I was thinking about the new sleds and came up with an idea that the Matterhorn is kinda already set up for. Since some people prefer the new sleds for it's increase in capacity. An some like the old ones so they can hold on to their children or lovers (Im in that group!). Why don't they have the Fantasyland side set up for the new bobsleds and the Tomorrowland side set up with the old sleds but provide them with a huge refurbishment to update their technology and color scheme to the new blue and white.
Here are my reasons for this:
1.) This will truly maximize capacity. They could have a CM posted at the split between the 2 sides asking groups how many riders they have and if they are sitting together. Based on the the guests responses, the CM will decide which line to put the guests in. Resulting in fully loaded bobsleds. 8 guests on one side and 6 on the other.
2.) No increase in height limit. Since the old bobsleds will be running on one side, the height limit will not have to be increased.
3.) Everyone is happy. People who do not like lap sitting will have the sleek new sleds and the people who like the old sleds can still ride them.
4.) Disney won't have to spend too much money buying an entire new fleet of bobsleds.
1.) More people riding one side and the other gets backed up.
Solution: When one side gets too crowded, open both lines up around the mountain like they did in the past and have a CM posted there to assign which side guests will be on
2.) People wanting to ride their favorite side
Solution: The reason I chose the Tomorrowland side for the old sleds is because to me, the clearances are much tighter and there is that sudden drop on that side which the old sleds can navigate with ease. Also, to me, that side is slightly faster so the old sleds will be fine. The new sleds running on the Fantasyland side will work out better, in my opinion, since the clearances don't seem as tight and the new sleds are probably faster. So I assume they will keep up to speed. But to solve the issue, just tell the CM which side you prefer, an they would be happy to let you choose a side in that case. But in most cases, guests wouldn't care.
So what do you guys think of this idea? Would it work? I would be happy if they did this. When Im not with my girlfriend I could ride the new sleds with my sisters and friends. An when Im with her, I could ride the old sleds.