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11th Nov '17 11:46:08 AM Twentington
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* Disney’s ''Mission: Space'' was a $100 million-dollar attraction at Epcot: a joint partnership between Disney and {{NASA}} to produce a ride that would push the limits of theme park tourism like no other. Its [[http://www.themeparktourist.com/features/20160407/31867/sordid-history-misson-space-sickest-ride-epcot?page=3 sordid history]], however, highlights the worst ramifications that can come from poor ride design.

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* Disney’s ''Mission: Space'' was a $100 million-dollar million attraction at Epcot: a joint partnership between Disney and {{NASA}} to produce a ride that would push the limits of theme park tourism like no other. Its [[http://www.themeparktourist.com/features/20160407/31867/sordid-history-misson-space-sickest-ride-epcot?page=3 sordid history]], however, highlights the worst ramifications that can come from poor ride design.
30th Oct '17 9:53:48 PM WarioBarker
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Sometimes, creating a theme park attraction -- or even a whole park -- is no walk in the park!

!Individual attractions
* ''Film/CaptainEO'', the first attraction at the Ride/DisneyThemeParks launched under the Michael Eisner/Jeffrey Katzenberg regime at the Walt Disney Company, [[http://www.mouseplanet.com/9085/The_Untold_Story_of_Captain_EO quickly got]] [[http://www.mouseplanet.com/9123/More_Untold_Tales_of_Captain_EO out of hand]]. To summarize those articles: The company's famed Imagineers weren't happy that outside creators and companies were contributing so much to it, and it was greenlit on a ''premise'' rather than a full-fledged script. The three weeks of principal photography under Francis Ford Coppola were followed up with ''six months'' of second unit work -- that both Coppola and executive producer George Lucas moved on to other projects by that time didn't help -- partially to address story problems in a film that was ''only 17 minutes long''! And the final cost was easily as big as, or bigger than, many feature films of the era. Yahoo! put together a brief oral history of the whole business [[https://www.yahoo.com/movies/the-making-of-captain-eo-lucas-coppola-and-162110246.html here]] that also discusses such problems as Shelley Duvall dropping out of the role of the villainess due to claustrophobia and Jackson almost having his weak speaking voice redubbed by another actor.
* ''Light Magic'' was the highly-hyped 1997 successor to Disneyland's long-running Main Street Electrical Parade -- and, along with the early years of California Adventure (see below) became a symbol of everything wrong with the penny-pinching DorkAge of Paul Pressler's tenure as Disneyland president.
** The Florida counterpart Magic Kingdom had successfully updated its nighttime parade a few years prior with ''Spectromagic'' via simply updating the technology that made the floats light up and the featured characters. ''Light Magic'' tried to reinvent the wheel: Two sets of identical stages were wheeled into position for a ''Riverdance''-inspired show that climaxed with the surrounding buildings lighting up alongside the floats. Unfortunately, the new technology was extremely buggy; notoriously an effect with a wire-mounted, flying sparkler representing Tinkerbell nearly started a fire and had to be scrapped when it proved unworkable.

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Sometimes, creating a theme park attraction -- - or even a whole park -- - is no walk in the park!

!Individual attractions
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* ''Film/CaptainEO'', the first attraction at the Ride/DisneyThemeParks launched under the Michael Eisner/Jeffrey Katzenberg regime at the Walt Disney Company, [[http://www.mouseplanet.com/9085/The_Untold_Story_of_Captain_EO quickly got]] [[http://www.mouseplanet.com/9123/More_Untold_Tales_of_Captain_EO out of hand]]. To summarize those articles: The company's famed Imagineers weren't happy that outside creators and companies were contributing so much to it, and it was greenlit on a ''premise'' rather than a full-fledged script. The three weeks of principal photography under Francis Ford Coppola were followed up with ''six months'' of second unit work -- - that both Coppola and executive producer George Lucas moved on to other projects by that time didn't help -- - partially to address story problems in a film that was ''only 17 minutes long''! And the final cost was easily as big as, or bigger than, many feature films of the era. Yahoo! put together a brief oral history of the whole business [[https://www.yahoo.com/movies/the-making-of-captain-eo-lucas-coppola-and-162110246.html here]] that also discusses such problems as Shelley Duvall dropping out of the role of the villainess due to claustrophobia and Jackson almost having his weak speaking voice redubbed by another actor.
* ''Light Magic'' was the highly-hyped 1997 successor to Disneyland's long-running Main Street Electrical Parade -- - and, along with the early years of California Adventure (see below) became a symbol of everything wrong with the penny-pinching DorkAge of Paul Pressler's tenure as Disneyland president.
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** The Florida counterpart Magic Kingdom had successfully updated its nighttime parade a few years prior with ''Spectromagic'' via simply updating the technology that made the floats light up and the featured characters. ''Light Magic'' tried to reinvent the wheel: Two sets of identical stages were wheeled into position for a ''Riverdance''-inspired show that climaxed with the surrounding buildings lighting up alongside the floats. Unfortunately, the new technology was extremely buggy; notoriously an effect with a wire-mounted, flying sparkler representing Tinkerbell nearly started a fire and had to be scrapped when it proved unworkable.



** The ride’s simulation of zero-gravity through a centrifuge-based design -- which had potential to make riders nauseous ''and'' claustrophobic -– resulted in the placement of several cautionary signs in the queue, but it wasn't enough; soon Disney began to offer onsite service to sick riders and airsickness bags in the ride vehicles. In a one-year period, there were 194 instances of paramedics having to treat guests, and ''Mission: Space'' became known as the “sickest” ride in Epcot -- a park normally not known for thrill rides. It was also plagued with plenty of more dangerous accidents -- the worst came when a boy stopped breathing during the ride and died upon its conclusion.
** Casting another shadow over the attraction was a five-year lawsuit between Disney and Pennsylvanian company Environmental Tectonics, the latter claiming that Disney refused to pay the full amount due, prevented them from winning more work with other entertainment companies, and shared confidential details of the ride’s design with a rival vendor. Disney, however, claimed that Environmental Tectonics failed to live up to contractual commitments and made Disney pay $20 million more in producing the attraction. The lawsuit was eventually settled on January 7, 2009.
** In May 2006 -- two weeks after the ride’s '''second''' death -- the ride was given a massive overhaul. There are now two versions of the attraction offered: the Green Team version drastically lowers the intensity[[note]]the centrifuge does not spin, thus eliminating the forces of lateral acceleration. The cabs themselves still pitch and pivot, providing some motion[[/note]] while the Orange Team version offers the original experience unchanged. Instantly, ''Mission: Space'' became a hit amongst guests -- and still is to this day -- and no other fatalities have been reported. For 2017, the ride was revamped with Green Team becoming a flight around the Earth while Orange Team kept the original mission to Mars.

