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Tails on Slinky Dog Dash's Ride Vehicles temporarily removed

tissandtully

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how come imagineering can never take an educated guess to guest behavior? this happens ALOT
Agreed. I think Woody's Lunchbox is the ultimate example of Imagineering working silo'd with no concern for guest behavior and then just passing onto Food and Beverage to manage and work with what they were given. It's an unbelievable disaster on busy nights.
 

MisterPenguin

Fully Pfizered!
Premium Member
Well, they found the money to manufacture and install new metal fencing to replace the plastic ones that were falling apart.
 

donsullivan

Premium Member
Wouldn't another plastic fence be under warranty but changing the specs from plastic to metal be on WDW's dime?

That sort of stuff can get complicated and would be tied to the specific language of the contract (which we don't have access to) or purchase agreement. If Disney specified the design and specifically called out the materials for construction, and the manufacturer built them to those specs, then Disney would be on the hook for replacements if they failed. If however, Disney only provided a design and performance specification leaving it up to the provider to define the materials and those materials failed, then the provider could be held responsible for replacement because the performance specification was not met. This is the sort of language in contracts that drives lawyers crazy but is vitally important.
 

Driver

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The tails have been removed because they would come loose and make a loud rattle noise. So for rider safety they will stay off till the problem can be resolved. Disney is being proactive trying to avoid an issue in case of separtion.
 

lazyboy97o

Well-Known Member
Wouldn't another plastic fence be under warranty but changing the specs from plastic to metal be on WDW's dime?
That sort of stuff can get complicated and would be tied to the specific language of the contract (which we don't have access to) or purchase agreement. If Disney specified the design and specifically called out the materials for construction, and the manufacturer built them to those specs, then Disney would be on the hook for replacements if they failed. If however, Disney only provided a design and performance specification leaving it up to the provider to define the materials and those materials failed, then the provider could be held responsible for replacement because the performance specification was not met. This is the sort of language in contracts that drives lawyers crazy but is vitally important.
Even a closed specification will include warranty requirements.

In addition to the product warranty and work warranty, there is also the fear of being removed from Disney’s list of approved vendors.
 

JoeCamel

Well-Known Member
The tails have been removed because they would come loose and make a loud rattle noise. So for rider safety they will stay off till the problem can be resolved. Disney is being proactive trying to avoid an issue in case of separtion.
Maybe they want some of this?
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rprvw

New Member
Spoke with my neighbor last night. They're part of the maintenance team that built and maintains Slinky Dog. They stated metal fatigue with cracking and rattling on the tails. As Driver stated, Disney feared the tails would come lose. Tails have been sent for x-rays. They also stated manufacture wanted to use a carbon fiber type material for the tails. Disney went with a cheaper option. They stated original tails could be replaced with an upgraded more reliable material. It was said that PVC type of material could be used.
 

MisterPenguin

Fully Pfizered!
Premium Member
Spoke with my neighbor last night. They're part of the maintenance team that built and maintains Slinky Dog. They stated metal fatigue with cracking and rattling on the tails. As Driver stated, Disney feared the tails would come lose. Tails have been sent for x-rays. They also stated manufacture wanted to use a carbon fiber type material for the tails. Disney went with a cheaper option. They stated original tails could be replaced with an upgraded more reliable material. It was said that PVC type of material could be used.

Is PVC also the type of material the slinky curls are made of that are cracking?
 

BoarderPhreak

Well-Known Member
Spoke with my neighbor last night. They're part of the maintenance team that built and maintains Slinky Dog. They stated metal fatigue with cracking and rattling on the tails. As Driver stated, Disney feared the tails would come lose. Tails have been sent for x-rays. They also stated manufacture wanted to use a carbon fiber type material for the tails. Disney went with a cheaper option. They stated original tails could be replaced with an upgraded more reliable material. It was said that PVC type of material could be used.
Plastic (PVC) would probably be a better, longer-term solution, but it's not immune from UV radiation or fatique. I can see it now; the tails wag too much in the heat and hardly at all when it's cold. LOL. I can't even imagine how much the carbon fiber tails would run, but at least it would be a permanent solution.

We also know that plastic Slinkies just don't compare to the metal ones. 😛
 
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