The original Kali River Rapids path is depicted in the blue and the new Yangtze River Expedition is shown in red. This was done to verify the reality of our expansions.
Experience the Ride in 3D!!
The simulated ride was created on the Roller Coaster Tycoon 3 program and is just a rough draft of the final ride. Due to many limitations and bugs within the program that are uncontrollable, the speed of the ride was an average of 30 m.p.h. which would be ideally reduced to a slower speed to enjoy the scenery and lengthen the time of the ride to tell the story. Furthermore, the raft itself would not be spinning as viciously as the video and would have less of a spin affect. Each seat would include waterproof speakers. The decorations depicted on the video is a rough sketch and a setting placement. Further down the page, detail is included about the setting is divided up by the scenes.
We created the ride to be similar to the dimensions of the original. The ratings prove that we have attained our medium thrill ride as we hoped for.
Scene 1 depicts the explorers leaving the temple and as they are going up the lift, around 0:11 seconds they will see the Shaman's temple on the right side with animatronic monks praying. As the raft goes up the lift, there will be different Buddhist artifacts, like Buddha idols. They will be surrounded by trees, plants, and flowers native to the area.
Meanwhile, from the speaker by each person's head, the Shaman will be chanting.
Tibetan Buddhist idol
Mandala as a flag
Scene 2 will depict a village from the past, which will resemble old-time Shanghai, since that is the start (the river will follow through to the Tibetan Plateau for the past scene). The village will have animatronic villagers using the water in various ways to show its usefulness (e.g. irrigation, drinking, children in the water scrubbing to bathe, religion, transportation, fishing). The village will have Chinese architecture depicting the time. The forestation and environment will be native to the area from the middle-ages.
The shaman explains the scene in a similar fashion, noting about how everyone in the village uses the water to their benefit. The farmers use the water to grow crops, the mother uses the water to bathe her children, the shaman uses the water to connect with his religion.
Water village near Shanghai
Old time Shanghai
In this scene, there are ruined ships and ruined buildings due to the effects of war. The most notable of the wars is the First Opium War again Great Britain. The Chinese closed off the entrance to the river, which made England angry and fought them to create a better trade route. This scene will show battle ships destroyed off to the side, as well as ruined buildings and a British flag. Since this ride might include young children, we will just depict the remnants of wars and depict how battles can destroy the liveliness of a culture.
The shaman explains the concepts above. He does not mention the name The First Opium War, due to the correlation to the drug, and it will refer it to the Trade War between Great Britain. Mention that the river was so efficient that people around the world wanted to be included and transport goods along the river. Talking about the economy and importance to other countries shows the value of the river.
The First Opium War on the sea
Britain attacking a village
The ground turns to snow and the forests get thick, which depicts the mountainous area in the Tibetan Plateau. There will be Tibetan flags and artifacts surrounding the area. Before the drop, which shows Mount Everest and the Forbidden Mountain in the background, there is a made up wall portraying the Three Gorges Dam. The drop correlates going over the dam.
Through the mountains, the shaman concludes that we have ended at the beginning (the river source is said to come from a glacier from one of the mountains) and proceeds to tell what has happened in the past 50 years. He explains that the land is drying up, animals are dying, and the waters are becoming polluted. He mentions the Three Gorges Dam and how although it brings electricity, it brings great sadness to the people of China. Then he proclaims," instead of me telling you, see for yourself...". Then, DROPS.
Seeing Everest and the Forbidden Mountain before the drop
The Three Gorges Dam drop
Tibetan flags and artifacts
Scene 5 has no trees and generally looks pretty bland. The water has red lights underneath to depict the red colored water from the cities. There will be engineer animatronics right after the drop looking at a map and pointing. Afterwards, there will be factory-looking buildings to depict the industriousness of the cities and a hospital tent to depict that the health is poor now.
The shaman explains how the trees and forestation has been dwindling ever since the Three Gorges Dam has appeared, as well as sickness. People cannot drink the water because of viruses in the water. He mentions that people have been sad that the Yangtze River Dolphin cannot be found and may be extinct.
Trash pollution in the Yangtze
The redness in a city
A fisherman trying to catch food in the red
This scene has added forestation and smaller trees and plants that will grow. Villages are prosperous and there are people shown, like in scene 2, using the river for their advantage. At the end, the Yangtze River Dolphins are animatronics that squirt water across the river.
The shaman explains how the future can be different in the present if we act now. We can restore what once was and maybe even find the Yangtze River Dolphin.
The beauty of the future and the hope to restoration