Water Park Apprentice: Challenge 1

Boat Ride

From Tim W
Posted June 14, 2010 at 7:33 PM
Welcome to Water Park Apprentice (WPA), the spinoff game from Theme Park Apprentice. Due to an overwhelming response, we will do a short, water themed version of Theme Park Apprentice before the next season starts.

Here is the 1st challenge, Create a Boat Ride:
Some of the greatest known and most advanced dark rides are boat rides. There are quite a few at the Disney parks currently. They include Jungle Cruise, Pirates of the Caribbean, and “it’s a small world”. Your challenge for this week is to take a theme and turn it into a flat boat ride in similar fashion to these rides. For your ride, you must include the name of the ride, the theming, a description of the ride, and the park that it will be located within. Keep in mind that it does not have to be at a Disney or Universal park. It may be at SeaWorld, Busch Gardens, Six Flags, Cedar Fair, or another theme park. Will your boat ride be inside or outside? The choice is up to you. Keep in mind that this does not include any log flume, water coaster, or shoot the chutes style rides. It must be a flat ride.vIt may feature a small drop in similarity to Pirates of the Caribbean. You may use a “universal” theme like animals in the jungle (Jungle Cruise) or make use of a movie or television show. Theming is the key for this particular challenge. As always, have fun and be creative!

Please post by Saturday contestants. And our contestants include David L, James Koehl, Adam Nodjomian, Dan Babbit, Hannah Caller, Justin Miranda, Nick Markham, Joshua Counsil, Neil Reece, Nolan Norwood, Andy Milio, Anthony Murphy, Kathryn Leigh, and Tyler Bell. Good luck to all!

From Tyler Bell
Posted June 14, 2010 at 8:28 AM
Super Mario Galaxy 4D; The ride,at Universal Studios Hollywood

Riders will journey through the world of mario..
Sequance one;
Riders Follow Mario as he travels galaxy to galaxy to collect power stars(As the stars come at riders in 4D,water jets will shoot riders along the mario galaxy river.)Along the way riders will see mario interact with other charcters as they warn him that heis in danger.THen suddenly it turns completely dark as riders go on a 3 series minidrops.
Sequnce 2+3
The riders enter into the next scene.
Suddenly, riders appear in mushroom kingdom as Bowser invades the kingdom.(Another 4D effect).Water jets shoot riders as bowser shoots his laser gun at riders(This takes place in 4D)Then mario throws a power star at Bowser,but he misses instead he hits the riders and we drop on a two series minidrops(When mario throws the star and misses this is also another 4D effect).Mario then jumps in the air and he takes out his hammer and wacks bowser in the head.Once mario wacks him riders boats will vibrate tas bowser hits the ground.Then riders follow mario back into space(loading station),then the ride concludes.The rides runtime will be in between 4 and 7 mins.

From Tyler Bell
Posted June 14, 2010 at 1:02 PM
This is the first BOAT ride that will feature never before seen technology.

From David L.
Posted June 15, 2010 at 7:43 AM

Location: Dinoland USA

Ride: the entrence has the River of Time in large letters. Below, there is a sign saying," Those who watch the river of time gradually watch it dissapear. Those who ride the river of time, will see all around them dissapear".
the line goes up to the river. You can only see the river clouded in mist. YOu then follow up to the Station where a 42 person boat with a guide is waiting. after you board your giude takes you into the the deep mist of the River of Time. As you become shrouded in mist you pick up speed. At this point you can see nothing but the water and the boat. then the mist clears and you have traveled back in time... to the time of the dinosaurs. YOur guide with tells you about them before going through time again and seeing a defferent set of dinos. Then you do it again. On a final time you travel back the current time and arrive at a station. There you exit and the ride is over.

Notes: the times where you speed up you are going down a slightly slanted drop. Between the 2 stations there is a chain lift like on Pirates of the Carabien.

Feedback would be great.

From Tim W
Posted June 15, 2010 at 1:24 PM
Feedback from me will be given once everyone has submitted for the challenge. A new challenge will be added due to our 14th contestants fyi, making it 8 challenges again, with a break for a week in august.

I am currently at work utilizing some of the unused challenges for TP Apprentice as well, such as live show, aa show, store, nighttime spectacular, special event, and animal exhibit. Keep in mind that this season will most likely start in november though. I'd be willing to take anyone's suggestions for other challenges.

From David L.
Posted June 15, 2010 at 1:32 PM
maybe just adding a ride (or rides and stores and restaurants) in a specific space in a specific theme park. Ex: Using the space that the galaxy theater took up in the Magic Kingdom, build something that wouldfit the area. Oh... and i finished posting my mysterious island idea on it's own thread.

From Tim W
Posted June 15, 2010 at 7:34 PM
Thanks David! And I know it is still early in the week, but remember the posting deadline.

From James Koehl
Posted June 15, 2010 at 7:42 PM
"Snoopy's Holiday Cruise"

Location: the ground level of the Coliseum at Cedar Point, Sandusky, Ohio.

The Coliseum is one of the oldest and most beautiful structures at Cedar Point. It is located in a prime central location, directly on the Midway and surrounded by Kiddie Kingdom on one side and the new Planet Snoopy children's area on the other. This approximately 45,000 square foot space has been used for decades as an arcade for pinball and video games. There are other areas in the park that could accommodate these arcade games, leaving this prime space to be converted into a beautiful, gentle and nostalgic family attraction. The entrance would be through Planet Snoopy, with a long queing area inside the building to avoid lines extending into the Planet Snoopy area itself. The waiting area would have multiple television screens, showing the television and theatrical movies that the attraction is based on.
The boats for this attraction would be based on the wooden boat that Charlie Brown and the boys used in the Peanuts movie "Race for Your Life, Charlie Brown", including the roof it had. I would include the roof on the boat because the space provided in the Coliseum has a relatively low ceiling, and the roof on the boat would hide that from the riders and provide a location for speakers for each boat. Each boat could hold between twelve and sixteen guests on bench-style seats.
"Snoopy's Holiday Cruise" would follow the Peanuts gang as they celebrate various holidays through the wonderful imagination of Charles Schulz. It would be a combination of animated video and animatronic dioramas, with the animated scenes blending with the dioramas as the boats passed by. The actual holidays to be used would feature the best-known and loved Peanuts holiday specials, especially "A Charlie Brown Christmas","It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown", and "A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving", but would also feature many others such as Snoopy as "The Easter Beagle", the Peanuts gang celebrating the Fourth of July at the beach, and even Schroeder celebrating Beethoven's Birthday! The holidays would be presented in chronological order, with the iconic music of Gus Guaraldi and possibly even appropriate smells being added to make the event a nostalgic trip for adults and new memories for their children to share with their parents. As the boats approach the exit area, one final scene will appear- Lucy, sitting at her Psychiatrist's booth, will tell each boat as they pass by, "That will be five cents, please!"
This is not intended to be a major breakthrough in technology. It is designed to be a gentle, nostalgic and memorable attraction that can be shared by everyone, especially families. This would be the first dark boat ride at Cedar Point since "The Cascades" ride of nearly one hundred years ago. Cedar Point has more than its share of thrill rides- this attraction would be a major addition to its goal to develop the Peanuts franchise and provided attractions that families can share. It redevelops a prime location that is underutilized without having to invest in major construction.

From Tim W
Posted June 16, 2010 at 4:57 AM
Excellent Work so far guys! And loving the versatility and rides at different parks. Can't wait to hear the rest of them!!!

From TH Creative
Posted June 16, 2010 at 5:49 AM
So I can't jump in?

From Nick Markham
Posted June 16, 2010 at 7:08 AM
^It is up to Tim W, but you could if you wanted I would think. Apparently the official season 2 for Theme Park Apprentice starts after this little one. But if you couldn't wait till then, I am sure we could figure out someway for you to be in it TH.

Other Tim, your thoughts?

From hannah caller
Posted June 16, 2010 at 8:42 AM

From David L.
Posted June 16, 2010 at 9:30 AM
Since this is the first round of WPA, i think TH(or should we call you timothy/Tim B) should be able to join. Unless it makes Tim W have to make up another round(but i bet all of us could think one up).

From TH Creative
Posted June 16, 2010 at 10:19 AM
You can call me "TH." I would love to jump into the water park thread.

Waitin on Tim W.

From Adam Nodjomian
Posted June 16, 2010 at 11:47 AM
Attention TPI Readers: Ant Island Boat Voyages departing soon from Animal Kingdom's Discovery Island. Be sure to return for more information soon!

