Daily Disney – Thursday Theatrics – The Yeti!

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.

Quick EXIF:
Camera: Olympus E-P1 "Pen"
Lens: Panasonic LUMIX G 20mm f/1.7
Mode: Aperture Priority
Exposure: 1/15 sec
Aperture: f/1.7
Focal Length: 20mm (40mm full frame equivalent)
ISO: 2500
Bias: N/A

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28 Responses to Daily Disney – Thursday Theatrics – The Yeti!

  1. Diznefreak -princesskelz- says:

    Amazing shot Joe! Perfect timing too!

  2. JLovely (DisRunner) says:

    when I went Nov 14th I’m 99% sure the Yeti was in A mode swinging away. 🙂 Not sure if it was in his original swinging glory…but definitely swinging!

    Great capture of him!

  3. DigitalSLG says:

    Awesome shot. I’m too chicken to ride this but enjoy seeing images of it. 🙂


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  4. wonderful_world_of_Hilary says:

    Love the shadow of the Yeti… What a great shot. I’m always to busy trying to high-five the Yeti to even attempt a picture at this part. :o) Excellent capture.

  5. Eugene1959 says:

    Awesome shot.

  6. IceNineJon says:

    Really dramatic lighting! Great job getting this.

  7. Disney Fanatic says:

    So how many times did you have to ride this coaster before getting this shot ?

  8. lawrencechua says:

    Good stuff.

  9. Stu Meech says:

    Great use of the f/1.7 lens here, the light and detail is great considering the high ISO on a small camera! Nice.


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  10. Ashlyn_Rose says:

    awesome, awesome, awesome shot!!!

  11. Todd Hurley Photography says:

    Love it, Joe! Great capture!

  12. Wallyspam says:

    Excellent shot! I’ve ridden this several times, but I always have my eyes closed so I miss the Yeti 😉

  13. Peter E. Lee says:

    Great shot! I don’t know if I’ll ever feel comfortable carrying a camera on a roller coaster (except in a padded bag at my feet), but shots like this more than half make me want to risk it some time.

    I’m impressed by how good this looks at ISO 2500. I rarely set my e-620 above ISO 1000, and I’m pretty sure it has the same sensor as the EP-1. Maybe I should experiment more with higher ISOs (and Noise Ninja, of course)…

  14. Kiki FL says:

    I, for one, don’t know how in the world you got that shot. Completely amazing!

    Don’t you think that the Yeti will be fixed eventually? I’m sure it will. 🙂

  15. Better Living Through Imagineering says:

    Great shot of a blink and you’ll miss it moment!

    I just managed to ride Everest for the first time this week, and had no idea the Yeti has not been functioning as designed.

  16. DugJax says:

    Super-duper amazing that you managed to get this shot. I never let go of the bars when I ride.

  17. Jeremy Bischoff says:

    you got him! Very good for 1/15 even at 20mm!


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  18. janoimagine says:

    Wow, I tried to get this shot about 10 times. Great timing. Now if they could only fix him.

  19. Don Sullivan says:

    I don’t know how you managed to pull that off but WOW!!

  20. C. Evans says:

    All I can say is wow! By the time I’ld get my finger to snap the photo the moment would be gone.

  21. deefordisney says:

    Amazing. How did you manage to hold a camera on this ride? Nicely done.

  22. evelyng23 says:

    i loved this ride! and this too awesome!

  23. Cory Disbrow says:

    I don’t know how on Earth you got this shot. I wouldn’t even attempt it. GREAT job!

  24. David.Stewart says:

    Amazing that you managed to get anything, I laughed out loud at my attempt to get something (didn’t even get chance to fire off a frame as it happened so fast).

  25. {kidnurse} says:

    I agree about Disney and the stories the rides tell…..probably why I like Disney parks so much.

    Wallyspam, you better stop riding with your eyes closed….you are going to ride with me sometime 🙂

  26. Eat My Disney Dust says:

    Fantastic shot!!!

  27. CodyWDWfan says:

    Nicely done, I’ve tried for this about 5 times I think and come up empty

  28. fiestyCupcake says:

    Wow, this shot looks too good to be taken whilst on a ride! I’ve never been on this ride–do you stop here?

    Also, my sister and I just cannot believe that this animatronic is 22ft tall. That’s…taller than our two-story house!!! That can’t be right! :O

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