Madagascar: A Crate Adventure had its soft opening on Friday 13th

There is already a You Tube video.

From Daniel Etcheberry
Posted May 14, 2011 at 1:37 PM
Check it out at

The camera was shaky at times, and out of focus at other times. It is a very dark ride, so sometimes one can't see a thing.

It doesn't look impressive. I like the shadows of the captain and the penguin in the first scene (very funny) and the part with the "move it" song.

The rest is so-so at best.

From Robert Niles
Posted May 14, 2011 at 1:39 PM
It's interesting that they blended film with the animatronics. I kinda lost the plot near the end, though. It didn't seem to track all the way through with the movie, but it's been ages since I saw the film.

Shooting a dark ride is tough without professional lenses or special show lighting. The typical dark ride interior lighting doesn't support home photography very well. But I saw enough here that I'd definitely want to see this come to a US park. And the exterior is spectacular.

From Lauren Hayhurst
Posted May 14, 2011 at 1:53 PM
I liked the tower of crates almost falling on your head! Where has this opened?

From Robert Niles
Posted May 14, 2011 at 2:22 PM
Whoops, sorry. This is at Universal Studios Singapore.

From Terri Pierce
Posted May 14, 2011 at 2:45 PM
Very interesting. I would have to experience all the extras you get when you're actually in the ride to determine how good it would be.

There are a few points in there that didn't flow though. I'm pretty sure they stole some of the scenes from the end and placed them at the beginning of the ride... but very interesting on how they did this ride. Seems long- which I like.

From Daniel Etcheberry
Posted May 14, 2011 at 3:13 PM
Robert, I totally agree with you that the exterior is spectacular. Could you imagine that exterior next to Universal Orlando's lagoon where Fear Factor stands now?

I suppose the "move it" part was impossible to do it with animatronics because they can't move and dance like they do in animation. I like the transition from animatronics to animation.

From Jorge Arnoldson
Posted May 15, 2011 at 8:59 AM
Speaking of soft openings on Friday the 13th, I went to a Passholder preview of The Seas with Nemo and Friends at Epcot. Although it's an Omnimover (which tends to run really efficiently), it was broken down when I got in line. :P

From Ashleigh Noad
Posted May 15, 2011 at 12:30 PM
From what I've read there are no drops at all.
Seems to be mainly appealing for little kids.

From Mike Seary
Posted May 15, 2011 at 1:41 PM
This ride seems more at home in a Disney park than Universal.

From Nick Markham
Posted May 15, 2011 at 2:01 PM
^It wouldn't work because Dreamworks is a huge competitor with PIXAR.

From Mike Seary
Posted May 15, 2011 at 3:07 PM
No I know... I just meant style-wise, like the type of ride, or the experience of the ride, not so much the intellectual property.

It's basically just "Animals of the Caribbean".

From Ashleigh Noad
Posted May 16, 2011 at 5:47 AM
I think it's a good move of Universal to be putting in more 'kiddie/Disney-esque' style type rides. They are branching out their target audience.

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