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Disney Bus Crash near Magic Kingdom sends 12 to hospital

When it rains it pours. Although it wasn’t raining today at 2:40pm, two Disney busses collided on the roads outside the Magic Kingdom resulting in many minor injuries and 12 guests being sent to the hospital. All injuries are described as minor. This comes 11… Read More »Disney Bus Crash near Magic Kingdom sends 12 to hospital

List of Changes Disney’s Made Since Monorail Death

I’m trying to compile a list of known changes made to procedures or operations at Walt Disney World since the Monorail Accident that resulted in the death of one monorail pilot. If you can help me add anything I’m missing I’d appreciate it. Guests are… Read More »List of Changes Disney’s Made Since Monorail Death

NTSB releases preliminary statement on Monorail Accident

The National Transportation Safety Board has released a preliminary statement on the July 5th  collision of two Monorails at Walt Disney World that left one cast member dead. It contains what we have to take as the most accurate description of the tragic unfolding to date. The full report can take 6 months or more.

One of the most heartbreaking details revealed by the NTSB is that the Monorail Purple pilot died while trying to switch his train into reverse and save the lives of his passengers. An upstanding young man and a hero. I hope Walt Disney World finds some way to honor his heroic actions.

Update: The Orlando Sentinel has discovered a potentially unsettling detail. The Manager who was responsible for Monorail Central Control was off property at the time of the crash, although still issuing commands through their radio. They had been asked to take over the Central Coordinator duties after the original coordinator left early due to illness. My sources tell me it’s unlikely this was a contributing factor to the crash. But having the coordinator in the station as an extra pair of eyes during switch times is probably a bonus.

The full text of the statement below the cut:

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Monorails Running Again at Walt Disney World

Update:  The National Transportation and Safety Board has just said that they will be investigating this accident.(via Orlando Sentinel) This is interesting to me since I called the NTSB on Sunday to ask, but could only leave a voice mail asking if they would. I… Read More »Monorails Running Again at Walt Disney World

Former Monorail Pilot’s Explanation of Crash

Update: NTSB preliminary report is now out with best details about accident so far. A former Monorail Pilot has made a video with what looks to be the best explanation so far of exactly what happened this morning at 2AM that resulted in the tragic… Read More »Former Monorail Pilot’s Explanation of Crash