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Characters at EPCOT?

From Audio: Monoreel Radio Bonus Episode: Walt Disney World Trip Recap (November 2019)

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EPCOT Center was always supposed to be the place where edutainment reigned as king, so how on brand are these character attractions?
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EPCOT Center was always supposed to be the place where edutainment reigned as king, so how on brand are these character attractions?
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got a little recapping our day here in Epcot Center as we sit outside the rose and crown. We just saw Epcot forever. We're getting rained on, which has been par for the course. It's rained on us basically every day, although I don't mind it because it has cooled the weather down a little bit. Yeah, at least today was relatively warm the past couple of times we've been rained on, it was freezing. Yeah. Let's talk about uh finding nemo, the under the seas of the seas with nemo and friends. That's what it's called because to me it's always been the living sees. Um is it on brand? It's fish in a tank. It's water. I don't know how much more on brand it can be. No, when I first went on it a couple of trips ago, I remember being disappointed because you used to get a lot more viewings of the actual aquarium tanks. So I feel like they took some of those away just for the sake of the ride. Um so that was kind of upsetting, but as far as being um, you know, a fit for the film, I think it's really clever that they retrofitted into an existing ride. Um the clamshell. Okay, obvious. Um but I think it's cool how they have the projections and uh, you know, everything is on the screen within the tanks. It it definitely looks cool. Um and I think it's great that they brought something else in for kids to try then draw them into Epcot Center. We know that that was a big thing with Eisner years ago as he wanted to introduce more characters into the park. So it definitely fits and it makes sense. But without question, the best ride in the park in terms of being geared towards a film is the frozen ride over here in Norway. Yeah, I was hesitant when they opened it. I mean I'm a huge frozen fan that's no secret, so I was happy to see that it was getting a ride and um I appreciate that they put it in Norway as opposed to just throwing another princess film into Magic Kingdom. Um but I wasn't sure exactly what to expect from it because it's the Norway ride and I kind of missed the trolls and I didn't want to see them go, but for as quick a turnaround as they did with it, I don't feel like they just threw it together. I mean, granted they didn't change the track or anything. It totally works on the track that was existing. It works. And the amazing thing is, we had always said that that ride broke down so frequently frequently when it was the original Norway ride with the trolls and we're like just give it a refurb, give it a refurb. And I mean, yeah, it's basically the exact same track, but the way that they've done it is really smart. I love the queue for this ride, you're walking in, you see wandering oaken again, we've been talking for the last few days that we've been doing these recordings about these fully immersive experiences that really put you in the film. This one does it very well. Yeah, I like that Wandering Oaken is also the narrator getting on and off the boats and telling you to watch your Children. I think that was cute. Um the animatronics on this ride are absolutely incredible. Starting with Olaf. I like that. They didn't make him that fiber glassy look and instead they went for like a puffy kind of snowmen. Yeah, the projections, especially in the castle scene are fantastic. I think my question at this point is you have the new frozen coming out um in just a few days, do they have to retrofit anything for frozen to? It's obviously not a question we can answer today, but I wonder if they're going to have to do it and if they do what kind of down time you're looking at to get that retrofitted. I don't think they will because there are a ton of films that have had Sequels that they had like look at the seas. You know, it's finding nemo, they didn't have to add more Door Ages because Dory got a sequel. Um I I think that because you have anna Elsa Olaf etcetera represented. I don't think that they're gonna necessarily
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