On Saturday we got to witness the emergency stop system for the monorail. We were waiting at the Tommorowland station, the rain was comming in and then all of a sudden dead stop, horn blaring and everyone wondering what was up. Apparently someone, or someone's kid, decided to not read the exit sign on the gate and went through and got real close to the track. After the all stop, whoever it was ran away before a CM could make it there. Then we waited, and waited for something to happen. Apparently the all stop procedure, according to the CM, shuts down all electricity to the track and train so it can't go anywhere. The have to softboot the system to get the juice flowing again. So they get it back up and pull it into the station completely and unload everyone. The the CM comes over and tries to open the gates to let us on. Well the gates are locked shut still. Apparently the electric locks were tripped and were not letting go yet. Now these are some impressive safety features and they have their purpose, however you could tell the CM's were flustered enough as it was since the fireworks were canceled and they had to get at least one train running as quickly as possible. So they decided to just let us on through the same exit gate that caused all this, only this time the emergency shut off was was manualy disarmed. It was a funny situation to most of the people on the platform and many complimented on the safety system, some with a little laugh, but I thought it was sad that there were just as many people who were actually angry about it. Of course these are the same people who would probably be the first to sue if those same redundant safety features weren't there. Sometimes the minor bugs in life make it interesting.
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