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    Well, while they could turn 'on' the Yeti's A-mode, it would pretty much eventually tear apart the foundation. Even turning on the Yeti's arm would stress the boom and the concrete base more, possibly resulting in the Yeti crashing and damaging the track if used on a regular basis. Even when the Yeti is retracted back, like he is now, he's still cantilevered out on his boom, using pneumatic power to move his arm, which weighs a lot, would be like using a lever to jiggle the whole foundation every time a train goes by.

    The fix would involve immobilizing, or supporting, the elbow joint, and using pulleys to move the arm. Even so, you can see why this is risky due to the problems with the frame supporting the Yeti. It would be like trying to drive to work everyday on an emergency tire, hoping that it would hold up until you could get your car totally fixed.

    The definitive fix would involve shutting down Expedition Everest for at least eight months, IMHO, while massive construction is undertaken.

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    Re: 3/6: WorldView

    Quote Originally Posted by TDSTOM View Post
    You entered an attraction you hadn't paid for and started snapping pictures. And then management asked you to stop, and escorted you to the front where you paid to enter the attraction.

    Weird. No?
    Great point! I love how he acted as if he was "thrown out". It's such an easy policy to understand and the manager did a great job. He asked him to leave, no big deal. Isn't it great how childish people are now-in-days if they don't get their way. NO one can handle being told 'no' without acting as if it's a national disaster.
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    From reading Kevin's story, I believe it is unfair to say he "acted as if he was thrown out", and, to imply that he was "childish" is frankly uncalled for. Why don't you give him a break. He's not griping so much that he was told to leave, but as to HOW he was told. At least, that's how I read the story. There are policies in place in every business, but how you ENFORCE said policies makes all the difference in the world. The putt putt manager could've spoken to, and handled Kevin much differently while still enforcing the rules. Do you want a repeat customer, or do you want to 'win' the moment? Pick your battles when it comes to customers. And, if I was escorting someone out of my business, and they revealed that they were there for social media purposes, you can bet I'd offer some type of concession. That's just smart marketing. At very least , I'd try to turn some semblance of charm on, no matter how feigned, and say something like "So what site do you write for? ""I'm sorry, as much as we appreciate the attention, you need a ticket to be in this area. Can I show you where the ticket booth is?". When you begin a conversation with a potential customer with "how'd you get in here?", its all downhill from there. Nice try, Kev.

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    Don't know if this has been mentioned yet, but I am slightly despaired that a show building is now easily obvious due to the removal of the Skyway building. Is that Small World or HM?
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    Ukelele Guy: that show building is Small World. The Haunted Mansion show building doesn't have any castle turrets on it.

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    Kevin's mishap sounds like something that would happen on Seinfeld, one of the big four characters wanders onto a miniature golf course and begins to take pictures for some publication. George, or Krammer, or Elaine, or Jerry is stopped by management and told that they need to pay to enter the course. A big brouhaha ensues and a lengthy discussion of mini-golf etiquette follows.

    After looking a pictures of the entrance to said Mini-Golf, I would not walk by the ticket booth and wander the course while I take pictures. Even at my local mini-Golf I wouldn't enter the course until I had paid for the clubs as it feels wrong. Nonetheless, if I was on a "mission" such as perhaps helping fish a little girl out of a pond, then I would ignore any such inhibitions. Kevin obviously felt that he needed to immediately begin taking pictures as the sun was setting, no doubt they would have been used in some article, and would have promoted the Mini-Golf Course.

    Did Kevin break Mini-Golf etiquette? In general, there are places in Disneyland where people should know that they shouldn't go, even if not explicitly labeled "Guests Only." In fact, there are dozens of backstage areas that you can legitimately wander into and argue that there wasn't a sign saying you shouldn't. However, the lack of a sign telling you not to do something doesn't mean you're off the hook. Is there a sign at the grocery store that says management frowns upon eating food before you paid for it?

    Opinions often vary based upon what an individual person would do in a given situation. I personally would be too meek to simply walk past the ticket booth and start snapping photos. YMMV.

    Simply reading Kevin's blog from a narrative point of view, when the first person author starts off with describing how 'meek', 'humble', or very kind they normally are . . . you know that they are going to do something wrong, but want to get you, the reader, on their side.

    Meaning that unless you are Moses (who described himself as being very humble), it turns the reader against your side when you describe yourself as a saint as a preface to make an disagreement appear as if you have been totally victimized. It makes the author sound very entitled, even though that oddly is opposite to the intent. You need to start off with, "I made a mistake walking past the ticket booth on the course without paying, though I didn't realize it at the time," or "My outing to the Mini-Golf course to take pictures took a curious turn when . . ."
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    Kevin does look young for his age.
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    I thought the Habit Heroes exhibit was in bad taste as well. Disney, of all companies, should understand that people come in all shapes and sizes and we as a society need to be more accepting. Also, being heavy is not always a direct result of being lazy or having a bad diet and in many cases can not be solved by simply Dancing. Also shame on Disney; for a corporation that is practically built on burgers, Soda and sweet treats, telling Fat people that they should feel bad for indulging in practically everything that is sold in the park once they leave the attraction is very hypocritical.

    On the topic of the Mini-golf Course, I feel like the Management over-reacted and should not have thrown Kevin out. His (the manager) failure to underestimate the power of social media has left a lasting impression on hundreds of people who read Kevin’s blog. This is indeed a black mark for the new course, but I feel the bigger failure is that the Manager failed to treat his customer as a guest and in turn lost a (sizable) sale. Poor show indeed.

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    I don't think it's a case of a "Rizzo factor" as it is "Jack Sparrow expectations." So long as the marketing got you in the door, the job is done.

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