The legend of the Disco Yeti extends to the US government

Edited: October 24, 2017, 9:45 AM

Disney fans have been complaining for years about the "Disco Yeti," the broken Yeti animatronic on Expedition Everest that Disney nevertheless had tried to create an illusion of motion around by illuminating it with a strobe light.

The story is that fixing the massive animatronic would require not just closing the popular attraction for an extended period, but also making structural changes to the mountain itself, in order to access the animatronic.

Having experienced the Yeti in its full-motion "A" mode many years ago, I understand why so many fans wish that Disney could find a way to fix the Yeti. It was amazing. Disney Imagineer Joe Rohde, who led the creation of Disney's Animal Kingdom, has heard the complaints for years... and he continues to hear them, even in unexpected places. He tweeted yesterday:

Of course, it gets better.

Okay, so if we've got U.S. Customs and Boarder Protection on board with the Yeti fix now, that opens up some possibilities. We can sell this to the Trump administration as a border security measure - a massive mechanical creature that will attack foreign tourists. (Yes, it will attack tourists from the US, too, but we will just leave that out of the presentation for now.)

Or, maybe, the CBP can pitch the Yeti project as a way to leverage Disney into finally reopening the Hall of Presidents in exchange for the money to fix the Yeti. If that's not enough, maybe Disney can throw in an extra Trump animatronic that the administration could use for public appearances, freeing the President to go play more golf instead of hanging around the Oval Office. (It's rumored that both Clinton and W. Bush used this scheme during their administrations, though Obama was not able to, due to the fact that Disney's animatronic looked nothing like the real Obama.)

Anyway, lots of possibilities here. The U.S. government wants the Yeti fixed, too! C'mon, Disney, let's make a deal and make this happen!


Replies (3)

October 24, 2017, 9:53 AM

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October 24, 2017, 10:33 AM

The sad thing is that this plan might work with Trump....

Edited: October 24, 2017, 5:49 PM

Maybe if Bob Iger runs for President of the USA, he'll have more leverage to force the new President of Walt Disney Company to fix the Yeti and fix the Hall of Presidents. Or maybe the current CEO and President Iger of Disney is a powerless fool incapable of doing anything. Imagine Trump saying as the Incumbent "He can't fix that Yeti, how can Iger be President?"

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