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Is it me James or do I recall a ride (years ago) at Alton Towers that was very similar to RC Racer? They flung you up a huge curve only for it to come down backwards and then return to its start point. It was dismantled so they could build Nemesis.
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Is it me James or do I recall a ride (years ago) at Alton Towers that was very similar to RC Racer? They flung you up a huge curve only for it to come down backwards and then return to its start point.
Do you mean the wonderful Thunder Looper Geoff?


Removed sadly due to another one of those silly bylaws AT is victim too - it was higher than tree height.


It was a beast of a thing, and one of the last examples of the Schwarzkopf Shuttle Loop - powered by a steel cable attached to a BIG concrete weight that was dropped down a steel tower. It made a great noise!


Not quite the same thing as RC Racer, but similar concept.

Its now living at the Hopi Hari theme park in Brazil and is known as "Katapult" - you can see the piston tower in white at the back.


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:) Meet Rex!

Right next to Slinky Dog's Zig Zag Spin under one of the big trees stands Rex.


Just like Buzz Lightyear at the main entrance, Rex is a large statue, easily allowing younger guests to stand between his legs, whilst adults can stand upright underneath his head.


And just like Buzz, rex talks! In both French and English, the English version being voiced by Wallace Shawn who is the original actor in the movies.


The imagineers have recorded several phrases for Rex to talk with the guests. But there's a great suprise.

Rex talks to Slinky in the Zig Zag Spin! Rex encouraging him to go faster and faster, and Slinky answering back!

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Amazing pics! Looks like we''ll need to plan again for next year, this area was still boarded up! the advantages of being a CM i guess!
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:) The Barrel Of Monkeys

Further into Toy Story Playland, past Rex and towards RC Racer, the monkeys from the game "Barrel Of Monkeys" have formed a chain high above your heads.


Some of them hold Scrabble letters, spelling out either WELCOME or GOODBYE depending on which side you view it from.


On the right you may notice that the Tinker Toy structure has been fashioned to look like a person. Around the area, other Tinker Toys have also been set up to represent familar objects.


At this end of Toy Story Playland you will notice the two halves of the monkey's barrel. One half will form a tunnel, leading you back into the rest of Walt Disney Studios, whilst the other is to become a shop.



This shop was apparently a late decision in the desing of the area, and so is running a little behind on construction. However, you can see that already a lot of themeing elements have been added and are just waiting for a bit of paint.



Back to that tunnel, which you will see here on the right - where it leads to is quite interesting...


But for more details on that, check back tommorow!

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Looking brilliant...100 days til we can ride!
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:) The Parisian Street... and Ratatouille?

Yesterday, we finished our look at Toy Story Playland by taking a look at the blue Barrels.

I mentioned that while the one on the left was to be a shop, the other would be an exit tunnel.

Well what happens when you step through that tunnel? Where do you end up?

Here! On a Parisian Street!


Once outside the tunnel, you will find yourself on a cobble street that leads back alongside toy Story Playland to the other entrance near Buzz and then on to Crush's Coaster.

The street is lined with ornate benches, and young shrubs hide the Playland area so it looks like you are walking down a respectable Parisian street with a park on your right hand side.


At night this area will be lit by beautiful street lamps


The other side of the street was still completely covered over by construction fencing when the reporters from DLP.Info got their exclusive sneak peak.

The view would currently be the back of the costuming department, but it is clear that imagineering intend to dress this in some way to continue the Parisian street theme.

At the bottom of the street is a large backstage area, which extends from here to the area where the Pearl harbour plane and hangar was previously placed next to the Costume building you would see on the Tram Tours.

This entire area has been cleared for "future development". The strongest indication yet that DLP intend to build the long rumoured and apparently now green lit dark ride attraction based on Ratatoille.

It should open in 2012 as part of the resorts 20th anniverary and feature trackless ride vehicles and 3D projection technology.

Still dont believe the Ratatoille influence? Well lets take another look at that archway which forms the back of the barrel tunnel.


That's Auguste Gusteau, the "ghost" chef from the movie.


Watch this space for more news from Toy Story Playland as it opens, and check my other threads for the latest news and rumours on the Ratatouille dark ride.

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:) Cast Members get first ride on the Toy Soldier's Parachutes!

Between 6pm and 7pm on Friday 6th August 2010, Cast Members from the nearby surrounding areas and restaurants were invited to try out the Toy Soldier's Parachute Drop.


Although members of the public were NOT invited to ride, the CM's made sure that everyone knew how much fun this ride was by shouting and waving to guests who looked on from the other side of the construction fence.

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