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    1/24: Aptly Named

    Universal Orlando's newest attraction ...isn't. Discuss it here!

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    Re: 1/24: Aptly Named

    I must be one of the few who actually likes the Subway part of the ride - it never gets old for me.

    Preshows, however, get old almost immediately.

    I found the best time to ride the old "Earthquake" was when the Halloween Horror Nights events were happening the same day, as the preshow/queue area for 'Quake was used as a haunted house, so even if you were there during the day you could usually walk onto your train with little wait and no preshow!

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    Re: 1/24: Aptly Named

    Again, I think you fail to understand the concept of a movie theme park. You are definitely in the minority of people who think this ride is a disaster. I've talked to numerous people who have taken this updated attraction for a spin and 90% of them loved it. Its a great refresh of an attraction that was completely dull and dead before. Maybe you've forgotten how bad it was before, but those of us who rode it know just how truly awful those pre-shows had gotten. While this isn't perfect its 100 times better than what Earthquake had become. And truthfully, the ride portion was always pretty fun. I'm glad they didn't change it. It was the only part worth catching. Now the pre-shows don't make you want to hang yourself anymore and are actually fun.

    If anything I think Universal needs more attractions showing you what its really like to be in the movies instead of less. I miss the old Murder She Wrote show which did it so wonderfully with the Foley sound stage, etc... and the old Alfred Hitchcock experience which did it too. Its exactly what a park like this needs more of, not less of. You can ride rides anywhere, but where else can you feel like you've gotten to see what its like to be part of moviemaking. I think Disaster, while not perfect, is wonderful and I give it a hearty 8/10.

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    Re: 1/24: Aptly Named

    I wouldn't say that I "fail to understand" the concept of a movie park. It's just that my concept is different. I think there is definitely room in the world for a park that shows you how movies are made without resorting to a really tired, and blatantly lame, attempt to make you think that you are MAKING ONE RIGHT NOW! I agree, there should be some kind of Foley studio. But it can be done without the pretending and the, well, acting.
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    Re: 1/24: Aptly Named

    I like the "put you in the movies" things, but I agree that they don't need to do the over-the-top fake acting and pretending that it's a real movie. I liked the old Star Trek show at USH where they told the guests exactly what was going on. It went much quicker, it didn't feel false, and it was funny! I liked the trailer at the end of Disaster. I thought it was funny. Was 20 minutes of preshow necessary? Ugh, absolutely not.

    Keeping a baby with us for the preshow. What preshow? I didn't see a preshow. They made us wait in line with the child, only to have me NOT EVEN SEE the preshow because my unhappy child was miserable after an hour long line, and now he has to be quiet? Riiiight, I don't think so. That was pointless! It would have been much easier to wait with him in the stroller and someone could have told me in 30 seconds "this is what's going on". Sigh. There's no reason why child-swap can't happen before the preshow if everyone simply MUST see the preshow. Sure, someone would have to escort the person back into the line from the baby swap room, and there would be a good 20 minutes of preshow and ride to wait through, but at least there will be no angry children. It shouldn't necessarily be the absolute rule to do it this way, but it should be an option.

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    Re: 1/24: Aptly Named

    Drama at Uni!!! Hehe this article was totally fun.

    And I feel you Kev on the "WE'RE MAKING A REAL MOVIE OMG r0xX04z!!!" crapola. I guess the people that got into it had never been to a movie theme park before, and perhaps that's their audience. They aren't expecting many re-rides....
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    Re: 1/24: Aptly Named

    Just got back from Florida last week and the new DDE policy has me furious. I pay $60+ PLUS the cost of an AP for the "privilege" of a 20% discount on meals. And then Disney has the gall to turn around and effectively make that a 2% discount.

    Granted, I'm normally a relatively big tipper (anything less than 20% and I feel like I'm cheating... unless the service is decidedly bad). But this just smacks of hubris. Worst, not once did a server indicate to us that the tip was included in the bill. I'm perfectly happy paying a premium for most of what Disney has to offer and rarely have I ever felt as though I was being setup for a shakedown (our Disney wedding being a huge and bitter exception) but in the case of the new DDE policy I feel like a mark.

