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    Updated Whinnie the Pooh dark ride?

    Do you think it's possible the Whinnie the Pooh ride we have here can be updated to this like what we see in Tokyo Disneyland? It looks amazing.

    (Sorry, but you'll have to look it up yourself. Just type in "Pooh's Hunny Hunt Tokyo Disneyland" and you'll get the video. After you see it, discuss here. I don't know how to post YT vids on these forums.)

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    Re: Updated Whinnie the Pooh dark ride?

    I think Disney management really put themselves into a corner on this one .. with no way out. If they demolished this crummy version of Pooh .. in favor of Tokyo's version .... and built it with the same size building it would require ... how does Disney rebrand/advertise a ride that's already been there .. even if as a cheap version?

    I also heard another story ... (someone please correct me if I'm wrong) ... that OSHA would not allow this "trackless" technology. All rides have to ride on a dedicated track.

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    Re: Updated Whinnie the Pooh dark ride?

    Here's a video for all you search impaired: (I know that there are many on the interwebz )


    [ame=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qFWhL262u8A]YouTube - Tokyo Disneyland Pooh's Hunny / Honey Hunt[/ame]


    (For the future, all you have to do is copy/paste the YouTube URL, Freakazoid)




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    Re: Updated Whinnie the Pooh dark ride?

    Quote Originally Posted by Tomorrowland_1967 View Post
    I also heard another story ... (someone please correct me if I'm wrong) ... that OSHA would not allow this "trackless" technology. All rides have to ride on a dedicated track.
    Your right about the Pooh not being able to be re-themed as a new ride in itself, however, even if they just updated the animatronics that would suffice.

    I do believe trackless ride technology is allowed thought. I recall the imagineers looking into a trackless ride system using state of the art gps technology for (possibly) DLR a few years back in the midwest.


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    Re: Updated Whinnie the Pooh dark ride?

    It would not make sense to do this at Disneyland. How many people in California understand Japanese?

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    Re: Updated Whinnie the Pooh dark ride?

    This ride would be the best attraction in the park, IMO.
    I doubt they would ever do it though. The version in Tokyo costed about $130million. :/
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    Re: Updated Whinnie the Pooh dark ride?

    Quote Originally Posted by DisneyLifer View Post
    It would not make sense to do this at Disneyland. How many people in California understand Japanese?

    Please tell me you are joking...


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    Re: Updated Whinnie the Pooh dark ride?

    It is not a trackless ride system: WDI calls it a "line wire" system. There is no GPS or LPS involved. The track is a wire embedded in the floor and the vehicle follows it "wirelessly" as instructed by the computer. The vehicles cannot go where there is no wire embedded, and you can clearly see the paths the vehicles take on the floor in both Pooh's Hunny Hunt and Aquatopia (at DisneySea).

    The Pooh rides in both US parks are fine dark rides on the same level as the other dark rides in Fantasyland. They don't deserve snarky remarks unless you wish to direct the same type of remarks to all the Fantasyland dark rides.

    The real issue is that The Walt Disney Company will never spend 150 million dollars on a ride like the Oriental Land Company did for Pooh's Hunny Hunt in Tokyo Disneyland because it isn't a thrill ride. Read that again--only thrill rides get the big bucks outside of the Tokyo Disney Resort because that's the only resort The Walt Disney Company doesn't own.

    You can see it again with the new Monster's Inc. Ride at Tokyo Disneyland--another big bucks attraction full of AA figures while the version in DCA is a typical dark ride (albeit a very good one) filled with statues that have limited movement except for Roz at the end. $35 million in DCA versus $200 million in Tokyo.

    And which attractions consistently have the longest lines in Tokyo? Monster's Inc. Ride and Go Seek and Pooh's Hunny Hunt.

    Which attraction consistently has the longest line in the US parks? Splash Mountain. Not Space Mountain, not Big Thunder Mountain, not California Screamin, not the Matterhorn. Splash Mountain--the show with the largest number of AA characters in it.

    Oh--the Finding Nemo sub ride at Disneyland has a pretty long line on most days, too. Yeah, it's slow loading and low capacity, but the demand is THERE. Duh. Not a thrill ride.

    And what do the ding-dongs at the Walt Disney Company decide to dump all their money on for the big bucks ride at DCA? Radiator Springs Racers. Gag me. They haven't built a ride as good as Journey to the Center of the Earth from Tokyo DisneySea (which uses the second gen Test Track ride system) in a US park since 1995 when they built the Indiana Jones Adventure. Wake the hell up! Radiator Springs Racers isn't going to be half the ride Journey to the Center of the Earth is.

    End of rant.

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    Re: Updated Whinnie the Pooh dark ride?

    Quote Originally Posted by Fukai View Post
    And what do the ding-dongs at the Walt Disney Company decide to dump all their money on for the big bucks ride at DCA? Radiator Springs Racers. Gag me. They haven't built a ride as good as Journey to the Center of the Earth from Tokyo DisneySea (which uses the second gen Test Track ride system) in a US park since 1995 when they built the Indiana Jones Adventure. Wake the hell up! Radiator Springs Racers isn't going to be half the ride Journey to the Center of the Earth is.

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    Don't be saying that yet... There's going to be a VERY nice dark ride section of it. Although, nobody can judge yet.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DisneyLifer View Post
    It would not make sense to do this at Disneyland. How many people in California understand Japanese?
    Congratulations for the Worst Response in This Thread award. It is well deserved.
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    Re: Updated Whinnie the Pooh dark ride?

    I know there's going to be a dark ride section in Radiator Springs Racers. Have you been to Tokyo DisneySea MatterhornJ?

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    Re: Updated Whinnie the Pooh dark ride?

    Quote Originally Posted by Omega View Post
    Congratulations for the Worst Response in This Thread award. It is well deserved.
    I thought that line was so funny... Is it SOOOOO obvious the person is joking... I thought they were sinking big bucks in Little Mermaid over at DCA. And they could just upgrade WTP... They don't have to do a total redo.. I thought Pirates had the most AA's in it.. It seems that way to me..

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    Re: Updated Whinnie the Pooh dark ride?

    Wow I just realized how amazing the Tokyo Version is.

    The forest at the beginning with the Pooh swinging over the trees was amazing.


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    Re: Updated Whinnie the Pooh dark ride?

    More AAs in Splash Mountain.

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    Re: Updated Whinnie the Pooh dark ride?

    Quote Originally Posted by dmtnt55 View Post
    Wow I just realized how amazing the Tokyo Version is.

    The forest at the beginning with the Pooh swinging over the trees was amazing.
    Amazing indeed. Quite the pinnacle of the attraction. Maybe that's why everyone flocks to the ride!

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