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    Re: Pictures of the Space Mountain Asteroid & lighting rig

    No. Rumor is not until Rock it Mountain.

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    Re: Pictures of the Space Mountain Asteroid & lighting rig

    The asteroid was lit by blacklight once but then they turned it off due to it being too bright. What you see in the picture is glow in the dark wildfire paint they added to the rock. If you ever wanted to know what Disneyland uses for their glow in the dark rides, here it is www.wildfirefx.com

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    Re: Pictures of the Space Mountain Asteroid & lighting rig

    Thank you for finally clarifying what's up with the asteroid. I have been wondering why there is this huge prop in there with no light on it. And when I mentioned it to my friends, they claim I'm imagining that it's there.

    Does anyone know if there's going to be any more wall projections for SM in the main room, or is this it? Whatever projection it is that's "orbiting" is kind of weak.

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    Re: Pictures of the Space Mountain Asteroid & lighting rig

    The asteroids do look different when they are lit by special lightning effects, the exagerrated colors are made so that they stand out better in the dark, as an interesting aside, when you view objects after being in the dark e.g. space mountain, for a couple a minutes you use your rods instead of cones and everything appears desaturated hence the need for exaggerated colors as painted on these asteroids to get the right experience in the dark. Actually, the asteroids are a downgraded version of a move dyanmic asteroid effect that was initially planned. One of the first ideas, and in my mind the best, was to have virtually transparent tubes made of plexiglass or some type of plastic interwoven with the ride track. The tubes would only be 1-2 feet in diameter and via a pneumatic tube like system to be specially designed for this effect would "shoot" light weight models of asteroids and comets to be highlighted by UV light while the tube remained transparent, the effect would be like flying *into* an asteroid storm rather than simply *avoiding* hitting asteroids. Word was that it would take too much time to construct and effort to maintain, and potentially the effect was so good that it might make riders TOO dizzy! Imaging flying through space and amoung asteroids and comets moving in apparently random directions! So this effect has been shelved for now. . . maybe to resurface in another attraction!

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    Re: Pictures of the Space Mountain Asteroid & lighting rig

    Quote Originally Posted by Athlonacon
    This is an excellent point. The human eye perceives images differently than a camera, not to mention that things in motion look MUCH different than static images. Also, as mickeyandme67 mentions these images are fully lit. The designers of the ride never intended anyone to view them fully lit while riding the ride. This would be akin to watching a "behind the scenes" segment of a movie and then saying the movie sucked because the special effects weren't there in real life.

    Comparing an effect that's fully lit, sitting still, out of context, and taken with a camera is so much more different than experiencing it in real life with movement, in context with the rest of the ride, gliding past it in the cars, with the lights turned down so low that it has an ominous glow.

    And by the way, thank you for the pictures. They are always a treat to MiceChat and always appreciated.
    yeah but that asteroid is on the last lift hill as you SLOWLY round the corner. It's not like you'll be zipping past it, you'll be moving quite arduously. So I am not sure it will look any better.
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