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  Topic: Contact Imagineers
MartinJ

Replies: 4
Views: 2808

PostForum: Imagination Forum - Theme Park Attraction Design & Imagineering   Posted: Fri Dec 10, 2010 3:37 pm   Subject: Contact Imagineers
To get an informal interview with a random Imagineer (but it's not free or anywhere near inexpensive), try the "Dining With an Imagineer" at WDW. They offer them quite a bit at the Brown Der ...
  Topic: Blair family protests small world changes
MartinJ

Replies: 12
Views: 7463

PostForum: Imagination Forum - Theme Park Attraction Design & Imagineering   Posted: Tue Apr 06, 2010 2:29 pm   Subject: Blair family protests small world changes
Maybe it was our daily "Public Service Announcement" that we've been missing? Smile
  Topic: Dine with a Disney Imagineer
MartinJ

Replies: 14
Views: 8851

PostForum: Imagination Forum - Theme Park Attraction Design & Imagineering   Posted: Wed Mar 03, 2010 11:00 am   Subject: Dine with a Disney Imagineer
Ok. I got back home this last weekend. I'll try my hand at how the night went. First, we started off with a lovely appetizer...

Oh, I know. You aren't really interested in the food. To be honest, I ...
  Topic: What do you think would work in a Nintendo theme park?
MartinJ

Replies: 10
Views: 5026

PostForum: Imagination Forum - Theme Park Attraction Design & Imagineering   Posted: Fri Feb 05, 2010 7:22 pm   Subject: What do you think would work in a Nintendo theme park?
The World of Nintendo is big enough to fill an entire park. It's definitely bigger than four lands, closely tied to particular characters. If you're going to follow the Disney model, you'd put a castl ...
  Topic: What do you think would work in a Nintendo theme park?
MartinJ

Replies: 10
Views: 5026

PostForum: Imagination Forum - Theme Park Attraction Design & Imagineering   Posted: Fri Jan 29, 2010 4:18 pm   Subject: What do you think would work in a Nintendo theme park?
Don't forget that one time (ok, it appears quite a few) that Lego wanted to have a land in EPCOT. Now, they're supposedly going with a non-Disney park. Smile

I agree that there would difficult hurdles ...
  Topic: Dine with a Disney Imagineer
MartinJ

Replies: 14
Views: 8851

PostForum: Imagination Forum - Theme Park Attraction Design & Imagineering   Posted: Fri Jan 15, 2010 3:48 pm   Subject: Dine with a Disney Imagineer
I wish you were able to remember more. Smile

I'll be doing this next month (February 23rd) at the Flying Fish Cafe. There's no mention of this online; you have to call and ask for it. I will see if I' ...
  Topic: Land for building a theme park
MartinJ

Replies: 9
Views: 5378

PostForum: Imagination Forum - Theme Park Attraction Design & Imagineering   Posted: Wed Nov 18, 2009 8:18 pm   Subject: Land for building a theme park
If you're looking for something to build in Oregon, you might want to look at other locations that have done something similar. Minneapolis has the Mall of America with an indoor park. Granted, the th ...
  Topic: WDW CP
MartinJ

Replies: 6
Views: 4525

PostForum: Imagination Forum - Theme Park Attraction Design & Imagineering   Posted: Mon Apr 06, 2009 4:11 pm   Subject: WDW CP
Awesome. Don't spend all your money out at Cast Connection or Property Control. Smile
  Topic: Interesting blog post on tying designs together
MartinJ

Replies: 1
Views: 2131

PostForum: Imagination Forum - Theme Park Attraction Design & Imagineering   Posted: Fri Feb 13, 2009 5:19 pm   Subject: Interesting blog post on tying designs together
http://passport2dreams.blogspot.com/2009/02/structuring-experience.html

I like this person. They describe how some design elements on attractions can and should tie to the bigger picture. Yes, it's ...
  Topic: Thoughts for a ride system
MartinJ

Replies: 25
Views: 14815

PostForum: Imagination Forum - Theme Park Attraction Design & Imagineering   Posted: Wed Jan 21, 2009 11:37 am   Subject: Thoughts for a ride system
How about something that looks like an escalator? Instead of flat stair steps, it would be buckets. Maybe put something in the bottom to generate gentle waves as it lifts. Hmm. Splash Mountain II - Th ...
  Topic: Study abroad.. any sites to see?
MartinJ