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** The ride’s simulation of zero-gravity through a centrifuge-based design -- - which had potential to make riders nauseous ''and'' claustrophobic -– - resulted in the placement of several cautionary signs in the queue, but it wasn't enough; soon Disney began to offer onsite service to sick riders and airsickness bags in the ride vehicles. In a one-year period, there were 194 instances of paramedics having to treat guests, and ''Mission: Space'' became known as the “sickest” ride in Epcot -- - a park normally not known for thrill rides. It was also plagued with plenty of more dangerous accidents -- - the worst came when a boy stopped breathing during the ride and died upon its conclusion.
** Casting another shadow over the attraction was a five-year lawsuit between Disney and Pennsylvanian company Environmental Tectonics, the latter claiming that Disney refused to pay the full amount due, prevented them from winning more work with other entertainment companies, and shared confidential details of the ride’s design with a rival vendor. Disney, however, claimed that Environmental Tectonics failed to live up to contractual commitments and made Disney pay $20 million more in producing the attraction. The lawsuit was eventually settled on January 7, 2009.
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** In May 2006 -- 2006, two weeks after the ride’s '''second''' death -- death, the ride was given a massive overhaul. There are now two versions of the attraction offered: the Green Team version drastically lowers the intensity[[note]]the intensity [[note]](the centrifuge does not spin, thus eliminating the forces of lateral acceleration. The acceleration; the cabs themselves still pitch and pivot, providing some motion[[/note]] motion)[[/note]] while the Orange Team version offers the original experience unchanged. Instantly, ''Mission: Space'' became a hit amongst guests -- - and still is to this day -- - and no other fatalities have been reported. For 2017, the ride was revamped with Green Team becoming a flight around the Earth while Orange Team kept the original mission to Mars.



*** Florida's Frontierland would eventually receive a water-based attraction in 1992, when ''Splash Mountain'', a log flume themed to the film ''Film/SongOfTheSouth'', opened.

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*** Florida's Frontierland would eventually receive a water-based attraction in 1992, when ''Splash Mountain'', a log flume themed to the Brer Rabbit portions of the film ''Film/SongOfTheSouth'', opened.



*** Marc Davis's plans for the ''Western River Expedition'' boat ride included a section where riders would pass through a mining town called Dry Gulch. Dry Gulch would be the basis for the literal ghost town of Phantom Canyon in ''[[Ride/TheHauntedMansion Phantom Manor]]''[[note]]Disneyland Paris's version of the Haunted Mansion[[/note]].
* ''The Smiler'' roller coaster at Ride/AltonTowers was responsible for a multitude of various accidents right from the beginning.

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*** Marc Davis's Davis' plans for the ''Western River Expedition'' boat ride included a section where riders would pass through a mining town called Dry Gulch. Dry Gulch would be the basis for the literal ghost town of Phantom Canyon in ''[[Ride/TheHauntedMansion Phantom Manor]]''[[note]]Disneyland Paris's Manor]]'' [[note]](Disneyland Paris' version of the Haunted Mansion[[/note]].
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* ''The Smiler'' roller coaster at Ride/AltonTowers was responsible for a multitude of various accidents right from the beginning.



** On July 9, 2006 at 4:45 pm, a structural failure in the 'Rose Bowl' section of the ride (one of the two massive helices) created a bump on the track that caused a train to come to an abrupt stop. Twenty-seven injuries, most of them to the chest or neck, were reported in the accident and rescue units were required to evacuate the riders. Seventeen people were released from the hospital within five hours of the accident, and two were admitted to local hospitals with non-life-threatening injuries. After an inspection the following day, the park stated that the accident was caused by a crack or split in the wood. The ride was closed for the remainder of the year.

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** On July 9, 2006 at 4:45 pm, PM, a structural failure in the 'Rose Bowl' "Rose Bowl" section of the ride (one of the two massive helices) created a bump on the track that caused a train to come to an abrupt stop. Twenty-seven injuries, most of them to the chest or neck, were reported in the accident and rescue units were required to evacuate the riders. Seventeen people were released from the hospital within five hours of the accident, and two were admitted to local hospitals with non-life-threatening injuries. After an inspection the following day, the park stated that the accident was caused by a crack or split in the wood. The ride was closed for the remainder of the year.



** The ride ran with no problems from mid-2007 to early June 2009. On June 16, 2009, a woman claimed to have suffered a head injury from riding ''Son of Beast'' during her visit to the park on May 31, 2009. She did not report the incident to Kings Island officials prior to June 16. She claimed that, after riding ''Son of Beast'', she had suffered from a burst blood vessel in her brain that required admission to an intensive care unit at a nearby hospital. While no irregularities were found with the ride, it was the nail in the coffin for the ''Son of Beast''. The ride sat standing but not operating for three years, and then was demolished in summer 2012. In 2014, a Bolliger & Mabillard inverted roller coaster called ''Banshee'' was opened on the former ''Son of Beast'' site.

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** The ride ran with no problems from mid-2007 to early June 2009. On June 16, 2009, a woman claimed to have suffered a head injury from riding ''Son of Beast'' during her visit to the park on May 31, 2009.31. She did not report the incident to Kings Island officials prior to June 16. She claimed that, after riding ''Son of Beast'', she had suffered from a burst blood vessel in her brain that required admission to an intensive care unit at a nearby hospital. While no irregularities were found with the ride, it was the nail in the coffin for the ''Son of Beast''. The ride sat standing but not operating for three years, and then was demolished in summer Summer 2012. In 2014, a Bolliger & Mabillard inverted roller coaster called ''Banshee'' was opened on the former ''Son of Beast'' site.




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*** Worse, while 15,000 tickets had been sold for opening day, the exact number of attendees was over 28,000 due to the proliferation of counterfeit tickets, not counting the people who just climbed over the fence and went for free. Furthermore, in an effort to prevent overcrowding, each ticket had a designated entrance time in an effort to prevent overcrowding, but since guests were not leaving after a few hours as expected, the crowding grew worse as the day wore on. Traffic on the Santa Ana Freeway was backed up for seven miles, concessions stands quickly ran out of food and drink, and lines for the restrooms were so long that people began relieving themselves in corners, alleyways, and the parking lot. It was so bad that Walt himself invited many attendees back for a second 'opening day' for free (after the park had been finished) as an apology.