From Andy Milio
Posted June 16, 2010 at 1:58 PM
Tim, can I use "Jaws", even though it is at Universal? If so, I am using that, so nobody can steal it. If I use it, it will be different than the one at Universal.

From TH Creative
Posted June 16, 2010 at 2:06 PM
Sigh ... lookin' for a green light from Tim W.

From Andy Milio
Posted June 16, 2010 at 2:33 PM
Jaws will get his revenge soon.....Be afraid. Be VERY afraid...

From Nick Markham
Posted June 16, 2010 at 2:32 PM
^Do you all of a sudden have free time TH? You've been pretty busy the past few weeks. I was going to quiet down a little bit on my presentation this time, but when ever you are playing I've always got to be up to the challenge... ;D

From Anthony Murphy
Posted June 16, 2010 at 2:43 PM
Sorry that mine is not as long as others, but I feel that I can get my idea across in a paragraph. Its not too complicated, but I think an effective attraction for EPCOT.

Viva Italia Boat Ride

This new boat ride in EPCOT’s World Showcase will take guests through the history of one of the most influential countries on earth, Italy!

Guests will board their boats which will look like Gondolas outdoors near Tutto Italiano and start on a leisurely cruise that can see inside Tutto Italiano with their brand new balcony. Into the show building that starts in fog. The next scene will show the founding of Rome with Romulus and Remus, the legendary characters. We will then go in a larger scene representing the Roman Empire with a few slight gags as well (who said history couldn’t be fun!), the next scene would be Renaissance Florence, center of the Renaissance Movement we will see Italy’s greatest thinkers and historical figures such as Leonardo DaVinci and Galileo. We will also see Italy’s contribution to literature with a scene from Romeo and Juliet (I know it was written by an Englishmen) and Dante’s Divine Comedy (which is the first piece of widespread literature written in native Italian. The next scene will be the formation of Italy with King Victor Emmanuel and Garibaldi. The final, and biggest room, will be It’s a Small World-esque with a celebration of all of Italy from Sicily to Milan, we will see all the regional customs that makes Italy so unique and special in the world!

From Tim W
Posted June 16, 2010 at 4:02 PM
Sorry, work most of today! Of Course you can jump in TH!! Just noone can jump in once the first challenge is done. And the challenge schedule is still in the works still, as I had to add another already.

Andy, yes you may use Jaws.

Should be interesting with quite a few masterminds in this competition including TH. (How did I know he'd love this challenge, when jungle cruise falls into this cattegory :P)

From Andy Milio
Posted June 17, 2010 at 12:41 PM
Attack of Jaws

This ride would be at Universal Studios Orlando. Each boat would be shaped like the "Orca" from the first movie. You would start your adventure from a dock that seems like it came straight from Amity. Tour guides guide the boat to the ocean, where you are supposed to see some marine animals. Then riders and the guide notice some blood in the water. The guide states that it is probably nothing. But then, you see a fin pop out of the water. This is no ordinary dorsal fin. It is Jaws! The fin disappears underwater as the guide recommends staying calm. You feel the boat shudder. Jaws is ramming the boat! The boat shudders a few times before the chaos stops. A thick cloud of fog (from a fog machine, of course) covers the ocean. The guide reaches for a harpoon gun. It is silent. Jaws appears out of the water. The guide shoots the harpoon, but misses. He rams the boat once more. The guide gets another harpoon and hits Jaws in the eye. He sinks underwater. The guide thinks he is dead, so he/she directs the boat back to the docking area. Right as the dock is in view, Jaws appears once again. He is all bloody and scarred. The guide drops the harpoon gun and grabs a grenade launcher and shoots it into Jaws's open mouth. He explodes (not really) in a large splash of water. As you continue to head to the dock, you see Jaws's dead body floating in the water (not for those who can't stand gore). If you look closely, you can also see another dorsal fin in the distant waters. Is it a baby Great White or just a dolphin? You may never know...

I know that ride sounds similar to Jaws at USF, but I tried to make it as different as possible.

From Nick Markham
Posted June 16, 2010 at 4:56 PM
Oh jeez TH. If you could've waited until Theme PArk Apprentice Season 2, I could have beaten you and other then, but now, instead of giving someone else a chance, I am going to have to go out of my way to defend my title.

Bring it on.

From James Koehl
Posted June 16, 2010 at 6:10 PM
Anthony, sorry that my post was rather long- I'm worse in person! Since I get the impression that many if not most people in here haven't been to Cedar Point I felt that I needed to give some more description of the setting. A large majority of TPI readers know Italy at Epcot very well- far fewer have any idea what the Coliseum at Cedar Point is. BTW, I briefly considered doing something like your Italy boat ride, but changed my mind since I don't know Epcot as well and don't know Italy at all! I like your concept.

From Justin Miranda
Posted June 16, 2010 at 8:09 PM
Hakuna Matata

The waiting line is themed as a jungle and you can hear Timon and Pumba's voice talking to the people waiting in line. You start in a building to get on the boat that's shaped like a log. As you make your way outside their will be leaves in front of you that will pull up one by one. Your boat will then take you outside where you hear the lion king song hakuna matata. To the side of the boat you see Timon, Pumba, and Simba(as a cub) laying in a hammock. As you turn the corner Timon swings in front of your boat on a vine. To your left you will see Simba(a little older) and Pumba swinging on vines and laughing. As you make your way to the next turn water will shoot over your boat from Pumba's mouth. Just when you think the water is done Simba(you wont see him you will hear him) will jump in and splash you. On the next turn Simba, Timon, and Pumba will be eating grubs from a log. On the final turn the whole group will be walking on the log into the trees. As you make your way to the docking station Timon and Pumpa will be waving bye with Simba(full grown lion) standing on top of the station roof looking at you. This ride is a family ride that would be located in Disney's Animal Kingdom.

From Tim W
Posted June 17, 2010 at 7:52 AM
As of now, 8 Challenges with 2 being eliminated each week until our final 3.

1- 15 contestants
2- 13 contestants
3- 11 contestants
4- 9 contestants
5- 7 contestants
6- 5 contestants
7- 3 contestants
8- 2 contestants and our finale

Strangely, this did not work out to be a shorter version, but it does help me a ton to eliminate two every week.

And here are the future challenges:
Challenge 2: Water Playground
Challenge 3: Water Show
Challenge 4: Water Thrill Ride (Shoot the Chutes, Log Flume, River Rapids)
Challenge 5: Aquatic Themed Coaster
Challenge 6: Will be revealed at a later date. This challenge is too specific.
Challenge 7: Themed land or should I say port
Challenge 8: Water Park

Currently, we only have 6 out of 15 contestants challenge ideas. Please make sure you post by saturday! If there is an excess number of contestants who don't post, I will grant an extension up to tuesday. However, after that the challenges and rules will have to be adjusted a bit. I would therefore not acknowledge the contestants who said they would participate in the competition if they are not posted by next tuesday. And if there is still a large amount who don't post, we will go back to eliminating one person as in the last season.

From Joshua Counsil
Posted June 17, 2010 at 9:23 AM
From Theme Park Insider

Overview and Theme

Any Canadian could tell you about the Log Driver’s Waltz, a Wade Hemsworth hit from 1979 that later was covered by the Mountain City Four and turned into a National Film Board campy cartoon about the underappreciated lumbermen of our country.

The attraction will take you in a standard 2x4 person log flume through Canada’s waters, from the Maritimes and Great Lakes to the Pacific Coast and the Northern Passage, all the while emphasizing the importance of water throughout Canadian history in accordance with the U.N.’s Water for Life decade.


The Log Driver’s Waltz is located in the Canadian pavilion in Epcot’s World Showcase.

From Theme Park Insider


The attraction exterior will be themed as the Canadian Rockies and will escalate behind the miniature mountains currently showcased in the Canadian gardens behind the pavilion.

From Theme Park Insider

The reason for these additional mountains is to block the background extrusion caused by Soarin’, seen below.

From Theme Park Insider


The queue will wind through and behind the current mountain and garden scenery of the pavilion. Various trees and flowers indigenous to Canada will be showcased along the nature walk with signs indicating each species’ properties. Scattered cabin interiors with ceiling fans will include Hinterland videos of various Canadian animals, creating a feeling of nostalgia and serenity.


Guests depart the loading station and begin their journey in Yukon. The room is quite cool, a refreshing respite from the Orlando heat. The season is summer and the waters are turbulent. Beautiful stretches of yellow and green spruce trees and blue mountain caps surround the curving waterway, with a variety of indigenous flowers adding splashes of vibrant color to the scene.

