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My original thought was that this skyway wouldn't be cheap by any stretch because they would have to do it right, which means that these gondolas would have to be done hardcore, enclosed, with A/C, with fairly good sized capacity.   i.e., like the Orlando Eye in size and quality or larger.  If they aren't, then, shame on Disney.  This has to be a bona fide "real" and legit transportation system.

5 hours ago, AndyPok1 said:

Why would you need to sneak?

I'm assuming it would be closed off to non guests, especially in this age of the Disney Bands; they may have the system closed off to only wrist band wearers.  But... they may not.

5 hours ago, spenser1058 said:

Still awaiting more details on the gondola. I'm curious to see what differences with this eliminate the problems the Fantasyland/Tomorrowland Skyway had with weather (central Florida is in the top 5 worldwide for lightning storms - the MK attraction closed almost daily during the rainy season.)

this is a valid concern because if memory serves, they shut down The Eye during thunderstorms.

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17 hours ago, jrs2 said:

I'm assuming it would be closed off to non guests, especially in this age of the Disney Bands; they may have the system closed off to only wrist band wearers.  But... they may not.

It's a way to move you from place to place.  You're able to go ride the monorail, ferryboat, buses, and other boats to your hearts content currently.  I'd be shocked if there was anything preventing you.

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6 people at a time doesn't get people around at the volume of the monorail.  I know the monorail has its own issues, but I find it hard to believe at 6 people per cart that it would be worth it if you're trying to move people around.

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If the infrastructure is in place and strong enough to hold heavier gondolas......... I guess they can swap down the road? But yes, 6 persons at a time is hardly going to fit in the category as a true transit system to replace the bus system. 

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4 hours ago, codypet said:

6 people at a time doesn't get people around at the volume of the monorail.  I know the monorail has its own issues, but I find it hard to believe at 6 people per cart that it would be worth it if you're trying to move people around.

WTF?  Are they crazy?  6 people only.

 

6 hours ago, AndyPok1 said:

It's a way to move you from place to place.  You're able to go ride the monorail, ferryboat, buses, and other boats to your hearts content currently.  I'd be shocked if there was anything preventing you.

There you go.  Now do you believe they'll probably restrict it to resort guests only- at only 6 people per gondola?

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Six people per gondola could work, if they are running in a continuous loop and coming in every minute or so. They could always upgrade later if it becomes overburdened. Aren't they just connecting their least busy parks - Hollywood Studios, Epcot, and a couple of resorts with it?

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Studios will not be least busy for long - I kind of expect that they are anticipating major crowds there without having ride capacity and therefore could offset crowds by getting easier access to EPCOT. 

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This 3-month old article from the Sentinel says that Reedy Creek documents say the cabs are expected to carry 10 people a piece, and names Doppelmayr as the manufacturer. I think this will be similar to the Emirates Air Line in London, which is a single-line system with 10-person gondolas. That system can carry 2500 pax/hr--about 50 bus-loads.

http://www.orlandosentinel.com/travel/attractions/the-daily-disney/os-bz-disney-world-gondolas-cable-cars-plans-20170418-story.html

 

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This is subscriber content so I can't read the article, but this is potentially huge news if the developer decides to build this in Orlando. Apparently the developer is trying to decide between eight cities to build this in.

Professional cricket company eyeing Orlando for 26,000-seat stadium

https://www.bizjournals.com/orlando/news/2017/07/18/professional-cricket-companyeyeing-orlando-for-26.html

This is a prototype for the type of stadium and mixed-use development U.S. professional cricket teams plan.

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I can't wrap my head around cricket.  I get that it's a world sport, but it's like a really bad version of baseball.

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10 hours ago, orange87 said:

This is subscriber content so I can't read the article, but this is potentially huge news if the developer decides to build this in Orlando. Apparently the developer is trying to decide between eight cities to build this in.

Professional cricket company eyeing Orlando for 26,000-seat stadium

https://www.bizjournals.com/orlando/news/2017/07/18/professional-cricket-companyeyeing-orlando-for-26.html

This is a prototype for the type of stadium and mixed-use development U.S. professional cricket teams plan.

In that intro paragraph at OBJ, it sounds like they are saying he wants to build stadiums in eight cities, Orlando potentially being one of them.

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1 hour ago, HankStrong said:

I can't wrap my head around cricket.  I get that it's a world sport, but it's like a really bad version of baseball.

I must say, I was enjoying that Google Doodle Cricket game they had up the past few days or so...

chricket-doodle.jpg

Became kind of addicting for awhile there.

Play Google Cricket (link)

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2 hours ago, jrs2 said:

In that intro paragraph at OBJ, it sounds like they are saying he wants to build stadiums in eight cities, Orlando potentially being one of them.

Yeah, they worded it kind of weird. It's hard to tell if they're saying he wants to build potentially eight stadiums, or build one stadium and he's considering eight locations.

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19 hours ago, metal93 said:

Six people per gondola could work, if they are running in a continuous loop and coming in every minute or so. They could always upgrade later if it becomes overburdened. Aren't they just connecting their least busy parks - Hollywood Studios, Epcot, and a couple of resorts with it?

I'd anticipate more then one gondola per minute, especially during peak times. They don't have the spacing requirements of the monorail and more then one can be loaded at a time. 3 or 4 per minute isn't unrealistic from my understanding.

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If they do a moving platform similar to Spaceship Earth's loading but larger, its doable, but that's assuming noone holds up the line for any reason (thinking elderly and disabled people)

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On 7/17/2017 at 2:53 PM, spenser1058 said:

Dropping things from the Skyway was an ongoing issue (not to mention the little porn shows going on high above Fantasyland at night, particularly on Grad Nites -what amazing views the cast members working the transfer station as the cabins changed directions over the Grand Prix Raceway midway often got!)

 

 

..the what :blink:

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On 7/18/2017 at 9:13 PM, smileguy said:

This 3-month old article from the Sentinel says that Reedy Creek documents say the cabs are expected to carry 10 people a piece, and names Doppelmayr as the manufacturer. I think this will be similar to the Emirates Air Line in London, which is a single-line system with 10-person gondolas. That system can carry 2500 pax/hr--about 50 bus-loads.

http://www.orlandosentinel.com/travel/attractions/the-daily-disney/os-bz-disney-world-gondolas-cable-cars-plans-20170418-story.html

 

In the words of the kid in the classic Atari 5200 commercial..."Now you're talkin'".  That's very similar to the Orlando Eye gondolas in structure.  That's acceptable if they're at least that big.

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This is the one in Koblenz Germany.  HERE  I rode this one and felt it was plenty comfortable, solid and roomy and I'm deathly afraid of heights.   There were two cars in the whole chain that had the glass bottom like this.  The rest were solid.  I count 20 people in this photo, and I know the solid bottom ones held more.   I'll honestly be surprised if they're any smaller than this one.   The one I posted earlier from Ober Gatlinburg is larger than this.

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28 minutes ago, codypet said:

This is the one in Koblenz Germany.  HERE  I rode this one and felt it was plenty comfortable, solid and roomy and I'm deathly afraid of heights.   There were two cars in the whole chain that had the glass bottom like this.  The rest were solid.  I count 20 people in this photo, and I know the solid bottom ones held more.   I'll honestly be surprised if they're any smaller than this one.   The one I posted earlier from Ober Gatlinburg is larger than this.

this looks almost identical to the size used on the Orlando Eye.  I like it.

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8 minutes ago, JFW657 said:

Teenagers being teenagers.

on Disney? omg lmao

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