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Journey to the center of the earth ride

Discussion in 'Archive' started by MenkenMcKeeFan, Sep 14, 2005.

  1. MenkenMcKeeFan

    MenkenMcKeeFan Member

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    I'm not very well versed in TDL. Is Journey to the center of the earth a ride? If so who did the ride music for it? I was just curious.

    Earning ears,
    Ky
     
  2. WishesFan

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    Hey, Ky!

    Yes, it is a ride. It's not a thrill ride like most expect--it's more of a Spaceship Earth ride (I think). Not sure about the music. You can download a video here-
    http://www.barrybedford.com/tokyodisney/index.html

    Hope this helps!
    -Rick
     
  3. Dirk

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    Journey to the Center of the Earth is using the same ride system as TestTrack and basically features two segments. First a dark ride style slow paced journey to the center of the earth which is the equivalent to the indoor part of TestTrack, even so much much better as with fantastic sets and scenes. In the last scene of that part guests encounter the lava monster and speed to safety through dark tunnels, shortly plunging out of the volcano into the light - which obviously is the equivalent to the outdoor highspeed segment of TestTrack.

    Personally I enjoyed the attraction very much and think that it made much better use of the ride technology than TestTrack as it manages to tell a great story and integrate the ride technology features into that story telling neatly.


    Hope this helped clear up the background a bit.


    Yours
    Dirk
     
  4. Burnsland

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    I believe the music for the attraction was written by Buddy Baker. Although he was "retired", he still kept working up until his death.
     
  5. WishesFan

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    I just watched the video. Seems like a cool ride! My favorite part is the crazy man screaming during the fast part of the ride. :)
     
  6. X-S Tech

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    Is it Test Track technology? The vehicles are basically rocket rods so i assumed that it was a RR Technology.
     
  7. Chris Lang

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    Rocket Rods and Test Track basically use the same system, although the vehicles are quite different. The cars have all the componants and are "smart" in that if they get too close to eachother, they will slow down/stop accordingly. This is was ultimately killed Rocket Rods as the cars were always going into a cascade and the entire system would have to shut down.
     
  8. MenkenMcKeeFan

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    Thanks so much guys. I love Buddy Baker I'll have to see if I can get my hands on that. It sure looks and sounds like a cool ride. Maybe someday I'll be able to go to TDL. Until then... Here's hopin'

    Best Wishes,

    Kyler
     
  9. SharonKurland

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    Journey to the Center of the Earth was an AWESOME attraction. Just as DL's Indiana Jones puts WDW's Dinosaur to shame, JTTCOTE made Test Track look like crap.

    TDL even managed to make a Pooh ride good .

    Again and again and again, it's AMAZING what Disney can STILL DO, if someone is willing to spend the money.

    -Sharon-
    Orlando FL
     
  10. BLM07

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    I wish the artists would have websites so we can know exactly who made the music.

    I still enjoy a ride on Test Track, but I'll agree the theming is low. And Dinosaur looks like a high budget attraction to me, a great experience and I'm very happy we got that ;)
     
  11. X-S Tech

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    I think most of the composers do have websites, but it's a matter of looking up the composer and then checking his resume for an attraction, not the other way around.
     
  12. SharonKurland

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    BLM-

    Dinosaur is the same ride technology as Indiana Jones Adventure - Temple of the Forbidden Eye at DL. Trust me...with the potential of what Dinosaur COULD have been, all the small details, we got the VERY short end of the stick. THEY have real fire and the rat room and poison darts. WE have sharp turns in a dark room. Yee freakin' ha.

    -Sharon-
    Orlando FL
     
  13. BLM07

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    I'm still happy with what we got, I don't like comparing or thinking what could have been as long as it seems to be a high budget animatronic ride. We don't get any of those any more. The only thing I think "what could have been" is Epcot's Future World, its a shell of what it used to be (or however that saying goes).

    Fire isn't anything special to me ;) but I would like to know about the poison darts
     
  14. TDLFAN

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    First up.... Journey To the Center of the Earth is located at TDSea, not TDL. Has nothing in common to Spaceship (Geriatric) Earth, and the ride vehicles are nothing similar to Rocket rods in design.

    The ride employees the same Test Track type of track system, and the vehicles are designed to look like drillers.

    The escape for the Lava monster and drop out of the volcano's side is TDS' most thrilling moment of any of the rides in the park IMO.
     
  15. WishesFan

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    oh.
     
  16. X-S Tech

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    Well unless I am mistaken they are basically Rocket Rods vehicles with those large Drill things on the front and a few extra pieces added on. Strictlyl body wise- I don't have any idea what type of drive system is used. But the Rocket Rod body was basically a bare bones version of these vehicles. Both were capable of variable speeds and I believe I've been told that the JTTCOE vehicles could raise up in the front (Just about the one cool thing the RR could do).

    The attached picture doesn't prove much, but it does show the large wheels in the back and the passenger seating is similar.
     
  17. The Genii

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    Journey to the Center of the Earth is a killer ride. Very magical, and far better than Test Track (but then GM would not have sponsored Journey!).
    The size of the final AA figure of the Lava Monster is HUGE HUGE HUGE and, man, does the car take off after that! There are also some good dips, which Test Track lacks.
    It's funny: I was standing in the center of Mount Prometheus in Mysterious Island, dead center of the volcano, and I heard this whizzing around me. At that moment I realized that the vehicles from Journey speed around in a circle exactly the same way that the Test Track vehicles do at the end of the ride, but here it occurs inside the volcano.
     

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