I think the Yeti lovers should band together and demand A mode come back! If Disney refuses then we storm the gates!
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Still broken, moving on.
I am going to venture again to say it is just never going to be fixed. I can't think of anything else of this magnitude that has been completely broken and down for this many years without being fixed and than all of a sudden it is.
The truth of the matter is Everest will no longer be the kind of ticket it is If/when Avatar and other attractions open. It is now 6 years old.
This would be like the Tesla Coil of Maelstrom coming back tomorrow. Only that is actually more likely.
About when did the Yeti break down? I know its been down for a while, but it was still working went I went to Disney World in 2006. When I went that time, everything was working except for the yeti "shadow" when your car switches back to forward position. Also, where's the falcon you were talking about earlier?
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Now that someone has posted a picture of the tall steel tower that supports the yeti mechanism, I now have a much better understanding why the thing isn't working. Engineers underestimated the fulcrum that was created by mounting it so high; it had no relationship to testing it on the ground back in California.
Fulcrum example. Take a spade shovel and drive it deep into your lawn. Now grab the handle at its base above the spade and try to yank and dig the soil up. You can't. But grab the shovel by the top of the handle and pull it back... up comes the lawn and soil.
For those who have never seen the super heavy heaving mechanism of the Yeti, watch the video below starting at 04:48
So, this begs the question. Why haven't they poured bases for steel angle braces to stabilize the top of the tower from all sides? Not enough room to create the needed angle? It appears they could weave them through the existing structure but I will assume it is more complicated than I can understand. Other possibility is that Disney is scrimping so much these days that they will not spend the 300K-700K to have the work done.
Last edited by Teebin; 05-17-2012 at 08:27 PM.
I'm willing to bet that they did account for it, then made sacrifices in order to fit the design in the structure. It just might be in too tight of a space to properly position the figure.
And really, it's the largest dynamic figure ever built. It's not too shocking that they might have gotten it wrong.
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The Yeti's movement is so fluid. He's an incredible AA. But what a mistake to show Walt with animatronics 50 years prior and they can't figure out a way to FIX the Yeti in 5 years?
The ride is having even more problems than just the yeti. It's been going down a lot lately and today it's been e-stopped. One of my friends is on it currently at the top of the mountain and they're contemplating walking them down from the top.