From Theme Park Insider

Announcer: Our journey begins in Yukon, the “Great River.” Glacier-fed waterways dominate the landscape. Winters are long, cold, and dry, but the long summer days allow for the growth of hardy crops and blossoming flowers. Here, we find the home of one of Canada’s aboriginal groups, the First Nations, who retained relatively peaceful trading networks with European travelers. Also inhabiting the north and elsewhere were the Métis, descendants of mixed First Nations and European blood.

European explorers are shown observing various aboriginal products, such as fur, in a camp.

Announcer: By the end of the nineteenth century, rumours of gold had abounded from the Yukon. In 1897, the Klondike Gold Rush had begun, attracting travelers from across the globe with hopes of riches.

Fiddle music suddenly picks up as guests begin traversing through various shabby mines and camps. Men are shown pouring water through sifters. Their murmured conversation is excited. The scene ends with one traveler finding a chunk of gold and yee-hawing away from the river.

From Theme Park Insider

Gradually, the landscape begins changing from bright trees and large mountains to snow drifts and expansive flats. The season transitions from summer to winter. Temperatures drop and a cool wind picks up. This scene is darker and quieter than the last, with yellows and greens transitioning to violets and blues. The water becomes still. Guests have entered the Northwest Territories, traveling through the quiet darkness with a seemingly endless horizon of glaciers and coniferous trees. Above them, the Northern Lights paint the sky. As they round a corner of one glacier, a circle of Natives is visible around a large bonfire.

From Theme Park Insider

Announcer: Our journey continues into the mighty Northwest Territories and Nunavut, home to long winters, powerful glaciers, and some of the first aboriginals, including the Inuit. In Inuktitut, the language spoken by many of the Inuit people, this part of Canada is called “Nunatsiaq”, meaning “beautiful land.” The Inuit here lived almost exclusively north of the “Arctic tree line”, an area signifying no growth. For this reason, the natives survived off of high-fat, high-protein animals. Like many northern aboriginals, the Inuit practiced bowhead whale hunting. Eventually, the Inuit were forced to migrate south due to the increasingly cold temperatures and had to survive off of much poorer diets.

The scene changes from a group of aboriginals cleaning a freshly caught whale to a group traveling through a blizzard.

From Theme Park Insider

Announcer: The Inuit used “qamutik”, or “dog sleds”, for long-distance ground transportation. Canoes were composed of various animal components, including skins, furs, and bones. Stars were used for land navigation. When stars were insufficient, inuksuk were assembled.

Guests travel past herds of aboriginals on dog sleds. The sun begins to rise. An inuksuk can be seen on a small hillside.

From Theme Park Insider

Large glaciers and flats become rocky hills. The waters become increasingly wavy. Guests have entered Hudson Bay, with a polar bear animatronic visible on shore.

From Theme Park Insider

Announcer: We continue our journey east to Hudson Bay, so-named after Henry Hudson explored the region in 1610 on the ship Discovery, one of many to traverse the Northwest Passage. Sixty years later, the British successfully traded fur with the Cree, one of the largest groups of First Nations. This trade led to the creation of the Hudson’s Bay Company, which retains its name to this day.

Guests drift past a colonial fort assembled by the British. Aboriginals can be seen negotiating with the settlers on a dock.

From Theme Park Insider

As guests leave the colonialized bay, Stan Rogers’ “Northwest Passage” fades in as a lighthouse greets the boats, which then pass through the famous rock arches of the Bay of Fundy. Up until this point, the attraction has been indoors. Now, machine-generated fog fills the divide between the indoor and outdoor scenes. The boats travel through the fog and outdoors. Guests have entered the Maritimes.

From Theme Park Insider

Announcer: Here on Canada’s Atlantic coast, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, and Prince Edward Island are rich in history and culture. Many aboriginals traveled to these parts after the end of the last glacial period. This was also the landing spot of the first European explorers to North America, including the French explorer Jacques Cartier, the first to thoroughly map and claim the area. Samuel Champlain would later establish the second permanent European settlement in North America at Saint Croix Island.

A village pulls into sight. Fishermen can be seen preparing their boats on docks. Seagulls circle the shore. Stan Rogers continues to sing as the locals join in, many of them shouting welcomes at the arriving guests.

From Theme Park Insider

Announcer: Life is simple on the east coast. Fishing, farming, foresting, and, of course, folk music.

The boats travel back inside the building, this time by passing under a bridge that is half-outside and half-inside. The lighting is dimmer inside, signifying dusk. Guests pass by a lively dock bar, where shadows of musicians, dancers, and bystanders flicker through the room, which has approached sunset, becoming increasingly dark. Suddenly, the waters turn quite turbulent. Although quite dark, a panoramic view of Quebec City is seen in the distance. Guests have entered the Atlantic provinces.

From Theme Park Insider

Announcer: The mighty St. Lawrence river traverses the Maritime and Atlantic provinces, connecting the Atlantic coast to Lake Ontario with notable stops along the way, including beautiful Quebec City. Giovanni Caboto and Jacques Cartier once sailed these waters, which served as the European settlers’ main transportation route. The St. Lawrence feeds into the five Great Lakes – Superior, Michigan, Erie, Huron, and Ontario – which compose the world’s largest body of freshwater. Ottawa, Canada’s capital, is surrounded by the Rideau Canal.

From Theme Park Insider

Announcer: Ontario is also home to the easternmost station of the Canadian Pacific Railway, Canada’s first transcontinental railway, traveling from the Maritimes through Atlantic Canada and the Canadian Prairies before reaching the Pacific coast.

Boats come to a halt at the end of the canal, then traverse on powered rollers out of the water and into a carrier train, giving the impression that guests are lumber being transported west. The train rolls past the flat farmlands and small forests signifying travel through the Canadian Prairies. A thunderstorm is seen and heard in the background, with its bleeding edge causing an ominous, orange glow.

From Theme Park Insider

For the record, this photo was actually taken in the Prairies from the railroad and has not been doctored.

Announcer: The Canadian Pacific Railroad was undertaken by Canada’s first Prime Minisiter, John A. MacDonald, as a conditional gift to British Columbia if they chose to join the Confederation. Aggressive advertising campaigns invited immigrants to come to Canada with the promise of land and work. Construction on the train finished five years ahead of time and became a national symbol of unity.

The landscape has suddenly become rocky and mountainous. Yellow fields turn green with forests and the railroad travels alongside twisting waters. The Rockies have been reached.

From Theme Park Insider

Rather than being dumped back into the water, the train transports guests to a snowy mountain bottom where a gondola awaits. Powered rollers transport the log off of the train and into an oversized, uncovered gondola. The gondola transports the log through the scaled-down mountains and to the ceiling, where fog effects give the illusion of clouds. As with the Maritimes section, the guests pass through the fog, out of the building, and up the manmade mountainsides. Here, guests receive an aerial view of World Showcase and, to a lesser extent, Future World. The mountains have been designed with many waterfalls to diffuse the noise caused by the attraction and riders. As all this occurs, the announcer continues.

Announcer: The Canadian Rockies was first inhabited by the Indigenous Peoples of the Pacific Northwest. At the time of European settlement, nearly half the aboriginal people in present-day Canada lived here. Sir Alexander Mackenzie was the first European to journey from the Maritimes to the Rockies. As with other European settlements, a strong fur trade was established with the natives. Like Yukon, British Columbia experienced many gold rushes. Their abundant natural resources and railway allowed for a sudden boom in development, attracting European, Chinese, and Japanese settlers. Today, these natural resources and the availability of Albertan oil have made western Canada prosperous.

The gondola deposits the boat back into the waters, where it travels down a gentle double-waterfall. As guests’ logs exit the Rockies, the announcer chimes in.

Announcer: Yes, Canada’s history is as deep and vast as its waters. We hope you enjoyed your adventure through the Great White North and hope to see you soon, birling down the white waters.

The chorus of the Log Driver’s Waltz then escalates.

For he goes birling down and down the white water
That’s where the log driver learns to step lively
He’s birling down and down the white water
The log driver’s waltz pleases girls completely.

As the music climaxes, the wilderness suddenly changes into a palette of bold colors and guests are confronted with a giant screen depicting them as animated characters in the style of the National Film Board clip shown above. As they pull up to the unloading platform, they are treated to a unique ride exit experience. Rather than the traditional log flume dock, guests’ boats are guided into a small bay, at which point the tide goes out to sea via pumping methods. The boats sink into a crevice and guests dismount onto a very rough, gritty surface, exiting into the wilderness as Celtic music plays.

