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  • Trams and Parking at Disneyland

    What are your thoughts on the tram system and parking at the Disneyland Resort? Each time I ride the tram I wonder why they haven't incorporated anything along the route to the stops...something like Universal has with its tram down the hill to the lower lot. It seems like Disney would take advantage of this prime time to capture its guests attention while they are forced to be sitting there. Where is you favorite place to park? Any rituals...?
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    No problem with them!
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    They get annoying sometimes.
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    I hate them!
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    At least I don't have to walk...
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  • #2
    I've never thought about it, really. It's transportation.

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    • #3
      I just don't like the hassle of using them and the smell that comes form them that burns my eyes. I ahve to admit, when they first started them I thought they were cool, but 5 years later and they have turned into a PITA. I think most peopple who don't visit alot would like them. All of last year I use the tram twice. I try to avoid it now...LOL

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      • #4
        I hate sitting in the back of the first car...the exhaust heads straight there. I think they run on ethane or some kind of natural gas.

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        • #5
          I hate the new parking structure and the associated tram ride. I guess I hate the parking structure more and I am agnostic about the tram ride. The references to "how Walt would have done it" probably gets old after while to some, but I just can't see Walt designing something this way. This (parking structure) is appropriate for a business complex or a shopping mall. not to DL. IMO they should have put the parking structire where the DTD parking is and allowed people to take the monorail into the park or DTD from there. It's not like they don't own all the property on both sides of West st., for the most part - they could have done a much better job. I have heard that Eisner personally approved the plans for the structure and even the traffic pattern, which was changed shortly after it opened because they were not efficient. No surprises there...

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          • #6
            Originally posted by revol yensid
            I hate sitting in the back of the first car...the exhaust heads straight there. I think they run on ethane or some kind of natural gas.
            Propane. Hank Hill would be proud.

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            • #7
              Do they have any propane accessories?
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              • #8
                Originally posted by EmeralineDragon
                Do they have any propane accessories?
                One could argue that the tram is a propane accessory, allbeit a big one.

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by EmeralineDragon
                  Do they have any propane accessories?
                  If you include the Mainstreet vehicles...but I don't think Hank sells those.

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                  • #10
                    I just try to sit in the back to avoid the fumes. :monkey:

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by EmeralineDragon
                      Do they have any propane accessories?
                      Such as what? A grill/BBQ on the back of the tram? or how about using some of that propane for heaters, that tram ride can get pretty chilly!
                      ~ Tasty, yet morally ambiguous! ~

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by Whatever
                        IMO they should have put the parking structire where the DTD parking is and allowed people to take the monorail into the park or DTD from there. It's not like they don't own all the property on both sides of West st., for the most part - they could have done a much better job. I have heard that Eisner personally approved the plans for the structure and even the traffic pattern, which was changed shortly after it opened because they were not efficient. No surprises there...
                        Then the city of Anaheim wouldn't have helped to foot the bill. The structure also serves as overfill parking for the nearby Convention Center.

                        GCH was purposely designed with out a Monorail because of 1. it's proximity to the parks; 2. a DCA stop would cause way too much confusion between single day DL and DCA ticker holders versus people who are able to park hop and finally; 3. would allow on-site guests to bypass the fancy new DTD which serves as a major passageway to the parks from the hotels.
                        Last edited by dlfreak; 02-18-2005, 07:45 PM.
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                        • #13
                          During the major construction/re-hab days when they first introduced those trams, the CM's would highlight the fact that each tram cost 1.2 million to purchase.

                          For the life of me, I cannot figure out how anyone could justify that kind of cost for the tram. Even if you figured on 100K for the tractor, the eight or so trailers behind it couldn't be worth that much???

                          No wonder the prices keep going up!

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by DznyVan
                            During the major construction/re-hab days when they first introduced those trams, the CM's would highlight the fact that each tram cost 1.2 million to purchase.

                            For the life of me, I cannot figure out how anyone could justify that kind of cost for the tram. Even if you figured on 100K for the tractor, the eight or so trailers behind it couldn't be worth that much???

                            No wonder the prices keep going up!
                            If they are unique to Disney then I can see how it can be this costly. There is no construction line to build the limited number so each mechanical piece had to be specially made and they had to be specially assembled. I doubt it really cost THAT much but I can see it being quite costly.
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                            If I become a bum people are going to say "Don't give him money, he's just gonna use it on Disneyland."
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                            With all this talk of "off the shelf" and "on the back-burner" it seems the only thing that DCA is really missing is the kitchen sink!

                            Create your own Virtual pet today!

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by DznyVan
                              During the major construction/re-hab days when they first introduced those trams, the CM's would highlight the fact that each tram cost 1.2 million to purchase.

                              For the life of me, I cannot figure out how anyone could justify that kind of cost for the tram. Even if you figured on 100K for the tractor, the eight or so trailers behind it couldn't be worth that much???

                              No wonder the prices keep going up!
                              For that price, why didn't they just make a Peoplemover-style thing?!?! Less cast memebers to operate it...just make them larger to accomodate wheelchairs and strollers... :confused:

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                              • #16
                                Has anyone had to walk 1 - 1.5 miles to the tram?....horrible & dangerous! Even if you get there early. Worst and most annoying part of the Disney experience! You guys realize it is the second largest parking structure in the world.....Hong Kong has a larger one!
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                                • #17
                                  Originally posted by wolfy999
                                  Has anyone had to walk 1 - 1.5 miles to the tram?....horrible & dangerous! Even if you get there early. Worst and most annoying part of the Disney experience! You guys realize it is the second largest parking structure in the world.....Hong Kong has a larger one!
                                  I walked to the parking structure. It wasn't that far. I went our past the ESPN zone and it was just a straight walk. I didn't think it was dangerous and it took about 10 min...maybe??

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                                  • #18
                                    Originally posted by SCUBAbe
                                    I walked to the parking structure. It wasn't that far. I went our past the ESPN zone and it was just a straight walk. I didn't think it was dangerous and it took about 10 min...maybe??
                                    Dito, sometimes when the trams are too packed I walk.


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                                    • #19
                                      I don't think you have been in the very North/West corner, I always allow 30-45 minutes to get actually in and out of the park. Can be kind of difficult if you have reservations. Hard with a kid also, they keep jumping and running ( not that I'm "one of those Mom's)!
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                                      it's what they are like in their HEART!


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                                      • #20
                                        The sign for the walk that starts by Wetzel's Pretzels says it is a 2/3 mile walk...it's not too bad unless you are parked in the farthest part of the structure which nearly doubles the walk.

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