Q:You were talking about going to epcot for drinking around the world soon! Are you 21?
No! But I will be. My 21st birthday is tomorrow!
Did you know? That the original ending for the (now extinct) story of Kilimanjaro Safari’s had an extremely dark twist? When Animal Kingdom was being created the main message the Imagineers wanted to spread across this beautiful giant park was the message of conservation and protecting our wildlife. So to keep true to that theme when making Kilimanjaro Safari the Imagineers wanted the riders to really see the damages of poaching and how it was affecting Africa’s wildlife.
As many of you remember the story of the ride has you and your crew embarking on a journey across the African savannah in order to save our elephant friend named Little Red who was captured by poachers. As we go to save him we also learn they had captured his mother but she was rescued with minor injuries and was expected to be okay, however this was not the original version the Imagineers had in mind. As a matter of fact when the ride opened for cast previews the ride was much darker. How dark you ask? Well after the lion den area you would get a call from your savannah friend asking you if you had found Big Red. Not too long after her radio call she would fall silent as guests would look to the right near a patch of grass to see Big Reds giant corpse, bloodied up with bullet holes and other wounds and having her tusk violently removed.
This scene apparently affected the children testing the ride so much that they were crying from when they saw it all the way back to when they got back to Harambe. But how did it bother kids so much surely they knew it was fake? Well the problem was that every other animal in the safari ride was real. So naturally the kids (and some adult) thought that Big Reds corpse was also real. So in last minute effort they removed the corpse and changed the story to have a happier ending while still promoting the values of conservation before the ride officially opened to the public. However now all of that is gone now as the ride mentions nothing of poachers anymore and any elements of this including the Little Red animatronic, the plane, and the fake poacher vehicle have all been removed from the ride. The only mention of poachers now is in the queue which still warns riders of the impending danger of poachers on the reserve.
Q:That wasn't a soft opening for the ride. They were filming a commercial for the mine ride.
True, I will consider one though since actors got to ride the entire ride! Meaning it is technically show ready for guests at this point!
Q:OMFG. this kid from my school, he took a picture with merida one day, and the next day the exact same person playing merida was playing anna. why is this. this totally isn't disney :(
It totally is, if you are trained in more than one princess and they need it well they use ya.
Q:In my opinion, the "interactivity" of the mine train queue seems kind of cheesy. I mean, interactive queues can be really cool when they do them right, like with the Indiana Jones queue at Disneyland, when they serve to really immerse you in the world of the attraction. Most of it looks great, but the equivalent of an iPad game stuck in the middle of it? That's not doing much for atmosphere. I don't know, it just seems kind of tacky to me, but I guess we'll just have to see how it plays out.
I agree with you actually, ipad screens really don’t have place in the middle of a fantasy forest. I would prefer something more physical, I feel it works in the winnie the pooh area cause it’s so large it looks like a story book page, but here well you know you are touching a large screen. I think for the mine train physical intreactive props would bode better.
Q:where did u find the line pictures of the mine ride?
Disney parks blog!
The attraction did indeed soft open today, SO next time you find yourself at the magic kingdom go and see if the mine train is up and running!
Q:I am pretty sure the mine train is only at disneyland. not magic kingdom. I saw them working on it.
I am just going to say where do you see the mine train being constructed at disneyland lol. Out of curiosity I just wanna see what you think is the mine train. Cause whatever construction you see happening I can assure you the Mine train is only at Magic Kingdom over at the Walt Disney World resort, in orlando.
Q:Which park is getting the mine cart ride?
Magic Kingdom In orlando
Q:those dinosaurs are so upsettingly bad and inaccurate. :/ like yeah I get it, it's for kids, but I'm a palaeontologist and it hurts to see a company with those resources have really outdated, inaccurate, horrendous dinosaur models
It’s just for fun. I think we take away the realism aspect when we realize we are in an environment where yeti’s roam free and time travel to the cretaceous period is mere minutes away! It’s more of a love letter to folks enamored with dinosaurs rather than an accurate portrayal of what they were.
OR even this ^
Oh gosh no please no. For people who have a deathly fear of dinosaurs (aka me & probly most little kids) this is hell. It would ruin the magic for me in animal kingdom. Seriously, I can’t even go near the topiaries that are shaped like dinosaurs, please please please don’t encourage them to make dinosaurs that walk around and attack & roar & ugh
It would only be seen in Dinoland USA which I am guessing if you have a serious phobia of Dinosaurs you would never go to in the first place! Also the velociraptor that is walking also pretty intimidating and kids love it! I get your fear however! Just make sure to not walk through Dinoland USA and you should be groovy!