O T

Published: August 28, 2014 at 2:33 PM

Although I like the drone concepts I'll think it'll never work. Wind and safety issues and the power of those drones will make it unsuitable for theme park use.
Robert Niles
Editor

Published: August 28, 2014 at 2:34 PM

My wife just looked at the drawing for the drone aerial screen and said, "Isn't that like in The Hunger Games?"

Mind. Blown.

N B

Published: August 28, 2014 at 2:48 PM

A fleet of drones over a crowded theme park with giant sails attached to them.... what could possibly go wrong?
Tony Duda

Published: August 28, 2014 at 2:50 PM

^^^^^^ Isn't that the definition of a typical theme park ride? All seems to be going OK and then something terrible happens?
Rob McCullough

Published: August 28, 2014 at 3:05 PM

Beyond the obvious safety issues, my concern is about how quiet they could be and how long the power supply would last to keep them doing their thing for en entire parade or night time spectacular.
A Lotte World in Korea is already using drone operated lanterns in a show, but I think the lanterns are actually helium balloons so the energy is only being used to move them, not levitate them. The show also takes place inside a huge building so weather and gusts of wind are not an issue.
Still, it opens up amazing possibilities.
Anon Mouse

Published: August 28, 2014 at 3:18 PM

The Jungle Cruise video was like "Hunger Games". LOL!!!

The drones pulling up the puppets and screens are a major surprise. I didn't expect it. I wonder how practical the whole thing is. It is impractical to train people to manually operate the numerous drones. The drones would all have to be computer controlled.

Does this mean fireworks are disappearing? You can't have the screens and the fireworks together. The smoke will obstruct the screens. I guess the new pixel technology will substitute for the fireworks.

Maybe this won't work. A failure could be LightMagic II. A windy day will ruin the show.

Hoop-Dee-Doo Revue? Okay, I hate it, but it still survived. Some people eat it up.

Max LaZebnik

Published: August 28, 2014 at 3:48 PM

Woah! I can't wait to see projected animated characters in the sky! Since you mentioned the Flinstones BBQ shutting down for Potter, I also read a report from both Screamscape and InsideUniversal.net saying that the Soundstage 28 at USH to the left of Transformers could close soon. I know how many people are sad as it is historic, but on the other hand, do you think this could mean that Hollywood could be getting a West Coast Version of Diagon Alley? That would certainly make sense as the only way to get from the upper and lower lots is the annoying and monotonous starway. The Hogwarts Express would indeed be very welcome in Hollywood to shuttle people between the Upper and Lower lots :)
164.77.211.138

Published: August 28, 2014 at 3:52 PM

Robert, does this mean that JAMMitors are gone??? (They are my favorite Epcot Live Entertainment????
Robert Niles
Editor

Published: August 28, 2014 at 5:09 PM

I believe that the cut acts are limited to those listed above.
Robert Niles
Editor

Published: August 28, 2014 at 5:10 PM

Max,

I think you're on to something. ;^)

Tim Chatlos

Published: August 28, 2014 at 5:41 PM

While I suppose both the screens and marionettes might be a bit more ambitious, these applications might be used for a special private event and/or media day one-off like the flying dragon used around the opening of New Fantasyland.
98.85.101.70

Published: August 28, 2014 at 7:53 PM

At least we will never see lame half Raptor man again at Animal Kingdom.

I'm surprised Disney is not using the drones lasers to check for tickets at all it's up charge events. They could make a photopass drone to follow you everywhere. Where is the Wall-e drone to pick my trash?

An up charge for a website it's like I'm at WDW. I hope it works I have visited this site for years but most news breaks on twitter now. Good luck. Does it come with themed cupcakes?

Max LaZebnik

Published: August 28, 2014 at 10:19 PM

That's definitely my gut feeling, Robert! They also have the Panda Express and Ben N' Jerry's on the lower lot that just looks completely out of place from the rest of the lower lot! The lower lot in general needs a big thematic overhaul! I guess the question is is if the Tomb Traders store across from the Mummy would survive. I suppose they could relocate a Mummy-themed store next to the Mummy ride itself. I also found a Variety article that confirms that they are indeed knocking down the Soundstage 28 here for a "theme park expansion": http://variety.com/2014/artisans/news/universal-to-demolish-phantom-of-the-opera-soundstage-but-preserve-silent-films-set-1201292227/. It claims that the aging soundstage is worn out and is claimed to be "too noisy" next door to Transformers. That could easily become the future Gringotts right there ;) I guess the question would be if they would be able to fit the whole London Embankment or downscale it to include just Kings Cross Station and/or the subway entrance to Diagon Alley.
Chris Hill

Published: August 29, 2014 at 8:21 AM

Not Off Kilter?!?!? They have been a must see for me since my College Program days. I still listen to their CD's all the time. They will be surely missed by my family.
Jacob Sundstrom
Writer

Published: August 29, 2014 at 12:40 PM

@Tim: I hope you enjoy yourself! The Skeleton Rooms are a nice bonus, but don't feel like you're missing out on too much.

@Anonymous Human: You are right, my mistake. I got the names mixed up.