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Old 10-01-2009, 08:27 AM   #1
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"No flash photography please"

I was listening to audio from the Pirates ride at Disneyland and 2 times I heard the castmember come on the loudspeaker telling guests "No flash photography please". I have never heard that announced at WDW during any ride. Why don't they do it?

Of course, I also thought, what's worse to the story, some flashes going off or a castmember talking on the loudspeaker?
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Old 10-01-2009, 08:47 AM   #2
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I have heard this several times on this ride, though I dont know why they bother. People dont listen anyway.
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Old 10-01-2009, 08:52 AM   #3
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Is this something they only announce at Disneyland? I've been on PotC so many times with people taking flash photos and I never recall hearing anything. In fact one time my DW and I had the whole ride to ourselves, and I snapped a few myself (I know, shame on me), and no one said anything to me about it.

Are they just more strict in California?
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Old 10-01-2009, 08:55 AM   #4
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I get really upset when people take pictures on rides and don't understand why people just can't follow the stinkin' rules!!
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Old 10-01-2009, 09:04 AM   #5
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I hate it when people flash during rides. It is so rude. It is announced at both parks.
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Old 10-01-2009, 09:10 AM   #6
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Are you kidding? It seems to me on just about any ride (at WDW) that has a "live" CM they made an announcement about no flash photos and silence the cell phones.
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Old 10-01-2009, 09:12 AM   #7
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I've heard them do it on PotC @ WDW several times. Considering the outdoor setting amid the ships and Tortuga, it sometimes feels like the voice of God thundering down from above, even if it is just a 16 year-old CM named Stevie.

As a PP said, most guests don't listen and think they're above the policies. They feel that every ride and every moment is all about them and what they want, and give little or no consideration to others. These are the same people who use flash photography on Pirates as well as talk on their cell phones during Philharmagic. It's up to us, as fellow guests, to tap that person on the shoulder and kindly, however forcefully, insist they turn off their devices. Most guests think they're above the CMs because CMs are bound by customer service and regulations, etc. But if they feel there's another guest behind them without any fear, they will obey. Trust me, I've tapped a few shoulders in my time, and it works. It always works.
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Old 10-01-2009, 10:26 AM   #8
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I don't recall on PotC, but I know that on HM the Ghost Host actually tells you not to use flash photography "because we ghosts are frightfully sensitive to light". However, you're not always going to get on the ride at a point where you'll hear that announcement clearly (your vehicle may have just passed it or not gotten to it yet), so maybe that's why you've never heard it. I'm assuming that what happened in your case is that a CM monitoring the ride saw the flash and that's why the announcement was made.
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Old 10-01-2009, 10:31 AM   #9
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I have heard it many many many times on POC at WdW.I also heard it on Soarin Apparently the man next to me had issues with taking flash photos of a movie screen
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Old 10-01-2009, 10:39 AM   #10
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A CM told a guest in the boat in front of us TWICE not to take flash photos. Of course, the guest completely ignored it.
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Old 10-01-2009, 10:47 AM   #11
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as mentioned, they do announce it at WDW, however it's really up to the CM to mention and enforce it (and often Cast Members confuse no flash photography with no photography and I've even heard worse mixups).

I think the only attraction that clearly spells it out (because it's part of the spiel) is Turtle Talk.
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Old 10-01-2009, 12:28 PM   #12
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I wish CMs had announced it on our trip last fall. Our POTC ride went something like this:

Yo-ho *FLASH!*
Yo-ho *FLASH!*
A pirate's life for me! *FLASH!*

Everybody in the boat was ready to throw that bozo overboard Here's to better luck this year!
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Old 10-01-2009, 12:39 PM   #13
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Oh, people! In Pirates in particular, you're all forgetting the people who simply must take 6 pictures of Capt Jack at the end! We always joke that it's not REALLY Johnny Depp, you can put the cameras away.

I just returned in September and did notice and above average quantity of cameras and cell phones during Hall of Presidents and Amercian Adventure.

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Old 10-01-2009, 12:43 PM   #14
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On our last trip the woman in front of me was taking flash photos in PotC, which was annoying enough, but then apparently something behind her caught her fancy and she turned around and took one and the flash was literally a foot from my face, I was so mad I said something to the cast member at the end of the ride and they took us out back and through the cast entrance and let us get on the next boat. I would much rather have a "reminder" than to have some rude person ruining the ambiance of the ride.
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Old 10-01-2009, 01:17 PM   #15
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Just last week my ds(8) and I went to ride pirates. We were seated in row 5. There were 4 adults in front of us, a woman and 3 special needs gentleman. During the entire ride the woman kept sticking her camer right in front of my face to take flash pictures. It was so annoying. She was blinding me and ds every 10 seconds. I was so tempted to pull out my camera and start flashing her but I didn't want to cause trouble since she was apparently the caregiver to the 3 men.
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