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    Re: Drained Rivers of America Pics

    Quote Originally Posted by barfownz View Post
    Almandot has some photos of the drained river. Its only about 13 feet deep.
    You're less than 1/2 right.

    It's a little deeper than 3 - 4 feet, and not as deep as the 10 - 15 feet often cited. Here's a response to a post I did earlier that may prove enlightening:

    Another Disneyland Urban Myth ripe for destruction:


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    See those stairs from the bottom of the ROA to the dock? I count 10 steps. At 8" rise per step, that's 6.6 feet--to the top of the dock! Subtract about a foot (since the water doesn't go to the top of the dock), and your looking at a depth of about 5 1/2 feet. That's pretty consistent all the way 'round.

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    Re: Drained Rivers of America Pics

    In Fact: The ROA is so shallow that Disney puts green dye in the water so the bottom cannot be seen.

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    Re: Drained Rivers of America Pics

    Steve, can you explain how Twain/Columbia use the track? Do the boats sit on the track, or is there a guide wire or two or three keeping the ships attached?
    "Here You Leave the World of California Today and Enter the World of, um, er, California Today."

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    Re: Drained Rivers of America Pics

    Quote Originally Posted by sediment View Post
    Steve, can you explain how Twain/Columbia use the track? Do the boats sit on the track, or is there a guide wire or two or three keeping the ships attached?
    According to the "E Ticket" magazine (which I'm citing from memory; I can provide a more-detailed response later), The MT uses two "caisons," one fore and one aft, which allow the Twain to remain bouyant, but still guide it. In other words, the boat does not "sit" on the rail. The foreward motion of the boat causes the caisons to press down on the rail with increasing force, keeping everything in place. I imagine this same system is in use on the Columbia.

    KingoftheFrogs can probably provide a more-detailed explanation.
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    Re: Drained Rivers of America Pics

    Quote Originally Posted by mini_imagineer View Post
    Does anyone have any pictures of the Rivers of America drained?
    Wait.... you mean to tell me that the water in the Rivers of America is REAL? Guess I've been giving those Imagineers too much credit.
    That was wonderful! Bravo! I loved that! Ah, that was great! Well, it was pretty good. Well, it wasn't bad. Uh, there were parts of it that weren't very good though. It could have been a lot better. I didn't really like it. It was pretty terrible. It was bad. It was awful! It was terrible! Take 'em away! Boo! Boo!


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    Re: Drained Rivers of America Pics

    Gosh there is just so much going on under that water. All those pipes and cord looking things.

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    Re: Drained Rivers of America Pics

    Quote Originally Posted by Steve DeGaetano View Post
    See those stairs from the bottom of the ROA to the dock? I count 10 steps. At 8" rise per step, that's 6.6 feet--to the top of the dock! Subtract about a foot (since the water doesn't go to the top of the dock), and your looking at a depth of about 5 1/2 feet. That's pretty consistent all the way 'round.
    Steve, Steve, Steve. You've got your wires mixed up a bit. Didn't you know that the people that work on the river mechanisms have to be at least 7'3" tall. So those steps have to have at least a 2-3' rise per step.

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    Re: Drained Rivers of America Pics

    I heard that if they leave it drained for too long, Big Thunder Mountain will tip over!

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    Re: Drained Rivers of America Pics

    Yeah, that and TSI will start sinking...

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