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Disney to cut monorail hours

Postby The SETGO Guys » Sat Jul 16, 2011 3:04 pm

EPCOT Changes are already in effect.
Magic Kingdom Monorails changes valid on Aug.1 2011
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Monorails will only run for 1 Hour after park closing. This is cutback from the regular 90 minutes.
Regular Closing hours- During Extra Magic Hour Attendees (Nighttime hours) Monorails will NOT run.

Instead of the monorail, guests can uses buses or boats for transportation.

Disney has not yet decided whether it will operate the trains during extra ticketed events (Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party or Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party)

Disney World spokeswoman Zoraya Suarez said Monday the reduced hours are "to accommodate for planned maintenance" on the trains, which are approximately 20 years old.
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The Disney World Monorail fleet is 20 years old- (There was an update several years ago, but that only affected the communications systems.)

Disneyland's Pervious Fleet- Mark V Monorails were in operation from 1987 - 2008 , 21 years of operation.
Disney Worlds Previous Monorail-Mark IV Monorails were in operation from 1971 to 1991, 20 years of operation.
WDW is currently at this "Mark" (pun intended)

Is it time to get some Mark VII Monorails?!?! :b
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WDW's Current Monorail fleet-Mark VI Monorail

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Disneyland's Current Monorail fleet-Mark VII Monorail
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Re: Disney to cut monorail hours

Postby simon8899 » Sat Jul 16, 2011 3:25 pm

When I was in Disneyland in may the Monorail was down for rehab.

IMO they should change the whole monorail layout and extend the line to the parking lots - that way they would have some real use. And add a stop in California Adventure!

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Re: Disney to cut monorail hours

Postby LoopLover » Sat Jul 16, 2011 4:15 pm

I think that the monorail in California is so much cooler...why?..it goes through the park, has funky track and the trains look awesome!

As for the WDW changes, I guess we just always have to trust that Disney make their changes with us and the company's long term benefit in mind. Plus, that's an awesome ferry ride after a long day at the park in Florida!

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Re: Walt Disney World Magic Kingdom Discussion Thread

Postby The SETGO Guys » Mon Aug 01, 2011 8:36 pm

Quick little News Flash here....

:b RE-OPENING ON AUGUST 15th! :b
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LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. – The Sunshine Pavilion, featuring a show variously known as “Tropical Serenade” and “The Enchanted Tiki Birds,” debuted on Oct. 1, 1971, in Magic Kingdom. In 1998, following substantial refurbishment, it re-launched as The Enchanted Tiki Room-Under New Management, with two famous Disney birds – Iago from Aladdin and Zazu from The Lion King – taking control and trying to spruce up the show.

Now the “new management” has been let go and the future of the Adventureland landmark is in the wings and wit of José, Fritz, Michael and Pierre – four crooning parrot hosts who have been entertaining guests at California’s Disneyland since 1963 in The Enchanted Tiki Room. Walt Disney’s Enchanted Tiki Room, as the Magic Kingdom attraction now will be called, is being prepared for the premiere (tentatively on Aug. 15, 2011) of a show that will pay tribute to the Disneyland original – notable in theme park history for ushering in sophisticated Audio-Animatronics technology.

Prior to 1963, Walt Disney’s creative team had produced movable figures, but none had the sophistication of the bird-brained cast of the Tiki Room. José, Fritz, Michael and Pierre produce movements when solenoid coils hidden inside receive signals recorded onto magnetic tape and are regarded as the first “true” Audio-Animatronics figures. They introduce a musical presentation by more than 200 birds, flowers and tikis. Even the audience gets into the act, joining in during the musical ditty “Let’s All Sing Like the Birdies Sing.”

While the show is steeped in tradition and maintains the original intent created by Walt Disney and his original team of Imagineers, Walt Disney’s Enchanted Tiki Room will feature the latest in technology – a state of the art show-control system, remastered audio, and a new versatile and energy efficient lighting system.

The attraction has shows throughout Magic Kingdom operating hours.


