The story is that fixing the massive animatronic would require not just closing the popular attraction for an extended period, but also making structural changes to the mountain itself, in order to access the animatronic.
Having experienced the Yeti in its full-motion "A" mode many years ago, I understand why so many fans wish that Disney could find a way to fix the Yeti. It was amazing. Disney Imagineer Joe Rohde, who led the creation of Disney's Animal Kingdom, has heard the complaints for years... and he continues to hear them, even in unexpected places. He tweeted yesterday:
US Passport officer looks at my passport, my face, and says,"When are you going to fix that yeti?"— Joe Rohde (@Joe_Rohde) October 24, 2017
Of course, it gets better.
Well...it IS in the best interests of our country.?? https://t.co/InXtGboSd9— Joe Rohde (@Joe_Rohde) October 24, 2017
Okay, so if we've got U.S. Customs and Boarder Protection on board with the Yeti fix now, that opens up some possibilities. We can sell this to the Trump administration as a border security measure - a massive mechanical creature that will attack foreign tourists. (Yes, it will attack tourists from the US, too, but we will just leave that out of the presentation for now.)
Or, maybe, the CBP can pitch the Yeti project as a way to leverage Disney into finally reopening the Hall of Presidents in exchange for the money to fix the Yeti. If that's not enough, maybe Disney can throw in an extra Trump animatronic that the administration could use for public appearances, freeing the President to go play more golf instead of hanging around the Oval Office. (It's rumored that both Clinton and W. Bush used this scheme during their administrations, though Obama was not able to, due to the fact that Disney's animatronic looked nothing like the real Obama.)
Anyway, lots of possibilities here. The U.S. government wants the Yeti fixed, too! C'mon, Disney, let's make a deal and make this happen!
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