From Theme Park Insider

From David L.
Posted June 17, 2010 at 1:46 PM
Joshua, you're going to blow the rest of us out of the water! Nice job. Maybe i missed it but will the movie still be there?

From Adam Nodjomian
Posted June 17, 2010 at 7:09 PM
Magic Kingdom’s New Fantasyland (was originally Animal Kingdom’s Discovery Island)

Back Story:
P.T. Flea of P.T. Flea’s Circus has returned with the rest of his circus troupe to Ant Island after their limited around the rest of the insect world was unprofitable. In order to make some more money, P.T. has now not only re-established his circus to be bigger and better than ever, but is also now offering boat tours of Ant Island. Enjoy this leisurely trip along insect-built canals made especially for this tour.

Queue (sorry, I’m quite descriptive):
First off, it’s important to assume that Disney never went through with their plans to build a Pixie-themed area in the New Fantasyland expansion, and instead decided to build this much more likeable attraction. Ant Island Boat Voyages would be placed in the approximate zone where this Pixie area was to be built.
Guests start in the garden of the Fairy Godmother and queue past cool “magical” things that are going on (i.e. flowers closing and changing the colors of their petals). As a sort of pre-pre-show, the Fairy Godmother appears in one of the windows, using the same technology in the queue line of the Wizarding World of Harry Potter’s Forbidden Journey to project her image. She tells you that P.T. Flea (of Bug’s Life) has asked her to help shrink down guests voluntarily so that they may experience life as a bug (and so they come see his circus and ride on his tour). She’s not very happy about it, but P.T. has convinced all of the aphids to leave the Godmother’s Garden alone, so it’s kind of a win-win situation for everyone involved.
The queue eventually leads to a hill (actually a berm to hide the train tracks, but also allows you to travel beneath the tracks) that has an entrance that is blocked by a large wooden door. The door appears to open by itself and about 20-30 guests are admitted into the room which resembles a cave. The walls glow with gems and fade away and change colors as mysterious music plays. The door closes and the only illumination is the faint glow from the rocks and gems.
You can hear the fairy godmother’s voice as she casts a spell and the whole room rumbles slightly. (During this time the room is actually rotating 180° and the door is replaced with what looks and feels like a giant leaf). Visitors push the leaf aside like a curtain and find themselves in a totally different world. Grass stalks soar anywhere from 10-30ft. into the air. (The entire rest of the queue and ride are inside a building that is on the other side of the tracks.) Guests pass by giant version of everyday items (much like the Honey I Shrunk the Kids play area at Hollywood Studios). Up ahead, guests can see the circus tent that is also the loading area for the ride.
After entering the tent, an AA (like Buzz Lightyear at the shooter game in Tomrrowland or Mr. Potato Head at Toy Story Mania) of P.T. Flea fills you in with the rest of the back story. Guests watch some circus tricks for a while then load onto boats that look like giant leaves. The boats are bench style seating with four rows seating 4-6 guests. On the stem of the boat (which is at the rear) a fire fly sits. The light levels change with the light outside, so the firefly is used to provide light on the boat at nighttime.


From Tim W
Posted June 17, 2010 at 4:28 PM
Wow Joshua, I'm speechless. Superior performance and your hard work shows through! I can see why you had technical difficulties. Alright so 8 contestants have submitted, only 7 left. Bring it On!

Just a note, but since we have a lot of contestants, the voting margins will be alot slimmer in the begining rounds. So we may have a few people with the lowest percents in a vote. If that happens, I will choose the two that will leave the competition. Also, I'd like to make it known that feedback will generally be shorter in the begining rounds. I simply do not have time to disect everyone's ideas and give a long summary on my likes and dislikes. I will however be giving breif statements on what i liked and disliked, as well as awarding my favorite of the week.

Keep in mind, my favorite of the week has immunity in the challenge. So if they end up in the bottom 2, they will be saved. Originally, my plan was to have a higher spot for the favorite of the week, but since the finale voting was not the easiest, I cancelled the new format which was to be where the contestants vote of the least favorite by emailing me the name. If there was a tie, my favorite of the week would be the tiebreaker. I will be deciding if we will keep the finale voting the same towards the end of the competition. BTW, I still never heard from Kevin Smith...

From James Koehl
Posted June 17, 2010 at 5:52 PM
Wow! I'm very impressed- looks like a few contestants are really throwing down the gauntlet! I just hope that I can make it onto the next challenge, but I can see that I'm going to have to ramp-up my presentation if I get that far.

From Neil Reece
Posted June 17, 2010 at 6:32 PM
I'm having trouble posting so this is a test post. Thanks.

From James Koehl
Posted June 17, 2010 at 6:54 PM
Hi, Neil.

From Adam Nodjomian
Posted June 17, 2010 at 7:15 PM
I added a logo if anyone is interested

From Nick Markham
Posted June 17, 2010 at 7:26 PM
I feel as if I've started a revolution, referring to the pictures and video and all.

Let us see if there isn't something else I can come up with... ;D

From Tim W
Posted June 17, 2010 at 7:42 PM
Kathryn Leigh's:
Princess and the Frog: Down the Bayou
I'd probably place this in the Magic Kingdom at Disneyworld, most likely in Fantasyland.

The ride would be reminiscent of Pirates of the Caribbean, but with smaller boats/a larger number of boats. The ride would start out in a room with a lower ceiling, with treacherous thunderstorm sounds and shadowy figures all around. As the boat traveled slowly through this room (on a curvy track that loops back and forth through the room), a short video of Tiana and Naveen (Princess and the Frog) arguing would be projected on a black wall. I don't really know how to explain all of this, gaaah. Then, the two frogs would suddenly interrupt their fight by "hearing a strange noise", and suddenly animatronic alligators would begin chomping about (think: the scary mummy guys that pop up suddenly on The Mummy!), water would splash the riders, and the characters would hop around, projected on the walls. Would take a short drop into daytime bayou

From Tim W
Posted June 17, 2010 at 7:40 PM
The boat would travel lazily through this room, where the projected characters are telling the friendly gator Louis (a new character projected on the screen) about how close a call they had with the other alligators. The boat would then travel through a room where all three characters would be singing "When We're Human" (a song from the film) and colorful bayou animals would be all around (kinda like that part of E.T. where his planet is celebrating his return). The boat would then stop in a room where it is completely dark, and the voices of the characters would be heard discussing how dark it was, and how they were going to reach their destination (Mama Oudi's voodoo house). Ray (lightning bug from the film) would introduce himself to the riders and light up the room. The boat would then travel through a dark but beautiful room brilliantly lit by thousands of fireflies (Space Mountain twinkly light effects). The fireflies' song from the film could be heard while traveling through this room. The ride would end in another daytime room of the bayou, with a lifelike Mama Oudi bidding goodbye to the riders. Obviously other elements of the film would be subtly sprinkled throughout the ride, in true Disney fashion.

From Tim W
Posted June 17, 2010 at 7:43 PM
The boats would hold probably 3 rows of 3 people, and the first long daytime room would keep the ride moving while riders were stopped in the pitch-dark room.

It may be a bit much for Fantasyland to have another ride like this, but the multicultural elements of The Princess and the Frog make it a very attractive element for today's generation of young children, and the lack of a "Little New Orleans" at Orlando's Magic Kingdom leave no place for a Princess and the Frog attraction. If you consider this ride redundant for the park, you could also consider replacing Snow White's Scary Adventure with this ride...I always thought that ride was way too scary for it's audience anyway.

Any criticism? Suggestions?

I had problems posting last sentence on the first paragraph for her for an odd reason, so i changed the wording slightly. Sorry.

From Tim W
Posted June 17, 2010 at 7:44 PM
Try posting in parts Neil...

From Anthony Murphy
Posted June 17, 2010 at 11:41 PM
BTW Tim, I almost did that!

Good stuff so far! I am seeing a bit of a pattern with many of the attractions going at EPCOT. Joshua, along with me apparently, believe EPCOT needs another ride!

And no, Joshua and I are not the same person! Just think alike :)

From Joshua Counsil
Posted June 18, 2010 at 12:51 AM
Anthony -
You know what they say. "Great minds".

Nick -
You could say I borrowed your idea from round 1. I always wanted to include pictures, videos, and the like, but the time simply didn't permit for it in May. One thing I'd like to start including is engineering innovations. Creating a theme and story is one thing. Innovating a ride system to allow for better portrayal is another.

