Should all track-based dark rides shift to the new trackless technology?New dark rides around the world are being built without a track.
From Daniel EtcheberryPooh's Hunny Hunt, Mystic Manor, and Antartica already use this technology as well as Ratatouille Kitchen Calamity when it opens next year.
Posted June 12, 2013 at 2:59 PM
Isn't time to retrofit the old rides? They look outdated now.
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From Dominick DAfter the disaster Antarctica was, no, but I'd like to see more of it.
Posted June 12, 2013 at 3:11 PM
From Andrew DoughertyWhat about test track? That thing trackless could push new tech boundaries. Think about it. It would make the ride better with its own unique element instead of what it is now.
Posted June 12, 2013 at 6:38 PM
From James TrexenTest Track without a track sounds like the ultimate oxymoron. Besides, the idea of doing that sounds like it has too much room for disaster.
Posted June 12, 2013 at 9:43 PM
From Tyler HarrisDominik, Antartica wasn't a disaster, but the ride is overrated anyway. I do enjoy the technology of the ride, but its short and ridiculous.
Posted June 13, 2013 at 8:37 AM
PS: I think Mr Toads Wild Ride should come back to the MK trackless in 2016
From James Trexen^It's kind of hard to be overrated when all the reviews I've seen have been less than stellar.
Posted June 13, 2013 at 10:01 AM
From Russell MeyerIt's not a matter of "retrofitting" old attractions, they would need to be completely gutted. Disney doesn't do that to "classic" attractions. Now, I could see them utilizing the newer trackless technology to create new dark rides in the place of existing dark rides, but to just rip up the tracks and throw in trackless vehicles, that's not how it works.
Posted June 13, 2013 at 10:47 AM
Plus, all of the trackless vehicles I've seen need a bit more room to maneuver than the existing tracked vehicles, so they may not even be compatible with the existing spaces without doing a complete teardown of the interior. At MK, that's probably not such a huge deal, but in DL, it's probably next to impossible on most of the Fantasyland dark rides.
From Flavio de SouzaTyler you read my mind. A revamped Mr Toads Wild Ride with trackless technology and the cars near bumping each other would be great.
Posted June 14, 2013 at 10:19 AM
From Herwig DelvauxThere is a choice to be made, every time again.
Posted July 13, 2013 at 5:55 AM
Trackless offers lots of theoretic possibilities, which are often not exploited in order to bring the storytelling to higher level. Pooh in Tokyo did use it, "because of the storytelling". Successfull. Most of the instances with ETF mystic mover (shooter rides, mostly), is just done to get the theoretic freedom of multiple choice. Exploited advance in quality? Or just one more marketing trap?
For me, the storytelling is the essential departing step. Technology is chosen to serve the story. (Or, should be)
Choose some technology for the sake of technology, and you've explored the empty soap bubble.
Practical. Trackless must be flat floor based. No absolute safety can be guaranteed with slopes of any kind. So, want an attraction with slopes, levels? Or NO floor? (swing) Or speed? ... Then you're nessessarily back on track. ;-)
From Anthony MurphyWell technically speaking the Great Movie Ride and the Tower of Terror are trackless
Posted July 15, 2013 at 6:45 PM
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