Replies: 10
Views: 5173

PostForum: Imagination Forum - Theme Park Attraction Design & Imagineering   Posted: Tue Jan 13, 2009 5:37 pm   Subject: Study abroad.. any sites to see?
"The Word"

Now, if someone can just say "I'll pay for it," I'm there. Smile
  Topic: Thoughts for a ride system
MartinJ

Replies: 25
Views: 14815

PostForum: Imagination Forum - Theme Park Attraction Design & Imagineering   Posted: Fri Jan 09, 2009 10:19 am   Subject: Thoughts for a ride system
Yeah, well. Someone here told me that I shouldn't put the ride system ahead of the experience. Once you know what you want the end experience to be like, you start working on how you're going to achie ...
  Topic: Thoughts for a ride system
MartinJ

Replies: 25
Views: 14815

PostForum: Imagination Forum - Theme Park Attraction Design & Imagineering   Posted: Thu Jan 08, 2009 9:55 am   Subject: Thoughts for a ride system
I trhink the easiest solution around the engineering is to not have a continuous track. Think of standard railways. You can merge and have the lines split. Granted, passengers can feel this.

But, w ...
  Topic: Thoughts for a ride system
MartinJ

Replies: 25
Views: 14815

PostForum: Imagination Forum - Theme Park Attraction Design & Imagineering   Posted: Wed Jan 07, 2009 5:54 pm   Subject: Thoughts for a ride system
Isn't that like "The Amazing Adventures of
Spider-ManŽ" there at Universal IOA Florida? It's on a track and has the mechanics of a simulator to enhance what's happening on the track.

Put ...
  Topic: Happy Holidays!
MartinJ

Replies: 12
Views: 6776

PostForum: Imagination Forum - Theme Park Attraction Design & Imagineering   Posted: Fri Jan 02, 2009 5:32 pm   Subject: Happy Holidays!
And, here I made the assumption of a Tablet PC, not the drawing tablets. For serious drawing, stick to the tablets that plug in. The PC with a tablet screen is not good (you lose the keyboard almost c ...
  Topic: Happy Holidays!
MartinJ

Replies: 12
Views: 6776

PostForum: Imagination Forum - Theme Park Attraction Design & Imagineering   Posted: Fri Dec 26, 2008 3:50 pm   Subject: Happy Holidays!
And, I hope everyone enjoyed their day with Phillis. Phillis Nevedad, or however you pronounce her name. Smile

Now, you all have a terrific new year. And, if you want help with your resolutions, try t ...
  Topic: It's A Small World...
MartinJ

Replies: 6
Views: 5791

PostForum: Theme Park Attraction Review - Be the first to review a new (or classic) theme park ride   Posted: Tue Dec 02, 2008 11:36 pm   Subject: It's A Small World...
It's my understanding that there are more changes coming to the IASW attraction. The major ones were intentionally not introduced right away. Instead, the characters are supposed to be brought in afte ...
  Topic: Refurbishments
MartinJ

Replies: 18
Views: 9464

PostForum: Imagination Forum - Theme Park Attraction Design & Imagineering   Posted: Mon Oct 20, 2008 4:04 pm   Subject: Refurbishments
Oil based clay. That would be Sculpey, wouldn't it? I noticed the oil bleeds out. At least, the small model I was working on now has this nifty oil stain underneath it. I'm kind of glad I stuck a piec ...
  Topic: Refurbishments
MartinJ

Replies: 18
Views: 9464

PostForum: Imagination Forum - Theme Park Attraction Design & Imagineering   Posted: Wed Oct 15, 2008 10:11 am   Subject: Refurbishments
Clay's wonderful. You can sculpt all you want. Let it dry out. If you don't like it, soak it in water, it goes back to being a mush of clay, ready to sculpt again.

