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Re: Burp's Breakdown Yesterday....and other questions

Mon Oct 12, 2009 9:37 pm

I think it has 2 years left on the contract.

And the technical hitch was likely that a boat got stuck at the top of the lift, it happens from time to time.

We all miss the old, awesome version :(

There are a couple of the old Bubbleworks models up in the offices, along with other old ride memorabilia.
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Re: Burp's Breakdown Yesterday....and other questions

Wed Oct 14, 2009 6:23 pm

"Merlin Pixie""]I was in the queue line for Bubbleworks yesterday when the loading belt stopped for about 10min, the flood lights came on, and the ride attendants walked into the ride probably to tell those on the boats what was happening, after about 5 min they put the lights on in the control booth and then it appeared they were resetting the computer.[/quote] Hm, strange this should occur, because when I visited recently (it was only at the end of September) a horrible 'vacuum cleaner' type squeak was being emmited from the belt just before the drop into the Office scene. There was definatly a problem, but if this was a computer glitch it may be something different.[quote=""Merlin Pixie" wrote:
Finally the whole ride is looking rather drab now, is it likely the ride will get a revamp soon?
When Tussaudes rethemed the ride, many of the old effects were left unrepaired as all attention had gone into repainting the walls to the nice 'colourful brick' pattern as you see today, installing new lighting, placing rubber ducks in the Fairground and Dunking Ducks scenes and refurbishing the Fountain Finale. Only recently have some old effects been restored (you may have noticed some wildly spinning cogs in the Tickle Test scene or the Big Foor Tubular Monster's toes wiggling). Chessington are obviously trying their best to get one of their signature rides to its former standard. :D
 
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Who composed Professor Burps Bubbleworks music?

Mon Nov 30, 2009 8:16 pm

Having found all the original Bubbleworks music on youtube the other week and being able to listen to it in full you really get to appreciate how much effort went into composing and producing the music. In parts there seems to be a full orchestral score, others there is singing and of course it all flows as one piece of music and variants thereof.

I would be interested if anyone knows who produced this music and where it was done, was it outsourced to a studio somewhere...?

Also during the planning of such rides, I'm also thinking terror tomb, who is actually responsible for designing the music or at least having an input into how it should sound...presumably you've got the architects and designers who design a ride's layout and track, but there must be someone responsible for theming etc?
 
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Re: Who composed Professor Burps Bubbleworks music?

Mon Nov 30, 2009 9:27 pm

Hi. I believe it was Graham Smart who composed the Bubbleworks music. He composed some other music for Tussauds during the 90's too, including Haunted House, Nemesis, Toyland Tours, Peter Rabbit and Towers Street at Alton Towers, and Vampire at Chessington.

I believe that he's going to make some of his music available to download in the not too distant future.

With regards to who organises the audio, well up until around 2006 they used to have a specialised audio department at Tussauds Studios, who would arrange the composers, and also do some recording themselves - they probably did a lot of the announcements you hear for example when a ride breaks down.

Since Merlin took over, the audio dept at Tussauds/Merlin studios has ceased to exist. I don't know about Chessington, but at Alton Towers it's the entertainments dept that liase with and sort out the park music & composers nowadays. I'd guess it's the same for Chessington too. :)
 
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Old Bubbleworks or new Bubbleworks

Sun Jan 23, 2011 12:05 pm

Which Bubbleworks ride did you like the most?

1. Prof. Burps Bubbleworks
2. Bubbleworks, with Imperial Leather.

I'll start the topic off, mine was the first one, I like the other one. But I prefer the old style and its characters. What was yours?
 
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Re: Old Bubbleworks or new Bubbleworks

Sun Jan 23, 2011 12:17 pm

Aaaah the age old question.

I've always preferred Professor Burps Bubbleworks to Imperial's Bubbleworks, not just as a childhood admirer but because it was so much better in comparison to what is now it's former self.

Prof's was always full of jokes, colour and bouncy music with at least one adult bonus in each 'factory scene'. It had a certain characterisation in which you never took it seriously, only as something entertaining and fun, although there were certain frightening parts that upset children. I very much loved it as it was escapism from reality, per say and it was pure enjoyment.

Bubbleworks on the other hand has puns that make you groan alongside music that's become 'generic' throughout. I may be wrong there but it's lost the magic the former had through that, plus the retheme with Imperial Leather endorsement and rubber ducks has made the experience awkward and near stifling.

