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    Re: Disney California Adventure Project Tracker 12

    Quote Originally Posted by sancho101 View Post
    I guess I'm not old enough to remember the exposed steel structure inside the Matterhorn. All I'm saying is they spent millions of dollars building the incredible mountain range around Radiator Springs and then they leave huge holes on the tops and on the back side of the facade. They couldn't even put in the extra effort to paint it the same color as the rest of the rock work. Maybe they could cover it with some tan colored netting. I think the Disney execs should step back for a minute and look at the land from a distance. Lasseter should take a ride on Micky's Fun Wheel and see how bad the grey steel appears against the rest of the structure.
    I think in the end the holes will be covered. It looks like they are stilll doing a lot of work on the structure. "Be patient Daniel Son" !
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    Re: Disney California Adventure Project Tracker 12

    Quote Originally Posted by sancho101 View Post
    I guess I'm not old enough to remember the exposed steel structure inside the Matterhorn. All I'm saying is they spent millions of dollars building the incredible mountain range around Radiator Springs and then they leave huge holes on the tops and on the back side of the facade. They couldn't even put in the extra effort to paint it the same color as the rest of the rock work. Maybe they could cover it with some tan colored netting. I think the Disney execs should step back for a minute and look at the land from a distance. Lasseter should take a ride on Micky's Fun Wheel and see how bad the grey steel appears against the rest of the structure.
    I'm definitely not old enough to remember the exposed steel inside the Matterhorn either, but the key difference is that Matterhorn is visible from from all angles; from Main Street to Tomorrowland to the Rivers of America. The Carsland rockwork is visible mainly only from the front which is all covered beautifully. And the side that faces Paradise Pier was covered as well to resolve the sightline issue that existed with the back of the wall. The backside isn't really visible from within the park. The Mickey's Fun Wheel argument has been brought up before, but it's something that cannot be argued very easily. Taking a ride on MFW compromises any feeling of being in a different land/world/time that people may have. The sightline problems with Carsland are far less of a problem than being able to see the smog, the convention center, or really a very large amount of Anaheim. Also, the Carsland rockwork is definitely not the first time that they've done rockwork this way. They've done the same thing with both Splash Mountain and the "hills" behind Toontown. The parts that aren't visible from within the park aren't covered in the same way that the inside of the park is. This does indeed save money, but a lot of it has to do with practicality. Leaving an open back to the structure allows for far easier access for any additional maintenance that might be needed and is often likely to reduce maintenance as a whole because there is less physically there to have to worry about. For example, the open holes in the top of the two rock structures in Carsland allow for large recessed lighting to be installed to light up the range at night. If these were completely covered, hiding these lights would take a lot more effort. Having the opening also gets rid of the need to worry about standing water on the top of the structure and makes for easier access to the internal support structure. So not completely covering the rockwork deals not just with aesthetic, but practicality as well.

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    Re: Disney California Adventure Project Tracker 12

    Quote Originally Posted by thermo648 View Post
    The parts that aren't visible from within the park aren't covered in the same way that the inside of the park is. This does indeed save money, but a lot of it has to do with practicality. Leaving an open back to the structure allows for far easier access for any additional maintenance that might be needed and is often likely to reduce maintenance as a whole because there is less physically there to have to worry about. For example, the open holes in the top of the two rock structures in Carsland allow for large recessed lighting to be installed to light up the range at night. If these were completely covered, hiding these lights would take a lot more effort. Having the opening also gets rid of the need to worry about standing water on the top of the structure and makes for easier access to the internal support structure. So not completely covering the rockwork deals not just with aesthetic, but practicality as well.
    So they can't paint it the same color as the rest of the rocks why?

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    Re: Disney California Adventure Project Tracker 12

    Sorry if this has already been posted, but Coca Cola and Ralph's are having a sweepstakes to win a variety of things, including tickets to a Carsland Preview Party on June 14. Here is the link: https://cocacola.promo.eprize.com/familyfun/ralphs.

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    Re: Disney California Adventure Project Tracker 12

    Not sure if this has been posted, but I snapped this photo earlier. CCT pox going away!

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    Re: Disney California Adventure Project Tracker 12

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    Re: Disney California Adventure Project Tracker 12

    I can't see it either.

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    Re: Disney California Adventure Project Tracker 12

    Who says that WDI didn't try to "push the envelope" with RSR. I recall there being attempts to try to have the cars criss cross at points in the track as well as another technology that would have had the two cars actually connected allowing for some movement around each other.

    At the end of the day, the ride system has to be reliable. It has to have some ease in maintenance (see problem with RockRods). It has to have capacity and it has to serve the story or experience that the imagineers are trying to create Oh and there are also budgetary considerations both to build and to keep maintained (see RocketRods again)

    I have said it before and I will repeat my opinion, I don't care about the ride because of the ride technology. I want the ride tech to be invisible to me just like I want good film special effects to be in support of the movie not the reason for the movie.

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    Re: Disney California Adventure Project Tracker 12

    The bottom line is that they made an attrocious choice in secondary attractions for Carsland, and it seems as if the design has been just as bad. Most park visitors are NOT going to ride either one of those, just like most dont ride Dumbo, or Alladins Magic Carpets or other carnival type attractions. That fact, in turn, puts so much pressure on RSR to be spectacular. It realy does need to have great show scenes in the dark ride portion, and to have genuine thrills during the race portion. It doesnt need to be a Six Flaggs coaster, but it HAS to have a genuine thrill for ALL riders. Test track delivers on thrills for park visitors or virtually every age. my 75 year old grandmother and my 5 year old nephew both get thrills from the ride. I dont understand why they thought they had to neuter it so much for DCA.

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    Re: Disney California Adventure Project Tracker 12

    Quote Originally Posted by ErikInTheCity View Post
    Not sure if this has been posted, but I snapped this photo earlier. CCT pox going away!

    Here's the link to his picture:

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    Re: Disney California Adventure Project Tracker 12

    Its scabs are coming off!

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    Re: Disney California Adventure Project Tracker 12

    Thank goodness. I love CCT but I could not unsee those bumps.


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    Re: Disney California Adventure Project Tracker 12

    Here's one last pan shot of Cars Land from the Hyperion now that all the toothpicks are gone.



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    Re: Disney California Adventure Project Tracker 12

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    Thank goodness. I love CCT but I could not unsee those bumps.
    What bumps were you talking about? The "bumps" that are all over the building?

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    Maybe they are adding more bumps!!
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