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    Backlot Tour: What Happened?

    I road the backlot tour in 2002 and I liked it at the time. For the most part, people seem to dislike this attraction though. Someone even went as far as saying, "They neutered it." What exactly did the neuter. What is the whole experience like now a days as compared to in 2002? What could make it better?

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    Re: Backlot Tour: What Happened?

    they hacked like 80% of it out.

    It used to be three seperate phases... including moving through working studio facilities.

    Now you have the pearl harbor effects stage... which hasn't seen any real updates since god knows when... you ride through what used to be the costuming shops.. do catastrophe canyon.. which too.. has seen no real changes... then you ride past some dilapidated props.

    You no longer see the streets of america as a movie set... the entire backlot area was removed for lights motors action...

    It's trying to take you through a backlot tour of something that no longer is a studio. It's a albatross around the park's neck.

    It needs to go all together so the charade can stop.
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    Re: Backlot Tour: What Happened?

    Flynnibus summed it up quite nicely. Basically the way I describe it is it was neutered 3 times.

    Neuter #1: In the early 2000's the studio closed and now you tour the backlot of a theme park and former movie studio. Not nearly as exciting as a current movie studio, but still somewhat interesting.

    Neuter #2: In 2003 the entire backlot section was ripped away in favor of Lights, Motors, Action. Well now we're touring half of a former movie studio, cool, I guess? The attraction is essentially on life support at this point but still worth doing for a first time visitor.

    Neuter #3 (aka the final nail in the coffin): Upon returning from refurb in 2008 the real life guides are removed and the spiel is automated. Taking out the last touch of anything interesting with the attraction. Now Guests can visit half of a former movie studio with no live tour guide. At this point, it has become an unbearable waste of time.

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    Re: Backlot Tour: What Happened?

    If they are going to keep the tour, they should at least drop the lie that there are still any working studios. The only part of the park that is still used for continued production is the radio broadcasting booth.

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    Re: Backlot Tour: What Happened?

    The only things keeping the "Tour" around are the Effects tank and Catastrophe Canyon, both of which are mildly entertaining, but definitely not enough to be their own attractions. Since there's no longer a working studio, I'd like to see Catastrophe Canyon given some new elements, and a couple more set piece "effects" experiences built before it. Maybe two more disaster sequences to ride through or some such. That way they could call it a special effects experience, drop the studio tour malarkey, and they can market it as a "new" attraction.

    Oh, and please change out the tank tour theming to the new Pirates movie or something. It's bad enough it still reflects a 9 year old movie, but the fact that it's also considered one of the worst movies of all time just makes it laughable.
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    Re: Backlot Tour: What Happened?

    That's exactly what I've been begging to see happen. Change it from a backlot tour and make it the Hollywood Studios Special Effects Tour or something like that. My plan would be as follows:

    1. Keep the water tank special effects but rip out all of the Titanic stuff and just make it a generic water effects show. If it has to keep a movie tie in, change the ship to the Black Pearl and make it a Pirates special effects show.

    2. Move on to the tour but add two more special effect drive through scenes. Maybe have one scene where we drive through a typhoon complete with tidal wave and another where we enter a building that looks like a city scene and see an alien invasion or something like that. Make those special effect stops be fairly amazing however.

    Along the way you could keep the more interesting props along with narration for what movies they were used in. It still wouldn't be as good as the original 2 hour tour that opened with the studio, but it would be something worth visiting.

    Oh yeah, and bring back the live tour guides.

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    Re: Backlot Tour: What Happened?

    Well seems like I got there right before Neuter 2. When they got rid of "half of it" in 2003 what all did they get rid of? I am seeing if I can remember seeing that half. How long does the tour take now a days? Is it still popular as it was in the early 2000's?

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    Re: Backlot Tour: What Happened?

    In addition to being themed to a terrible, terrible movie, the tank scene is also very jokey, very laugh-at-your-fellow-tourists having fun scene that is based on the attack on Pearl Harbor (OK, based on a movie based on the attack of Pearl Harbor). Anyone else find this kind of offensive?

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    Re: Backlot Tour: What Happened?

    Quote Originally Posted by clockworkmonkey View Post
    In addition to being themed to a terrible, terrible movie, the tank scene is also very jokey, very laugh-at-your-fellow-tourists having fun scene that is based on the attack on Pearl Harbor (OK, based on a movie based on the attack of Pearl Harbor). Anyone else find this kind of offensive?
    If Pearl Harbor had been a dramatic, Oscar winning masterpiece like Saving Private Ryan, I might find it a little distasteful. But Pearl Harbor the movie is such a joke, and is emphasized so much in the queue (Curse you Disney for forcing me to watch parts of that movie), that it neuters the offensiveness. I think after watching Pearl Harbor, your brain is so numb they could say or do anything horrible and you really wouldn't notice.
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    Re: Backlot Tour: What Happened?

    Residential Street was demolished.
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    Re: Backlot Tour: What Happened?

    Also, going way back in time to the earliest incarnations of the Tour, was the on-foot tour of working studios part of the overall Backlot Tour, or a separate attraction? It's been so long now I can't remember, I just have vague memories of looking down into sets for the mini-series From the Earth to the Moon.
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    Re: Backlot Tour: What Happened?

    I think it was separate. When I saw it in 1997, they had sets and props from 101 Dalmations there. A CM even let me go right up to a miniature of her house and photograph it on the inside.

    The only bit of the backlot tour I remember - other than the burning tanker bit - was seeing the house from Golden Girls.

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    Re: Backlot Tour: What Happened?

    Quote Originally Posted by Maverick View Post
    Residential Street was demolished.
    What all was on residential street?

    I remember the burning tanker bit too. That's really about it haha.

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    Re: Backlot Tour: What Happened?

    All I remember is the Golden Girls house, and the house across the street that was from a Golden Girls spin-off. Can't even remember the name of the show, but the dad was a dentist, and had two adult daughters. I think the dad used to be on the old show "Soap" with Billy Crystal.... Dang it! What was that show???

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    Re: Backlot Tour: What Happened?

    Quote Originally Posted by ecdlanddude View Post
    Basically the way I describe it is it was neutered 3 times.
    Neuter #3 (aka the final nail in the coffin): Upon returning from refurb in 2008 the real life guides are removed and the spiel is automated. Taking out the last touch of anything interesting with the attraction. Now Guests can visit half of a former movie studio with no live tour guide. At this point, it has become an unbearable waste of time.
    but the "best" part is - THERE IS STILL A CM ON THE RIDE!! That's right... they sit there and stare at the audience instead of spieling. So Disney STILL has to pay for a CM to sit there, when it would cost them NOTHING to have that CM talk.

    The second I saw that, it was over for me I still really liked the ride, I was even part of the show a few years ago, but that was the final straw for me
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