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.