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The Blog Flume Filter for August 15, 2013

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Published: August 15, 2013 at 3:31 PM

Disney's D23 – The D23 convention has come to a close. Now all of the videographers are back home and have compiled the videos we have been expecting for days…

This is a nice warm-up video to the Imagineers section:



A full walkthrough of Journey into Imagineering:



The Treasures of Walt Disney Archives Tour:



You may be asking yourself why they took up so much space with archival items. There is only a cynical answer to that question, and it is because they went out of their way to not say anything new about Star Wars, new theme park rides, or anything else in the parks.

Disney’s Animal Kingdom – There are two new walk around characters that just debuted at the park. Based on the height of the characters, these almost seem like a case study into how the Na’vi might work at the park. The new characters are called DeVine and Bamboo. I find it somewhat irritating that they don’t talk, which limits their interaction with park goers.





Disneyland – Indiana Jones has a new lighting effect on Mara. To be honest, I don’t really see the difference, but I am also not on the ride every week.



Universal Studios Florida – The new ride for Simpsons land has finally opened up to visitors. The Kang and Kodos Twirl ‘n’ Hurl seems to take the Dumbo ride and crank it up a couple of notches since there are targets to hit.



SeaWorld San Diego – We are starting to hear that the next big attraction to the park for 2015 will be to remodel the Penguin Encounter to be more like the new Antarctica exhibit in Orlando.

Dollywood – While the official announcement is not until next Wednesday the 21st, we are starting to get some idea of what is going in. A Trademark filing has us thinking that the new attraction will be a roller coaster by the name of Firechaser Express. This attraction is presumed to be a more family oriented coaster with a launch and no inversions. I would think that Cheetah Hunt at BGT or Manta at SWSD is probably a vague idea of what the new coaster is going to be like. Construction is already underway in the Adventure Mountain area.

Six Flags Fiesta Texas – The Iron Rattler is now open with an added safety precaution of a seat belt.

Heide-Park – The German theme park is the next in line for a B&M wing coaster. The official announcement is set for sometime this week. And silly us, we thought that Kings Island was going to get it…

Worlds of Fun – This park was already in line for a couple of additions to their waterpark, but a strange turn of events has led to rumors that Worlds of Fun may also be getting a very large ride as well. As it seems, the ride inspectors in California have refused to sign off on the evacuation system for Knott’s Berry Farm’s Windseeker ride, despite the fact that it has been approved for every other park outside of California. This explains why a brand new ride has been sitting closed for 11 months (Please don’t mention Knoebels Flying Turns to me, they should have that open soon). Since Knott’s is unable to open the ride, the next option is to dismantle it and send it somewhere else. As of now, it looks like Worlds of Fun is that somewhere else.

Knott’s Berry Farm – It sounds like the launch cable on Xcelerator has snapped again. At this point we have no idea when it will reopen.

Kentucky Kingdom – It was confirmed last Friday that Rocky Mountain Coasters is handing the rehab for Thunder Run. This is something that RMC is familiar with even if they do not go with the steel topper track. This does however pave the way while explaining the reason that the Twisted Twins will not open until 2016 and be a “much superior ride”. I’m thinking Iron Horse treatment like Outlaw Run and the New Texas Giant for the Twins. But we shall see… Meanwhile all of the old Six Flags signs have come down and been replaced by the new Kentucky Kingdom signs. While it is a small thing, it is very symbolic.

Darien Lake – The Predator sounds like it is in the running for a Rocky Mountain Coasters rebuild.

Six Flags Great America – American Eagle’s Blue side also looks to be in the running for a Rocky Mountain Coasters rebuild. This is somewhat intriguing as it sounds like only one side is going to get the makeover, which would make this a steel vs. wood racing coaster.

Star Wars - It is amazing what I find amusing…

Readers' Opinions

From James Koehl on August 15, 2013 at 3:48 PM
DeVine and Bamboo have been around Renaissance Festivals for years. There we call them The Green Man, but they don't do all the dancing around. Sometimes they just stand there in a grove of trees, unmoving, for long periods of time, then very slowly begin to move out into the lanes of the faire. They have to move slowly- they always attract a huge crowd.
From David L. on August 15, 2013 at 6:23 PM
DiVIne has been at Animal Kingdom for many years...And I guess other places too, though I have no Idea why they'd be at a Renaissance festival...
From James Koehl on August 15, 2013 at 6:48 PM
I should have been more clear- the idea of a walking plant/human character that looks like this has been used at renaissance festivals for years. I didn't mean to infer that this particular performer has been doing faires for years. Sorry for the confusion.
From Russell Meyer on August 15, 2013 at 8:20 PM
Devine has definitely been at Animal Kingdom for a while. I have a photo of the character from 2010, so definitely not new.
From Jacob Sundstrom on August 15, 2013 at 11:08 PM
It should be noted that the voice of Mara in the Indiana Jones attraction has drastically changed, as well. Lots of Disney folks complaining about it in my Twitter feed.
From Anon Mouse on August 16, 2013 at 8:14 AM
You didn't notice, but the Mara effect gives the idol some eyes. The face changes to show emotion like anger or some supernatural effect.

The Indiana Jones Mara makeover is a welcome change and I feel a similar approach should be done at DCA's Tower of Terror. In the elevator loading platform, nothing much happens in the first room before the elevator moves into the shaft. They should add a 15 to 30 second pre-show. The room should be altered with projection effects that take you to the Twilight Zone much more earlier than the mirror room.

From 204.128.192.31 on August 16, 2013 at 9:16 AM
Great update- The walk around DeVine and Bamboo are not new though... DeVine came from DCA originally and has been at DAK for many years now. To be clear, they were here BEFORE Transformers.
From Mark Kausch on August 16, 2013 at 10:28 AM
Not really sure why "Orlando Attractions" would cover D23...
From Russell Meyer on August 16, 2013 at 11:01 AM
They covered D23 because everyone was assuming that they would make a big announcement about DHS and DAK expansion. It ended up being a big tease, and nothing tangible was announced.
From 70.98.129.170 on August 16, 2013 at 12:00 PM
The voice of Mara sounds HORRIBLE!!!!! NOOOOOOOO!!!!
Please please please keep the effects but change the voice back to the original.

Sounds like some 18 year old over actor!

DISNEY - PLEASE CHANGE IT BACK!!!!

Does anyone else agree with me?

From 71.194.68.189 on August 18, 2013 at 5:03 PM
I haven't heard that Rumor on the American Eagle at SFGA. I will say that the Blue side needs a little TLC.

The lighting on Indy is a bit significant. You can really see the eyes now. Its good they are keeping up the effects.

From Mike Gallagher on August 19, 2013 at 5:32 PM
Now they're saying it's actually a new woodie at SFGam, not necessarily a re-do. My money is on RMC..they're riding high lately.

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