My guess is they sculpt both head ...
  Topic: News
MartinJ

Replies: 6
Views: 4805

PostForum: Imagination Forum - Theme Park Attraction Design & Imagineering   Posted: Wed Oct 15, 2008 10:05 am   Subject: News
Ok. If you know when the press release should be coming out, we can try to remind you about sharing. Smile Heck, I'll even put in my reminders here in this Outlook thingy.
  Topic: Refurbishments
MartinJ

Replies: 18
Views: 9464

PostForum: Imagination Forum - Theme Park Attraction Design & Imagineering   Posted: Wed Oct 15, 2008 10:03 am   Subject: Refurbishments
It was my understanding that the new President won't be sculpted by Blaine Gibson.
  Topic: Theme Park Builder 3D
MartinJ

Replies: 1
Views: 2533

PostForum: Imagination Forum - Theme Park Attraction Design & Imagineering   Posted: Mon Jul 28, 2008 3:28 pm   Subject: Theme Park Builder 3D
It looks like it might be interesting. It's got a looooooong way to go, though; at least until the end of next year before things start to become available. The developers might have a few chunks of c ...
  Topic: The Attraction Experience: Interactive or Passive
MartinJ

Replies: 7
Views: 5391

PostForum: Imagination Forum - Theme Park Attraction Design & Imagineering   Posted: Mon Jul 07, 2008 2:28 pm   Subject: The Attraction Experience: Interactive or Passive
I'm an old fart here and have certain fixed ideas about entertainment. Ok. I'm not all that old. Still, I think that I push the age curve of people here up a little bit.

What I expect to be the dif ...
  Topic: universal hollywood fire
MartinJ

Replies: 25
Views: 13667

PostForum: Imagination Forum - Theme Park Attraction Design & Imagineering   Posted: Wed Jun 18, 2008 4:58 pm   Subject: universal hollywood fire
The one I'm thinking of is called "Rhino Rally" (www.buschgardens.com/BGT/aaa_rhino_rally.aspx).
  Topic: Robotic Arm technology
MartinJ

Replies: 11
Views: 7189

PostForum: Imagination Forum - Theme Park Attraction Design & Imagineering   Posted: Wed Jun 18, 2008 4:55 pm   Subject: Robotic Arm technology
Now we're sinking into electric engineering. How do you think the monorails get their power? There are two electrical feeds running under the track. That's why there are the danger signs about high vo ...
  Topic: Robotic Arm technology
MartinJ

Replies: 11
Views: 7189

PostForum: Imagination Forum - Theme Park Attraction Design & Imagineering   Posted: Wed Jun 18, 2008 12:56 pm   Subject: Robotic Arm technology
The trains are most likely drawing power from the track rails. Since it uses linear induction to accelerate so quickly (which requires some hefty electromagnets on the actual trains), I imagine they a ...
  Topic: SATE 08
MartinJ

Replies: 18
Views: 9829

PostForum: Imagination Forum - Theme Park Attraction Design & Imagineering   Posted: Mon Jun 16, 2008 9:30 am   Subject: SATE 08
I'd love to go. I just can justify to myself (or my significant other) to spend that much money. I have to do my learnin' on a shoestring. A shoestring that's been tied back together a couple of times ...
  Topic: universal hollywood fire
MartinJ

Replies: 25
Views: 13667

PostForum: Imagination Forum - Theme Park Attraction Design & Imagineering   Posted: Thu Jun 12, 2008 9:54 am   Subject: universal hollywood fire
I used to have an annual pass to Busch Gardens there. And, every time I rode the safari, the bridge portion was broken. That was about once a month for the two years. I must've just been very unlucky.
  Topic: Animatronic freedom?
MartinJ

Replies: 5
Views: 4637

PostForum: Imagination Forum - Theme Park Attraction Design & Imagineering   Posted: Thu Apr 24, 2008 4:47 pm   Subject: Animatronic freedom?
I don't think that you could take out a patent on the concept of an animatronic. That's like trying to patent the personal computer. It's too general. They can take out a patent for a new technology t ...
  Topic: Runaway show!
MartinJ

Replies: 26
Views: 15345

PostForum: Imagination Forum - Theme Park Attraction Design & Imagineering   Posted: Mon Mar 31, 2008 4:53 pm   Subject: Runaway show!
So, 35 is the "average" age? I guess your ages help my age form the average Smile. I'm just glad you didn't say that 35 was pushing it.
  Topic: Runaway show!
MartinJ