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*** Worse, while 15,000 tickets had been sold for opening day, the exact number of attendees was over 28,000 due to the proliferation of counterfeit tickets, not counting the people who just climbed over the fence and went for free. Furthermore, in an effort to prevent overcrowding, each ticket had a designated entrance time in an effort to prevent overcrowding, but since guests were not leaving after a few hours as expected, the crowding grew worse as the day wore on. Traffic on the Santa Ana Freeway was backed up for seven miles, concessions stands quickly ran out of food and drink, and lines for the restrooms were so long that people began relieving themselves in corners, alleyways, and the parking lot. It was so bad that Walt himself invited many attendees back for a second 'opening day' "opening day" for free (after the park had been finished) as an apology.



*** Disney went into damage control mode upon poor public response -- which only got worse after the 9/11 attacks crippled tourism -- with a series of quick "fixes". Attempts at a summer concert series and a Christmas-season fireworks show flopped due to a weak lineup for the former (bigger acts that might have done a theme park gig were already booked at state fairs and the like) and a lack of infrastructure for both. An additional area themed to ''WesternAnimation/ABugsLife'' featured nothing but ''more'' off-the-shelf rides -- albeit ones that little kids could ride. Disneyland's much-loved Main Street Electrical Parade was revived here to the disgust of fans who'd patronized it in its much-merchandised "final year" next door (which, remember, was succeeded by the aforementioned ''Light Magic'' debacle). Even the addition of the popular Florida ride The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror was greeted with yawns. (It's telling that, to date, only one of the charter California Adventure attractions -- Soarin' Over California -- has been exported to other Disney resorts; elements of the Disney Animation exhibit were also duplicated in Florida.)

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*** Disney went into damage control mode upon poor public response -- - which only got worse after the 9/11 attacks crippled tourism -- - with a series of quick "fixes". Attempts at a summer concert series and a Christmas-season fireworks show flopped due to a weak lineup for the former (bigger acts that might have done a theme park gig were already booked at state fairs and the like) and a lack of infrastructure for both. An additional area themed to ''WesternAnimation/ABugsLife'' featured nothing but ''more'' off-the-shelf rides -- - albeit ones that little kids could ride. Disneyland's much-loved Main Street Electrical Parade was revived here to the disgust of fans who'd patronized it in its much-merchandised "final year" next door (which, remember, was succeeded by the aforementioned ''Light Magic'' debacle). Even the addition of the popular Florida ride The Twilight Zone ''Twilight Zone'' Tower of Terror was greeted with yawns. (It's telling that, that to date, only one of the charter California Adventure attractions -- - Soarin' Over California -- - has been exported to other Disney resorts; elements resorts. Elements of the Disney Animation exhibit were also duplicated in Florida.)



*** Another problem: the Disney/DisneyAnimatedCanon was in a DorkAge at the TurnOfTheMillennium, so it couldn't provide a new park with hot, fresh properties to base rides, shows, and character meet and greets upon. 2002's ''Disney/LiloAndStitch'', their one meaningful success of this period, yielded up only a poorly-received street show. (Most of the Disney parks never properly, fully capitalized upon it, in fact.) They had to resort to newer Pixar and aging Disney films that hadn't yet warranted standalone rides and shows at Disneyland Park itself to flesh out the attraction lineup (an ''Aladdin'' stage musical, the aforementioned ''A Bug's Life'' area, etc.).

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*** Another problem: the Disney/DisneyAnimatedCanon was in a DorkAge at the TurnOfTheMillennium, so it couldn't provide a new park with hot, fresh properties to base rides, shows, and character meet and greets meet-and-greets upon. 2002's ''Disney/LiloAndStitch'', their one meaningful success of this period, yielded up only a poorly-received street show. (Most of the Disney parks never properly, fully capitalized upon it, in fact.) They had to resort to newer Pixar and aging Disney films that hadn't yet warranted standalone rides and shows at Disneyland Park itself to flesh out the attraction lineup (an ''Aladdin'' stage musical, the aforementioned ''A Bug's Life'' area, etc.).



* Shanghai Disneyland, Disney's sixth theme park resort and their first in mainland China (Hong Kong Disneyland opened in 2005) had its share of troubles too on the way to its June 2016 opening -- itself delayed by a few months from the spring. Smog issues could be distracting for visitors from other countries. Disney had to make a lot of changes to certain sections of the park to appeal to local guests, since their characters and properties (except Mickey Mouse) aren't as well-known in mainland China as elsewhere. Budget overruns in Shanghai were made up for by budget ''cuts'' at the American resorts in 2015-16, leading to cuts in operating hours and general upkeep and delays for new attractions and refurbishments. And even though Shanghai Disneyland ended up hugely popular from day one -- it welcomed its one millionth guest in mid-August -- the Walt Disney Company initially [[TooSoon couldn't trumpet their success internationally]]. '''The night before''' the grand opening took place, a toddler at one of their Florida complex's hotels was dragged into a lake by an alligator and drowned, making ''that'' the Disney-related story that made headlines in North America for days instead.
* In 1995, Geauga Lake, a small, local amusement park about forty miles southeast of UsefulNotes/{{Cleveland}}, Ohio, was bought out by Premier Parks, owners of a number of amusement parks across the US. Three years later, Premier Parks bought out Ride/SixFlags and rebranded itself in that company's image, and sought to redevelop many of its smaller parks into full-fledged Six Flags theme parks -- and none would be more fully-fledged than Geauga Lake, which was renamed '''Six Flags Ohio''' and was envisioned, in its final form, as the largest theme park in the world. [[http://www.themeparktourist.com/features/20140824/28153/lost-geauga-lake-how-worlds-largest-six-flags-disappeared It went badly.]]

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* Shanghai Disneyland, Disney's sixth theme park resort and their first in mainland China (Hong Kong Disneyland opened in 2005) had its share of troubles too on the way to its June 2016 opening -- - itself delayed by a few months from the spring. Smog issues could be distracting for visitors from other countries. Disney had to make a lot of changes to certain sections of the park to appeal to local guests, since their characters and properties (except Mickey Mouse) aren't as well-known in mainland China as elsewhere. Budget overruns in Shanghai were made up for by budget ''cuts'' at the American resorts in 2015-16, leading to cuts in operating hours and general upkeep and delays for new attractions and refurbishments. And even though Shanghai Disneyland ended up hugely popular from day one -- - it welcomed its one millionth guest in mid-August -- - the Walt Disney Company initially [[TooSoon couldn't trumpet their success internationally]]. '''The night before''' the grand opening took place, a toddler at one of their Florida complex's hotels was dragged into a lake by an alligator and drowned, making ''that'' the Disney-related story that made headlines in North America for days instead.
* In 1995, Geauga Lake, a small, local amusement park about forty miles southeast of UsefulNotes/{{Cleveland}}, Ohio, was bought out by Premier Parks, owners of a number of amusement parks across the US. Three years later, Premier Parks bought out Ride/SixFlags and rebranded itself in that company's image, and sought to redevelop many of its smaller parks into full-fledged Six Flags theme parks -- - and none would be more fully-fledged than Geauga Lake, which was renamed '''Six Flags Ohio''' and was envisioned, in its final form, as the largest theme park in the world. [[http://www.themeparktourist.com/features/20140824/28153/lost-geauga-lake-how-worlds-largest-six-flags-disappeared It went badly.]]



