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  • [Question] WDW Monorail Wreck and its Effect on Disneyland

    As noted here, there was a monorail crash at WDW this morning in which a monorail pilot was tragically killed. Given Disney's paranoia over lawsuits and their continuing attempts to homogenize all their parks into one DisneyPark, do you think that this will lead to changes in policy at all Disney resorts, including Disneyland? For example, will nosecone rides be a thing of the past, etc.?
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    Re: WDW Monorail Wreck and its Effect on Disneyland

    highly unlikely. if I am correct the whole system here runs on computers so they know when there isn't a monorail in one of stations. They get the greenlight to go ONLY when the other monorail isn't in the station. Now the WDW system is a lot more complicated. But I guess we'll just have to wait and see.

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    • #3
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      agreed. i read that this has been the only accident in the monorail's 38 year history...so i dont believe that any drastic change is going to be made...things like this unfortunately happen every once in a while

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        Re: WDW Monorail Wreck and its Effect on Disneyland

        Originally posted by FutureImagineer183 View Post
        highly unlikely. if I am correct the whole system here runs on computers so they know when there isn't a monorail in one of stations. They get the greenlight to go ONLY when the other monorail isn't in the station. Now the WDW system is a lot more complicated. But I guess we'll just have to wait and see.
        They have a similar system at WDW, but according to an inside source, they got permission to override the safety system in order to back one train into the station. The other train for whatever reason didn't hit the E-stop or back out of the way.
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        • #5
          Re: WDW Monorail Wreck and its Effect on Disneyland

          I really don't think too much will change with Disneyland's monorails. There are only three monorails and of the three only two usually run at one time. There is a turn before each station where the monorails reduce their speed.

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          • #6
            Re: WDW Monorail Wreck and its Effect on Disneyland

            Investigations are going to be going into both the WDW Mark VIIs and DLR Mark VIIs' last I heard

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            • #7
              Re: WDW Monorail Wreck and its Effect on Disneyland

              But wasn't the accident human error, rather than a malfunction? If so, it shouldn't make much of an impact on the system as a whole.

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              • #8
                Re: WDW Monorail Wreck and its Effect on Disneyland

                I'd say expect the DLR Monorail system to go down very soon for a full re-evaluation of everything from structural integrity to procedures and processes.

                Is it even up and running today? I'd be surprised if it was.
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                • #9
                  Re: WDW Monorail Wreck and its Effect on Disneyland

                  Originally posted by WDITrent View Post
                  But wasn't the accident human error, rather than a malfunction? If so, it shouldn't make much of an impact on the system as a whole.
                  It is standard procedure.

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                  • #10
                    Re: WDW Monorail Wreck and its Effect on Disneyland

                    The issue was that Monorail Central gave a wrong command when he did not check the station to see if it was clear.

                    The Mark VII's are a lot different because A) there are onlt 2 on the beamn at one time (3 can be done, but hasn't been for a number of years now) and B) Is visually accesible, meaning that while their is an intrusion system, you can generally see where the other monorail is with enough time to stop.

                    The issue was is that part of the command that was given in WDW was to overide the intrusion system, which is normal procedure, but because central didnt check the station, the crash occured.
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                    • #11
                      Re: WDW Monorail Wreck and its Effect on Disneyland

                      Doesn't make much sense to close down DL's monorail because of an accident at WDW. WDW's system is quite a bit different than DL's, DL has a new fleet, WDW's is 20 years old, WDW has different tracks, DL only has one track. WDW has more monorails, DL has fewer, WDW has more miles of track, DL has few miles of track. They just are not the same.

                      It would be like if WDW shut down their Big Thunder, when there was a death on DL's Big Thunder.
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                      • #12
                        Re: WDW Monorail Wreck and its Effect on Disneyland

                        Originally posted by Ortizmo2000 View Post
                        I'd say expect the DLR Monorail system to go down very soon for a full re-evaluation of everything from structural integrity to procedures and processes.

                        Is it even up and running today? I'd be surprised if it was.
                        I don't recall WDW closing their Big Thunder ride the day someone was killed on the one at DL.

                        Closing the DL monorail would not make sense in that regard.

                        There will be evaluations, but it shouldn't warrant a closure.
                        Last edited by Code90; 07-05-2009, 03:10 PM.

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                        • #13
                          Re: WDW Monorail Wreck and its Effect on Disneyland

                          ^Yikes. How long do we think the Mark VI's are going to be out of operation?

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                          • #14
                            Re: WDW Monorail Wreck and its Effect on Disneyland

                            Does anybody know if the DLR Monorails are in operation today? While I understand the DLR and WDW Monorails are quite different from an operational stand point there is a lot of talk about human error in the WDW collision. Perhaps a "stand down" and policy review will just help ease guests and CM concerns.

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                            • #15
                              Re: WDW Monorail Wreck and its Effect on Disneyland

                              Not long, due to their importance in transportation.

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