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New Gondola Transportation

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

  1. George

    George Liker of Things Premium Member

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    I love racing the Friendship boats. I feel like some kind of super human.
     
  2. GoofGoof

    GoofGoof Well-Known Member

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    So what you are saying is these are likely just DVC sales kiosks but we have really wild imaginations;)
     
  3. EvilChameleon

    EvilChameleon Well-Known Member

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    Will be very interested in keeping up with any news this brings. Transportation is boring everywhere else in the world except Disney World.
     
  4. RobbinsDad

    RobbinsDad Well-Known Member

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    I walked the route backwards (most of the way) while pushing a stroller once. It was laughable how much faster I was than the Friendship.
     
  5. George

    George Liker of Things Premium Member

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    Would be old school Disney though. Something cool that moves that lots of people could look at, fun to ride once in a while when you weren't in a hurry, and no big deal if it was closed when weather was bad. I say huzzah and hooray.
     
  6. danlb_2000

    danlb_2000 Original Poster Premium Member

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    On my last trip I walked 56 miles. I am thankful for anything that can help keep that mileage under control, even if it does take longer. :)
     
  7. George

    George Liker of Things Premium Member

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    I like whizzing 3 to 4 feet over the ground with my jet pack. I used to think the CMs throwing themselves at me were just being playful. Thanks to the letter I just received (I'm assuming I'm interpreting the legal mumbo jumbo correctly) I am now starting the get the vague impression that I was in violation of some convoluted rule and some fraction of the aforementioned CMs were trying to stop me.
     
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    rules, shmules I say!
     
  9. bhg469

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    Interesting indeed.. Those resort fees are just early I guess.
     
  10. roj2323

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    That was truly interesting to watch and read.
     
  11. creathir

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    My guess is a Personal Rapid Transit system similar to:
    http://www.ultraglobalprt.com/

    The big challenge in the past with systems like this was processing ability. Computers are so small and common enough that this is no longer an issue.

    Walt Disney himself would have built something like this had it been around in the '60s.

    What better way to showcase new clean, eco friendly transportation than at WDW, traveling to the newly created DVC property at CBR...

    Hop in your pod with your family, select your destination, and away you go, arriving in a short amount of time.
     
  12. TiggerDad

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    Read the rest of that thread. Half of CBR is being demolished and replaced with new multistory buildings, one of which is adjacent to the station by pond E4. Those new buildings will be something different than CBR.
     
  13. GoofGoof

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    Interesting read and video attached. This makes it seem possible and it covers both the issue of capacity and the issue of cost. As labor costs continue to rise I think this kind of "automated" transportation solution at WDW makes a lot of sense. The one issue I can still see is lightning. What happens if there's a storm? Do they still need to have backup buses and drivers?
     
  14. Slowjack

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    While I would love to see a PRT system, monorail addition, or light rail, if this is a transportation system (big if), then a Skyway is what fits the facts. Those elbow-shaped buildings make perfect sense for cable cars but your don't build rail systems with corners like that.
     
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    PRT is not rail necessarily.

    The biggest argument against it is the lack of support infrastructure, but then again a gondola system would also need this as well and it's not accounted for.
     
  16. larryz

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    Moving sidewalks. No need for complex pulleys and transfer points...
     
  17. surfsupdon

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    Such interesting news. We gotta keep an eye over at CaribbeanBeach. So much could be happening!
     
  18. monothingie

    monothingie CAAAANNN DO! Premium Member

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    I am quite familiar with the thread. Since it seems you didn't read it too well, the building being demolished are not in the line of site to which this new transportation system is being installed in. This system will pass through/over Aruba and Jamaica. Further the building Being proposed for CBR lacks the size to be a full station as well as the fact that having a load point in the middle of gondola system is not very practical.
     
  19. Slowjack

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    I know that, but I haven't seen a PRT system based on cable cars. The PRT system you linked to uses electric cars on guided beamways, and while that's not exactly rail, it seems to present the same general profile as rail in terms of grade and curvature issues.
    We don't know enough about this project (if it is indeed "a" project, and not several, unrelated projects) to say what it is, and there are definitely pieces missing, whatever it turns out to be. I'm just saying that we shouldn't say it generally suggests a transportation system and then try to guess what that system is, because I think it really only fits one system. The elbow building in the NW corner of the Caribbean Beach Resort, for example--there's no reason I can see to put that so far north and east in that section, if you would building anything with beams or guideways. It only makes sense if travel is constrained to straight-line segments.
     
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    The plans seen so far do not rule out that Aruba and or Jamaica won't be demolished as well.
     

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