Replies: 26
Views: 15345

PostForum: Imagination Forum - Theme Park Attraction Design & Imagineering   Posted: Mon Mar 31, 2008 10:23 am   Subject: Runaway show!
I think you and your crew have done an awesome job. I'm really looking forward to seeing what you come up with the future. I think you're going to go far.
  Topic: Update on the site.
MartinJ

Replies: 16
Views: 9876

PostForum: Imagination Forum - Theme Park Attraction Design & Imagineering   Posted: Fri Mar 14, 2008 9:40 am   Subject: Update on the site.
[quote]why do you have to get wet on every uni ride?[/quote]

'Cuz it's so friggin hot most of the time.
  Topic: Update on the site.
MartinJ

Replies: 16
Views: 9876

PostForum: Imagination Forum - Theme Park Attraction Design & Imagineering   Posted: Thu Mar 13, 2008 10:57 am   Subject: Update on the site.
I think sometimes the confusion is between interactive and immersing. People really want rides that completely draw you in. They don't necessarily want to have to do stuff. That reminds people of work ...
  Topic: Runaway show!
MartinJ

Replies: 26
Views: 15345

PostForum: Imagination Forum - Theme Park Attraction Design & Imagineering   Posted: Tue Mar 04, 2008 5:49 pm   Subject: Runaway show!
Do you have date(s) for the show? Of course we'd like to come. Even if you did decide to paint everything bright green. Oh, and purple. Gotta have purple. Smile
  Topic: Friday March 7
MartinJ

Replies: 5
Views: 4046

PostForum: Imagination Forum - Theme Park Attraction Design & Imagineering   Posted: Thu Feb 28, 2008 3:58 pm   Subject: Friday March 7
I was just looking one day. I think someone sent me a link to the airstrip and I started zooming and scrolling. I don't know if they do own that or not. If they do, my guess is that it is at the edge.
  Topic: Friday March 7
MartinJ

Replies: 5
Views: 4046

PostForum: Imagination Forum - Theme Park Attraction Design & Imagineering   Posted: Thu Feb 28, 2008 1:54 pm   Subject: Friday March 7
I wish that I could be there. I don't think the car would like another drive like that so soon. It got even with me by shredding the belt yesterday. I am really glad it didn't do that while driving th ...
  Topic: Production design
MartinJ

Replies: 21
Views: 9890

PostForum: Imagination Forum - Theme Park Attraction Design & Imagineering   Posted: Thu Feb 28, 2008 1:41 pm   Subject: Production design
I love it when everyone pays extreme attention to details. If there's something not quite right, it tends to stand out. Take, for instance, the Tower of Terror. There is one thing wrong with the lobby ...
  Topic: Rain Forest Cafe at Downtown Disney
MartinJ

Replies: 7
Views: 6746

PostForum: Theme Park Attraction Review - Be the first to review a new (or classic) theme park ride   Posted: Tue Feb 26, 2008 5:46 pm   Subject: Rain Forest Cafe at Downtown Disney
It was pretty nice. No power outages Razz Maybe they saw us leaving.

We went on Friday and Saturday. There was a problem with the resort reservations. But, they took care of everything. I'm still lo ...
  Topic: Rain Forest Cafe at Downtown Disney
MartinJ

Replies: 7
Views: 6746

PostForum: Theme Park Attraction Review - Be the first to review a new (or classic) theme park ride   Posted: Tue Feb 26, 2008 5:32 pm   Subject: Rain Forest Cafe at Downtown Disney
(check out the message in that other forum, "Check-In Time" for more details on what he's doing.)
  Topic: Rain Forest Cafe at Downtown Disney
MartinJ

Replies: 7
Views: 6746

PostForum: Theme Park Attraction Review - Be the first to review a new (or classic) theme park ride   Posted: Tue Feb 26, 2008 2:24 pm   Subject: Rain Forest Cafe at Downtown Disney
Him is getting attached, wallet to lady, ball to chain Smile (just having a bit of fun).
  Topic: Heartige/Science themed attractions?
MartinJ

