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    Cinderella Mystery Tour

    Was an official explanation for this great attraction's closing ever given?

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    Re: Cinderella Mystery Tour

    I heard lack of attendence.

    But if this was in the states, it would be becuase of either The Black Cauldron scene or the fact peole actually had to walk/run through narrow passages pass animatronics and close-range stage effects.

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    Re: Cinderella Mystery Tour

    Quote Originally Posted by ZeekSlider View Post
    I heard lack of attendence.

    But if this was in the states, it would be becuase of either The Black Cauldron scene or the fact peole actually had to walk/run through narrow passages pass animatronics and close-range stage effects.
    When I was there (August 2005) I saw pretty long lines, so based on my personal experience lack of attendance wasn't the real issue here. I think the real problem was the relation guests per hour / cast members needed to make it work.

    A lot of attractions at Disneyland originally had a very slow way of "processing people" and thus, as the park became more and more popular, WED had to create new ways of handling bigger numbers of people without the need of lots of cast member to handle the crowds.
    That's why they abandoned walk-through kind of attractions instead of people-movers and such. I think that's where the real reason lies behind the closure of Cinderella Castle Mystery Tour. It simply wasn't a good deal anymore and upgrading the special FX or the characters featured in it wouldn't have helped the bottom line in no way whatsoever.

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    Re: Cinderella Mystery Tour

    Quote Originally Posted by massimo View Post
    I'll post this evening some pictures of the outside queue area just to pay hommage to it.
    Just uploaded my few pics. Enjoy!
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    Re: Cinderella Mystery Tour

    Nice.

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    Re: Cinderella Mystery Tour

    Yeah I suspect that's it too--walkthrus--but especially those in small winding passageways (ie the ones with real atmosphere) just don't seem practical at theme parks in general anymore. I wonder if the actual animatronics and other elements are still locked up in the castle? Too bad, I woulda thought if it could keep working at any DIsney park, it would be in Japan where the guests seem to be the most respectful (ie in terms of not touching the effects, etc) Didn't Marc Davis himself do some of his last ride work for the portrait gallery near the start?

    I know that the concept of "people eatyer" rides was at WED since the New York's Woirld Fair which is why a walkthru ride built in 1983 seemed odd anyway--I suspeted maybe it was something the Japanese requested. It's too bad though--it's nice to have a diverse mix of kinds of rides (ie some walking some riding) just to mix up the expereinces

    And yeah from what I have seen and friends have said it always had good attendance--so if they said that I suspect it was just backtalk. I suppose I should be glad it was decently filmed by some fans... Too bad!

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    Re: Cinderella Mystery Tour

    It should be noted that besides this one, the last three attractions closed at TDL have been theater-type: "Meet the World", "Main Street Cinema" and "Visionarium (Timekeeper)".

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    Re: Cinderella Mystery Tour

    Eric as far as we've heard the area from the show is supposed to be gutted so no I don't think the AAs are still there.

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    Re: Cinderella Mystery Tour

    ^which is a shame, since that was the only place you could ever see any refferance to The Black Cauldron. The Horned King was one scary AA.

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    Re: Cinderella Mystery Tour

    You're absolutely right, ZeekSlider. I was a little disappointed thougg by Maleficent's Diorama. Talking about how Japanese guests behave, I can only say their behaviour was simply amazing, very polite and always willing to buy the illusion (and that means they respected the props even if they were at hand)... The only thing I can say is they definetely deserve the attention to details they have in their own parks.
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    Re: Cinderella Mystery Tour

    I had read somewhere, don't remember where but it was a while ago, that the Castle Mystery tour was the single most expensive attraction to run. That could be a factor in it closing. I, myself, was extremely disappointed to get to JDR last year to find it had closed.

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    Re: Cinderella Mystery Tour

    I heard they closed the tour. When I went on the tour (20 years ago) I thought the tour guide was very animated but talked so fast I didn't understand anything he said. The dragon was well worth enduring entire lectures of absolutely no comprehension on my part. They should at least let us see the sleeping dragon somewhere. That was very, very cool.

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    Re: Cinderella Mystery Tour

    There's a similar sleeping dragon in the dungeon at Paris castle.

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    Re: Cinderella Mystery Tour

    Right--that must be where they got the idea--though I suspect the Paris one is more advanced.

    How many actual animatronic figures were in Castle Mystery Tour

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    Re: Cinderella Mystery Tour

    Quote Originally Posted by EricMontreal22 View Post
    Right--that must be where they got the idea--though I suspect the Paris one is more advanced.

    How many actual animatronic figures were in Castle Mystery Tour
    Would we count the moving skeletons on the dungeon floor too?

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