I'm really excited! If you have a seasonal pass (Like myself)....unfortantly that is a blackout date for you. I believe the earliest you can see it would be the 18th.

Great to see this back and open before WDW has its 40th Anniversary!
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Re: Disney to cut monorail hours

Postby BeemerBoy » Tue Aug 02, 2011 7:35 am

The SETGO Guys wrote:Is it time to get some Mark VII Monorails?!?! :b

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Re: Disney to cut monorail hours

Postby A.J. » Tue Aug 02, 2011 7:40 am

BeemerBoy wrote:
The SETGO Guys wrote:Is it time to get some Mark VII Monorails?!?! :b

No.

Seconded. They need a whole new fleet from scratch. Disneyland's aren't designed to handle the level of traffic WDW's do - for example, Disneyland's trains only have doors on one side. While Disneyland's is an attraction first and a transportation system second, WDW's is the other way around.
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Re: Disney to cut monorail hours

Postby The SETGO Guys » Wed Aug 03, 2011 5:57 pm

A.J. wrote:
BeemerBoy wrote:
The SETGO Guys wrote:Is it time to get some Mark VII Monorails?!?! :b

No.

Seconded. They need a whole new fleet from scratch. Disneyland's aren't designed to handle the level of traffic WDW's do - for example, Disneyland's trains only have doors on one side. While Disneyland's is an attraction first and a transportation system second, WDW's is the other way around.


I would assume that if we got new monorails (Probably under the name of that) they would be dramatically different (Built for moving crowds), I would like to see a simular look however, I think the Disneyland Monorails look very sleek!

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Re: Walt Disney World Magic Kingdom Discussion Thread

Postby megazephftw » Thu Aug 04, 2011 9:41 am

I think the monorail trains are just fine, but maybe they go to MGM and animal kingdom too? Disney transit is pretty confusing sometimes, and this would be easier (at least for me).
I haven't checked on financial factors of this, so don't bash me if I'm being unrealistic.
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Re: Walt Disney World Magic Kingdom Discussion Thread

Postby Hilltopper39 » Thu Aug 04, 2011 10:22 am

megazephftw wrote:I think the monorail trains are just fine, but maybe they go to MGM and animal kingdom too? Disney transit is pretty confusing sometimes, and this would be easier (at least for me).
I haven't checked on financial factors of this, so don't bash me if I'm being unrealistic.


From everything Ive ever heard about possible monorail expansion it's entirely a financial factor and would be incredibly expensive to add monorail to the Studios and Minimal Kingdom. While I working there I spoke to some engineers from transportation department and they mentioned the idea of a light rail train from the TTC to Animal Kingdom has been discussed and could be a possibility in the future but the cost of expanding the monorail would be astronomical. I remember hearing figure somewhere on the order of 100 Million dollars per mile? That may not be right but it's what I remember.

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Re: Walt Disney World Magic Kingdom Discussion Thread

Postby The SETGO Guys » Fri Aug 05, 2011 4:09 pm

Hilltopper39 wrote:
megazephftw wrote:I think the monorail trains are just fine, but maybe they go to MGM and animal kingdom too? Disney transit is pretty confusing sometimes, and this would be easier (at least for me).
I haven't checked on financial factors of this, so don't bash me if I'm being unrealistic.


From everything Ive ever heard about possible monorail expansion it's entirely a financial factor and would be incredibly expensive to add monorail to the Studios and Minimal Kingdom. While I working there I spoke to some engineers from transportation department and they mentioned the idea of a light rail train from the TTC to Animal Kingdom has been discussed and could be a possibility in the future but the cost of expanding the monorail would be astronomical. I remember hearing figure somewhere on the order of 100 Million dollars per mile? That may not be right but it's what I remember.


Way less than $100 Million a mile. The Travel channel estimated about 1 Million per mile back in 2005.

I think that the whole system should be rebuilt from scratch,my idea Have a couple GIANT Parking garages in a central location, then have a HUGE Transportation center with monorail service to each park (and buses and ferrys and trams...)

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