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Disney gets the Everest vibe as well
« on: Apr 23 2003, 15:35 »

"Disney puts thrills into two new rides
Confident that crowds will return, the company readies two magnets at its Florida theme parks to attract younger audiences.
By MARK ALBRIGHT, Times Staff Writer
St. Petersburg Times, published April 23, 2003
LAKE BUENA VISTA -- Walt Disney Co. laid out the details Tuesday of two new $100-million plus thrill rides destined for two of its Florida parks that have a reputation for tame attractions.

Mission Space, which mimics the G-forces astronauts endure in a journey to Mars, opens this fall at Epcot. Expedition Everest, the first backward roller coaster built since 1916, opens in 2006 at Animal Kingdom.


Disney plans a soft opening Aug. 15 for Mission Space. That means it will be open periodically while the bugs are worked out before a formal opening in October.
Disney engineers have been working on the attraction, which they call the most complex in Disney history, for four years.

Mission Space gets its effects such as rocket liftoff the same way NASA does in astronaut training. The ride spins passengers at high speed around the edge of a centrifuge that's about 50 feet in diameter.
Ride designers insist passengers have no sense they are being spun around because they won't see what's happening.
"Because someone might subliminally react to what we tell them, it might ruin the experience for them," said Mike Lentz, director of Disney's event attractions. "Astronauts who have taken the ride say it's the closest experience they have had to the real thing."

Expedition Everest would be the most expensive roller coaster ever built, topping the $75-million spent for a coaster in Las Vegas. During about one-third of the ride, passengers will be rolling backwards at about 50 mph.

Both rides are an attempt to appeal to young thrill seekers who are the foundation of amusement parks' traffic. Previously, Disney stuck with adding animals and less intense attractions to establish Animal Kingdom's primary identity.

"They really needed to put some true white-knuckle rides at these two parks," said Paul Ruben, North American editor for Park World, an industry trade publication.

Fans have long criticized Disney for never replicating the Matterhorn, a coaster built inside a snow-capped mountain at Disneyland in California.
While many Disney-phobes have lobbied for a Matterhorn at Disney World, Expedition Everest will be much different.

The story line includes a life-size version of a Tibetan mountain village, ice-cold breezes and an animatronic Yeti about the size of a house.
After the Yeti chases the coaster to the edge of a cliff, it falls backward down the mountainside. "

Excerpt from St. Petersburg Times.
« Last Edit: Apr 23 2003, 15:35 by 7summits »
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Re:Disney gets the Everest vibe as well
« Reply #1 on: Oct 9 2003, 03:09 »

i think disney should stick with mickey mouse and pluto and leave out the 'Everest Expedition' ride

we dont build a disney snow cone stand at the top of mount everest.
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