** ...And it was doomed. Six Flags' overinvestment in this and other parks put them deep in the red (the company filed for bankruptcy in 2009), turning Worlds of Adventure into a financial liability despite its popularity. Furthermore, the two combined local parks simply did not have the infrastructure for the Cedar Point-sized crowds that showed up daily. By all accounts, Worlds of Adventure was hopelessly cramped, crowded, and filthy despite its massive size, and given that one of Six Flags' main selling points at the time was cheap ticket prices (a season pass cost only ''$50''), many of the guests were rowdy teenagers and {{Lower Class Lout}}s who created a bad image in the minds of locals who remembered when Geauga Lake was a small family park. Finally, while the park had previously been able to avoid direct competition with Cedar Point by virtue of its smaller size and different market, its mammoth expansion meant that it no longer had that luxury -- and given the above problems, the comparisons were not flattering.

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** ...And it was doomed. Six Flags' overinvestment in this and other parks put them deep in the red (the company filed for bankruptcy in 2009), turning Worlds of Adventure into a financial liability despite its popularity. Furthermore, the two combined local parks simply did not have the infrastructure for the Cedar Point-sized crowds that showed up daily. By all accounts, Worlds of Adventure was hopelessly cramped, crowded, and filthy despite its massive size, and given that one of Six Flags' main selling points at the time was cheap ticket prices (a season pass cost only ''$50''), many of the guests were rowdy teenagers and {{Lower Class Lout}}s who created a bad image in the minds of locals who remembered when Geauga Lake was a small family park. Finally, while the park had previously been able to avoid direct competition with Cedar Point by virtue of its smaller size and different market, its mammoth expansion meant that it no longer had that luxury -- - and given the above problems, the comparisons were not flattering.



** In February 2009, a private group named FPI MB Entertainment bought the park and by April had completely re-themed it as Freestyle Music Park. Even this effort wasn’t without problems. The people behind Hard Rock Park sued for copyright infringement, claiming that FPI had done little to re-theme the park to differentiate it from its former state and feared that they did so to piggyback off Hard Rock’s intellectual property without paying royalties. The park still opened in May 23, 2009, but despite improved operation hours and admission prices, it closed for good in fall 2009. Several advertisers and advisors had been suing the park for millions of dollars, which, needless to say, ended any hopes of resurrecting what was once Hard Rock Park.
* Old Chicago, which was hybrid of a shopping mall and an amusement park in Bolingbrook, Illinois, fell victim to this. You can find more information [[http://lisawebworld1.tripod.com/oldchicago.html here]] and [[http://www.negative-g.com/old-chicago-amusement-park/old-chicago-amusement-park-index.htm here]].
** A visit to Knott's Berry Farm was designer Robert Brindle's inspiration for the mall, who envisioned a year-round open indoor facility with amusement rides. After two years of development, the mall opened publicly in June 17, 1975. However, at the time, construction on the mall was still incomplete, with a lot of exposed electrical wiring. Because of this, the mall owners were told that they would not be able to open on their scheduled June 26 opening date. This resulted in a last minute rush to complete the mall and pass inspection in order to open in time. The hasty construction led to more problems a ''month'' later, including a fire in a trash compactor and a malfunction of the mall's sprinkler system, which shut the entire mall down for six hours. During a circus, acrobat Jimmy Troy also fell to his death.

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** In February 2009, a private group named FPI MB Entertainment bought the park park, and by April had completely re-themed it as Freestyle Music Park. Even this effort wasn’t without problems. The problems - the people behind Hard Rock Park sued for copyright infringement, claiming that FPI had done little to re-theme the park to differentiate it from its former state and feared that they did so to piggyback off Hard Rock’s intellectual property without paying royalties. The park still opened in on May 23, 2009, but despite improved operation hours and admission prices, it closed for good in fall Fall 2009. Several advertisers and advisors had been suing the park for millions of dollars, which, needless to say, ended any hopes of resurrecting what was once Hard Rock Park.
* Old Chicago, which was a hybrid of a shopping mall and an amusement park in Bolingbrook, Illinois, fell victim to this. You can find more information [[http://lisawebworld1.tripod.com/oldchicago.html here]] and [[http://www.negative-g.com/old-chicago-amusement-park/old-chicago-amusement-park-index.htm here]].
** A visit to Knott's Berry Farm was designer Robert Brindle's inspiration for the mall, who envisioned a year-round open indoor facility with amusement rides. After two years of development, the mall opened publicly in on June 17, 1975. However, at the time, construction on the mall was still incomplete, with a lot of exposed electrical wiring. Because of this, the mall owners were told that they would not be able to open on their scheduled June 26 opening date. This resulted in a last minute rush to complete the mall and pass inspection in order to open in time. The hasty construction led to more problems a ''month'' later, including a fire in a trash compactor and a malfunction of the mall's sprinkler system, which shut the entire mall down for six hours. During a circus, acrobat Jimmy Troy also fell to his death.



** 1979 saw more fires hit the mall, including a fire at the Old Chicago Tobacco Company (with ''no'' sprinklers in the area) and a prematurely ignited Fourth of July fireworks display, which injured two people. The mall ended up shutting down in March 1980, with the rides being sold away. Despite multiple attempts to salvage the original ''Old Chicago'' building, structural damage and constant vandalism killed that opportunity, and it would end up being demolished in spring of 1986. However, years later the concept of an amusement park within a mall would be incorporated more successfully at Mall of America in Bloomington, Minnesota and West Edmonton in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.

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** 1979 saw more fires hit the mall, including a fire at the Old Chicago Tobacco Company (with ''no'' sprinklers in the area) and a prematurely ignited Fourth of July fireworks display, which injured two people. The mall ended up shutting down in March 1980, with the rides being sold away. Despite multiple attempts to salvage the original ''Old Chicago'' Old Chicago building, structural damage and constant vandalism killed that opportunity, and it would end up being demolished in spring of Spring 1986. However, years later the concept of an amusement park within a mall would be incorporated more successfully at Mall of America in Bloomington, Minnesota and West Edmonton in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.



