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  • Why didn't they just bury them?

    When building DCA why didn't Disney just bury the power lines in the ground? I do understand that it is very expensive to dig for utilities but Disney was already doing it to build the new theme park.

    Walt Disney World has its utility lines buried underground, why did Disney decide to just re-route them around the park? Did the city give them a hard time about it?

    It just doesn't make sense if your going to dig a big hole anyway you might as well put those nasty looking powerlines in as well.
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    Re: Why didn't they just bury them?

    I guess I haven't paid close attention but I've never really notice ugly out of the way looking power lines in DCA.

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      Re: Why didn't they just bury them?

      its just a random guess here, but i think WDW is more likey to have buried lines thanks to all the hurricanes

      altho the same coudl be said for CA and its earthquakes..

      meh, who knows!
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      • #4
        Re: Why didn't they just bury them?

        Built on the cheap.
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        • #5
          Re: Why didn't they just bury them?

          It was a decision made by Southern California Edison, not Disney.

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            Re: Why didn't they just bury them?

            WDW was built up- above ground level. like bieng on the second floor of a very huge building
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            • #7
              Re: Why didn't they just bury them?

              It’s cheaper for metal poles, than to bury them....

              Simple as that...

              and Disney probably had to pay to bury them, and if they were in the air not pay for that... not to mention, these are real high voltage...

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              • #8
                Re: Why didn't they just bury them?

                Originally posted by Druggas View Post
                Built on the cheap.
                Exactly. It cost Disney quite a bit to put up new towers and move that transmission line out to Katella - but it would have cost them 3X to 5X as much to bury it, plus pay for the increased maintenance.

                They have the technology, but it costs a lot to install and requires a lot of active maintenance. LADWP has two of these buried transmission lines (230KV) roughly paralleling the Orange Line busway (the old Southern Pacific right-of-way) in the valley. The cables have pressurized mineral oil circulating through them as a coolant and to guard against water intrusion, and you have to constantly run a circulating and treating system at each end for the oil.

                And you'd still want to re-route the line out under the street, as those lines have the potential to fail and go BOOM! in a big way. Aerial lines look ugly, but they are low maintenance.

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                  Re: Why didn't they just bury them?

                  Originally posted by Mouse princess View Post
                  WDW was built up- above ground level. like bieng on the second floor of a very huge building
                  Not exactly true. The Magic Kingdom was built above ground level not WDW.
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                    Re: Why didn't they just bury them?

                    Originally posted by Disnerd View Post
                    It was a decision made by Southern California Edison, not Disney.
                    And the State of California
                    the power line is the state main grill line.

                    with that much power in the line. Put under ground you will have bigger power loss.




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                    • #11
                      Re: Why didn't they just bury them?

                      Originally posted by akfandisney View Post
                      And the State of California
                      the power line is the state main grill line.

                      with that much power in the line. Put under ground you will have bigger power loss.
                      true...

                      maintence and loss of power... makes sence...

                      it also coasts a small fortune to bury them in the first place... it's best to have a long stretch burried, then a small spot burried... and who can forget the backup power lines incase the gound ones fail...

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