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Monsters University Monorail

Monsters University Monorail at Walt Disney World is now rolling along the highway in the sky Monorail tracks. At first it was just on the resort or magic kingdom loops, but it has also been seen on the EPCOT loop. It’s one part of Disney… Read More »Monsters University Monorail

Squirrel Impedes Monorail at Walt Disney World

When I lived out in California, there were frequent problems with ducks or seagulls camping out on the monorail beam. Usually a horn honk or two would scare them off, but sometimes it could take quite a few attempts to clear the beam. Thanks to the magic of ubiquitous smart phones, we now get to see the equivalent problem unfold at Walt Disney World.

According to reports, the resort loop at the Magic Kingdom Monorail was delayed by 45 minutes as the pilot of Monorail Gold attempted to clear the beam of a poor little squirrel who, for some reason, wouldn’t run down a support beam and instead, kept running straight down the line all the way from the Grand Floridian to the Magic Kingdom Monorail Station where it finally jumped off the track into the station.

Kudos to the pilot for being sensitive to other forms of life! Apparently the Monorail Gold pilot is not the only friend to squirrels at the Walt Disney World Monorail. Check out this video below the jump: The Squirrel Whisperer!

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Avengorail on Track

Video has rolled in off the internets of The Avengers monorail on the track at Walt Disney World. This was shot yesterday.

Thanks to Jeff and Denise from MouseSteps for the above video. Here’s another video from Inside the Magic below the jump:

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Walt Disney World Monorail to get The Avengers Treatment

First there was the Tronorail, now we have the Avengerail? Avengorail? Whatever. Disney officially announced today what had been rumored for a few months, an monorail of the fleet will get a wrap treatment for the new Disney/Marvel movie The Avengers. I’m pretty happy about… Read More »Walt Disney World Monorail to get The Avengers Treatment

Risk and Reward, is Disney Parks & Resorts on the Right Track?

With the recent announcement of an Avatar themed land and attractions coming to Disney’s Animal Kingdoms and the troubled opening of Disney’s first Hawaiian resort, Aulani, a lot of the conversation has settled on the types of risks the Walt Disney Company’s parks and resorts division has been taking lately.

It’s a bouillabaisse of different complaints:

  • The monorail and bus system is no longer inpsiring, future world has stagnated, Tomorrowland is now toontown, with the result that Disney’s position as a company with vision has been lost.
  • That Disney should believe in its own artists to come up with compelling stories and themes instead of buying properties like Avatar or Prince of Persia. Franchising is fine, but it shold be ‘Disney’ franchises, not Fox.
  • That building in Hawaii will not pay off for DVC. Either no one will buy it, or they’ll be using those points on the mainland anyway leaving Aulani an empty shell much of the year.

You can see why the Disney company may be confused. One one hand they get attacked for not doing enough on the other for doing too much. That’s true, but the general theme is Disney needs to take more risks when it comes to its parks and resorts.

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