But will there be enough benches and seats?

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Posted by Beej ( on 08:09:50 02/04/15

In Reply to: I'm with you posted by Ballpark Frank

I've just come from seeing another world-class cultural treasure...even got hold of the published management plan for the place. They have attempted amazing things in the Valley of the Kings, but after two years, the VC is not holding up to the tourist traffic. A wonderful transparent three dimensional model of all the underground tombs and passageways is falling apart. It's sad to see the mock-ups of the various tombs hanging off kilter with the mono-filament lines broken, and the program monitors sitting quiet. At least the bathrooms mostly work, and the sales area is under a shelter, but you may only get one chance at the sales area going in, if your guide marches you directly out to the electric tram back to the buses. But the shade shelters are handy, and there are plenty of benches.

My experience with the VCs at OF and another at Mount Saint Helens indicates the electronics wear out after about five years, and at least at MSH, they weren't replaced by programs as good as the original ones. In MSH's case, the rubberized elements didn't hold up at all. At OF, the critical item is handy benches and seats close enough to the program elements to be able to see what is going on, if you are not the one actually operating the feature.

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