Minnie Vans Gone For Good?

spock8113

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This is because Mary Barra is the GM CEO and now on the Disney Board: https://thewaltdisneycompany.com/leaders/mary-t-barra/
"During her first year as CEO, General Motors issued 84 safety recalls involving over 30 million cars. Barra was called before the Senate to testify about the recalls and DEATHS attributed to the faulty ignition switch. Barra and General Motors also came under suspicion of paying for awards to burnish the CEO and corporation's image during that time. The recalls led to the creation of new policies encouraging workers to report problems they encounter in an attempt to change company culture."
"In 2017 she pushed GM to develop the Chevy Bolt EV, beating rival Tesla in developing the first electric car priced under $40,000 with a range of 200 miles." The previous GM (Government Motors) electric cars: The EV-1 https://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/the-death-of-the-ev-1-118595941/
And the recent Chevy Volt: https://www.reuters.com/article/us-gm-restructuring-plant-idUSKCN1NV2MH
and now GM is closing plants under Mary Barra

So if the Minnie Vans are going, there's a history behind it and a reason they are there to begin with.
 
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trojanjustin

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This is because Mary Barra is the GM CEO and now on the Disney Board: https://thewaltdisneycompany.com/leaders/mary-t-barra/
"During her first year as CEO, General Motors issued 84 safety recalls involving over 30 million cars. Barra was called before the Senate to testify about the recalls and DEATHS attributed to the faulty ignition switch. Barra and General Motors also came under suspicion of paying for awards to burnish the CEO and corporation's image during that time. The recalls led to the creation of new policies encouraging workers to report problems they encounter in an attempt to change company culture."
"In 2017 she pushed GM to develop the Chevy Bolt EV, beating rival Tesla in developing the first electric car priced under $40,000 with a range of 200 miles." The previous GM (Government Motors) electric cars: The EV-1 https://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/the-death-of-the-ev-1-118595941/
And the recent Chevy Volt: https://www.reuters.com/article/us-gm-restructuring-plant-idUSKCN1NV2MH
and now GM is closing plants under Mary Barra

So if the Minnie Vans are going, there's a history behind it and a reason they are there to begin with.

No, the reason they are there to begin with is because Disney was losing a fortune to Uber/Lyft and wanted a piece of the Ride Share pie. They also saw a market for moms who either believed clickbait articles about how dangerous Uber was and/or who needed the assurance of multiple car seats available. It was this that led to MinnieVan, any correlation to GM was only secondary.
 

Lilofan

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At the post show at Epcot Test Track where the car models are on display has one more addition , a used just newly cleaned and waxed - Minnie Van! 😃
 

Jon81uk

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If Disney is being super cautious, I can see the MVs going away for awhile. It’s a small, confined environment with close sitting and a need to totally disinfect between rides. Not worth the liability most likely

In that sense they are "safer" than a bus as you are only in the confined space with your own family, whereas a bus has strangers. The buses aren't being disinfected between rides to my knowledge either.
 

GrumpyFan

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This is because Mary Barra is the GM CEO and now on the Disney Board: https://thewaltdisneycompany.com/leaders/mary-t-barra/
"During her first year as CEO, General Motors issued 84 safety recalls involving over 30 million cars. Barra was called before the Senate to testify about the recalls and DEATHS attributed to the faulty ignition switch. Barra and General Motors also came under suspicion of paying for awards to burnish the CEO and corporation's image during that time. The recalls led to the creation of new policies encouraging workers to report problems they encounter in an attempt to change company culture."

So if the Minnie Vans are going, there's a history behind it and a reason they are there to begin with.

Seems very tenuous. I see nothing about her being CEO and on the Disney board that would make them close down Minnie Vans.
If anything, I would think her being on the board would mean they have a better chance of staying.
 

GrumpyFan

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In that sense they are "safer" than a bus as you are only in the confined space with your own family, whereas a bus has strangers. The buses aren't being disinfected between rides to my knowledge either.
Except for the fact that the driver will now be in close contact to many people throughout the day, meaning they could catch and unknowingly spread the virus to everyone who rides in their car. This would make for a big liability potential.
I guess they could put a partition in the cars, kind of like some cabs do. Maybe they're just delaying restarting them while they do something like this.
 

GrumpyFan

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Except for the fact that the driver will now be in close contact to many people throughout the day, meaning they could catch and unknowingly spread the virus to everyone who rides in their car. This would make for a big liability potential.
I guess they could put a partition in the cars, kind of like some cabs do. Maybe they're just delaying restarting them while they do something like this.

Interestingly, I've seen a couple of pictures of the buses, and I'm surprised to see the drivers are NOT more enclosed or partitioned. I guess the thought there is that the buses are more open and it's not needed as much? Still, it will be interesting to see if the MVs return and if so, what modifications will be made.
 
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