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by ewilson
Tue Mar 07, 2006 1:40 pm
Forum: Rides
Topic: Demon Tunnel Lights
Replies: 15
Views: 9498

Best yet would be to use LED displays (no glass) and could do high resolution video to make it feel as if you were spinning, going faster, or scenery of; Broadway, Grand Canyon, flying, space, rapids, etc. Each time you ride it could be different.
by ewilson
Wed Dec 21, 2005 9:39 pm
Forum: Remembering Marriott's GREAT AMERICA
Topic: Pictorium intro
Replies: 13
Views: 8262

The posting above this is very close to the one we used in SC when the Pictorium first opened. Except.. The name of the film was "Man Belongs to the Earth", "World's largest motion pictrue SCREEN" There was no mention of water cooled, xenon, or one continuous piece of material. (I did once add "and ...
by ewilson
Thu Dec 15, 2005 6:42 pm
Forum: Santa Clara
Topic: Parking lot speed
Replies: 3
Views: 5945

Parking lot speed

Does anybody know why they opted for the 14 mph instead of the normal 15 mph? Was this just a joke by the guy who made the sign? I took this picture quite a few years ago.

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by ewilson
Mon Dec 12, 2005 7:04 pm
Forum: Games, Merchandise, Food, and more
Topic: Salt in Drinks
Replies: 7
Views: 8845

If you add salt to a soda drink it will react with the carbination and make it go immediatly flat. With corrisponding violent release of gas.
by ewilson
Mon Dec 12, 2005 7:00 pm
Forum: Games, Merchandise, Food, and more
Topic: Employee cafeteria
Replies: 46
Views: 43980

It was very comon for us working in the shows to go on rides on slow days between shows. Characters (in costume) would sometimes go on the rides also, even though we wen't supposed to. As characters we have rode on the Carousel, Sky Whirl, Barney Oldfield, trian, bumpercars, Eagles Flight, Tidal Wav...
by ewilson
Mon Dec 05, 2005 5:29 pm
Forum: Shows
Topic: Park Music
Replies: 22
Views: 21956

Yes, they are for ambient around the park. During the parade they play the different music that comes from each float. It comes from the tape players to a wireless transmitter, to a receiver built into the floats. If you look closely at pictures of the floats you can see small antennas.
by ewilson
Sat Dec 03, 2005 10:21 pm
Forum: Shows
Topic: Park Music
Replies: 22
Views: 21956

The white typewriter in the lower right corner is the control for the message display on the Great America sign out on the freeway.
by ewilson
Tue Nov 22, 2005 8:10 pm
Forum: Remembering Marriott's GREAT AMERICA
Topic: What was your/least favorite operational season?
Replies: 8
Views: 4730

With the Warner Bros. charaters there were more shows, special costumes,and special appearances. Also everyone from all ages and places recognized them.
by ewilson
Tue Nov 15, 2005 11:32 pm
Forum: Remembering Marriott's GREAT AMERICA
Topic: What was your/least favorite operational season?
Replies: 8
Views: 4730

The first year without Warner Brothers characters.
by ewilson
Tue Nov 15, 2005 11:31 pm
Forum: Remembering Marriott's GREAT AMERICA
Topic: Marriott's Great America Quiz
Replies: 10
Views: 5623

I guess you would need to be from the Gurnee park to even have a chance at this test.
by ewilson
Wed Nov 09, 2005 5:58 pm
Forum: Remembering Marriott's GREAT AMERICA
Topic: 30th Anniversary Survey
Replies: 19
Views: 13986

Have a promotional day where all the past employees could come to the park for free and have a big party.
by ewilson
Sun Oct 30, 2005 12:45 am
Forum: Shows
Topic: Bugs Bunny walkarounds
Replies: 12
Views: 17554

Bugs actually had many different costumes for each area of the park. Hometown - he had a really awfull looking outfit with brown striped knee length pants, yellow socks, oxfords, yellow and green plaid jacket and brown bowler hat. County Fair - A pink terrycloth longsleave shirt, denim overalls, and...
by ewilson
Sat Oct 29, 2005 10:18 pm
Forum: Shows
Topic: "It's a Magic World"
Replies: 6
Views: 8472

The Bugs Bunny show that year was moved to the front of the Pavillion in County Fair. "Bugs Bunny's County Jamboree". It was outdoors.
by ewilson
Sat Oct 29, 2005 10:16 pm
Forum: Santa Clara
Topic: The bomb
Replies: 11
Views: 11521

I remember we had a bomb threat in the Show Ops building. It may have been in 1980. They had us evacuate to outside the building. Park securtiy came in and said they had found it in a closet. In the process of determining if it was a real bomb they accidently knocked it off the shelf and it crashed ...
by ewilson
Mon Oct 17, 2005 4:20 pm
Forum: Remembering Marriott's GREAT AMERICA
Topic: If Marriott still owned the parks...
Replies: 19
Views: 10516

The parks wern't losing money for Marriott's in the fact that the parks were in the black. Marriott's was losing money in the finacial aspect because the investment return on hotels was higher than what the parks were bringing in. They could build 3 Marriott hotels for what they could sell the park ...