posted by Bruce Bergman View Post
    Keep peeking over the walls and taking construction pictures as you wander by, folks, and if you see signs of new gear being installed get lots of close-ups from several angles. You might not know what you are looking at, but there are others here that will...
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    Re: Astro Orbiter Moving?

    Quote Originally Posted by yensidtlaw1969 View Post
    TEASE! No fair!!!
    No, very fair. We can't all be there every day. And most people haven't got a clue what that box the technician just put up on the wall does, because they have never seen one before - But I have...

    You put up the photos, and I'll be sure to tell you what I think they show. And I'm pretty good at figuring it out.

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    Re: Astro Orbiter Moving?

    Quote Originally Posted by Bruce Bergman View Post
    No, very fair. We can't all be there every day. And most people haven't got a clue what that box the technician just put up on the wall does, because they have never seen one before - But I have...

    You put up the photos, and I'll be sure to tell you what I think they show. And I'm pretty good at figuring it out.

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    I know, I was just kidding :P. It seemed to me like you were suggesting that you knew what was being done with the area and that the information wasn't yet out there. That's why I called "tease"

    And besides, I'm in Chicago, soon to be back in New York, so I'm as out of the loop as one can be when it comes to Disneyland Photography
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    Re: Astro Orbiter Moving?

    Quote Originally Posted by WJNM View Post
    If you use the search feature, or, heck, even look at pages 2 and 3 in the discussions, you'll see that this very rumor has been discussed at extreme length the last two weeks.
    You knew it was discussed in the last two weeks. Are you saying that before anyone starts a thread that they should search for it first?

    Plus, the thread you are referencing is on page 6 now, so maybe the OP did search pages 2 and 3. Who knows. Who cares?

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    Re: Astro Orbiter Moving?

    Quote Originally Posted by WJNM View Post
    If you use the search feature, or, heck, even look at pages 2 and 3 in the discussions, you'll see that this very rumor has been discussed at extreme length the last two weeks.
    ^ that is right...and still the poll continues.

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    Re: Astro Orbiter Moving?

    If anything that pointless contraption on top of the old Peoplemover station should swap spots with the Orbiter, now THAT would be kinda cool!

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    Re: Astro Orbiter Moving?

    Quote Originally Posted by TacAlert View Post
    You knew it was discussed in the last two weeks. Are you saying that before anyone starts a thread that they should search for it first?
    Yes. Especially if it's confirmation of news or rumors, and it's very recent. It's common board ... tac.

    But, either way, I said that as more of a helpful hint to the OP to 1) originate them with a feature of the board that they obviously didn't know about, and 2) to provide them a resource for more info/viewpoints, as they weren't likely to get 9+ pages of debate/information back and forth on a topic that was just so recently discussed at great length.

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    Re: Astro Orbiter Moving?

    I think the old Cosmic Wave fountain elements are being used in the World of Color show!
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    Re: Astro Orbiter Moving?

    Quote Originally Posted by bearride View Post
    I think the old Cosmic Wave fountain elements are being used in the World of Color show!
    Yes, and the Motor Boat Cruise was stripped of parts to use in The Indiana Jones Adventure.

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    Re: Astro Orbiter Moving?

    Don't forget about the loop they're adding!

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