The rest -
Thanks for the compliments!

From hannah caller
Posted June 18, 2010 at 4:02 AM
Muppet Island Tours

Go on a tour of Kermit’s new Muppet island retreat

The queue area is decorated with a beach theme with huge palm trees , Muppets playing in the sands, as you get to the front of the queue you are given the choice of Miss Piggy’s Island tours” or Kermit’s Island tours (essentially the same tour just with different boats that are sent alternately)
Miss Piggy’s boats are bright pink with bows, flowers and an animatronics Miss Piggy sitting at the front.
Kermit’s boats are bright green with an animatronics Kermit sitting at the front.
As you start your tour you cruise past several highlights of the island including “fozzy Bear’s Nightclub” and “Gonzo’s volcano crazy golf” complete with real volcano, all the while Kermit or Piggy are explaining along the way
Miss Piggy’s boatful of guests stops to admire some scenery and Kermit’s boat bumps them off course, they are now heading towards a small waterfall, Kermit’s boatful just behind although Piggy is too busy shouting at Kermit to realise the impending drop, a small 12ft drop followed by a few more island scenes of “the Island” (chef’s Island grill, Rizzo Rat’s water sports, miss Piggy’s Spa) before coming back into the station.
Total ride time 8 minutes.

its not as good as most unfortunatley creativeness is not automatic for me!

From Tim W
Posted June 18, 2010 at 4:09 AM
Nolan Norwood had decided to drop out, so we are now down to 14 contestants.

4 Contestants still need to post including TH Creative, Nick Markham, Neil Reece, and Dan Babbit. Please post by tomorrow!

From Neil Reece
Posted June 18, 2010 at 4:17 AM
Coming soon to Universal Studios Florida


This is a dark ride in boats similar to Disney's POTC using animatronics, wide screen HD projections and special effects.

The queue line and loading area theming is designed based on buildings & docks in Dutch Harbor,AK. Artifacts from town and fishing vessels. Short clips from show.Survival suits with instructions( not for guests,just to view:) )

From Neil Reece
Posted June 18, 2010 at 4:20 AM
After boarding, the boat floats into a dark tunnel with narration explaining the severe conditions on the Bering & the dangers to the fishermen as the temp drops in the tunnel.

From Neil Reece
Posted June 18, 2010 at 4:20 AM
1st scene: Flat Bering Sea in HD surrounding the boat. 2 real buoys off to the side- a grappling hook flies out to land between the buoys and begin hauling in a crab pot to the massive fishing vessel which has appeared on screen from the rear moving forward. A big haul is pulled from the sea- the crew is elated!


From Neil Reece
Posted June 18, 2010 at 4:21 AM
2nd scene: On the bridge of one of the DC ships. Animatronics now. The capt is talking to the deck crew thru a loudspeaker about the coming weather and high seas. He tunes into the radio.... WINTER STORM WARNING! GALE FORCE WINDS 60-70MPH, SNOW, SEAS UP TO 32FT. SMALL CRAFT ADVISORY!

Tunnel (Colder now) slight elevation uphill-10 -15 feet

From Neil Reece
Posted June 18, 2010 at 4:21 AM
3rd scene: Similar set up as 1st scene with ship next to boat, but chaos. Special effects of wind, snow flurries,rain, high waves. Passenger boat is slightly elevated above water so waves can hit the side of the boat without drenching everyone. Coast Guard helicopter flies in from the other side as LARGE wave (on screen) comes toward boat just before it exits into

tunnel with small descending ramp as in POTC.

From Neil Reece
Posted June 18, 2010 at 4:23 AM
4th scene: Icebergs in harbor. Ice pushes against hull of boats. Unloading at processing ship. Large unloading nets of crab move via crane over the boat. Crew and cpt supervising the unloading.


5th scene: Sailing back into Dutch Harbor with mountains, chapel, and wildlife(eagles, bear, elk, arctic foxes ,etc.) as seen on the show on screen.

From Neil Reece
Posted June 18, 2010 at 4:23 AM
To unloading area: docks at Dutch Harbor, pass by memorials to fishermen of the Bering Seas, tribute to USCG, and maps of area on the way to DC: Ride the Bering gift shop. ;)

From James Koehl
Posted June 18, 2010 at 5:00 AM
Neil, I think my wife has decided to vote for you instead of me! Deadliest Catch is one of her favorite shows. But what about the dialogue? Are you going to have lots of obscene language being bleeped out through the ride? ;+)

From TH Creative
Posted June 18, 2010 at 5:11 AM
Walt Disney World brings the legend to the United Kingdom Showcase at EPCOT. The Legend of Loch Ness carries guests on a boat tour of the mysterious loch and into an encounter with the beast known as Nessie.

Set at the back of the United Kingdom showcase is a recreation of the Scottish Highlands. Set at the base of the hills and mountains guests stand at the entrance queue for The Legend of Loch Ness -- a walking tour of the ruins of Urquhart Castle followed by a boating excursion on the loch.

A prominent sign behind the desk announces the discovery of a newly discovered underground chamber within the ruins. The guide informs approaching guests that they would pass through these areas as they move toward the dock and a tour of the loch.

Guests walk across a stone bridge past the tower and into a large doorway. As they move through the passage (queue) there are occasional breaks in the stone walls – providing views of the Scottish Hillside and Loch Ness.

Part way through the queue guests encounter another tour guide standing on a stone ledge. Using an old screen and a slide projector the guide interacts with guests – providing the history of the castle (some accurate, some comical) and the “legend of the loch.”

The guests pass the guide and into the castle chamber. The room is under roof but is an exterior location as a large opening looks out on to the loch. Guests distribute along multi-level standing areas surrounding a small cove.

They are welcomed by their Tour Guide and Safety Orientation Host.

Hello everyone. It is my pleasure to welcome you to the shores of one of the wonders of the world. Beautiful Loch Ness. Created by glaciers during the ice age, the loch is a remarkable and unique ecological environment. Its waters average a chilly 45 degrees. Its deepest point is 750 feet. It stretches 23 miles in length.

While visitors to the loch are impressed with its beauty and the grandeur of the highlands, a significant number of people are drawn here because of Nessie. The Legend of Loch Ness has been a part of the highland’s history and culture for centuries. Over those hundreds of years there have been countless reports about encounters with an extraordinary creature. An enormous animal with a massive humped back and swan-like neck.

Often the encounters can be explained. There are several species of waterfowl on the lake. Winds create strange waves along the surface …

Suddenly an enormous log bursts through the surface of the water.

…and logs floating in the water can also be mistaken for some sort of large animal. As we tour the loch today, we are going to see some of its unique ecological and meteorological attributes. And yes we will talk a little bit about Nessie – the Loch Ness Monster.

A large set of doors open and guests distribute into dockside queues that serve three tour boats (ride vehicles). The docks are still under roof with an opening facing across the loch.

They board one of three tour vessels. Each vehicle seats approximately 25 guests. The tour guide is seated in the middle of the center boat. The guide is surrounded by high tech equipment including a video monitor and laptop terminal.

Hello everyone. As you can see our boats are wired with state-of-the-art digital sonar, photographic and communications equipment. If anything happens on or below the surface of the water we will hear it coming and we can capture the event on video.

Guests are strapped into their seats, and the vessels move forward. The bows of the vessels rise as their speed increased and they glide swiftly out onto the loch. They eventually bank to the left before slowing and stopping.

We’re now looking back at Urquhart Castle – from where we came. At this point the loch is hundreds of feet deep. You’ll note the water appears to be black. This is because of the rich peat that comes from the lake bottom and the soil of the surrounding highlands.

The boats drift and continue to rotate. Suddenly they face a large wake in the water coming directly at them. It passes through them causing the vessels to rise and rock.

That was just an example of the unusual wakes that can appear on the lake. They are often mistaken for Nessie. We are now going to venture over to one of the deepest part of the loch. Hang on please.

The vessel motors power up, the bows rise and the boats race across the surface. They eventually slow and come to a stop.

We are now above one of the loch’s deepest waters. In volume Loch Ness is the largest fresh water lake in Scotland.

The guide stands up and surveys the surface of the loch – turning right and left -- as if looking for something.

"You know something folks, while a number of scientists have offered credible arguments against the existence of the Loch Ness Monster, there have been times when I am out here on the water that I ask myself, “What if?”

The light dims. The water becomes quiet. Suddenly the sonar on begins to register. The vessels rock as Nessie passes beneath them. An enormous hump appears near the bow. The vessels pitch in the creature’s wake. Nessie rolls, displaying an enormous front flipper, before submerging in a ring of foam and spray.

