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    We rode Soarin' Over California today, and we were all thrilled to be able to ride the original again. I realized a week or two ago that one of the things I don't like about Soarin' around the world are the transitions, which are abrupt and try to jolt you. Once or twice is fine, but every single time is just tedious. I also noticed today that the original version has many more smells than the newer version. Also, I know one of the complaints about the Eiffel Tower section in the newer version is that unless you're sitting in the middle section, it curves way too much and looks weird. I did notice that the closer tower of the Golden Gate Bridge bends a little but otherwise, the vistas aren't tall things that could bend because of the technology. There was quite a bit of applause at the end of the ride. Many of us are hoping that they go back to the original version, or, if possible, have each film run in a dedicated theatre.

    We also had a chance to do the walkthrough of Sleeping Beauty Castle. Some of the enhancements are quite nice, though there's one I'm not fond of. It was pretty crowded when we went through, so that was nice to have so many people interested.

    I noticed there are new banners in the esplanade. I was happy that the Mickey's birthday ones are gone. I wasn't fond of those. But I love the new banners with the Disneyland attractions! I don't think the DCA ones are quite as iconic, but it's still cool that they have the banners placed so they advertise things in the park that you're heading towards.

    I also got to try the Sweetarts ice pop, available from most ice cream carts at DCA. I really enjoyed the tanginess of the popsicle, and it was a nice mix with the not-very-sweet parts.

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    I knocked on the door in the walkthrough and then ended up startling myself when it quickly jerked back faster and with more force than I was expecting

    The distortion was always in Soarin Over California, it's just that it doesn't matter as much with the mostly natural scenes. It also happens with some of the hot air balloons, but there isn't a single one that's the focus, so you're not drawn to it. It's when you have really recognizable structures like the Eiffel Tower or Taj Mahal that it becomes so distracting. I don't know why they chose some of the locations they did anyway. I wish they'd stuck with more natural things because the world is so eco-diverse. I like Iguazu Falls, Greenland and the Matterhorn (even with the distortion) for that reason. I'd rather see Uluru than Sydney Harbor as an example of Australia. In addition to the transitions being jarring, I find the CGI animals kind of a misstep. At least if they did natural landscapes, some of the transitions could seem more natural like they are in the original.


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    To me Soarin' Over The World looks 50% CG and not even real footage unlike the original which is great.

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    I rode Soarin' Over California. The screen was still lit when we went up and back. I remember it being dark in the room, especially on the way down. Maybe the new screen can't go completely black like before. I also through the scents were different, like they were in a different carrier, or something. They also seemed to dissipate quicker. Not necessarily bad, just not what I was expecting.

    I also saw Philharmagic, which wasn't at Disney World the one time I was there many years ago. That's 12 minutes of my life I'm not getting back. I'm sure it was cool when it first opened, but...

    I guess the fact that there were only about 25 people in the theater says it all.


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    Quote Originally Posted by AnotherJenny View Post
    I also saw Philharmagic, which wasn't at Disney World the one time I was there many years ago. That's 12 minutes of my life I'm not getting back. I'm sure it was cool when it first opened, but...

    I guess the fact that there were only about 25 people in the theater says it all.
    I liked the Muppet show that was there originally. From what I've read about it, Philharmagic is nowhere near as good. How much $$$$$ did they spend redoing the theatre for the new show?

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    I liked the Muppet show that was there originally. From what I've read about it, Philharmagic is nowhere near as good. How much $$$$$ did they spend redoing the theatre for the new show?
    Likely nothing. It's just some speakers and curtains in a couple of places that used to have Muppets. Neither Muppets or Philharmagic are new shows for DCA, both came from Florida. It's Tough to be a Bug and that movie that was replaced by Turtle Talk with Crush were from Florida too. Maybe by the time it gets to 20 years old DCA can get something original instead of a hand me down.

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    Saw the new Tale of the Lion King at DCA and absolutely loved it. Loved the performers and the costuming and the choreography and the re-workings of the songs. The only problem I see is the blazing sun. That's gonna be not fun for both performers and audience.

    Here are some pictures, and here's a video near the end and here's a video of the finale.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AnotherJenny View Post
    Likely nothing. It's just some speakers and curtains in a couple of places that used to have Muppets. Neither Muppets or Philharmagic are new shows for DCA, both came from Florida. It's Tough to be a Bug and that movie that was replaced by Turtle Talk with Crush were from Florida too. Maybe by the time it gets to 20 years old DCA can get something original instead of a hand me down.
    Did they skip the ending with the animatronic of Donald's butt and feet hanging out of the back wall when they imported this to DCA?

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    Did they skip the ending with the animatronic of Donald's butt and feet hanging out of the back wall when they imported this to DCA?
    They have his feet and butt though it's not on for very long, and his butt doesn't stick out too far from the wall. There's also a puff of smoke from him hitting the wall. The last time I saw it, it seemed like there was less smoke so you could see him better. He's not out for very long, though. They close the curtain even though the entire audio continues to run through to when he presumably falls through the other side as he's trying to unwedge himself.
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    I have always liked the California one better.

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    I went to Jolly Holiday Saturday night looking for the lemon blueberry bundt cake that Disneyland tweeted about a week or so ago, only to find out they had nothing and didn't even know anything about it. I was pretty disappointed. But, I had a smores brownie instead. That was pretty good.

    On Saturday, we went back for classic afternoon tea at the Disneyland Hotel, which for the rest of the summer is themed to Alice in Wonderland. We had a good time as usual. The sandwiches were a bit smaller than usual, skewing the tea even more to the sweets over savory side, but we still enjoyed it.

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    Glad to hear the original Soarin is back. That was one of our favorites. I really didn't enjoy the CGI fest that was the newer film. Here's hoping they listen to the public and it stays the original version.

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