Walt’s Vision: Bring Monorails to Los Angeles Now!

As long as Disney CEO Bob Iger is taking up old causes, I have another one for him. Put the weight of the Walt Disney Company, and the minds of the Imagineers, behind rapidly implementing a network of monorails across the Los Angeles region. Why should Disney care about this? Because, as Ray Bradbury states in his recent LA Times editorial, if nothing is done Freeway traffic will grind to a stop due to all the vehicle traffic.

The Disney Company is heavily invested in Southern California. It has movie and television studios there, two theme parks, and a number of other business ventures. The profits of these establishments, especially the theme parks, depend on free travel to keep the attendance levels up and the customers happy. If Los Angeles develops a reputation as a city where traffic goes nowhere, then tourists will stop coming. If Los Angeles traffic gets much worse, the locals will be less likely to make that trip to Disneyland if suddenly it’s a 2-3 hour trip instead of a 30 minute one.

Walt Disney himself saw this back in the 60s when he offered to build a monorail line from his park in Anaheim to downtown Los Angeles. But what about earthquakes, I hear you wondering. Disneyland’s monorail has operated since 1959 with no earthquake damage. Need more convincing, check out the website of the Monorail Society.

It’s a visionary idea. But as Iger has recently shown, he’s not afraid to take technology to new places where it intersects with the needs of the Disney Company. This is one of those times.

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Whit Honea is the author of The Parents' Phrase Book. He lives in the L.A. area with his wife and two boys. You can find his writings and other works all over the Internets. Now available on Twitter.
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4 Responses to Walt’s Vision: Bring Monorails to Los Angeles Now!

  1. whit says:

    Seattle, which also endures earthquakes, has had an operational monorail for many years that takes people back and forth from downtown to the spaceneedle. When we lived there the big fight in local politics was for it to expand and include more stops. As you might imagine nothing has happened. The only thing that moves slower than traffic is politics.
    L.A., where we live now, has dug itself into a huge hole as far as traffic is concerned. A big dig, ala Boston, doesn’t seem feasible, a monorail would be a great alternative.

  2. Gordon Davidescu says:

    In our last election, Washington voters voted down the expansion of our monorail. Go figure. Why have something so incredibly efficient and environmentally positive?

  3. Mellie Helen says:

    Monorails throughout SoCal would be fabulous. I’ve also often considered that PeopleMover type vehicles would be very handy in areas such as shopping malls, large sports complexes, college campuses, and museum enclaves. Guess we’ll still have to wait around awhile to realize the 1966 vision of Tomorrowland in real life!

  4. G. Maxwell says:

    Now that we in LA have actually mucked things up so badly with overcongested Freeways and roads, and gas prices, this monorail system is the only idea that would actually move us around without disruption. Monorails glide through intersections without collisions and suicidal drivers; monorails fly over buildings and down narrow corrodors in the middle of freeways without disrupting lanes or creating years of clogging detours; monorails can move a lot of people every day. I can’t believe LA turned Walt down. Nevertheless, we need a redo. Always in the future with monorails, Go Disney!

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