The ceremony ran a bit later than initially planned and news crews on hand had 2 shootings to make while at the ceremony. The first part of the ceremony was what was open to the cast members, with speeches and an ď8-gun saluteĒ minus one launching off the rechristening. Garnett, one of the Ambassadors, Ed Grier, Tony Baxter, and John Morgan Jr. all took their turn at the stand. Garnett and Ed were much more ďreading off the page speakersĒ while Tony and John were speaking from the heart. There were a few problems, such as not all the guns for the salute going off and Ed quoting that Tony Baxter had been on the opening crew for the original Subs, which he claimed not to once he started to speak. The ceremony ended with the unveiling of the countdown sign and fireworks going off from the top of the new show building. I was fortunate to have my phone, but I forgot my camera at home. I have a few pictures to share below.
The second part of the rechristening was for the media and not so open to cast members unless you are on the opening crew for Nemo. All I managed to see of that was Ed and John having some jars of liquid that they poured into the lagoon in front of one of the subs while the media could get the shot of another in the background and a few close up shots.
Here are some low quality pictures of the sub rechristening ceremony yesterday morning. The first picture here is of Tony Baxter announcing the new countdown to opening sign they released with Ed Grier and Donald unveiling the sign on a rock, versus the pole itís sitting on in other shots Iíve seen.
This is another one of those sub wall down photos, but the waterfalls are operating here. Which brings me to ask 2 questions to MC that makes it seem that the rechristening ceremony had effects operation not in operation later in the day and were they turned off? Well the waterfalls seem to be an apparent answer to yes, but more so Iím wondering about the Seagulls. As soon as those fireworks launched off and the ceremony completed yesterday those seagulls were being vocal and it was great to see working. Iím just wondering if they continue to do so now.
And they donít continuously go off saying mine. The timer in-between seems to vary a bit as well as the amount and order in which of the 3 talks first also varies. Itís much less annoying than I had though having to listen to for 4 hours in line would have been. I think I actually stood by for a good half hour to enjoy just watching them. And going back to the waterfalls, while they were running every few minutes it seemed like a surge of water would be coming down. While hoses were out of sight I'm not so sure it's working quite right yet.