** When the park finally opened on June 7, 1990, Universal's most highly-hyped rides -- Ride/{{Kongfrontation}}, Ride/{{JAWS}}, Ride/EarthquakeTheBigOne, and Ride/ETAdventure -- were ''all'' prone to frequent breakdowns and technical malfunctions. On opening day, over a thousand disgruntled guests received either refunds or free tickets for another visit, and the following day, the park simply gave ''everybody'' who purchased a ticket a voucher for another one at a later date.
** JAWS especially was [[http://www.themeparktourist.com/features/20150414/30158/jaws-how-universal-s-shark-ride-turned-real-life-disaster a nightmare to keep running.]] Reportedly, Creator/StevenSpielberg and his family were among those trapped on the ride when it broke down on opening day. It had to be closed and rebuilt from scratch just two and a half months after the park opened, with Universal and Ride & Show Engineering, the company that they hired to build the ride, suing each other over the debacle; Universal accused R&SE of shoddy design and workmanship, while R&SE accused Universal of rushing them to open the ride before they could fix its design flaws. JAWS wouldn't reopen until ''1993'', leaving a whole chunk of the park dormant. (In that, funnily enough, JAWS [[TroubledProduction/{{Film0ToL}} had a lot in common]] with [[Film/{{Jaws}} the film it was based on]].)

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** When the park finally opened on June 7, 1990, Universal's most highly-hyped rides -- - Ride/{{Kongfrontation}}, Ride/{{JAWS}}, Ride/EarthquakeTheBigOne, and Ride/ETAdventure -- - were ''all'' prone to frequent breakdowns and technical malfunctions. On opening day, over a thousand disgruntled guests received either refunds or free tickets for another visit, and the following day, day the park simply gave ''everybody'' who purchased a ticket a voucher for another one at a later date.
** JAWS especially was [[http://www.themeparktourist.com/features/20150414/30158/jaws-how-universal-s-shark-ride-turned-real-life-disaster a nightmare to keep running.]] Reportedly, Creator/StevenSpielberg and his family were among those trapped on the ride when it broke down on opening day. It had to be closed and rebuilt from scratch just two and a half two-and-a-half months after the park opened, with Universal and Ride & Show Engineering, the company that they hired to build the ride, suing each other over the debacle; debacle: Universal accused R&SE of shoddy design and workmanship, while R&SE accused Universal of rushing them to open the ride before they could fix its design flaws. JAWS wouldn't reopen until ''1993'', leaving a whole chunk of the park dormant. (In that, funnily enough, JAWS [[TroubledProduction/{{Film0ToL}} had a lot in common]] with [[Film/{{Jaws}} the film it was based on]].)



* Heritage USA; created as TheMoralSubstitute to the Disney parks by televangelist Jim Bakker's PTL network eventually fell into this.
** Things started off well upon the park's opening in 1978; hitting its peak in 1986 with 6 million visitors, behind only the aforementioned Disney parks. However, the next year the entire [[FunWithAcronyms PTL]] organization was rocked by the sexual and financial scandals (specifically on the latter; related to charges of overselling the lifetime partnerships being offered by the ministry) surrounding Bakker, with the organization including the park (already stripped of its tax exempt status by the [[IntimidatingRevenueService IRS]]) winding up in the hands of Lynchburg-based televangelist Jerry Falwell[[note]]unlike the Bakkers, very much '''not''' a Pentecostal[[/note]] of the Moral Majority fame for a time. After Falwell left in late 1987; the park remained open until Hurricane Hugo severely damaged much of the property in the late summer of 1989[[note]]In a curious twist; the hurricane - the strongest hurricane to make landfall in nearly 30 years - came shortly after Jim Bakker's fraud trial related to the lifetime partnerships was underway.[[/note]].
** Following the park's closure the former Heritage USA property would bounce around between different owners. The first came in 1991, when the [[UsefulNotes/{{Malaysia}} Malaysian]] investment firm MUI Group partnered with San Diego-based televangelist Morris Cerullo purchased the property for $52 million, dubbing it [[NewAndImproved New Heritage USA]]. This partnership was short-lived due to Cerullo wanting to issue discount cards; leading to a lawsuit and MUI eventually buying out Cerullo's interest in the park (though Cerullo would retain the cable channel, known as the Inspirational Network before the name was shortened to INSP).
** Now going alone, MUI (after moving subsidiary Laura Ashley plc to the former PTL World Outreach Center building, renamed the Regent Building) worked to add a golf course, residential development and briefly attempted to re-open the former Heritage Grand Hotel in partnership with the Radisson hotel chain as Radisson Grand Resort, a short-lived venture that ended with the hotel closing and (after a brief period of falling into disrepair) being restored and re-opened; with some rooms being converted into condominiums and the atrium being used by Rick Joyner's [=MorningStar=] Ministries; while some of the other properties such as the old Upper Room chapel; an auditorium for special functions known as "The Barn" and the former PTL studios remain in use.
** However, some of the other properties were demolished or continued to languish in disrepair; such as the Jerusalem Ampitheather (near the campgrounds), which was demolished in 2012 when plans to turn the outdoor ampitheater into a concert venue fell through and "The King's Castle" (originally planned as the world's largest Wendy's restaurant[[note]]The restaurant's construction was underway at the time of the Bakker scandals and subsequent collapse of PTL[[/note]] and later completed as an arcade and skate park by MUI), which was partially on parts of the properties owned by [=MorningStar=] and developer Earl Coulston. [=MorningStar=] briefly announced plans to attempt a renovation for the church to open a youth center before determining the venue was too badly damaged and vandalized to be salvageable; with Coulston paying for the demolition since it was partly on his property.

