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Disneyland Trip Planning
Topic: Serious Monorail problems, don't expect to use it

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Darkbeer
Mon 1/21/2008 10:00a
Just a heads up, as I mentioned in today's "Monday at the Parks" update over at MiceAge.com, the new Monorail delivered last month is not passing the initial tests, mainly due to clearance issues with the Monorail Beam. (It scrapes and drags on the beam, especially on the curves).

Since there is only one current Monorail (old version) that is available for guests to use, and now it looks like that will be the only one available for months, as Disney is thinking of sending back the new Monorail for repairs, which was built in Canada.

So what to expect.

First, don't plan on using the Monorail at any time. If it is available, great. But it is old, and if it breaks down, there is no spare. So there is a good chance of you walking up and finding the attraction closed.

During busy times, such as the 7 weeks of Spring Break Crowds, which start March 10th, there is a good chance that the Monorail will only be available for guests staying at one of the Three Disney owned hotels, and they will be checking room keys before allowing you to enter the line. Also, only expect one way trips, as they will make everyone exit at each station during busy days.

Sorry for the bad news, and trust me, the folks working the Monorail are not happy about it either, but better to know in advance and plan accordingly.
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markcanada
Mon 1/21/2008 11:33a
On behalf of my nation, I apologize. Is it built by Bombardier?
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Darkbeer
Mon 1/21/2008 11:37a
No, it wasn't Bombardier's fault...

The company in charge is Burke Composite Design, with some work being done by sub-contractors.
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boyumz
Mon 1/21/2008 4:55p
In the wise words of my husband..."It must have been built with non-union labor". LOL JK
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amazedncal2
Tue 1/22/2008 7:27a
Darkbeer, there were 2 monorails running a couple of weeks ago. Do you know what happened to the other one? Is it off line for good or down for repairs? Now that I think about it, maybe the 2nd one was the "new" one. They were both painted with the Dreams stuff.
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Darkbeer
Tue 1/22/2008 7:40a
The old Monorail Red has left the park, and has been seen in Canada, where it is being dismantled.

There are only 2 Monorails in the Park, the one operating for guests, Mark V Monorail Purple, and the new Mark VII Monorail Red, that can't leave the barn, as it gets stuck on the first curve (side spur) before it even gets to the main track.

"Old" Monorail Red was decommissioned January 6th, at the end of the Christmas Break season.
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dlkozy
Tue 1/22/2008 8:09a
So, instead of ordering 2 new ones, (for when the last old one finally does give up the ghost) DL has one old one and one broken new one.

Great planning on their part.
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amazedncal2
Tue 1/22/2008 8:15a
Thanks again Darkbeer, that clears it up nicely :)
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RoadTrip
Tue 1/22/2008 8:26a
The upside to this is that at Disneyland the monorail is really nothing other than an attraction. The hotels are so close to the Disneyland entrance that you can walk to them more quickly than you can walk to the Downtown Disney monorail station and wait for a train.
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dlkozy
Tue 1/22/2008 1:20p
^^^true-but it is used as a selling point for all of high priced DLR Hotels.

Hard to use it as a selling point if it cannot be counted on to run the short distance that it does.

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