The boats rock and rotate 180 degrees. Nessie’s massive head and neck break the surface -- swaying for a moment above the boats and then sinking back down into the water. The boats roll and then turn. The engines power up and they speed back toward the dock.

The guests disembark. The egress hallway has television monitors reporting breaking news of a definitive sighting of the fabled Loch Ness Monster. The report features jumbled video footage of the guests’ encounter. The egress path distributes into retail outlet offering gifts related to the attraction, sundries, etc.

From Anthony Murphy
Posted June 18, 2010 at 8:49 AM
Looks familiar TH :)

From TH Creative
Posted June 18, 2010 at 10:29 AM

I knew you would comment on it. Copy and paste my friend.

And I am waiting for your second review.

Hoping to begin the last part of the trilogy in September.

From Joshua Counsil
Posted June 18, 2010 at 10:57 AM
David L. -

Good question about the film. Personally, I don't think it's necessary to keep it.

From Joshua Counsil
Posted June 18, 2010 at 11:02 AM
So far, TH takes the cake. A Nessie attraction in the U.K. - how could we have missed that one?

From TH Creative
Posted June 18, 2010 at 11:31 AM
I love cake!

From Tim W
Posted June 18, 2010 at 12:55 PM
^TH, what do you mean by last part of the triology? And excellent work, actully I'm surprised many people don't think of putting Nessie in the UK. But then again, people tend to associate the UK only with London...

From James Koehl
Posted June 18, 2010 at 12:57 PM
I'm glad you said UK, because if you said England I would have gone into the whole spiel about Nessie being Scottish, not English!

Jim Koehl
Clan Gillies

From Tim W
Posted June 18, 2010 at 1:00 PM
Alright so 12 out of 14. I'm sure Nick's will be coming soon...but I wonder about Dan Babbitt..

From Andy Milio
Posted June 18, 2010 at 4:36 PM
TH's, Joshua's, and Adam's make mine look horrible. :( I've got a bad feeling that I am going to get knocked out. They are going to blow me out of the water (pardon the pun).

From Adam Nodjomian
Posted June 18, 2010 at 8:46 PM
Ride Part 1

Guests are split so that two boats can be loaded at one time, even though they separate once the boats leave the station. Boats turn right once leaving the tent and go alongside the tent. Sounds of the queue can be heard while passing by. Boats then turn left and begin heading away from the tent.

AS the boat rounds the corner, guests see Heimlich (the caterpillar) appear from behind a piece of watermelon. He says while still chewing, “Oh! Hello everybody, it’s nice to see some new faces, what type of bug are you?” His tiny wings flap like a dog’s tail does when it’s happy.

The boat then turns slightly left and you find yourself in a denser patch of grass that is a bit darker because of the cover provided by the various plants. Over to your left, it sounds like something is scurrying around, but when you look there’s nothing there. The sound stops and it gets even darker as the firefly on the back of your boat says in a southern accent “Looks like a mighty cloud is over the island, better give ya’ll some light so it’ll be a bit easier to see.” At night, this does not occur, because it’s already dark enough for the light. The boats continue to follow the canal and make a slight right, but stay in the darker section. The end of the “tunnel” can now be seen not far off. Soon, the area gets a bit brighter as the firefly goes out while saying, “Well, that wasn’t too bad now was it folks? Never liked that part of the tour myself anyways.” Just then a bee pops out of the grass at your right in a big “ARGGGGH!” Not fazed by this surprise, the firefly says matter-of-factly as your boat slows a bit, “You honestly didn’t expect to attack us did you? Here we have a bee who’s done after one sting and over here we have a boatful of humans and a short-tempered firefly. C’mon Man!” Then bee, sadly, “Actually, I was just trying to scare you guys, you know, for fun. Oh well, maybe I’ll get the next boat, have fun on the rest of your tour anyways guys!” The boat emerges from the “tunnel” and at about the 10-11 o’clock position is a huge ant hill that is about 60ft. tall, but uses forced perspective to make it look 100ft. tall.

From Adam Nodjomian
Posted June 18, 2010 at 8:45 PM
Ant Island Boat Voyages
Ride Part 2

This area of the ride has little cover, so guests are able to see the ceiling of the building. HD projects are made onto the ceiling so that the majority of guests don’t realize that they’re actually inside.

The boat slightly turns right and heads away from the ant hill, but then turn left until they are facing straight towards the ant hill. These turns are so that the boats can circle around a re-creation of the bird that was constructed to honor Flik’s bravery and service to the entire ant colony.

The boats then enter the colony which is much cooler than the outside world (in terms of temperature). The boats go past important places and AA characters. There are many sight gags like those found in the Pirates of the Caribbean.

Boats emerge on the opposite side of the ant hill from the side they entered and make a wide left turn towards the grass line surrounding the ant hill as dark clouds can be seen poking over the blades of grass.

From Adam Nodjomian
Posted June 18, 2010 at 8:47 PM
Ant Island Boat Voyages
Ride Part 3

Soon after entering the grass, it becomes darker and the firefly lights up the boat while saying “Oh No! A storm be a comin’!” Just then a deep rumble of thunder is heard as large amounts of water drop from the now much lower ceiling, but not onto guests. These water drops simulate raindrops.

The grass becomes less dense and the canal appears to widen because of the rainwater. Lightening lights up the sky while thunder occurs, but not too loud, so younger children aren’t scared. The boat enters what seems to be a pond and the leaf begins to slowly spin as the storm moves it off course. This portion of the ride uses trackless technology (the same that will be used at Mystic Manor in HKDL). Large fans hidden in the grass add realism to the “storm” by contributing wind.

From Adam Nodjomian
Posted June 18, 2010 at 8:55 PM
Ant Island Boat Voyages
Ride Part 4

The firefly yells over the storm, “Hold on ya’ll, we’re comin’ to a waterfall, hold on tightly I said!” It seems as though you are about to go over the edge sideways, but just in time, the boat turns forwards and you go down about a 30ft. drop into a splashdown, that doesn’t get you very wet.

From Adam Nodjomian
Posted June 18, 2010 at 8:55 PM
Ant Island Boat Voyages
Ride Part 5

The storm than clears and waters recede revealing the canal once more. Boats turn slightly right and come to a dock made out of toothpicks where guests exit their leaf boats. After guests unload, the boats make a U-turn before ascending a hidden lift hill in order to reach the height of the loading zone.

From Adam Nodjomian
Posted June 18, 2010 at 8:55 PM
Ant Island Boat Voyages

As guests exit their boats, a P.T. flea AA like the one seen in the queue line is shown saying “Man, these storms are going to be the end of me.”

Guests make an immediate left after exiting the dock and up a slightly sloped pathway. You can hear the Fair Godmother’s voice somewhere distant as if almost in your mid saying, “Hurry! The spell will ware-off very son, if you don’t make it back before the bug clock strikes 5, you may not be able to make it home. Keep following this path and make your way to the cave up ahead, go through it and you’ll be transported back before you become human-sized again. Wait for the rest of your group in Fantasyland.”

Guests enter a cave like the one from the pre-show with a big crooked-looking clock hanging over the door. The clock doesn’t strike 5 until everyone has made it from that boat into the cave. This cave doesn’t move, but has the same music and glowing features. Guests walk through and exit through a big wooden door like the one from the first cave after make two switchbacks to disorientate guests. On the other side of the door, guests find themselves in the Fair Godmother’s Cottage Shop themed as one would expect from the Fairy Godmother. She may even make an appearance once in a while too.

The exit cave also allows guests to go under the train track without realizing it.

Hope everyone enjoyed reading about my idea, sorry it was so long, and I just wanted to make sure I described the ride so that everyone could appreciate it as much as possible.

Also, great ideas everyone, looks like I have some definite competition, may the best man win!

Sorry for so many posts, my computer didn't like me for some reason.

From Nick Markham
Posted June 18, 2010 at 8:59 PM
Sorry Tim for the wait. Mine will comes tomorrow, it is just I have had (and will have for two more weeks) basketball camp and weight lifting Mon-Fri from 9-2 Pacific Time. Then I spend the rest of the day lying in bed or on the couch sore from all of the physical work.

I will post tomorrow for sure... :)

From Tim W
Posted June 19, 2010 at 6:26 AM
Alright Nick, no problem. Well it looks like Dan may not be participating in this season. Tomorrow, i will be posting the poll with only 13 contestants. One challenge will be removed as well.