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* Heritage USA; USA, created as TheMoralSubstitute to the Disney parks by televangelist Jim Bakker's PTL network network, eventually fell into this.
** Things started off well upon the park's opening in 1978; 1978, hitting its peak in 1986 with 6 million visitors, behind only the aforementioned Disney parks. However, the next year the entire [[FunWithAcronyms PTL]] organization was rocked by the sexual and financial scandals (specifically on the latter; related to charges of overselling the lifetime partnerships being offered by the ministry) surrounding Bakker, with the organization including the park (already stripped of its tax exempt status by the [[IntimidatingRevenueService IRS]]) winding up in the hands of Lynchburg-based televangelist Jerry Falwell[[note]]unlike Falwell [[note]](unlike the Bakkers, very much '''not''' a Pentecostal[[/note]] Pentecostal)[[/note]] of the Moral Majority fame for a time. After Falwell left in late 1987; 1987, the park remained open until Hurricane Hugo severely damaged much of the property in the late summer of 1989[[note]]In 1989. [[note]](In a curious twist; twist, the hurricane - the strongest hurricane to make landfall in nearly 30 years - came shortly after Jim Bakker's fraud trial related to the lifetime partnerships was underway.[[/note]].
)[[/note]].
** Following the park's closure closure, the former Heritage USA property would bounce around between different owners. The first came in 1991, when the [[UsefulNotes/{{Malaysia}} Malaysian]] investment firm MUI Group partnered with San Diego-based televangelist Morris Cerullo purchased the property for $52 million, dubbing it [[NewAndImproved New Heritage USA]]. This partnership was short-lived due to Cerullo wanting to issue discount cards; leading to a lawsuit and MUI eventually buying out Cerullo's interest in the park (though Cerullo would retain the cable channel, known as the Inspirational Network before the name was shortened to INSP).
** Now going alone, MUI (after moving subsidiary Laura Ashley plc to the former PTL World Outreach Center building, renamed the Regent Building) worked to add a golf course, residential development development, and briefly attempted to re-open the former Heritage Grand Hotel in partnership with the Radisson hotel chain as Radisson Grand Resort, a short-lived venture that ended with the hotel closing and (after a brief period of falling into disrepair) being restored and re-opened; re-opened, with some rooms being converted into condominiums and the atrium being used by Rick Joyner's [=MorningStar=] Ministries; while some Ministries. Some of the other properties properties, such as the old Upper Room chapel; chapel, an auditorium for special functions known as "The Barn" Barn", and the former PTL studios studios, remain in use.
** However, some of the other properties were demolished or continued to languish in disrepair; such as the Jerusalem Ampitheather (near the campgrounds), which was demolished in 2012 when plans to turn the outdoor ampitheater into a concert venue fell through and "The King's Castle" (originally planned as the world's largest Wendy's restaurant[[note]]The restaurant [[note]](the restaurant's construction was underway at the time of the Bakker scandals and subsequent collapse of PTL[[/note]] PTL)[[/note]] and later completed as an arcade and skate park by MUI), which was partially on parts of the properties owned by [=MorningStar=] and developer Earl Coulston. [=MorningStar=] briefly announced plans to attempt a renovation for the church to open a youth center before determining the venue was too badly damaged and vandalized to be salvageable; salvageable, with Coulston paying for the demolition since it was partly on his property.property.
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26th Sep '17 1:04:32 PM dmcreif
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** In May 2006 -- two weeks after the ride’s '''second''' death -- the ride was given a massive overhaul. There are now two versions of the attraction offered: the Green Team version drastically lowers the intensity[[note]]the centrifuge does not spin, thus eliminating the forces of lateral acceleration. The cabs themselves still pitch and pivot, providing some motion[[/note]] while the Orange Team version offers the original experience unchanged. Instantly, ''Mission: Space'' became a hit amongst guests -- and still is to this day -- and no other fatalities have been reported.

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** In May 2006 -- two weeks after the ride’s '''second''' death -- the ride was given a massive overhaul. There are now two versions of the attraction offered: the Green Team version drastically lowers the intensity[[note]]the centrifuge does not spin, thus eliminating the forces of lateral acceleration. The cabs themselves still pitch and pivot, providing some motion[[/note]] while the Orange Team version offers the original experience unchanged. Instantly, ''Mission: Space'' became a hit amongst guests -- and still is to this day -- and no other fatalities have been reported. For 2017, the ride was revamped with Green Team becoming a flight around the Earth while Orange Team kept the original mission to Mars.
13th Sep '17 9:29:18 PM mlsmithca
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*** And on opening day, it seemed that all of the worst fears of Walt's critics were coming true. The park's managers had focused on getting the TV special ready at the expense of [[SkewedPriorities getting the actual park ready]], and the broadcast didn't capture the fact that, to put it bluntly, the park wasn't finished. A number of rides were not yet ready, Tomorrowland wasn't open at all, the triple-digit mid-July heat caused the fresh asphalt of Main Street, USA (which had been poured ''the night before'') to melt and absorb many a woman's high heels, a plumbers' strike meant that the water fountains didn't yet work, the Canal Boats of the World ride (now the Storybook Land Canal Boats) frequently broke down and necessitated that boats to be pulled by hand, the shores of the Canal Boats ride were overgrown with so many weeds that signs with exotic species names were put up in the area to [[AllPartOfTheShow make it look like an arboretum]], and the Mark Twain riverboat was packed well over capacity and took on water (capacity was very quickly capped at 300).

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*** And on opening day, it seemed that all of the worst fears of Walt's critics were coming true. The park's managers had focused on getting the TV special ready at the expense of [[SkewedPriorities getting the actual park ready]], and the broadcast didn't capture the fact that, to put it bluntly, the park wasn't finished. A number of rides were not yet ready, Tomorrowland wasn't open at all, the triple-digit mid-July heat caused the fresh asphalt of Main Street, USA (which had been poured ''the night before'') to melt and absorb many a woman's high heels, a plumbers' strike meant that the water fountains didn't yet work, the Canal Boats of the World ride (now the Storybook Land Canal Boats) frequently broke down and necessitated that boats had to be pulled by hand, the shores of the Canal Boats ride were overgrown with so many weeds that signs with exotic species names were put up in the area to [[AllPartOfTheShow make it look like an arboretum]], and the Mark Twain riverboat was packed well over capacity and took on water (capacity was very quickly capped at 300).
13th Sep '17 7:56:11 PM TheRedRedKroovy
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* The addition of Donald Trump into Disney's ''Hall of Presidents'' naturally came with all the complications such a divisive figure would be expected to create. To start with, just about the entire Imagineer team had expected Hilary Clinton to win the election, and so plans were well under way to add her instead which had to be scrapped and started again from the drawing board (though luckily, there hadn't yet been any construction on the animatronic). Plus, many on the team weren't happy with making an offer to Trump to record a special speech for the attraction as has been done since Bill Clinton took the office, and thus giving the impression that they supported his words at the same time he was hitting record low approval numbers amid numerous scandals. An anonymous source even suggested that Disney was making the recording of the speech more inconvenient than usual as a way for Trump to decline the offer without either side losing face.

