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    Mark VII Monorail Blue's new windows, now the CM's can close them if it rains

    Kudos to the folks who came up with the new design. The new windows have a "slidable" panel, in which CM's (due to the need for a Allen Wrench) can close if needed.



    Glad to see that both Orange and Blue will be able to run during the "hotter" times this summer, and that the new design is a very good step forward!

    Of course, more photos of the window can be found here...

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    Re: Mark VII Monorail Blue's new windows, now the CM's can close them if it rains

    Yay! Window design 3.0 worked! I wish they would close the bottom though
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    Re: Mark VII Monorail Blue's new windows, now the CM's can close them if it rains

    Awesome! It was about time...

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    Re: Mark VII Monorail Blue's new windows, now the CM's can close them if it rains

    So... after two years, the window design ended up coming around in a big circle.

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    Re: Mark VII Monorail Blue's new windows, now the CM's can close them if it rains

    Quote Originally Posted by WDITrent View Post
    So... after two years, the window design ended up coming around in a big circle.
    That seems to be the case, except that guests can no longer control the windows.

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    Re: Mark VII Monorail Blue's new windows, now the CM's can close them if it rains

    Looks good, glad we have a final window design established for them.
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    Re: Mark VII Monorail Blue's new windows, now the CM's can close them if it rains

    Cool now I can ride in the summer.
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    Re: Mark VII Monorail Blue's new windows, now the CM's can close them if it rains

    The windows still look flush, too, which is what they wanted. Good design. Now let's hope this fleet can run a good long time before the next phase or fleet.

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    Re: Mark VII Monorail Blue's new windows, now the CM's can close them if it rains

    Wait, so... The bottom part allows the window to be popped "out", opening the window a little bit, while the sliding part is operable, but only by the CMs?

    So they're minimizing the ability of the guest to open the window (well, really equal usability to the last time I was there, pre-lastest monorails)...

    I love that the windows are flush, though...

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    Re: Mark VII Monorail Blue's new windows, now the CM's can close them if it rains

    Ok - with the window question resolved will they bring monorail operations back to round trips for the summer or will everyone still be asked to exit at the hotel stop?

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    Re: Mark VII Monorail Blue's new windows, now the CM's can close them if it rains

    Quote Originally Posted by shadylanestudio View Post
    Ok - with the window question resolved will they bring monorail operations back to round trips for the summer or will everyone still be asked to exit at the hotel stop?
    All depends on how long the queue is. There are still some loading issues, and large crowds show up regardless of the weather....

    So hopefully there will be a lesser need to limit the Monorail to one-way trips, since Blue will know have a slightly larger capacity (about 30 more folks per train).
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    Re: Mark VII Monorail Blue's new windows, now the CM's can close them if it rains

    I wonder what the concern is with letting guests operate the windows. If its pinched hands, etc.. just make the panel go UP instead of down.

    It looks like the inside panel is the one that goes up here.. wonder how it seals at the joint between the two panes. You would think you would shelter the seam.. not expose it. If the outside window did the movement, the seam would be sheltered.
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    Re: Mark VII Monorail Blue's new windows, now the CM's can close them if it rains

    Quote Originally Posted by Darkbeer View Post
    All depends on how long the queue is. There are still some loading issues, and large crowds show up regardless of the weather....

    So hopefully there will be a lesser need to limit the Monorail to one-way trips, since Blue will know have a slightly larger capacity (about 30 more folks per train).

    I guess the good news is that it is no longer the day-to-day standard operating procedure.

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    Re: Mark VII Monorail Blue's new windows, now the CM's can close them if it rains

    I can't wait to see the new window design this August. More importantly I can't wait to FEEL the difference.
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    Re: Mark VII Monorail Blue's new windows, now the CM's can close them if it rains

    Exciting! These monorails are beautiful and really put the WDW monorails (and the Mark V's) to shame. It will be very nice to eventually put all the glitches behind us and have a full fleet of monorails running at maximum capacity!

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