Thursday, September 24, 2009

Early Catwalk Adventures

Here are some shots from our early catwalk adventures. I think this was actually during our first "extended stay" adventure. And of course it was very dark up there in the catwalk area and we didnt have super-night-vision cameras, but I still think Hoot got some great shots here.

I remember these trips being particularly exciting because we were finally free to just explore, without the rush of the jump-out, get shots, jump-back-in trips. And we were finally able to make it to areas that we were just not able to get to before, and so it was almost like xmas morning opening presents feeling, such as when we finally saw where those models were, just hanging right there upside down in front of us. :)

13 comments:

  1. When you say "extended stay" what does that mean? Did you spend the night inside or something like that?

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  2. What made you decide that you could start doing the "extended stay" explorations? I'm just interested in the thought process there, especially since previously you'd seemed so worried about counting the right number of cars and getting back in at the right time.

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  3. nope, never spent the night, but did spend 4+ hours at a time in the ride on several occasions. in the beginning, we simple jumped out took some pictures, then jumped back in our car.

    over time, as we learned more and became more comfortable, we decided we could probably jump off the ride, go behind the scenes and stay in the ride, exploring behind the scenes, taking pictures and video, and then when ready spy for a gap, and then jump back in and ride out without anyone knowing we had just been inside horizons for hours. :)

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  4. @Ryan: really it was just time and the frequency of our trips. we became more and more comfortable and yet frustrated that there was more to the ride we wanted to see, yet we figured out there were some things we just wouldnt be able to get too no matter how big of a gap we had.

    so yeah, in the beginning we were very worried about getting back into the same car etc... because we had no idea how horizons worked and what sort of commuication went on between the load and unload cast members. so it just took some time, and observation, and a little common sense, and voila, here we were inside horizons for hours at a time, and we would walk out on the unload belt and wave or say goodbye to the unload cast member every time. :)

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  5. let me say though, just like our very first jump out and jump right back in test, we were very nervous our first extended stay.

    our very first time, we found a hiding place and stayed in the hiding place watching the time, so we would know when our (empty) car would be reaching unload. and if the breakdown speil and light came on, then we would know we were busted. but that time came and went, the ride was still operating, and so we jumped up and down with excitement and started our very first behind the scenes adventure. :)

    we have some video of this first time hiding place that i will be posting sometime in the future.

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  6. Awesome shots here!! Man, it warps my mind thinking of how they built all this and got it to work all together just right. What I would give for WDI to create another ORIGINAL storied grand scale dark ride like this. Mystic Manor at HKDL looks promising but it isn't as grand as a Horizons or Spaceship Earth of the 80's ;) Thanks so much for sharing this video, guys.

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  7. Great video. This one really gives the feeling of being inside the rotating space station. I love the ambient music too. I'm gonna find a good recording of that and burn it to a CD for my music to go to sleep by. Drifting off to dreamland with thoughts of floating through Horizons... nice.

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  8. Eric -- from one Horizons fan to another:
    http://www.mediafire.com/download.php?znwitrq1ntt

    (Part of the insane 89 track Horizons collection on Mousebits!)

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  9. Hey Guys, this site is just about the most fun i've ever had on the web, i'm giddy with anticipation for the next adventure. With Horizons gone your adventures have become the most detailed video and photographic behind the scenes documentation of any WED/WDI attraction. Thanks for the new memories. Without your adventures there would have been hundreds of details never know to fans of Horizons. Thanks, MikeB

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  10. Orville - Thanks man. Excellent.

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  11. It's all for you, Horizons fans. Like I said before every video clip and every picture have been posted for you. Chief and I want to share this stuff with the last Horizons fans on Earth, over 10 years later:)

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  12. You guys are the greatest! Thanx for sharing things we never knew and for explaining things we "thought" we knew! LOL! :D

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  13. Friggin awesome as always fellas. Thanks for keeping the magic alive.

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