PHOTOS - Construction walls down at The Chinese Theatre

Nov 06, 2018 in "Mickey and Minnie's Runaway Railway"

Walls down at the Chinese Theater
Posted: Tuesday November 6, 2018 10:01am ET by WDWMAGIC Staff

Just in-time for the start for the holiday season at Disney's Hollywood Studios, the construction walls are now down in-front of The Chinese Theatre, home to the upcoming Mickey and Minnie's Runaway Railway.

All remains as it was before, including the Hollywood Celebrity hand prints.

The courtyard is likely to be used for the upcoming holiday Jingle Bell, Jingle Bam! dessert party.

Click the gallery for more pictures of The Chinese Theatre from out behind the walls.

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Jones1411 hours ago

Yeah, this is what I mean. It doesn’t read as the edge of the screen in person, it reads as there being an overhang blocking the very top of the cabin from view. Why it’s there I’m not entirely sure, but it doesn’t read as a problem or mistake in person at all. It’s one of the best uses of the tech in the whole ride.

yensidtlaw196919 hours ago

For sure - but since they didn't they should at least mask things in a show-level fashion.

DisneyExpert19 hours ago

I agree. I've found this complaint to be largely based on only seeing videos of the ride. There is no single screen that "ends" there, but multiple layered screens acting together to create a 3D illusion, which go pretty far up into the shell of the engine prop. In person, what people are perceiving as the "edge" of the screen comes across pretty clearly as a dimensional prop that is part of the train, which obscures the actual edges of the screens above it. Honestly, I wish they had used this method of projecting for more of the ride, to give it more of a 3D feel, instead of primarily just projecting stuff onto walls. A similar technique is used in Na'vi River Journey and I think it mostly works very well there.

lazyboy97o19 hours ago

A far simpler solution would have been to just make the opening a rectangle.

yensidtlaw196919 hours ago

To be clear, that second image is something I Photoshopped - here's the original to compare it to. I don't think it's a shadow, I think there's a solid piece of something installed to block the top of the screen. My Photoshop was to show that if they had made it "part of it" a little more, making it look like part of the train and not just dark masking, perhaps there would be less confusion.

TikibirdLand19 hours ago

Thanks for attempting to explain it. I'll have to see it in person to see if I agree :) . Still doesn't come off as a shadow in the picture. But, I do see lines that represent slats of some kind. So, they seem to be trying to do something.

yensidtlaw196920 hours ago

Here's a quick sketch to show what I meant in my post: I think there's a Black Border (or at least a dark one) hanging down between Goofy's Screen and the Train Window that blocks the top of the screen. Not especially elegant, but better than simply letting the edge of the screen be visible with negative space above. This is the impression I got while riding in person, anyway. And as mentioned above, Goofy's screen is Transparent, so you can see through all the spaces that aren't showing Goofy to the deeper interior of the train with the bells and whistles. The train backdrop is on a separate plane from Goofy, which makes a big difference over the whole thing just being a flat screen. Gives you a nice parallax between Goofy and the Backdrop, making him feel like a living cartoon in space. It would have been nicer if that masking had been incorporated a little more into the design of the train - even something like this Photoshopped image below would make it look a little less like an accident. But I don't think they actually left the top edge of the screen totally visible - it never looked that way in person to me.

lazyboy97o20 hours ago

That’s not how it looks to me.

yensidtlaw196920 hours ago

As I recall, that's an overhang masking the top of the screen, not the screen just ending leaving an open space. Though it is true that Goofy isn't "just a screen", as @Jones14 was describing - I think he's on a Transparent LCD screen so he appears to exist on his own plane relative to the rest of the train car. But I don't think they just "forgot" to mask the top of the screen the way that photo seems to suggest. It's just dark, so it looks like an empty space when it's actually a positive one.

UNCgolf20 hours ago

But part of his head is missing. How is that not noticeable?

Jones1421 hours ago

That’s one of those things that looks terrible on video but great in person. There’s a depth effect from the angle of the seats that I have a hard time explaining, but that square, flat look is not what you see when you’re actually on the ride.

The Aracuan Bird22 hours ago

It makes an astronomical difference

AL2000HS1 day ago

Oh no you're correct about that. I meant if they did paint the floors it would stick out even more than they do now.

lazyboy97o2 days ago

You’re already able to see the layout of the trackless vehicles. Less openness, which would deal with the sight lines and warehouse feel, would limit the ability to see the ride path.