From Andy Milio
Posted June 19, 2010 at 7:48 AM
I hope I don't get knocked out 'cause I have a great idea for the water playground challenge, unless that is the one that is taken out.

From Tim W
Posted June 19, 2010 at 10:27 AM
Water Playground will be staying. The aquatic themed coaster is the one that will not be a challenge. Here is our new run through:

Challenge 2: Water Playground: 11 contestants
Challenge 3: Water Show: 9 contestants
Challenge 4: Water Thrill Ride (Shoot the Chutes, Log Flume, River Rapids, Water Coaster): 7 contestants
Challenge 5: Themed land or should I say port: 5 contestants
Challenge 6: : Will be revealed at a later date. This challenge is too specific. 3 contestants
Challenge 7: Water Park: 2 contestants and our finale

Oh and Nick, Should i assume that yours will be posted on Saturday most likely? And keep in mind that the next one will not be associated to a theme park. The water show challenge, possibly might not be associated at all. But after that, they definately will be to specific theme parks.

Alright and now for all yall who have finished, here is the preliminary synopsis for next week's challenge:

Hello, and Welcome to Water Park Apprentice Challenge 2: Water Playground. 11 of you have made it this far, so keep up the good work. Many water parks today have some sort of water playground. They usually contain some sort of extensive theme, water cannons, a few slides, a large bucket, and other activities to do on the structure. It is your job to design one for a current water park or theme park. It may also feature a splash zone, an activity where you have to walk across (ex Blizzard Beach's Leisure Pool), and anything else you can think of. Make sure to include the water park it is at, the name of slides, and the theme.

The way it looks right now is that we won't have to take a week break in August. The projected finale date is currently August 3rd, which is right before I visit the waters in myrtle beach myself. So let's hope we stay on track!

From hannah caller
Posted June 19, 2010 at 8:24 AM
i forgot to put what park mine would be in..........DHS

From Dan Babbitt
Posted June 19, 2010 at 1:34 PM
Sorry I've been away and I thought the tournament was suppose to srart on the 21st but I have an idea I just to "plus" it and I will post it later today.

From Nick Markham
Posted June 19, 2010 at 6:36 PM
Mine is having a short hold back while I work on it, but here is something to give you guys some idea of what mine will be. It will come tonight for sure unless Vimeo gives me problems again... ;D

From Tim W
Posted June 19, 2010 at 8:35 PM
Yea sorry Dan. It was originally the 21st but i moved it up so I wouldn't have to make a break towards the end. Can you both please try and post by tomorrow though?

From Nick Markham
Posted June 19, 2010 at 8:42 PM
Rest will come late tonight, but you should see it first thing tomorrow once I post tonight! So close to revealing time!

From Dan Babbitt
Posted June 19, 2010 at 10:37 PM
Willy Wonka's Chocolate Factory Tour.

Location: Hershey Park

Premise: Wily Wonka has flung open the gates to his chocolate factory and has invited everyone to come and see how he makes chocolate and great candies. But the Oompa Loompas has taken and hidden the coveted Golden Tickets. Your job while on the tour is to find and use the gun hit the golden tickets. The most at the end of course wins!

Building: A large, plain, ominous looking building. It has large smoke stacks, a grey facade and smells a little like candy especially chocolate.

Queue: You enter the attraction through the flung open gates and a notice declaring the factory open for guests! The queue whines down a big courtyard around the building. When you enter the building you eventually go down a large corridor that gets smaller and smaller.

Preshow: The end of the corridor is revealed to be a large door. In the showroom Wonka is there to great guests and ask them for help finding the Golden Tickets.

Boats: White gondola looking crafts with a big paddle wheel in the back that "propel" the craft. The craft will hold 10 guests with 5 rows with 2 guests in each row. The guns will be detachable and can shot on either side of the craft. The rows will have lap bars that will keep guests in the boat and not in the chocolate river!

River: Of course boats will go through a chocolate "looking" river.

Ride: The first intro scene will be the psychedelic scene like the movie which will culminate into a small 10 ft drop like Pirates of the Caribbean. Here is the song and the scene in which it will look like. Psychodelic Scene

The 5 main game areas will be the 5 major scenes which the previous Golden Ticket winners were lost. Animatronics of the characters will be around which will hold the tickets or will be in the position in which they were in the films. Like Augustus Gloop stuck in the tube!

From Dan Babbitt
Posted June 19, 2010 at 10:39 PM
Scene 1: The Chocolate Room. This is where you see the majesty and the crazy techniques that Wonka uses to make his candies also where Augustus Gloop falls into the chocolate river.

Scene 2: The Inventing Room. This room is home to Wonka's new—and still insufficiently tested—candies, such as Everlasting Gobstoppers, Hair Toffee, and Wonka's greatest idea so far, Three-Course Dinner Chewing Gum. You cant miss Violet in the room!

Scene 2: The Nut Room. This room is where Wonka uses trained squirrels to break open good walnuts for use in his sweets. All bad walnuts are thrown down in a garbage chute which leads to an incinerator that is lit every other day. Veruca Salt desperately wants a squirrel. And you can guess what can happen when you add squires to a girl that gets and wants everything!

Scene 3: The Television Room. The Television Room is home to Wonka's latest invention, Television Chocolate, where they take a giant bar of Wonka chocolate and shrink it, then send it through the air in a million pieces to appear in a television. Mike Teavee is amazed at this new discovery, and attempts to send himself through television, resulting in him being shrunk down to be no more than an inch high. Wonka suggests that he be put through the Gum Stretcher.

Scene 4: Fizzy Lifting Drinks. Where Charlie and his Grandpa can be scene flying in the are with bubble all around!

Scene 5:Strawberry-Juice Water Pistols. This scene is where the golden tickets fights back! Watch out you might get hit! This is also the scene where the first golden ticket tour can be scene either stretched out, blown up, trash and chocolate all over them!

In between each scene there will be doors in which Wonka is not going to let you in because of being top secret. But if you look closely and read the signs on them you figure out what they are like the Whip Cream Room where the Oompa Loompas are whipping cows before they milk them! Also Exploding Candy for your Enemies room, Fudge Mountain where the workers mine chocolate Fudge in the Mountain and Invisible Chocolate Bars for Eating in Class Rooms.

This attraction literally throw everything at you. In each room the background music will be in Oompa Loompas signing in which you will also see them actually sign and sometimes do a little dance while they work!

At the end of the ride guests will depart there gondolas and into a real Wonka chocolate factory and also a candy store. So guests can actually see how a cocoa bean becomes a candy bar!

From Nick Markham
Posted June 20, 2010 at 8:09 AM

King Kong: Kongfrontation from Nick Markham on Vimeo.


Park: Islands of Adventure
Section: The Lost Continent
Replacing: Posiedon's Fury
Show Building Exterior: Skull Island
Theme: King Kong

The queue begins outside as does the former Poseidon Fury's,, but has been re-themed. You enter first through what seems at first to be at first a cove, but then reveals an entrance to skull island on the other side. From there you discover an entire area of skulls on spears in the ground all around. The front exterior of the ride building that you first see is heavily detailed to the main gates of the island as shown in this picture.

Once you enter through a "small crevice" within the wall, the queue has entered the ride building. You see all sorts of detailed carvings of Kong on the walls of the cavern. You then enter the pre-show room to discover more...


As you enter the pre-show room, it is not very large, but appears to be a giant cliff overlooking the sacrifice ceremony from the movie. Large screens behind windows show the ceremony where Ann (the girl in the movie) suddenly is taken all of the sudden by some quick shadow out of the forest. The camera crew alongside you (on the screens of course) tell you they need your help to save Ann from whatever monster took her.


From there you leave the pre-show where a small queue lines everyone up at "the docks" to board their boat which will take them into the forest. Then the ride begins.

Riders begin to travel down a narrow river among the rainforest, seeing movements in the brush along the way. They soon encounter a stamped of dinosaurs running in the other direction from whatever lies beyond.

You then enter the bat cave that Kong had been at with Ann before. Trying to be silent, there is someone that always messes up and wakes up the giant bats, which come looming just feet away from the boat. To make a quick getaway, the boat plunges (a short 10 foot plunge) into a new river. Now the movements in the brush or recurring more often, and you begin to hear a woman screaming in the distance as well as giant roars.

the river then enters a wide valley with the largest IMAX screen depicting a quiet valley beyond for a while. Then Ann comes running out of the brush but then stops dead in her tracks. A giant T-Rex comes out of the brush, revealing his teeth with a big roar. Then Kong makes his big entrance roaring and pounding his chest, the two fight as Kong tries to save you and Ann from the dangerous T-Rex. He soon breaks the dinosaurs neck and everything is silent.

