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    How Turtle Talk with Crush and Innoventions Stitch works

    This is a guess, but think it's reaonably accurate (I've dappled w/ voice recognition
    technology off and on over the years). We spent a couple of hours
    at the Innoventions Stitch last year (w/ two kids) w/ me trying to get a peek behind the
    curtains while we waited!
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    There's CM behind the screen w/ TV camera looking at the audience (in
    DL, this is the one that escorted you in) and a sophisticated computer that changes the CM voice to that of the character & CM also controls position and motion of CGI thru joysticks and recorded motions


    I suspect that the Crush one is very similar. Also notice that there are certain actions
    that always happen and they're exactly the same at the same positions. Actually, Stitch
    is easier since he's got a gravelly (distorted) voice. It's neat that they could do the
    same w/ Crush.

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    Thanks for the inside story, TDLFAN. I can't wait to see the IMAX HD System in full effect.

    I know that WDI is loyal to Iwerks' large-format and movie-ride system. But Iwerks had problems with strobing on projector speeds of 48+ FPS. IMAX already had the problem solved which is why it is technically an IMAX ride-film.

    I bet the sound was outstanding also. It is a 12,000-watt DTAC audio system manufactured by Sonics Associates (a subsidiary of IMAX, now called IMAX Digital Audio) that uses Boston Acoustics amps and speakers (or so I was told by a Sonics technician). Completely run off a WinNT OS using Visual Basic I believe.

    Again, thanks for the inside story, TDLFAN.
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    Quote Originally Posted by TDLFAN
    the big improvement here over DCA's version is the queue area. The queue is done in very contemporary decor with stylish attraction logo light up signs, neon lights and lighting effects. They also have a huge wall with pictures from the himalayas and other areas of the World, with trivia info from those areas on plasma TV monitors built into the walls.
    I saw the pics of the queue, I think I like DCA's a tad better. BUT I will wait till Oct when I can see yours in person I assume the pics from around the world will fit in better if (when?) they change it to a not-all-CA-movie.

    It is VERY interesting to see the totally different approach they took to the queue in the different parks.

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    What time did you get in line and what time did you finally get on the ride?

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    Me? I got in line at about 5:35pm and by the time we walked all the way into the ride and waited before being assigned the gate and row #, it was about 20 minutes to actually riding the show.

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    Quote Originally Posted by WDW1974
    Sounds like you were pleased, TDLFAN. And we know how tough that is. I expect that I'll enjoy Soarin because it's a highlight everytime I visit DCA. I still can't help, but find fault with Disney though for sticking an exact duplicate at Epcot when they could have spent some money and made a unique attraction using the exact technology ... imagine all the vistas you could fly over (heck, you could even end with some fututuristic type vision).

    But I bet Soarin, in its current form, will be a huge hit with guests. And unlike Test Track, I'll be enjoying it myself as well.

    The rumor I heard is that a new film will debut at EPCOT in 2007 for Epcot's 25th anniversary.

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    I am so excited about this attraction coming to Epcot. With this, Test Track, Mission: SPACE and Turtle Talk with Crush, the park has some pretty outstanding attractions that appeal to everyone.

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    Quote Originally Posted by OmegaKnight
    I am so excited about this attraction coming to Epcot. With this, Test Track, Mission: SPACE and Turtle Talk with Crush, the park has some pretty outstanding attractions that appeal to everyone.
    You mean...like it used to be on opening day?

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    Quote Originally Posted by TDLFAN
    You mean...like it used to be on opening day?
    Exactly. As an Epcot cast member, this means that even more people will visit the park which is definitely good for us.

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    Did you know I worked at EPCOT *before* opening day? I worked the Mexican cantina the first weekend of Sept 1982, during construction workers & family preview days. ..And... was there on Opening day as well, Oct 1st 1982. Oh the memories....

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    Oooohh the mexican cantina! I'm a permanent fixture there. The funny thing is, I dont like frozen margaritas...but those are like liquid heroin.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TDLFAN
    Did you know I worked at EPCOT *before* opening day? I worked the Mexican cantina the first weekend of Sept 1982, during construction workers & family preview days. ..And... was there on Opening day as well, Oct 1st 1982. Oh the memories....
    Oh fun! We actually had a guest come in with an unused ticket from Epot that doesn't expire asking what he can do with it. I believe this was from the mid-80's.

    Okay, my questions: I have been on Soarin' at DCA MANY times because it's my mom's favorite attraction in the park. I was wondering if the safety video is the same? Also, is there a single-rider lane for this version also?

    thanks again for your report!

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    Too early to tell about single riders line. I only saw a FP and a Stand By entrance only.

    I have only been on DCA's Soarin' over CA twice, and I believe the safety video is the same. That guy passing himself as the chief attendant, even though his uniform has 3 stripes which makes him a first officer pilot, then giving the little brat the thumbs up. Same video... The guy reminds me of that former talk show host now doing some TV commercial..

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    Quote Originally Posted by WDW1974
    Sounds like you were pleased, TDLFAN. And we know how tough that is. I expect that I'll enjoy Soarin because it's a highlight everytime I visit DCA. I still can't help, but find fault with Disney though for sticking an exact duplicate at Epcot when they could have spent some money and made a unique attraction using the exact technology ... imagine all the vistas you could fly over (heck, you could even end with some fututuristic type vision).

    But I bet Soarin, in its current form, will be a huge hit with guests. And unlike Test Track, I'll be enjoying it myself as well.

    Still not likin' that Test Track huh? -- it's not WoM but I still like it and now the longest FP lines should be at Soarin'

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    Nope. I don't hate Test Track. And you know I like cars ... the attraction just leaves me cold, like industrial plant cold. (which I guess means it succeeded in its goals, but that's not what I go to Disney for). WoM was so whimsical, so colorful, so sensory ... and that 'Fun to be Free' song ... it was all so ... so ... Disney.

    Test Track is so blah.

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