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Old 10-14-2013, 12:27 AM   #1
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Avatarland = hope for the Yeti?

I've always heard that Disco Yeti won't be fixed because it's the headline attraction at AK, & there just isn't enough to do there with Expedition Everest closed. If Avatarland opens, Disney could close Expedition Everest without much fanfare & finally fix the yeti. Even better, they could fix it sooner rather than later, so that when crowds actually start showing up at AK, the yeti is already fixed. Thoughts?
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Old 10-14-2013, 12:43 AM   #2
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If ever there was a time to fix the yeti, it'd be the first 6 months after avatarland opened. They should absolutely take that opportunity.
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Old 10-14-2013, 07:27 AM   #3
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I doubt it as much as I want to see the yeti fix. A lot of people you go to AK don't know the yeti isn't working. From what I understand is that it would involve take apart most of the mountain which would cost a lot of money
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Old 10-14-2013, 07:48 AM   #4
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As much as I'd like to see the Yeti working I just can't imagine Disney (or any company) closing one of their headline attractions unless it was absolutely necessary for safety or major maintenance. I've seen interviews that lead me to believe a good part of the mountain would have to be disassembled just to access the Yeti, not only does that sound incredibly time consuming but also incredibly expensive.

BTMRR at Disneyland has been closed for over a year for a refurb so it does happen but BTMRR is also 30+ years old whereas EE is only 7 years old. I'm sure at some point the Yeti will be fixed but I wouldn't be surprised if it doesn't happen for another 20 years when EE is finally due for a major refurb.
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Old 10-14-2013, 08:08 AM   #5
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At the risk of sounding like a total idiot...what's wrong with the Yeti? I am assuming it's the one at the end of the Everest ride??
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Old 10-14-2013, 08:35 AM   #6
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At the risk of sounding like a total idiot...what's wrong with the Yeti? I am assuming it's the one at the end of the Everest ride??
He (she?) is one of the largest moving animatronics Disney has built but the movement was breaking his foundation so they turned him off and he hasn't moved in years, although it's rumored he's still fully functional and turned on occasionally when an Executive or Joe Rohde are riding and request it. He's now called Disco Yeti because Disney put strobe lights on him after they turned off his movement.
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Old 10-14-2013, 08:50 AM   #7
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Well, we only have to wait 5 more years to find out!
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Old 10-14-2013, 07:37 PM   #8
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At the risk of sounding like a total idiot...what's wrong with the Yeti? I am assuming it's the one at the end of the Everest ride??
As posted above this comment is the reason. How many people here post on broken yeti threads that they swear on their grandmother's grave that they road it last Thursday and the yeti swooped down and nearly took their head off. Aka it moved.

They don't need to fix it to keep packing them in.
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As posted above this comment is the reason. How many people here post on broken yeti threads that they swear on their grandmother's grave that they road it last Thursday and the yeti swooped down and nearly took their head off. Aka it moved.

They don't need to fix it to keep packing them in.
I suspect this is right on the money....
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Old 10-15-2013, 04:30 PM   #10
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As posted above this comment is the reason. How many people here post on broken yeti threads that they swear on their grandmother's grave that they road it last Thursday and the yeti swooped down and nearly took their head off. Aka it moved.

They don't need to fix it to keep packing them in.

This is a very valid point, but lit leads to another question:

If rides don't need to have functioning multi-million dollar audioanimatronics in order to "pack them in", why does Disney bother building the mulit-million dollar audioanimatronics in the first place? If a statue and a strobe light look the same, why spend the extra money?
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Old 10-15-2013, 05:16 PM   #11
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As posted above this comment is the reason. How many people here post on broken yeti threads that they swear on their grandmother's grave that they road it last Thursday and the yeti swooped down and nearly took their head off. Aka it moved.

They don't need to fix it to keep packing them in.
I just got back and can say with 100% certainty, that the Yeti was moving...nowhere.

I've never seen the in action in real life but I've seen it on video enough to know the difference. If was definitely stationary but it does seem like it's leaning down further than it used to.
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Y'all leave betty alone.... I actually saw her move.... It was awesome!!! Please fix poor beti I mean yeti...
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~Disney is not going to fix this bear. The Yeti's swinging of arm portion lasts all of 2 nanoseconds and it appears to be swinging anyway. It wasn't until several years later on this board that I discovered it was the B-Mode Betty. It's just not considered to be a significant aspect of the coaster anymore.

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[B][COLOR="Magenta"] It's just not considered to be a significant aspect of the coaster anymore.
Gotta agree with this. Before I took the red pill and found out about all this stuff here on the Disboards, I have to say the Yeti is not something I ever noticed was broken. When I read on this thread that it was broken, I had to look up youtube videos to be able to tell the difference.

Also, I have seen Yeti construction videos. I know how the moving Yeti is supposed to be THE thing of the ride, and how much effort they put into it, and how awesome it is.... I never felt that way. It's something you see for like less than a second. You can't see the detail in the dark or at the speed you're going. I think for most guests, seeing the Yeti projections and the broken tracks are the highlight of the ride, not the Yeti. Honestly, if the Yeti wasn't even there, I wouldn't really complain. It's not a significant part of the ride for most.
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Gotta agree with this. Before I took the red pill and found out about all this stuff here on the Disboards, I have to say the Yeti is not something I ever noticed was broken. When I read on this thread that it was broken, I had to look up youtube videos to be able to tell the difference.

Also, I have seen Yeti construction videos. I know how the moving Yeti is supposed to be THE thing of the ride, and how much effort they put into it, and how awesome it is.... I never felt that way. It's something you see for like less than a second. You can't see the detail in the dark or at the speed you're going. I think for most guests, seeing the Yeti projections and the broken tracks are the highlight of the ride, not the Yeti. Honestly, if the Yeti wasn't even there, I wouldn't really complain. It's not a significant part of the ride for most.
It probably isn't to most due to the fact that they have never experienced it when it was working. For the ones who have, it changes the ride from an experience to just another ride. The cave was lit quite well, and the track gives a strong illusion that you are going to crash into the wall. Can't see that in the dark or on a video.
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