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New Gondola Transportation

Discussion in 'WDW Parks News, Rumors and Current Events' started by danlb_2000, Feb 14, 2017.

  1. AEfx

    AEfx Well-Known Member

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    Not specifically, just general operational parameters. But I know better than to talk about it in this thread lest people get all aggro, so I've been reading about it on my own.
     
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    truecoat Well-Known Member

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    It you're talking about hurricane, I'm sure the gondolas would all be stored offline but the liftguy knows more than me. They would also store the monorails and park the buses as none of these would operate in these conditions.
     
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    1) park cabins indoors
    2) close weather doors (these cover the openings where the cable/grips enter the terminals) plus any other doors to the stations.
    3) Put grounding clamps on.
    4) Turn system off.
    This only takes about 45 minutes. With the cabins off, the rope has basically no surface area to get blown around. The towers aren't going anywhere.
     
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  4. AEfx

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    Can you explain this one a bit? Aside from a hurricane, central Florida has frequent and rather intense thunderstorms. In general operation, are they going to need to shut it down? As a layman, it seems like it's one big lightning rod. Presumably people inside the cabins would be protected, but I'm wondering how a system like this handles that sort of thing.
     
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    http://forums.wdwmagic.com/threads/new-gondola-transportation.924477/page-73#post-7586196
     
  6. raymusiccity

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    I'm sure the entire resort is under watchful eyes. Water slides are closed when lightning is within so many miles, watercraft are docked and held in place, many outdoor attractions are closed, as, I'm sure, so will the gondola system. Thunderstorms come and go, along with minor inconveniences.
     
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  7. Goofyernmost

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    Perhaps Disney's new mission statement will include an amendment to the original in which the goal includes the legal disclaimer of... "If they die, they die." At least they went out smiling. Disney's Gondola Experience... The ultimate thrill ride.:in pain::jawdrop:
     
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  8. AEfx

    AEfx Well-Known Member

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    LOL, I have said a number of times to folks that if I am gonna go, I'd rather go there - and the varied reactions are always priceless. They range from - they totally understand (at least knowing me, they understand why LOL) to they are completely mortified and look at me funny the rest of the day. :)
     
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    Much like how the Castle, SSE, TOT, and Tree of Life have been lightning rods since their construction, perfectly fine...

    Well except for TOT being hit that one time...
     
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    Yea, but that was way back in the 30's. It's been strange acting, but, fine ever since. Sure it's had it's ups and downs, but, seems pretty solid to me. That's on the East Coast only... the West Coast one took a direct hit from a bunch of super heroes.
     
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    :joyfull: Nice one!
     
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  12. GeneralKnowledge

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    I think a lot of people underestimate the extreme conditions that ski resort based gondolas have to handle. Hurricane force winds aren't that uncommon at the top of mountains. Sure they don't operate in them, but they are designed to handle them without being destroyed.
     
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    Welp....Time to drop this youtube video on again...
     
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  14. Goofyernmost

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    I suppose that could be the "lightening strike" that he was referring to, but, it could also be the one that, according to the story, sent the place into the Twilight Zone.
     
  15. Goofyque'

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    Same here! The family has my instructions..."Pry my MB off my cold dead wrist, step carefully over the body, and don't miss a FP or an ADR!"
     
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    Wouldn't it be fun to be in a gondola while it was getting struck by lighting like this? Since they have flash thunderstorms ...like? every afternoon in the summers in Orlando, you'll get plenty of chances to "Ride the Lighting at the Walt Disney World Resort"
     
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  17. lightguy

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    I was thinking it would be fun to be on the Monorail when it gets hit. Or one of the boats. Or in the TOT. Come on people, you don't think they've looked at this 7 ways from Sunday before they decided to spend millions of dollars building it? And announcing a new deluxe DVC resort that basically requires it? I don't always trust the mouse, but on something like this I've got 100% faith. They're really good at engineering things and they really hate bad press. And killing people in a lightning storm would be really really bad press.
     
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  18. lazyboy97o

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    Disney isn’t designing the system. It is being supplied by Doppelmayr.
     
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  19. lightguy

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    I have equal if not more faith in Doppelmayr, so it doesn't really change my point. I guess I was generalizing. I guess technically Disney is specifying the overall project scope and general design parameters and probably providing project management, a stormwater consultant is probably designing all the SWM/BMP, a geotechnical engineer is probably specifying the soil bearing capacities, a civil engineer is probably designing the actual foundations and piles, Doppelmayer is providing basically a pre-engineered modular system that fits onto the site specific foundations, an IT contractor is designing the WiFi system, a specialty lightning protection system contractor is designing the lightning protection system, etc. etc. This isn't rocket science and it's all been done before. I think too many people are picturing fixed grip old school sky rides. This is NOTHING like those.
     
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