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News People mover now reopened!

GymLeaderPhil

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Shame on those who are placing the blame on people being irresponsible, not remaining seated, or being a “snowflake.” For what? So you can ride an attraction that is demonstratively not as safe as it can be?

Disney is primarily at fault for not investing in maintaining and updating this attraction to modern ride standards. Do people sometimes stand up or move in the vehicles - yes. Does it happen often - no.

The ride was NOT designed for the vehicles to collide into one another outside of the station. The bumpers are only there to prevent wear and tear contact at those slow speeds when loading/unloading, as well as when they are manually moved into storage.

If a car going roughly 7 mph drove into your stationary vehicle at a stop light, you’re going to feel it. You are going to move forward.

Unlike a car, the open air vehicle compartment of the PeopleMover has a mix of heavy plastic and very light padding. There are no seatbelts. When another vehicle hits you from behind you’re possibly falling into the seat in front. God forbid you have a child or infant in your lap. Or someone who is older, frail, or has limited mobility. Yes, I know you must be ambulatory to experience the ride. Guess what? Those Give Kids The World/Make A Wish people are commonly carried up by a loved one.

Additionally, it’s not feasible to add restraints to this ride without a complete reworking of not only the vehicles, but also the station itself. People have a hard enough time getting on and off as it is - add in a restraint system and you’re just inviting the ride to stop more frequently causing the vehicles to collide into each other.

And don’t get me started on how dangerous the speedramps can be.
 

Walt d

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1HAPPYGHOSTHOST

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marni1971

WDW History nut
Premium Member
Was there at least an exciting proposal for what Tomorrowland would have become?
A two phase project was proposed - remove the Peoplemover, retheme Star Tours and Buzz, then remove the subs and Autopia and add Tron. If the latter was a clone or something else I don’t know, things point to the latter.

This could be the only good thing to come from Covid.
 

yensidtlaw1969

Well-Known Member
In the Parks
No
A two phase project was proposed - remove the Peoplemover, retheme Star Tours and Buzz, then remove the subs and Autopia and add Tron. If the latter was a clone or something else I don’t know, things point to the latter.

This could be the only good thing to come from Covid.
Retheming Star Tours and Buzz doesn't bother me one bit. But then, I say that not knowing what they were to be replaced with. Perhaps the jury would still be out?

Losing the Subs and Autopia for TRON, even a new version, seems like a total and tragic waste. Autopia I could take or leave, though I recognize it goes basically part and parcel with the Subs which I desperately love. Even if Nemo isn't that great a take on them, it's such a unique experience and a real landmark attraction. To lose that for even a new version of TRON when one is already being built stateside would just be a massive shame.

I recognize the days of the Subs may be numbered either way - how on earth would those things work these days? Not to mention that they're expensive . . . But I can't help but hope they'll be spared given Disney's current interests in curtailing large new investments. Perhaps they'll simply let them sit when DL finally reopens and bring them back online when we reach a viable moment.
 

mikeymouse

Well-Known Member
There are already bumpers on the ends of the vehicle trains, but unfortunately people refuse to follow basic instructions to remain seated, so when a bump does occur someone falls and calls a lawyer. It’s an unfortunate result of our ‘no personal responsibility’ culture so Disney, now that they’ve been ‘made aware of the danger’ must prevent it or risk getting sued every single time it happens, which has been multiple times a day in recent years. Even though the frequency of it has increased dramatically due to guest behavior, the ambulance chasing lawyers will be all but waiting in line trying to catch the next one ‘injured’ to file the next negligence suit.
The bumpers don't seem to be as forgiving as the ones on the POTC or IASW boats.
 

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