• strict warning: Non-static method view::load() should not be called statically in /var/www/html/sc/sites/all/modules/views/views.module on line 906.
  • strict warning: Declaration of views_handler_argument::init() should be compatible with views_handler::init(&$view, $options) in /var/www/html/sc/sites/all/modules/views/handlers/views_handler_argument.inc on line 744.
  • strict warning: Non-static method views_many_to_one_helper::option_definition() should not be called statically, assuming $this from incompatible context in /var/www/html/sc/sites/all/modules/views/handlers/views_handler_argument_many_to_one.inc on line 35.
  • strict warning: Non-static method views_many_to_one_helper::option_definition() should not be called statically, assuming $this from incompatible context in /var/www/html/sc/sites/all/modules/views/handlers/views_handler_argument_many_to_one.inc on line 35.
  • strict warning: Declaration of views_handler_filter::options_validate() should be compatible with views_handler::options_validate($form, &$form_state) in /var/www/html/sc/sites/all/modules/views/handlers/views_handler_filter.inc on line 607.
  • strict warning: Declaration of views_handler_filter::options_submit() should be compatible with views_handler::options_submit($form, &$form_state) in /var/www/html/sc/sites/all/modules/views/handlers/views_handler_filter.inc on line 607.
  • strict warning: Declaration of views_handler_filter_boolean_operator::value_validate() should be compatible with views_handler_filter::value_validate($form, &$form_state) in /var/www/html/sc/sites/all/modules/views/handlers/views_handler_filter_boolean_operator.inc on line 159.
  • strict warning: Non-static method view::load() should not be called statically in /var/www/html/sc/sites/all/modules/views/views.module on line 906.
  • strict warning: Declaration of views_plugin_style_default::options() should be compatible with views_object::options() in /var/www/html/sc/sites/all/modules/views/plugins/views_plugin_style_default.inc on line 24.
  • strict warning: Declaration of views_plugin_row::options_validate() should be compatible with views_plugin::options_validate(&$form, &$form_state) in /var/www/html/sc/sites/all/modules/views/plugins/views_plugin_row.inc on line 134.
  • strict warning: Declaration of views_plugin_row::options_submit() should be compatible with views_plugin::options_submit(&$form, &$form_state) in /var/www/html/sc/sites/all/modules/views/plugins/views_plugin_row.inc on line 134.

Where in the Studios more TLC is needed

The Orlando Sentinel ran an article about how it's literally been years since the monster audio animatronic Yeti in Expedition Everest over at Animal Kingdom has actually worked in the way it was envisioned.  It raises awareness for something that sorely needs to be fixed and it got me thinking about what areas of Hollywood Studios could benefit from some extra time to restore something that's been neglected for one reason or another over the years.  Thankfully, there isn't anything as egregiously broken in the Studios, but there's always room for improvement.

Mr. Spell

Whenever they fix the Yeti, Mr. Spell will take the top spot on the list of longest broken thing in Walt Disney World.  Mr. Spell is located on Pixar Place and when Pixar Place first opened, he didn't work.  Then at some point he did work but hasn't really worked in about two years (the video below is from June 2008!).  Obviously Mr. Spell isn't as integral as the Yeti to the area he belongs to, but it's something uniquely cool about the area and I really thought it added something special.

I've heard just about every reason why Mr. Spell doesn't work from it being struck by lightning to it just not being a priority to be fixed. Regardless, I think it's time to restore Mr. Spell, especially with Luxo Jr. now retired.

Tower of Terror Eye Photo

If you haven't heard, the special effects at the Tower of Terror for Summer Nightastic are ending later this month and with it, goes an effect similar to one that used to happen at the Tower of Terror years ago.  If you recall, as your vehicle moved through the Fifth Dimension scene (the room with all the funky Twilight Zone stuff on either side of the vehicle), there is an eye and in the eye is a photo of the ride vehicle.  Unfortunately, that photo has been stuck in time to some random photo for years now.

I'm not sure why the feature stopped in the first place.  You could theorize it had to do with guests behaving badly, but if Disney was willing to bring back a photo of your vehicle for the Summer Nightastic version, why not make the eye photo work once more?  Since they got the same feature working for Summer Nightastic, it seems to me that it would be quite simple to get the eye ball working again.

"Hey Chris, can you grab my black Les Paul"

If you rode the Rock 'n Roller Coaster closer to when it first opened, you may recall in the preshow video Aerosmith band member Joe Perry saying "Hey Chris, can you grab my black Les Paul" and there being an actual Cast Member in that room, playing the part of "Chris".  This position has been eliminated for Cast Members for a few reasons, but I'd love to see it return.  I always thought having the Cast Member in the room helped to "sell" the idea to guests that Aerosmith is really in the studio recording their new album.

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Posted: Wednesday, August 04, 2010 by