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    Re: 1/24: Aptly Named

    I really enjoyed the sarcasm in this article. I too hate those "the director wants YOU to star in his latest-" gimmicks.

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    Re: 1/24: Aptly Named

    I sent this to kevin, but decided to post it here also:

    As an annual passholder and DVC owner who lives a long ways away (here in New Hampshire), but visits long enough to warrant it, I've bought the DDE the past several years. Just returned this past Sunday from a 9 day trip. I do hear where you are coming from in your comments, but had better experiences. When I first received my meal bills they came alone, and I always looked at them. I thus discovered at the first meal I used DDE that the 18% tip is based on the discounted price, not the full price of the meal. From the server's point of view that is not an 18% tip (it's 18% of 80% of the total). The original bills also included suggested 18% and 20% amounts, and those were based on the full price, not the discounted price. It was only when I gave them my credit card that the bill with the blank tip line was presented (and the original bill was always still there, tho not on top). I did the arithmetic to raise the included 18% on the discounted price to 20% on the real price and put the additional couple of dollars there. I wonder if some of the issues around DDP and it no longer including the tip have affected the way that the staff present the final credit card bill. Certainly isn't good for anyone, with DDP people stiffing the staff, and I fear some staff are therefore taking advantage of DDE people...

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    Re: 1/24: Aptly Named

    With regard to the auto-gratuity policy for the Dining Club - it should be noted that this has long been the practice for the 20% CM discount offered at participating restaurants as well. As a former CM, I visited florida many times and was subject to the 18% auto gratuity each time I used my CM ID to get a food discount and also noticed the extra line for "additional tip." After a while, I began to get into the habbit of deciding to actually sacrifice my 20% discount entirely (or is it 2%?) about 1/2 through a meal if the service was poor - that way I'd actually SAVE MONEY by not using my discount. Crazy huh? At least I didn't have to pay an annual fee though...
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    Re: 1/24: Aptly Named

    Looks like this Disaster attraction could use some more cowbell.

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    Re: 1/24: Aptly Named

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    Re: 1/24: Aptly Named

    I just finished the article, and I am not surprised that the article said it was bland. I heard it was basically just an overlay of the old "Earthquake" ride. They shuld have just said that Earthquake was just getting an overhaul, and left it at that. As for the preshow part- THAT is why Disney wins in the preshow catagory. From past experiences, Disney's preshows at least have charisma and are believable, and don't have cheesy live actors.

    As for "The Simpsons Ride," I don't have a lot of expectations. It is going to use the same ride veichles and system that was used in "Back to the Future- The Ride." The only difference is the color of the building, the ride film, and the preshow. Otherwise, you could simply call it "Back to the Future- the Ride...but with The Simpsons!"

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    Re: 1/24: Aptly Named

    Quote Originally Posted by TheRockr View Post
    I just finished the article, and I am not surprised that the article said it was bland. I heard it was basically just an overlay of the old "Earthquake" ride. They shuld have just said that Earthquake was just getting an overhaul, and left it at that. As for the preshow part- THAT is why Disney wins in the preshow catagory. From past experiences, Disney's preshows at least have charisma and are believable, and don't have cheesy live actors.

    As for "The Simpsons Ride," I don't have a lot of expectations. It is going to use the same ride veichles and system that was used in "Back to the Future- The Ride." The only difference is the color of the building, the ride film, and the preshow. Otherwise, you could simply call it "Back to the Future- the Ride...but with The Simpsons!"
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    Re: 1/24: Aptly Named

    Wow...Universal needs to put a new worthy ride in, and quick. The Simpson's doesn't look like a worthy replacement of Back to the Future from what I can see. Seriously, the Studios is being overshadowed by it's next door neighbor IOA from what I can see.

    Maybe once the new Halo movie is made (being Microsoft sold the script to Universal), maybe a new, good attraction based on it might come to the World Expo area of the park.

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