Disney World may discontinue resort's Monorail system? False report

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  1. hertamaniac

    hertamaniac Give me 95 degrees everyday

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    A perfect segue to potentially building a Peoplemover 2.0. Run separate lines from TTC to MK entrance, resort loop(s). Logistics would be very tricky and not sure how you could maximize capacity runs. I think the monorail cars support 300 guests at up to 40 mph (at least that was announced a couple of days ago).

    Current Peoplemover is woefully slow (<7 mph) and severely capacity limited (20 riders per ride vehicle) to be considered an option. But, what if they built a direct line-of-sight bridge from TTC to MK entrance and not on a "loop" while increasing speed and capacity?

    Nah....this seems like way too many problems to consider this option.
     
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    Its not just the EWP floats than need to pass under that bridge. The River Boat also has to fit in order to get to the dry dock facility on Bay Lake.
     
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  4. WDW_Ding

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    I'm sure it is pretty cheap. It is using pretty common tech (all ski resorts use this stuff) and the infrastructure cost has to be way below what the Monorail costs...
     
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  5. maloned

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    I know Disney has been looking autonomous vehicles - I wonder if that could be an option to transport people between TTC and EPCOT
     
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    They can't. Crumbling concrete poses a risk to guests in a way letting River Country rot, didn't.

     
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    Very true, it passes over tons of guest areas. Though the peoplemover in Disneyland passes over guest areas (I think) and was left to rot
     
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    Yep. I wasn't thinking g that they'd actually let it rot, but they might not, for instance, ever change the monorail level of cr.
     
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    If they discontinue the Resort Loop, and I'm less convinced this will happen than the EPCOT loop, I would take a monorail train, park it in the Contemporary, and turn it into a dining venue. Like those train caboose restaurants. That would feed the nostalgia, avoid the need to do something with the platform, and make the resort look something like it's purpose.
     
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  11. rstevens333

    rstevens333 Baby Monorail

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    That gap between the GF and MK's walkway drives me nuts. You could fix it with something as simple as a little barge that acts like a "plug" and turns the gap into a temporary bridge, but can also be piloted out of the way for the water pageant.

    Maybe add some gates near the MK and GF to let people know the path is open something like 6am - 8pm so people don't waste their time walking it at night. Bet it would carry a *lot* of the morning monorail traffic.
     
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  12. hertamaniac

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    Interesting thought.

    Now hold onto your seat. What if they build a direct, above ground like "tunnel" (actually a structure like a tube) with open sides that can be protected by the elements with sliding covers (akin to what Geyser Point has)? You could, in theory, condition the air on days that aren't weather friendly. Add to that, solar panels laced upon the top stretching the entire length to help offset the energy costs (either for propulsion or assisting with conditioning the air).

    Then I thought about it some more.....

    Capacity/capacity/capacity (ignoring cost/cost/cost). You could, again in theory, stack a Peoplemover to something like 4 levels high. Use a/bottom level dedicated for folks that are using scooters/etc. (this would be a completely independent line); this would help alleviate a complete shutdown of this pseudo-like Omnimover. Use the other levels to fill the rest via loading ramps. I sort of think of this like a triple stacked bus, but much more extended in length.

    I know nothing about bandwidth and how this would compare to other solutions, but just my mind running rampant.
     
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    I like the first idea, especially the solar panels.
     
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  14. HopperFan

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    There is also the bridge inside the park the River Boat gets through.

    It's very doable if they wanted to move the floats to other part of lake by the boat repair shop.

    Hopefully they are looking at all options.
     
  15. hertamaniac

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    I have seen the solar panel farms near Colorado Springs, but perhaps having them "seen" by guests is taboo and unsightly? I personally view it as an opportunity to showcase the latest technology (e.g. concentrated photo-voltaic) and have Disney be a pioneer in deployable renewable energy.
     
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  16. HopperFan

    HopperFan "It's a bug-eat-bug world out there, princess."

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    Nope. They have a Mickey solar panel farm next to Epcot seen by thousands and thousands each day next to the road.

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  17. Gorechick

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    IIRC, didn't Siemens try to cut a deal with Disney to upgrade and replace monorail cars and Disney turned them down? Um, Disney, now would be a good time to crawl back to Siemens and get some that aren't worn out and work.
     
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  18. hertamaniac

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    Not everyone has a drone.
     
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    Imagine if they could couple it with Siemen's AC-DC inverters? It's a win-win scenario.
     
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  20. HopperFan

    HopperFan "It's a bug-eat-bug world out there, princess."

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    You don't need one. You can see this plain and clear from your car or Disney bus. Solar panel after solar panel.
     
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    hertamaniac Give me 95 degrees everyday

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    Not the Mickey Mouse silhouette via car going towards Flamingo Crossings.

    I would bet that most Disney guests enter via I-4 and don't even get the 30 seconds (max) glimpse of the solar field coming in from the "back" entrance.
     
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