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    9/4: Drop-Ins Welcomed

    Guest columnist Alain Littaye offers a photo tour of the newest Tower of Terror, at Tokyo DisneySea. Discuss it here!
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    Re: 9/4: Drop-Ins Welcomed

    Wow. Awesome photos Joe.
    Brilliant article Alain.
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    My hats are of to both Alain who provided some killer facts and and fun text while of course Joe provived the eye candy.Looking at these pics seems to justify how much Im spending to visit Tokyo in a couple of weeks.Thanks guys for not making me think Im a mad fool

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    Thanks!

    Thanks for the detailed tour! The Tokyo TOT looks great and the pre-show is much better than the other TOTs, but it's too bad that the ride itself is still so short. In Orlando your car moves (horizontally--briefly, but with cool effects) more than in Anaheim (where the ride is only vertical), and I hoped there would be a lot more of that--like a state-of-the-art Haunted Mansion ride before the drop.

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    Re: 9/4: Drop-Ins Welcomed

    thats it!
    im going to japan!

    great report and awesome pics as well bt,
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    Quote Originally Posted by jcruise86 View Post
    Thanks for the detailed tour! The Tokyo TOT looks great and the pre-show is much better than the other TOTs, but it's too bad that the ride itself is still so short. In Orlando your car moves (horizontally--briefly, but with cool effects) more than in Anaheim (where the ride is only vertical), and I hoped there would be a lot more of that--like a state-of-the-art Haunted Mansion ride before the drop.
    I agree, I was expecting much more from the ride itself. The queue, preshow and thick storyline however, those impress me to no end. I LOVE the picture where it shows Hightower with the idol in front of the "stainglass window", it really lends credibility to the real life area. It's as if you really feel as if he was actually there and built it instead of some WDI building it. I mean, I obviously don't understand a word that was said, but it was still incredibly unnerving even sitting in my computer room watching it. And the storyline is so amazing, and strung through every single thing that happens in the entire ride.

    But the glaring question is probably, "$180 million for this?". I mean it's a fantastic attraction, but ultimately it's a drop ride with 2 scenes that rival DCA's version of the ride. The queue and preshow are really what separates this attraction from everything else. I think it could've been a great haunted house walkthrough or even ride-through attraction. The ride itself kind of detracts from the attraction overall. It's like those movies you see with the GREAT premise, but then fail to do anything with it.

    If anything this ride kind of shows the inefficiency of spending at WDI nowadays. Indiana Jones created a new ride vehicle from scratch, built a huge building, had a huge and elaborate queue, created a 5 minute ride and did it all for half the cost of this ride. This is the DCA Tower of Terror with an extremely elaborate queue, preshow, facade and story...but the technology and ride vehicles had already been paid for by several other versions of the ride. Essentially, they paid $180 million for a queue, preshow and extraorindarily detailed exterior facade.

    Overall, I'd say the new attraction is simply mindblowing and since they were willing to spend the money, it turned out very nice. I would've wanted more for my money if I was the Oriental Land Company, but since I didn't pay for it, I don't care how much it costs...it's a state-of-the-art ride and I'd love to ride it!
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    Re: 9/4: Drop-Ins Welcomed

    Wow they got a way better one than DCA.
    It looks better than the one in MGM too.

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    Thumbs up Re: 9/4: Drop-Ins Welcomed

    Yet another reason to go to TDL! Thanks for the great story, pics & links. excellent!

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    Re: 9/4: Drop-Ins Welcomed

    Ugh, I was just at TDS mid-July and taped the lightning effect. I forgot to post it when I came back . Ah, well. I'll try to post the video anyways...

    And yes, this does look impressive. But like some have questioned: "$180 million??"

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    Re: 9/4: Drop-Ins Welcomed

    Guess quality comes at a price and OLC realises this!

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    ^Quality does come at a price, but the true basis of the ride is really no different than the Anaheim one. All that money could have really been allocated in a better way. But I guess they decided to put it into the atmosphere and pre-show, rather than the "ride" portion itself.
    Still, it is the most unique and visually stunning Tower on the the planet.

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    Re: 9/4: Drop-Ins Welcomed

    The attraction costs were high because OLC and Disney were obligated to use domestic (Japanese) contractors and materials companies. These are more costly than, say, the American counterparts. For example, the OTIS elevators used in the US ToT's could not be used in the Japanese version for contractual limitations between OLC and a Japanese manufacturer. Also, a certain percentage of the buildings construction budget must be allocated for safety enforcement.

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    What detail they continue to have in Japan. I'm actually considering going to Japan first before going to Orlando. It just seems too good to be true.
    Thanks for the photos and great article.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Athlonacon View Post
    If anything this ride kind of shows the inefficiency of spending at WDI nowadays. Indiana Jones created a new ride vehicle from scratch, built a huge building, had a huge and elaborate queue, created a 5 minute ride and did it all for half the cost of this ride.
    Indy is actually only 3 minutes long. And if you think $180 million is a lot, think about the $300 million spent for Journey to the Center of the Earth. With that in mind, I wouldn't exactly say they don't know how to spend their money, as Journey definitely is on par with Indy- technologically that is. I personally would rank the overall experience above Indy.
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    Re: 9/4: Drop-Ins Welcomed

    Quote Originally Posted by JoeInJpn View Post
    The attraction costs were high because OLC and Disney were obligated to use domestic (Japanese) contractors and materials companies. These are more costly than, say, the American counterparts. For example, the OTIS elevators used in the US ToT's could not be used in the Japanese version for contractual limitations between OLC and a Japanese manufacturer. Also, a certain percentage of the buildings construction budget must be allocated for safety enforcement.

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    thanks for the info Joe! =)

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