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    Exclamation SSE Spoilers!!!

    I got this from WDW News Today:

    I got an Instant Message from a friend at 8:30 tonight saying that SSE was open. I jumped into my car and sped over to Epcot. The wall wasn’t down but they had a portion of it opened to allow guests in.

    - The signs going in are brand spanking new, and they change colors.

    - The vehicles now have screens on them.

    - Going up it looks brand new. No crappy projections on the left side anymore. Near the top of the lift your screen will point you in the direction of a camera and tell you to show your face and smile. You’ll see yourself on the screen next to the camera. Once your picture is taken the screen on your vehicles stays off until the end of the attraction.

    - Judi Dench is the new narrator.

    - Once at the top of the hill the projections of the caveman and mammoth are gone, but brand new projections of a caveman fighting a mammoth are now there.

    - They “cave-peeps” look almost exactly the same except for the leader moves much more fluidly.

    - The pharaoh’s seen looks identical aside from his new crown.

    - The first real noticeable difference after that is the Shakespearean actors are gone. There is now a Greek teacher with four pupils sitting down in front of him.

    - The “Berries and Creme” guys that were sitting on the step near the statue are gone and the statue is totally different and is now covering her breasts.

    - The paper boy is moved and facing an empty wall for some reason. It was very odd looking and I’m not sure it will even stay there. He also has a new voice.

    - The clip of Snow White is gone and there is now a full fledge theater with silhouettes of people sitting in front of the screen where the old black and white movie was shown. The family that was watching Walt Disney now has an elaborate living room and are watching the moon walk.

    - Directly after, where the Japanese girl and the boy were talking over the internet is now an elaborate computer room.

    - After that, there is a new garage scene — complete with mailbox and car outside. It actually looks very, very, very haunted house-ish (think PsychoScareapy - Home For The Holidays) as you approach it. Inside is a guy sitting on a computer and we are told people started working to bring computers into our very own homes.

    - The following scene — with all the pretty lights before you see earth — is now a matrix.

    - Once you start your descent backwards the video screens turn back on and you answer a series of questions on the touch screen. “Where do you live?”, “When on vacation do you worry more about your home or pets?”, “Are you a planner or do you like to wing it.”, etc.

    - Everything from the entire decent of the ride is now stripped out and gone. In place are a bunch of trippy lights. Your attention is turned to the video screens where you see a video that’s based on your answers. I looked around and everyone around us had a different video.

    All the costumes and sets look amazing. A lot of the animatronics move fantastic now and look much more lifelike. I’m not sure how much I like Judi Dench as the narrator. It has a very different tone and her narration style is very different than Jeremy Irons.

    We actually broke down on the ride in front of burning Rome for about five minutes and were afraid we would be evac’d. Thankfully we weren’t. It seems like the track didn’t even get touched. It’s still as bumpy as ever.

    I was a little disappointed with the descent since it was 100% totally on screens. We also never saw anything with our picture, which is expected since its only soft openings. Overall it was a nice update to a classic attraction and once everything is up and running it will be a major success.
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    Souds interesting. I haven't gotten the chace to ride it, but I'm a little apprehensive about the new narration.

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    I can't wait to ride it next year it sound good. thanks for relaying it to us Adam
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    Can't wait. 30 days left until I get to try the new SSE!!!
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    I was really hoping that they were going to leave the fiber-optic lights at the end of the ride. I have always found that scene to be mesmerizing.
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    Thanx for the info.
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    See now that's what I was afraid of... they said they weren't changing some of the classic scenes and it sounds like they did. I also expected a MUCH more impressive change to the descent than a light show and you having to pay attention to screens on your time machine. I am hoping that the disappointment I'm feeling after reading this isn't realized when I see it in May.
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    I am kinda hoping that it isn't finished and there will be more to the descent part. I also liked the fiber optic lights at the end, sorry to find out those are gone, maybe they are just out getting dry cleaned or something.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Tinker Bell View Post
    I am kinda hoping that it isn't finished and there will be more to the descent part. I also liked the fiber optic lights at the end, sorry to find out those are gone, maybe they are just out getting dry cleaned or something.
    That very well could be true, seeing that they don't "officially"open until Febuary.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mattj4226 View Post
    That very well could be true, seeing that they don't "officially"open until Febuary.
    From what I understand that's changed. The whole reason for the soft opening this week was because they are trying to get it's official opening prior to the Christmas rush (i.e. no more February date).
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    ^ Oops. I didn't know that.
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    I really cannot wait to ride this, I have no idea when its gonna be though....

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    Quote Originally Posted by BamaJenn View Post
    See now that's what I was afraid of... they said they weren't changing some of the classic scenes and it sounds like they did.
    I thought the changes they made enhanced the scenes - kind of like the way the Haunted Mansion scenes were enhanced. The lighting effects are better in several of the scenes. I noticed a few more props in the Egyptian scene than there used to be, and the music in the Sistine Chapel scene is WONDERFUL!! Our ride had some timing issues on the way down. We ended up going approx. 2/3rds of the way down in the slower 'wheelchair-loading' speed and our video only lasted about 1/2 way down. I know that they want us focused on the screen, but that created a long stretch of ride where we had nothing but static screen saver to look at... However, our overall impression was VERY WELL DONE!!!!
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    I made a thread about it before I saw this one, oh well...

    I made it into a preview of the ride around 11:30am on Saturday. It was pretty good. I had forgotten about the new clip at the beginning. If it stays the way it is, I like the old version better.

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    One time i got evacuated SSE!!! It wuz cool!!!! I just wish I had pictures of it with the lights on

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