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At A Glance Mildly entertaining demonstration of how a film effect (in this case an accident) can be repeated time after time. Worth seeing, but probably only once. Sit on the left of the tram for the best effect, but be prepared to get slightly wet, depending on where in the tram you sit.

Catastrophy Canyon forms the second part of the Backlot Tour. Shortly after the trip through Residential Street, there's a little bit of banter from the guide (Jungle Cruise style) about going into a working studio set that's being used to film a disaster movie ("but it should be safe to enter because they're not filming today"), and the train heads into the Catastrophe Canyon area.

Needless to say the tram gets stuck just as things start to happen in the Canyon, a rainstorm begins, triggering a tankerfull of fuel perched precariously on the side of a hill to slip towards the tram, bursts into flames, (don't you hate the way all American vehicles in films seem to burst into flames at the slightest provocation ?), and is promptly put out by a cascading torrent of water from the canyon above.

During this whole performance the ground beneath the train rocks and bucks as though an earthquake is occurring.

Predictable though the experience is, the overall effect is still quite good, and to say it's repeated over and over, day after day, shows how such a repeatable effect can be used in a film production, (though these days it'd have to be somewhat more realistic).



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