!Theme Parks
* Disneyland Resort saw this happen on both of its theme parks:
** The original Disneyland endured the opening day from hell, as [[http://www.cracked.com/article_23774_6-monumental-achievements-that-have-terrifying-twist.html this post]] on ''Website/{{Cracked}}'' and [[http://www.history.com/news/disneylands-disastrous-opening-day-60-years-ago this article]] on Creator/TheHistoryChannel's website make clear. It was so bad that Creator/WaltDisney and the park's employees referred to it as "Black Sunday".

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* The addition of Donald Trump UsefulNotes/DonaldTrump into Disney's ''Hall of Presidents'' naturally came with all the complications such a divisive figure would be expected to create. To start with, just about the entire Imagineer team had expected Hilary Clinton UsefulNotes/HillaryRodhamClinton to win the election, and so plans were well under way to add her instead instead, which had to be scrapped and started again from the drawing board (though luckily, there hadn't yet been any construction on the animatronic). Plus, many on the team weren't happy with making an offer to Trump to record a special speech for the attraction as has been done since Bill Clinton UsefulNotes/BillClinton took the office, and thus giving the impression that they supported his words at the same time he was hitting record low approval numbers amid numerous scandals. An anonymous source even suggested that Disney was making the recording of the speech more inconvenient than usual as a way for Trump to decline the offer without either side losing face.

!Theme Parks
parks
* Both of the two theme parks at [[Ride/DisneyThemeParks Disneyland Resort saw this happen on both of its theme parks:
Resort]] went through this.
** The original Disneyland endured the opening day from hell, as [[http://www.cracked.com/article_23774_6-monumental-achievements-that-have-terrifying-twist.html this post]] these]] [[http://www.cracked.com/personal-experiences-2525-the-horrifying-nightmare-that-was-disneylands-opening-day.html articles]] on ''Website/{{Cracked}}'' and [[http://www.history.com/news/disneylands-disastrous-opening-day-60-years-ago this article]] on Creator/TheHistoryChannel's website make clear. It was so bad that Creator/WaltDisney and the park's employees referred to it as "Black Sunday".



*** And on opening day, it seemed that all of the worst fears of Walt's critics were coming true. The ABC special didn't capture the fact that, to put it bluntly, the park wasn't finished -- a number of rides were not yet ready, Tomorrowland wasn't open, the triple-digit mid-July heat caused the fresh asphalt of Main Street, USA (which had been poured ''that morning'') to melt and absorb many a woman's high heels, a plumbers' strike meant that the water fountains didn't yet work, the shores of the Canal Boats of the World ride were overgrown with so many weeds that signs with exotic species names were put up in the area to [[AllPartOfTheShow make it look like an arboretum]], and the Mark Twain riverboat was packed over capacity and took on water. Worse, while 15,000 tickets had been sold for opening day, the exact number of attendees was over 28,000 due to the proliferation of counterfeit tickets, not counting the people who just climbed over the fence and went for free. Traffic on the Santa Ana Freeway was backed up for seven miles, and concessions stands quickly ran out of food and drink. It was so bad that Walt himself invited many attendees back for a second 'opening day' for free (after the park had been finished) as an apology.
*** The next few weeks weren't much better. The stagecoach ride in Frontierland had to be closed down due to it being top-heavy and prone to rolling over, the cars on the Autopia ride were almost all wrecked by aggressive drivers, and a circus parade in Main Street, USA went haywire when a tiger and a panther broke loose and started a "furious death struggle". By the end of the year, however, the park's teething issues were worked out and the place had defied Walt's critics, reaching its millionth visitor within seven weeks, and in time it would become one of America's most iconic tourist attractions.

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*** And on opening day, it seemed that all of the worst fears of Walt's critics were coming true. The ABC park's managers had focused on getting the TV special ready at the expense of [[SkewedPriorities getting the actual park ready]], and the broadcast didn't capture the fact that, to put it bluntly, the park wasn't finished -- a finished. A number of rides were not yet ready, Tomorrowland wasn't open, open at all, the triple-digit mid-July heat caused the fresh asphalt of Main Street, USA (which had been poured ''that morning'') ''the night before'') to melt and absorb many a woman's high heels, a plumbers' strike meant that the water fountains didn't yet work, the Canal Boats of the World ride (now the Storybook Land Canal Boats) frequently broke down and necessitated that boats to be pulled by hand, the shores of the Canal Boats of the World ride were overgrown with so many weeds that signs with exotic species names were put up in the area to [[AllPartOfTheShow make it look like an arboretum]], and the Mark Twain riverboat was packed well over capacity and took on water. water (capacity was very quickly capped at 300).
***
Worse, while 15,000 tickets had been sold for opening day, the exact number of attendees was over 28,000 due to the proliferation of counterfeit tickets, not counting the people who just climbed over the fence and went for free. Furthermore, in an effort to prevent overcrowding, each ticket had a designated entrance time in an effort to prevent overcrowding, but since guests were not leaving after a few hours as expected, the crowding grew worse as the day wore on. Traffic on the Santa Ana Freeway was backed up for seven miles, and concessions stands quickly ran out of food and drink.drink, and lines for the restrooms were so long that people began relieving themselves in corners, alleyways, and the parking lot. It was so bad that Walt himself invited many attendees back for a second 'opening day' for free (after the park had been finished) as an apology.
*** The next few weeks weren't much better. The stagecoach ride in Frontierland had to be closed down due to it being top-heavy and prone to rolling over, the cars on the Autopia ride had to have guardrails installed after most of the cars were almost all wrecked by aggressive drivers, and a circus parade in Main Street, USA went haywire when a tiger and a panther broke loose and started a "furious death struggle".struggle". Many predicted that the park would not survive its disastrous opening. By the end of the year, however, the park's teething issues were worked out and the place had defied Walt's critics, reaching its millionth visitor within seven weeks, and in time it would become one of America's most iconic tourist attractions.



*** Eventually changes in management at Disney's theme park division paved the way for a massive, five-year overhaul of the park that brought it up to the standards expected of the world's most famous theme park operator, with attractions like ''Ride/WorldOfColor'' and [[WesternAnimation/{{Cars}} Cars Land]] providing the family appeal that had been lacking at the start.

