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    Expanding Monorail

    What are your thoughts on WDW expanding the monorail

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    Re: Expanding Monorail

    Needs to happen but not cost effective. Rumor was either the original plans to the monorail or original railings were destroyed after it was completed and making new ones is cost prohibitive.
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    Re: Expanding Monorail

    Not to mention the actual building expense. That's a lot of investment for something that doesn't actually make the company any money. And that type of investment is something the company doesn't seem too interested in making these days.

    Now if they could sell Dole Whips on the monorail....
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    Re: Expanding Monorail

    Quote Originally Posted by stewbottalborg View Post
    now if they could sell dole whips on the monorail....
    this.so.epic.
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    Re: Expanding Monorail

    There is the myth that it would cost $1 million per mile to expand - the costs are WAY beyond that - otherwise they'd have done it!

    I don't know about the plans being destroyed. After all they were able to rebuild a trainset from the undamaged halves of Purple and Pink and then turn around and build a new one identical to the existing Mark VIs - how much was from salvage I don't know. But these aren't off-the-shelf trainsets either. If they were to expand the system, they'd need more trainsets to run on it. And if they were going to order several more, they'd also probably need to look into creating the Mark VIII and replace them all as the Mark VIs are at least half way through a typical trainset's lifetime without at least a major rebuild.

    Then they need the power to move them...they ran into issues when they brought in the Mark VIs with being able to supply enough power to move them all. They'd probably have to completely revamp the power distribution system.

    Plus it isn't a very practical system. It costs a lot to operate and maintain, but isn't anywhere near as flexible as a bus. You can only run so many trainsets at a time on a loop so you can't increase capacity much when it is needed, and if one breaks down they all have to stop. With a bus, you can always add more buses to a route and they can take detours. Sure, there is zero "cool factor"...
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    Re: Expanding Monorail

    Quote Originally Posted by doconeill View Post
    Sure, there is zero "cool factor"...
    I guess that is the hardest part for the long term fans to come to grips with. So much of yesteryear was created with "cool factor" imagineered in. This century there is less and less "cool factor" and more practical.

    I'll be interested to see on that note what the new hub brings. What my first impression walking up to Main Street and looking at the castle. I'm old enough to remember the charm of the Cherry Tree Hub.
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    Re: Expanding Monorail

    Maybe it's because it's more about profits and less about Magic...
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