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Episode 644 - Attraction Challenges

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Hosts: Matt Hochberg, Len Testa, Mike Scopa & Mike Newell


Running Time: 16:42

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Episode 644 - Attraction Challenges
Authored by: waxwing on Monday, November 16 2009 @ 07:22 AM CST
My favorite "challenge" is on the TTA - luckily, it still works, even with the new narration. My daughter and I wait until another oncoming train with passengers is passing us, and just as they go by, we raise our arms in the air and give a friendly "Heyyyy!" Sometimes the total strangers on the train say "Heyyy!" back; sometimes, they just look at us like we're nuts. Either way, it adds a fun interactive element to the ride.
Episode 644 - Attraction Challenges
Authored by: fyodore on Monday, November 16 2009 @ 11:16 AM CST
Posing for pictures is really fun, especially if you go with a group and can get everyone to do soemthing together. LIke on dinasaur its fun to see the picture come up with everyone in "crash positions" (think Airplane). Others that at waiting for their picture enjoy seeing pictures like that.

Another thing that annoys people is be a single adult rider on Dumbo and take a nap. Go all the way down so eveyone can see you napping.
Episode 644 - Attraction Challenges
Authored by: anyalovesstitch on Monday, November 16 2009 @ 03:42 PM CST
My husband was on a business trip to Florida and had the opportunity to go to Epcot for a few hours. He was trying to figure out something entertaining to do, and I told him to take a stuffed Stitch around the world and take a picture of him in each country. I really enjoyed looking at the pictures when he got back. Even better yet were the funny stories about people staring at him and a few cast members (who didn't speak English well) giving him funny looks! People could do this with their kids - some of my high school students do it when we go on our spring trip.
Episode 644 - Attraction Challenges
Authored by: Kfischler on Monday, November 16 2009 @ 04:06 PM CST
A couple of things I saw or tried and were funny was in the HM, when the host says, "There is always my way..." and the lights go out and the thunder begins, say "Zoiks Scoob, Let's get out of here." When the monorail narration says, "Please stand clear of the doors," quickly say, "No habla Ingles." followed by "Gracias." after he finishes in Spanish. On the Great Movie Ride, right before the bad guy grabs the jewel, my kids have yelled, "You'll be sorry." then "Told you so." after the bad guy is fried. At the end of Star Tours, act all surprised when you are Tattoine and complain to the nearest CM that the idiot pilot was supposed to take you to the Endor moon. At the Yakatori house, look at a sushi platter and say, "Oh my gosh, I think I just found Nemo." On Spaceship Earth, always pull a funny face for the photo at the beginning, the video is that much funnier. I temper all this jocularity by not doing these things all the time and I have taught my kids not to ruin someone else's trip who may be experiencing an attraction for the first time.
Episode 644 - Attraction Challenges
Authored by: FigmentRules on Tuesday, November 17 2009 @ 09:53 AM CST
We used to do the picture pose in the original Journey into Imagination ride. One of the favorites was the three monkeys--hear no evil, see no evil, speak no evil. Another was the creative use of ponchos on rainy days--put 'em on backwards with sunglasses over the back of the hood. When it was still the four of us, my sister and I would sit in the back and put our hands up to make mouse ears on mom and dad. Dad was usually "dozing," so it was lots of fun.

When I was living in Ft. Lauderdale, and just out of college (~1978), we'd get a large group of kids from church (really often) and just descend on the MK like a swarm of locusts. We'd fill a whole boat at it's a small world and sing along, same at Pirates. Lots of "commentary" during Pirates. We'd ride the train and make up crazy stories about creatures who lived along the tracks. We'd yell back and forth on the sky way ride, and on WEDWAY we're were just silly anticipating all the one liners. We actually did the block the track by going slow thing on the speed way. We actually did the Jungle Boat Cruise--whole dialogue, all the way through, pretty much in unison. I hope the cast member didn't get fired. It was just us on the boat!

Now, not so much. ;-) One of the reasons I enjoy the get-togethers in the park, especially the fill a speeder at Star Tours, is I can go back to when I was 20 something and we took over the park.

Episode 644 - Attraction Challenges
Authored by: ccudmore on Tuesday, November 17 2009 @ 10:07 AM CST
Chaps and a riding crop on the Carousel.
Episode 644 - Attraction Challenges
Authored by: TQM on Tuesday, November 17 2009 @ 01:24 PM CST
You could probably hold your breath pretty easily on Barnstormer...
Episode 644 - Attraction Challenges
Authored by: Rich_Youngstown on Wednesday, November 18 2009 @ 03:44 PM CST
I find it challenging to make a decent turkey sandwich on Splash Mountain. Soggy bread.. Mayo everywhere... Just a mess really.
Haunted Mansion...
Authored by: AmyC on Wednesday, November 18 2009 @ 10:11 PM CST
I meant to post this comment earlier, and I *think* this is the correct episode...I want to refer to the comment that Len made on a recent show that he didn't know a portion of the Haunted Mansion ride went outside the building. It made sense to me at first but now I've thought about it and I'm not sure. Len did you mean that you didn't realize that you were flying out the window of the attic and down into the outdoor graveyard (surely you knew? I think that was addressed in an episode), or do you mean the actual doombuggies are exiting the mansion building and going into an extension? I always assumed ride entrances are facades, especially after seeing aerial shots and such...it just looked like a bunch of rusty-roofed warehouses and what-not when I'd look down from the Skyway. So I thought I knew what you meant but I don't! Explain yourself sir. (please?) --Amy from Kentucky
Episode 644 - Attraction Challenges
Authored by: GHR_UCLA on Thursday, November 19 2009 @ 08:51 AM CST
rotate the teacup so you are always facing a fixed point, regardless of how the giant turntable rotates
Newell with the 80's music references!
Authored by: AmyC on Friday, November 20 2009 @ 08:36 PM CST
I was re-playing this episode for my Mom today on a different computer and I noticed Newell saying this quote about choosing Japanese at the beginning of Spaceship Earth: "I think I was turning Japanese. I really think so." I heard you and appreciated the reference, Newell. :-D I gotta start listening on this computer 'cause apparently I'm missing things! --Amy From Kentucky
Episode 644 - Attraction Challenges
Authored by: hnybrown18 on Friday, January 15 2010 @ 02:26 PM CST
I love "Peter Pan"...you have to have at least 4 people in your party occupying 2 flying ships...
"look kids, Big Ben, Parliament."
..."look kids..." "We know, we know."

Always a classic.

Insert as many Wally World references as possible :)

Oh, and try being a back seat driver in Rock'n Roller coaster..."you missed the 405, you should have listened to me." followed by the Magellan navigation voice "you have arrived" when you stop at the "concert"
Episode 644 - Attraction Challenges
Authored by: AmyC on Monday, February 01 2010 @ 12:04 AM CST
Thought of one more thing as I listened to this episode again. This is along the lines of Len's drinking game and "Love Boat" game during the Great Movie Ride (of Death). Take the Unofficial Guide bell and every time there is an allusion to somebody being in danger, *ding*! The whole movie at the end would be a cacophany of ringing, like you had a tiny Quasimodo with you. --Amy From Kentucky
Episode 644 - Attraction Challenges
Authored by: wumbology on Sunday, March 21 2010 @ 10:07 PM CDT
This is one of my favorite episodes. On our next trip, I'm definitely yelling "IT'S A TRAP!" in The Great Movie Ride.