Famous Flight of Passage Line Was…Uh, Improvised


    Actor David Danipour recently took to the Walt Disney World subreddit for an Ask Me Anything (AMA). Danipour is known by Disney Parks fans as Dr. Stevens in the Flight of Passage pre-show while guests are waiting to board the headliner attraction.

    While the pre-show itself is wonderfully immersive, Disney fans got one of the most quotable lines out of any Disney park ride with “and uh, fly!” while Dr. Stevens is trying to explain the banshee linking process to guests. You can see the full pre-show in our video below.

    One question during the Reddit AMA was if that famous line was scripted that way or not, and Danipour said it wasn’t! Here’s his response:

    No, that line was not scripted that way. I just sort of discovered it on the day. Imagineering folks are very creative people so they would give me some creative freedom’s as well. I do remember when we discovered that line, they did like it.

    I was just given one script but on the day the script was constantly modified to fill certain time constraints. So constantly, chunks were switched from here to there throughout the day. I believe it’s because they needed different takes for different wait times. So if a wait time is short, you get less preshow. There was even one take, I don’t know if it made it, you guys would have to tell me since I’ve never been to the ride. But one take, I leave the screen for a minute or two to check on some malfunction and then return.

    If you’d like to read the full AMA, you can head over to the Walt Disney World subreddit.

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