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Old 10-31-2010, 08:25 PM   #1
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Cool Monorail expansion changes rumor

Ok so I have a new rumor. I know theres lots going around about a lot of things right now, but Im hearing theres bids going around my husbands company about doing work on the monorails. The rumor is that they may expand the monorails out and/or change the safety systems and go other upgrades to make them better. Not sure exactly right now, but expanding them would be awesome!!! Guess we"ll wait and see what happens!!!! Hopefully, this is true, and he gets to go so we can live near disney!!!! what a dream come true!!!!
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Old 10-31-2010, 08:29 PM   #2
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how great if his company gets the contract and you get to live in orlando for a while....
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I hope they get the contract. I'm guessing - and it's a pure guess here - that it's more like to be safety upgrades, following the accident, rather than an expansion.
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I agree with Cheryl. I've heard that the costs to expand the monorail would be so astronomical that they will never do it.
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I don't it would ever happen because of the cost but I would like to see the monorail extended to all the parks. For what that would cost they could buy a lot more buses.
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I wish I could remember the cost reported - something like a million dollars per mile of monorail track... plus all the stations they'd need to install at each park, not to mention the "site lines" of all those raised rails. And I can't imagine them adding monorails to each of the resorts.

I agree with Cheryl -- I bet it's safety upgrades and general repairs. They need to have a great press announcement for guests to associate with the monorail after the accident.
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I have a suspicion they're considering a modification of/addition to the beam layout around TTC so they can avoid backing up a train (as they were doing when the accident took place). That could technically qualify as an expansion of the system, even if it serves no additional destinations. I guess we'll see what develops.
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I wish I could remember the cost reported - something like a million dollars per mile of monorail track... plus all the stations they'd need to install at each park, not to mention the "site lines" of all those raised rails. And I can't imagine them adding monorails to each of the resorts.
I can't find the link to an article I read recently. Irefferd to the frequently quoted $1MM cost per mile and said that Disney would jump on it if that were the cost. For reference, there was a project to extend the monorail in Las Vegas by 2.3 miles and add 4 stations wiht a projected cost of $400 million. disney has less problems with right-of-way and relocating structures, but $50 milion per mile is still probably a reasonable estimate.
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wow...an expansion would be really awesome, but if the cost is too high it seems like a reasonable reason not to expand. but making updates would be nice... maybe we could dream on an expansion, it is disney after all..where dreams come true! ha ah
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I would also be willing to bet that it is safety upgrades.

The "million a mile" cost was dismissed in the last few years as something of an urban legend. Heck, it cost a $1 million a mile for the Disneyland monorail when it was originally built in the late 1950's!

The Las Vegas monorail ended up costing over $650 million when it was all said and done, and it uses the same technology as WDW's, so I can't imagine what the cost would be for track expansions at WDW! $50-75 million a mile, I would estimate . . . and there's a lot of miles to expand to. I just can't see them spending that much money on too much of a track expansion, but stranger things have happened!
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