Even though I don't like the 'new' Bubbleworks, I still ride it as I get a kick of enjoyment from what remains so really it remains a ride staple for me whenever I visit Chessington.
 
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Re: Old Bubbleworks or new Bubbleworks

Sun Jan 23, 2011 1:07 pm

What new Bubbleworks? You mean Professor Burp's Bubbleworks after it had been desecrated? It's hardly a new ride, more like a mess of fail, rape and ducks.

Sorry if I am being harsh, but one of my happiest memories as a really young child was riding Professor Burp's Bubbleworks. What they did to it was... inhumane.
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Re: Old Bubbleworks or new Bubbleworks

Sun Jan 23, 2011 1:21 pm

^Agreed, its really shocking now days and I am hoping we may see some changes this season.
 
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Re: Old Bubbleworks or new Bubbleworks

Sun Jan 23, 2011 3:25 pm

Seriously, strange question. You're not going to get any sane person preferring the new version.
 
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Re: Old Bubbleworks or new Bubbleworks

Sun Jan 23, 2011 3:49 pm

Having never been on the original version and only on the god awful advert version we have now, here is my view...

The entire "attraction" as it currently stands (excluding the finale) is purely an advert for Imperial Leather. How such a thing is not only allowed to happen, but how anyone in their right mind could think up such a bad idea is beyond me! It is a disgrace to even class the thing as an "attraction".

How Merlin can allow it to remain in it's current state is unforgivable!

So yeah, to errm sum up. I'd go the original even though I never even went on it. But anything is better than the current "thing"!
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Re: Old Bubbleworks or new Bubbleworks

Mon Jan 24, 2011 6:48 pm

I prefer the new one.


Oh actually, wait a sec. No I don't. It's sh1t.
 
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Re: Old Bubbleworks or new Bubbleworks

Tue Jan 25, 2011 9:03 pm

I loved the old bubbleworks. I can still smell the sweet pink if i think about it. I especially miss the boats that would sink randomly as you went around. Classic!
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Re: Old Bubbleworks or new Bubbleworks

Tue Jan 25, 2011 9:30 pm

The only saving grace of the new version is that it still has the fountains at the end...
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Re: Old Bubbleworks or new Bubbleworks

Wed Jan 26, 2011 5:38 pm

"CCJared" wrote:
The only saving grace of the new version is that it still has the fountains at the end...


But no strobes (anymore) ;(
 
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Old Bubbleworks or new Bubbleworks

Wed Jan 26, 2011 5:44 pm

Prof. Burps Bubble Works lasted for years and was an amazing ride.

It was ruined by the company we must never speak off!

Although, on the bright side, I won an original 'hic-up' from CWoA's auction back in the day!
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Re: Old Bubbleworks or new Bubbleworks

Wed Jan 26, 2011 6:23 pm

Do you still have it? :D

I would love to see. I remember the big UV prop bottle that used to have over the lift hill was on sale about a year ago. And a little bottle that used to stand in the window in the queueline...

:(
 
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Re: Old Bubbleworks or new Bubbleworks

Wed Jan 26, 2011 6:33 pm

Yeah that would be great to see ;) the old one of course wins.
 
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Re: Old Bubbleworks or new Bubbleworks

Wed Jan 26, 2011 6:49 pm

"monsterdan5""][quote=""CCJared" wrote:
The only saving grace of the new version is that it still has the fountains at the end...


But no strobes (anymore) ;([/quote]

Uhhh... They do still have the strobes... I saw them last season.
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Re: Old Bubbleworks or new Bubbleworks

Wed Jan 26, 2011 6:55 pm

They have been changed and only flash once every known then for safety reasons... someone must have been triggered by them :(
 
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Re: Old Bubbleworks or new Bubbleworks

Wed Jan 26, 2011 7:11 pm

The whole lighting was botched up during 2005/06, I think. There is no longer any blackout when the strobes come on, the coloured lighting stays on all the time. There is a video from '06 showing this if anybody wants proof.

I doubt it is a health and safety issue, unless H&S really have gone mad. It is only on for a few seconds and there are clear warnings outside.

It wasn't just the Finale lighting that was ruined. Have you seen to awful, cringeworthy office lights they shoved in the old Hygeine Room? Euurgh. It used to be UV, dim, purple and lovely. Now it is bright white and plastic. Seriously, people should have been fired.
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