Kong then stares at your group on the boat, realizing while he has saved Ann, he also saved the people trying to save her from him. As he starts to try and take her back to where he lived, the filmmakers and boat crew attack with nets and chloroform taking Kong down.

The crew thanks you for saving Ann before the ride ends at what appears as the same cove you entered through. You exit through a shipwrecked ship on the rocks.

From David L.
Posted June 20, 2010 at 12:32 PM
looks like i might be out on the first round again. oh well. A lot of you guy's ideas look amazing and i would add them in an instant.
Tyler: cool idea. I think this would be better in a spidy, indy, or potter vehicle. the boat ride is just too slow for a 4D thrill.
James: 2 thumbs up! i love this idea and even though i havsn't been to the Point, this would make me want to go even more.
Anthony: I like your idea but i think there may be too many boat rides in World showcase at this rate .the ride looks very cool but maybe just making some small versions of the monuments would be good if so many boat rides would be built.
Andy: i like the idea, but i think it might be a little short.
Justin: i think that it would be a good kiddie dark ride but it doesn't seem to have much of a point. Maybe a full Lion King ride with a Hukuna Matata section.
Joshua: WOW! brilliant! this would work wonderfully! but... many people are making boat rides in World Showcase. Too many isn't good, this would probably be my pick. One of my Favorites.
Adam: I really like this. Great idea. the only problem i see is that it doesn't seem to fit in Fantasyland. It would be a great addition to Bugs land in DCA.
Kathryn: this is a cool idea. However, the PATF wasn't a very popular movie(though it should have been) so since you didn't give a preshow of any kind i think some people wouldn't understand it.
Hannah: i really like your idea with the interaction between the boats.
Neil: Great idea. Very cool. i only see one problem and that is that many people don't know what Deadliest catch is, but other than that you did great!

From David L.
Posted June 20, 2010 at 3:59 PM
the rest:
TH: amazing! great idea! the only thing i see as a problem is that would you make a new lake behind the pavilion or attempt to use the Lagoon? One of my Favorites.
Dan: This would work perfectly!
Nick: another Impressive ride. I would love to see it. One of my Favorites.

From Tim W
Posted June 20, 2010 at 5:52 PM
I have to start by saying Congrats to everyone and Thanks for participating! The poll has been submitted, and should be posted by tomorrow. Elimination of bottom two contestants on tuesday. Another challenge will be added due to Dan's participation, but it will not be the aquatic themed coaster as I thought that is too specifically themed. I'm also debating where the new challenge will be placed in the competition, but more later..

And now for my commentery:

Tyler- Very interesting concept, especially with the technology. I liked the use of Mario, but probably wouldn't be placed at Universal however.

David- It sounds like a cross between Spaceship Earth, dinosaur, and Ellen's Energy Adventure, but in boat form. I'm not sure that Dinoland needs another dinosaur themed.

James- I love snoopy and thought the ride was very original and detailed well. The use of the snoopy holiday specials was wonderful. One of the best this week.

Anthony- Another great one! I loved the scenes that you used for the ride and thought it would fit well in Italy.

Andy- Good story, but I have a hard time envisioning this ride. It sounds like it may work better as a show than a ride due to stops and large effects.

Justin- I'm a sucker for the Lion King, but the ride brought nothing new besides an excerpt from the movie. The lion king shows have worked, and a ride would not be likely.

Joshua- What can I say? You've outdone yourself here. The scenery sounded amazing, and the narration for the ride was an excellent feature in your description! I loved it, My Favorite of the Week!!!

Adam- I did think this would work better at its original location you had. The placement at fantasyland is a little weird for a bugs life ride. Good job on story though.

Kathryn- Very well done ride through of the movie. Excellent choice for a water ride.

Hannah- I liked the muppets theme, but the ride seemed to lack a storyline. Again, liked the interaction between boats.

Neil- I really liked the ride, but have to say I've never seen or heard of the show before now.

TH- Great job, not sure how Disney can miss putting this in the UK. I would love this built there, especially with the lack of a beastly kingdomme. One of the best rides in this challenge.

Dan- Yummy! Would go great at Hershey Park, and i've always thought it needed a ride!

Nick- Excellent as usual. Very good placement and i could see it going well on the island.

From Joshua Counsil
Posted June 20, 2010 at 6:10 PM
Again, thanks for the compliments.

TH's was my favorite, but now I find myself attracted to the idea of a Willy Wonka ride. Dan B. gets my vote.

From James Koehl
Posted June 20, 2010 at 6:28 PM
Thanks, Tim! One thing that I'm still a bit fuzzy on- is the elimination going to be based solely on the voting, or will you as the Donald- er, Tim- have the final decision, based on the vote but also on your personal opinion?

From Tim W
Posted June 20, 2010 at 6:38 PM
Originally, that was my plan for TPA, however, it changed as many people wanted to see what the site thought. I then thought about changing the name, but it will be kept as TP Apprentice.

In this competition and throughout, elimination will be solely based on the vote. I thought about making it my own decision, but i'd rather not. However, if i see anyone being eliminated (like my favorite of the week) that I don't think should be, I have power over that. Or if a tie occurs, I will decide who will be eliminated. I know who my least favorite two are, but I'd rather see what the entire site thinks, not just me. Cumulative votes from previous challenges will also help decide in case of a tie.

As for the finale, there should be 12 people not in the finale, including myself that makes 13. Hopefully everyone will vote this time around for their favorite and we don't have to resort to a poll. So just keep in mind that you will be voting towards the begining of August for the winner!

From Adam Nodjomian
Posted June 20, 2010 at 6:36 PM
David, I thought about putting the ride at DCA, but considering the renovations going on, another new ride, would destroy the parks budget for even longer than it already will. Plus, I couldn't find space for it, especially with the addition of Carsland.

Tim, I had a great storyline involving conservation, recycling, etc., but again the space was my biggest problem, there was just nowhere to put the ride. I thought on Discovery Island, but to have enough space, the ride would either have to cross the river, or existing structures would have had to been destroyed.

I'm glad you guys liked the idea though, I'll try to be less descriptive next time. I'll comment on ideas once there are less people in the competition, there are just too many right now.

Also, I had a question, if we use an idea here in this round, can we use it again later on down the road, for example in Season 2?

From Tim W
Posted June 20, 2010 at 6:43 PM
No, you may not. The only time you may reuse a ride is in a theme park or themed land description. Sorry, but that would be unfair in a future competition to use a ride you already created.

From Adam Nodjomian
Posted June 20, 2010 at 6:49 PM
Thanks, good to know.

From Robert Niles
Posted June 20, 2010 at 7:01 PM
Vote is open now: Have at it!

From David L.
Posted June 20, 2010 at 8:20 PM
Time: what do you mean by dinoland doesn't need another dimosaur theme?

From Nick Markham
Posted June 20, 2010 at 8:40 PM
Hey Joshua, if you would like to see a Willy Wonka boat ride, there is one in Alton Towers (probably just coincidence with Dan's)

From Dan Babbitt
Posted June 20, 2010 at 9:08 PM
I had no idea that there even was a Willy Wonka attraction out there. But I figured that it would fit great at Hershey Park except for the fact that Nestle owns the Wonka brand and are competitors to Hershey!

From James Koehl
Posted June 21, 2010 at 2:46 AM
I loved the idea of a Wonka ride, too, but the whole Nestle/Hershey thing bothered me a bit. Wouldn't that be like Disney putting IASM at Six Flags MM? I know...in Season 2, WonkaLand!!!

From Tim W
Posted June 21, 2010 at 6:11 AM
David, like universal dinosaur ride. Dinosaur takes care of a plethora of dinos in my opinion, and does not need another ride with large aa dinos.

Tune in to elimination tomorrow at 8pm ET. Will be announced on new thread.

From David L.
Posted June 21, 2010 at 6:27 AM
I see what you mean Tim, but how would you then expand/refurbish Dinoland? would you just keep the Dinorama area? almost any ride you could build would involve dinos. Maybe the Excavator would be diferent but what else could you do?

From Tyler Bell
Posted June 21, 2010 at 10:52 AM
Nice playing with everyone,and great ideas especially TH Creative.

From TH Creative
Posted June 21, 2010 at 11:01 AM
Don't thank me ... thank the Plesiosaur.

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