Daily Disney – Thursday Theatrics – The Yeti!
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Ask any Disney fan and they’ll more than likely tell you that the thing that sets the Disney parks apart from the rest is their ability to tell a good story in their shows and attractions. There are no other theme parks in the world that offer attractions that are so immersive in sight and sound like the Disney parks do.
So for Thursday, the theme is Theatrics, which is defined as staged or contrived effects, and no one does Theatrics better than Disney and their Imagineers!
I kind of have mixed feelings about this scene, in the attraction Expedition Everest. It is undoubtedly one of, if not the neatest, coolest audio animatronic ever built. But the fact that it has been stuck in "B mode" for so long just kills me. Don’t get me wrong, if it had never moved in the first place and all it ever did was what it does now, which is nothing, basically – it just sits there – I’d be fine with it. There is a light that strobes to give the effect of motion and the scene goes by so quickly (which also by the way makes for a nearly impossible shot, but I finally got it! :=0) that it makes for a really convincing and well done effect. But I do remember experiencing this attraction a few times in June 2006 when Expedition Everest was practically brand new, and at the time the Yeti worked perfectly. And it was AWESOME, incredible, outstanding! Knowing what it could be and knowing what it has been for that last couple years and is now is a little discerning to me.
Some quick facts about this incredible (when working) audio animatronic:
-The yeti’s "skin" measures 1,000 square feet (93 m2), and is held in place by 1,000 snaps and 250 zippers.
-The yeti’s movement is controlled by 19 actuators.
-The yeti can move five feet horizontally, and two feet vertically.
-The yeti is 22 feet (6.7 m) tall.
Camera: Olympus E-P1 "Pen"
Lens: Panasonic LUMIX G 20mm f/1.7
Mode: Aperture Priority
Exposure: 1/15 sec
Focal Length: 20mm (40mm full frame equivalent)
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