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*** Eventually Eventually, changes in management at Disney's theme park division paved the way for a massive, five-year overhaul of the park that brought it up to the standards expected of the world's most famous theme park operator, with attractions like ''Ride/WorldOfColor'' and [[WesternAnimation/{{Cars}} Cars Land]] providing the family appeal that had been lacking at the start.
9th Jul '17 10:30:41 PM Twentington
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** To meet investor expectations, the park had to draw three million visitors in its first year. It fell ''way'' below that number, generating only about two to three thousand guests a day. The reasons why were numerous. First, the park cut back on its operation hours little by little, to the point where it was closing early enough to rule out the nightly fireworks shows. The Hard Rock license reduced its appeal to children, but the addition of kiddie rides in response to this dismayed adults. The high admission prices, coupled with the onset of the Great Recession in 2008, also hurt tourism and rendered few families able to afford vacations and go to the park. Finally, Hard Rock Park's location just a few miles from the Atlantic Ocean put it into direct competition with Myrtle Beach's oceanside resorts (for comparison, Walt Disney chose the inland city of Orlando, Florida to build his second park precisely to avoid such competition). It wasn't long before the owners filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy... which was later changed to ''Chapter 7 liquidation''.

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** To meet investor expectations, the park had to draw three million visitors in its first year. It fell ''way'' below that number, generating only about two to three thousand guests a day. The reasons why were numerous. First, the park cut back on its operation hours little by little, to the point where it was closing early enough to rule out the nightly fireworks shows. The Hard Rock license reduced its appeal to children, but the addition of kiddie rides in response to this dismayed adults. The high admission prices, coupled with the onset of the Great Recession in 2008, also hurt tourism and rendered few families able to afford vacations and go to the park. Finally, Hard Rock Park's location just a few miles from the Atlantic Ocean put it into direct competition with Myrtle Beach's oceanside resorts (for comparison, Walt Disney chose the inland city of Orlando, Florida to build his second park precisely to avoid such competition). It wasn't long before the owners filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy... which was later changed to ''Chapter 7 liquidation''. Also around this time, the former Waccamaw outlet mall was rapidly losing stores to a newer outlet mall just up the road.
20th May '17 4:52:15 PM Pren
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* The addition of Donald Trump into Disney's Hall of Presidents naturally came with all the complications such a divisive figure would be expected to create. To start with, just about the entire Imagineer team had expected Hilary Clinton to win the election, and so plans were well under way to add her instead which had to be scrapped and started again from the drawing board (though luckily, there hadn't yet been any construction on the animatronic). Plus, many on the team weren't happy with making an offer to Trump to record a special speech for the attraction as has been done since Bill Clinton took the office, and thus giving the impression that they supported his words at the same time he was hitting record low approval numbers amid numerous scandals. An anonymous source even suggested that Disney was making the recording of the speech more inconvenient than usual as a way for Trump to decline the offer without either side losing face.

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* The addition of Donald Trump into Disney's Hall ''Hall of Presidents Presidents'' naturally came with all the complications such a divisive figure would be expected to create. To start with, just about the entire Imagineer team had expected Hilary Clinton to win the election, and so plans were well under way to add her instead which had to be scrapped and started again from the drawing board (though luckily, there hadn't yet been any construction on the animatronic). Plus, many on the team weren't happy with making an offer to Trump to record a special speech for the attraction as has been done since Bill Clinton took the office, and thus giving the impression that they supported his words at the same time he was hitting record low approval numbers amid numerous scandals. An anonymous source even suggested that Disney was making the recording of the speech more inconvenient than usual as a way for Trump to decline the offer without either side losing face.
20th May '17 4:51:28 PM Pren
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* The addition of Donald Trump into Disney's Hall of Presidents naturally came with all the complications such a divisive figure would be expected to create. To start with, just about the entire Imagineer team had expected Hilary Clinton to win the election, and so plans were well under way to add her instead which had to be scrapped and started again from the drawing board (though luckily, there hadn't yet been any construction on the animatronic). Plus, many on the team weren't happy with making an offer to Trump to record a special speech for the attraction as has been done since Bill Clinton took the office, and thus giving the impression that they supported his words at the same time he was hitting record low approval numbers amid numerous scandals. An anonymous source even suggested that Disney was making the recording of the speech more inconvenient than usual as a way for Trump to decline the offer without either side losing face.
21st Apr '17 1:40:22 PM TheRedRedKroovy
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** In 2006, Cedar Fair also bought out Paramount Parks. This resulted in them having a monopoly on all three of Ohio's major amusement parks: Cedar Point, Geauga Lake, and Kings Island near Cincinnati. This spending spree (the Paramount purchase cost $1.24 billion) left them deep in debt, and to cut costs, they targeted the faltering Geauga Lake for ride shutdowns and relocations. Over the course of 2006 and 2007, Geauga Lake was ransacked for everything from roller coasters to gift shops to food vendors. Most of the rides found new homes at other Cedar Fair properties, and some were scrapped. Eventually, it was announced at the end of the 2007 season that Geauga Lake (minus the still-successful Wildwater Kingdom water park, which remains open to this day) would be shutting down permanently after over a century of continuous seasonal operation.

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** In 2006, Cedar Fair also bought out Paramount Parks. This resulted in them having a monopoly on all three of Ohio's major amusement parks: Cedar Point, Geauga Lake, and Kings Island near Cincinnati. This spending spree (the Paramount purchase cost $1.24 billion) left them deep in debt, [[HistoryRepeats much like Six Flags before them]], and to cut costs, they targeted the faltering Geauga Lake for ride shutdowns and relocations. Over the course of 2006 and 2007, Geauga Lake was ransacked for everything from roller coasters to gift shops to food vendors. Most of the rides found new homes at other Cedar Fair properties, and some were scrapped. Eventually, it was announced at the end of the 2007 season that Geauga Lake (minus the still-successful Wildwater Kingdom water park, which remains open to this day) would be shutting down permanently after over a century of continuous seasonal operation.operation. Wildwater Kingdom, the only part of the park that was still successful, remained open for another nine years before closing for good at the end of the 2016 season.
21st Feb '17 7:02:47 PM dmcreif
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** In May 2006 -- two weeks after the ride’s '''second''' death -- the ride was given a massive overhaul. There are now two versions of the attraction offered: the Green Team version drastically lowers the intensity while the Orange Team version offers the original experience unchanged. Instantly, ''Mission: Space'' became a hit amongst guests -- and still is to this day -- and no other fatalities have been reported.

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** In May 2006 -- two weeks after the ride’s '''second''' death -- the ride was given a massive overhaul. There are now two versions of the attraction offered: the Green Team version drastically lowers the intensity intensity[[note]]the centrifuge does not spin, thus eliminating the forces of lateral acceleration. The cabs themselves still pitch and pivot, providing some motion[[/note]] while the Orange Team version offers the original experience unchanged. Instantly, ''Mission: Space'' became a hit amongst guests -- and still is to this day -- and no other fatalities have been reported.
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