I'm visiting Orlando this week and read a thread a month ago saying the pins are working. Are they FULLY working though? How's the flipper strength?
Yeah they are, I've been playing pinball for the past hour. I get to Ironhide on Transformers and the mini playfield barely moves, wasted effort. 3 balls piled up in the shooter lane for no reason on Pirates and I turned it off. I came back after lunch and found it still off but the balls were gone, so I suppose somebody actually took the glass off or lifted the machine or something. It was nearly impossible to plunge the balls up and start a game, so who knows. Maybe somebody actually did it. I also played Spiderman, don't know if I'll get a chance to play Iron Man or not. I'm going to check out some other things. Oh and the ship on Pirates is completely missing.
Edit: No Iron Man. Pictures when I get to a PC.
I was there a few weeks ago on vacation and was very disappointed in the pins and arcade machines.... great selection, ZERO maintenance. Batman's left flipper was broke, SM was trashed, TFLE played ok but occasionally lost a ball in the middle of a game and would have to be turned off/on. 2nd playfield was not working correctly also. IM was slow and dirty, and it was tough to register a shot on whiplash for some reason, even with solid hits there.
I'd think twice before buying tickets to quest thinking you are going to get some good pinball in there, the machines there were trashed and really only like 3 were playable, and those were dirty and slow and had a few flaws.
The arcade games were not maintained either, a good percentage of them had bad joysticks or buttons. It was great to see these classics, but frustrating as hell to try and play them.
They're all playable to some degree, the flippers are all weak. Transformers plays the best, Pirates plays the worst. Transformers has a problem with the ball getting stuck behind the Megatron lock. Most of the lamps are working on most of the machines. They are all filthy. For some reason the replay value was set really low on every one, which is annoying to hear that loud "knock" every 10 seconds. It's bad enough with 8 Skee Ball machines behind you.
But I did see a lot of younger kids playing, as well as older people. There was a lady explaining to her son that you can nudge to keep the ball in the bumpers but you have to be careful not to tilt. When someone got done playing a machine it was less than 10 seconds before it was taken by someone else. There were people waiting behind others to play pinball. I'm not sure if this is due to the upswing we're seeing or because of the pins being there and offering something to do in the midst of the thousands of people that were there yesterday. But several kids were playing correctly and not double flipping.
There is even less incentive to maintain the pins here because they are on free play. Whether they are fully working or not does not affect the outcome of 99.9% percent of people paying at the door. The other 0.1% is us.
Dang I'm at Disney now and was planning to head there tomorrow. Are they really that bad because I have a family of four paying just to play the pins. We played at the space mountain arcade today and they were hideous and all broken.
Yup, in Orlando now. Did Magic Kingdom and Epcot today so feet are killing us. Tomorrow is Kennedy Space so shouldn't be as bad. At this point we are planning at least SPF on Fri and will do IAAPA if we don't sleep in on Fri instead. We've got to be up and running early all week so hoping we are still alive then.
Just to update this thread... (and, as a courtesy to Disney, I did bring this to their attention)... they currently have about 7 pins and 2 virtual pins on the 5th floor of Disney Quest. With the exception of The Avengers...the pins are all pretty much trashed. Most barely have any GI Lighting...tons of inserts out...pop-bumbers not working...sound on most is inaudible...switches dead...the playfields are bombed out with dirt...the playfield glass on the machines have a coating of dust...playfield toys are busted. It's sad.
The rest of Disney Quest is awesome...it is an outstanding arcade. My kids loved it...and all of the arcade machines (old and new) are beautiful and most are in 100% working order. So that part is good.
The pins, though... wow...not so much. Hard to see a SM, Tron, IM, among others just sitting there...barely alive. We are talking code red, end of life, barely alive. As I worked my way down the line trying to find a playable pin, I saw at least 4 or 5 kids approach a machine, press start, pull the plunger and then just walk off. The pins are just that dead.
Quoted from Schwaggs:
Yea, I was thoroughly disappointed when I was there around thanksgiving. The POTC had one flipper out and the AVLE was REALLY beat up. None of the machines were 100%.... heck none of them were even 80% except for the virtual pins.
The machines I saw were basically 40% at best.
Quoted from 27dnast:
I wouldn't disagree with this statement at all...we had a great time there.
Their pins are just plan beaten to the brink of death...that's all
I agree, kids are rough on pball machines especially when their moms and dads don't own the games, Disney isn't going to furnish the place with top-notch machines, I don't blame them for not supplying flagship pballs.
Quoted from Dis_Pinballer:
Disney isn't going to furnish the place with top-notch machines, I don't blame them for not supplying flagship pballs.
They've got the machines... they just haven't serviced them. Aside from Avengers (which was operating at about 80%), the other machines are on serious life support... totally unplayable...as in: dead. With Disney being Disney...and advertising that they have Pins... I was surprised to find them in the condition they are in. Even the Pins in the Magic Kingdom (outside of Space Mnt) were in better playing shape (by far!).
Agreed, they had GREAT titles, they were never cleaned or maintained. I don't think the management knows they require periodic maintenance, unlike a video console.
If I remember, they had POTC, AVLE and about 7 others that I can't remember. They were current titles, just had non-functioning or weak flippers, bulbs out, broken toys, etc.
I was at Disney Quest a couple of months ago. The pins there just suck. They are so beat on and never cleaned / fixed. I was so disappointed.
The pins at our hotel (Animal Kingdom Lodge) were much much better!
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