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Post Mermaids on the 20k ride? Posted: Mon Sep 11, 2006 2:19 am
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Did anyone ride the California ride when they had the mermaids swimming in the lagoon?? Does anyone know why they quit having the mermaids or just have any general information about the mermaids being on the ride? I just thought it was cool how they had the mermaids on the ride.
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Post Posted: Mon Sep 11, 2006 2:33 am
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The reason I've heard cited was because the harsh chlorine turned their hair green and made their eyes burn -- I'm sure even in short shifts the sun would be brutal too. I've also heard strories of how on rare occasions overexcited guests would dive in and swim to the mermaids; quite a liablilty concern!!

Mike of Widen Your World has some speculation on his 20K page about how a rock in the lagoon looks like a perfect spot for mermaids and that it could have been its original intention. Check it out:
http://www.omniluxe.net/wyw/20K.htm Last edited by Propwash on Fri Oct 06, 2006 3:30 pm, edited 1 time in total.
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Post Mermaids on the 20K ride Posted: Wed Oct 04, 2006 1:56 am
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Well I'd suspect that it was for cost reasons. At WDW they use to have the Swan Boats ride in front of Cinderella's Castle and cute young women would pilot the boats and give a boat tour of almost the entire park via all the canals that run throughout the park. Bet ya wondered why those canals were there in the first place, eh? Iimagine...they engineered the entire park to have canals to accomodate Swan Boats and then they cancelled the "ride" after the first few years. Amazing waste of space and time spent planning and building it and designing the entire park around it!

Anyways...Mermaids! Can't love 'em, can't eat 'em, so what to do with them? In Florida we have Weeki Wachee springs that have "mermaids" that swim in the crystal clear fresh water springs. the 20K lagoon was full of chlorine at levels that would peel skin off your body...so I suspect that was another big reason they "cancelled" them.
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Back where I belong finally..
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Post Mermaids? Posted: Fri Oct 06, 2006 1:55 pm
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