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P. 57 - Disney's Blizzard Beach reopens on March 7th, 2021!

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Where did you find that image? Was it actually posted somewhere official? This is all pretty fascinating, I remember rumors a while back about some kind of potential light rail system connecting AK and the TTC but I'm guessing that they are expecting a major attendance increase at the studios after Star Wars opens so this address that area instead. This system kinda creates like a "gondola loop" around the Studios/Epcot resort area, which is pretty cool. I'd love to stay at Carribean beach and be able to hop on a gondola to Epcot or the Studios.

 

I figured they would eventually get around to upgrading the bus system somehow, I mean with everyone on property wearing a magic band seems like there could potentially be data available to improve that system. Scan your band at the bus stop then run the buses on more direct routes based on demand instead of the loops like they utilize now, or something.

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Walt Disney World has announced that Disney's Blizzard Beach will reopen on March 7th, 2021! The water park will be open for its 25th season and to celebrate, the Disney Parks Blog has shared seven fu

Really happy for them! Love Blizzard Beach!

Blizzard Beach is excellent, I'm glad they're giving it the TLC it needs.  Everyone talks about Summit Plummet but IMO Slush Gusher is the scariest slide.  Summit Plummet just gave me a mean wedgie an

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I love it as well! The last time I went to Disney for a full vacation I stayed at Caribbean Beach. There were times the buses were so packed that every seat was filled AND people were crammed in the aisle (the only other time I've seen that was at college)

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I love it as well! The last time I went to Disney for a full vacation I stayed at Caribbean Beach. There were times the buses were so packed that every seat was filled AND people were crammed in the aisle (the only other time I've seen that was at college)

 

You wouldn't like London or pretty much any other major European city.

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It's embarrassing to admit this, but when I first was reading this news, I had envisioned THIS kind of gondola:

 

Gondola_at_the_Venetian.jpg

 

I was sitting there thinking, "How in the hell is this a feasible option?!" It wasn't until I read Bill's comment that I realized my error.

 

Le sigh...

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I sure as hope the skyway gondola rumor is true. Disney and More just posted an update that the original sources got their facts mixed up and it truly is a waterway gondola as speculated by the poster above ^... and not a skyway gondola... perhaps even an upcharge thing.

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Love the idea! Hopefully this can also expand to include transit systems other than buses to link all four parks. (The current bus system is just not that efficient). This would make visits to WDW much easier and more interesting if it became possible to zip between parks more quickly in the way that you can take the monorail from Epcot to Magic Kingdom.

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Like the idea of this. Always thought having more transportation options would be awesome there.

 

Would adding gondolas be more cost effective than expanding the monorail line?

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Would adding gondolas be more cost effective than expanding the monorail line?

 

We haven't seen the figures so we're all just speculating, but by all accounts it would be a much cheaper option.

 

Edit: ^ Beat me to it.

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Speaking of the monorail, I was always curious why they never connected it to the wilderness lodge. It's basically right next to the resort, and really wouldn't be that far of an expansion. Making the wilderness lodge a monorail hotel could pay off.

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Would adding gondolas be more cost effective than expanding the monorail line?

 

^From what I understand from sources that may or may not be real or credible expanding the monorial system is incredibly expensive.

 

I remember watching a documentary many years ago about the WDW monorail, and they stated that when it was built it cost $1 million a mile. . . Given how much money has changed since the construction, I don't even want to think about how much a mile would cost today.

 

If I can find the documentary I'll post a link to it.

 

Edit: In today's cost, it would cost about $5,996,024.69 a mile for the Monorail. (If the information given in the documentary was correct.)

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^^ yeah even though Disney brings that in in half a day, I would not spend 5 million dollars a mile. Even though it would be cool to see the monorail go more places.

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Does the monorail close in case of rain and bad weather?

 

No, and this would be the one drawback with the Skyway system. Assuming this is a modern enclosed Doppelmayr (or something similar) it would need to close for severe weather. They can run in rain, but they generally can't run in lightning or high winds. The wind limit is generally pretty high on these modern lifts though, it's not like we're dealing with the Cedar Point Sky Ride here.

 

Still, I think this is a minor drawback to an otherwise awesome idea.

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