Replies: 6
Views: 4200

PostForum: Imagination Forum - Theme Park Attraction Design & Imagineering   Posted: Mon Feb 18, 2008 1:21 pm   Subject: Heartige/Science themed attractions?
It would've been possible to educate through entertainment. Unfortunately, the investors were too interested in getting their personal agenda pushed to the front (the city had a hand in it, the county ...
  Topic: Heartige/Science themed attractions?
MartinJ

Replies: 6
Views: 4200

PostForum: Imagination Forum - Theme Park Attraction Design & Imagineering   Posted: Fri Feb 15, 2008 4:30 pm   Subject: Heartige/Science themed attractions?
I'm an old person here. And, I'm going to throw out an example of something done badly. There was this place call Auto World here in Michigan (). It was supposed to be something to talk about the hist ...
  Topic: Check-in Time!
MartinJ

Replies: 14
Views: 7566

PostForum: Imagination Forum - Theme Park Attraction Design & Imagineering   Posted: Fri Feb 15, 2008 10:32 am   Subject: Check-in Time!
We'll be at the Coronado Springs. I like the pyramid Smile.
  Topic: Check-in Time!
MartinJ

Replies: 14
Views: 7566

PostForum: Imagination Forum - Theme Park Attraction Design & Imagineering   Posted: Thu Feb 14, 2008 2:30 pm   Subject: Check-in Time!
I was down there for Christmas. Before that was Thanksgiving. I'm down there at least once a month. Your friends don't have to do anything special. I don't think that I've ever left there unhappy.
  Topic: Check-in Time!
MartinJ

Replies: 14
Views: 7566

PostForum: Imagination Forum - Theme Park Attraction Design & Imagineering   Posted: Thu Feb 14, 2008 1:50 pm   Subject: Check-in Time!
Yeah, it's just off I-75, right near the I-4 interchange. I actually go into Seffner which is the first exit on 4 to the east of 75. But, we like going into Brandon for dinner and shopping (Smokey Bon ...
  Topic: Check-in Time!
MartinJ

Replies: 14
Views: 7566

PostForum: Imagination Forum - Theme Park Attraction Design & Imagineering   Posted: Thu Feb 14, 2008 10:31 am   Subject: Check-in Time!
Why Brandon? That's where the girlfriend lives. So, that's where I go when I make it down to Disney's Tropicaland. This time, we're going to be visiting the parks on Friday and Saturday with friends I ...
  Topic: Check-in Time!
MartinJ

Replies: 14
Views: 7566

PostForum: Imagination Forum - Theme Park Attraction Design & Imagineering   Posted: Wed Feb 13, 2008 6:46 pm   Subject: Check-in Time!
What am I doing? I'm embarrassed to say that I'm sitting up here in sub zero weather. Still writing software that handles health care claims and billing. Fun stuff.

Oh, wait. At home, I try to spen ...
  Topic: The Wrong Way
MartinJ

Replies: 6
Views: 3955

PostForum: Imagination Forum - Theme Park Attraction Design & Imagineering   Posted: Mon Feb 11, 2008 5:41 pm   Subject: The Wrong Way
I think the definition of interactivity that's being used is really affecting the action that takes place in the attraction. You could say that every ride is interactive in that you have to get into t ...
  Topic: Roller Coaster Physics
MartinJ

Replies: 8
Views: 6028

PostForum: Imagination Forum - Theme Park Attraction Design & Imagineering   Posted: Fri Feb 08, 2008 11:52 am   Subject: Roller Coaster Physics
Yes, instantaneous forces usually doesn't do harm. But, it will still put a huge stress on the heart. What happens is that the increased gravity forces the blood to collect at the "lowest" p ...
  Topic: Roller Coaster Physics
MartinJ

Replies: 8
Views: 6028

PostForum: Imagination Forum - Theme Park Attraction Design & Imagineering   Posted: Thu Feb 07, 2008 6:09 pm   Subject: Roller Coaster Physics
I think if I rode one of those, I might not be getting off the ride. I'd be like the guy that had his heart attack on Everest, a new member of the blue man band.
 
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