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    Question Disney's Speed Limit

    My friends and I have been wondering, why the speed limit at DLR is 14 mph? Of all the speeds why such a random one?

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    Re: Disney's Speed Limit

    I think it is so people remember it. The odd 14 is much more memorable than a common speed like 15 or 20.

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    Re: Disney's Speed Limit

    This question has been asked and debated endlessly. There are many many guesses:

    - 14 miles per hour may be under some kind of liability insurance requirement.

    - Many airbags deploy at 15 mph and more.

    - 14 does not sound like fifty - they may be afraid to say fifteen because it may be construed as fifty.

    - It may be a city ordinance since the parking lot is owned by Anaheim

    - It is an unusual number so guests will remember it.

    - Insert your theory here __________

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    Re: Disney's Speed Limit

    Quote Originally Posted by ravencroft View Post
    - It may be a city ordinance since the parking lot is owned by Anaheim
    But it's on Disney property, how can it be "owned" by Anaheim?

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    Re: Disney's Speed Limit

    Quote Originally Posted by ravencroft View Post
    - 14 does not sound like fifty - they may be afraid to say fifteen because it may be construed as fifty.
    So I can construe 14 as forty then? Whoo hoo!

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    Re: Disney's Speed Limit

    Quote Originally Posted by dfan07 View Post
    So I can construe 14 as forty then? Whoo hoo!
    Quiet! Before someone reads it, and we are forced to go 9 M.P.H. or maybe even get out of our car and push.

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    Re: Disney's Speed Limit

    I think it's cause people go over the limit when they can, so if it's 14 they go at 15. So it's not as dangerous. Is 15 like fast enough to kill someone? i really don't know.lol
    Imagination is more important than knowledge.--Albert Einstein

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    Re: Disney's Speed Limit

    Quote Originally Posted by esquivel View Post
    I think it's cause people go over the limit when they can, so if it's 14 they go at 15. So it's not as dangerous. Is 15 like fast enough to kill someone? i really don't know.lol
    Come on, this is Orange County. Who goes the speed limit? It's just a sign with a number on it.




    Well, I do. But I'm a transplant and don't count.

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    Re: Disney's Speed Limit

    It used to be 15, but Michael Eisner and Paul Pressler agreed to cut it back to 14 as a cost-saving measure. They hoped nobody would notice the decline by degrees. As a result, both men are allowed to drive in their own cars at 1 mph above the speed limit.

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    Re: Disney's Speed Limit

    Could be part of some calculation one of the ridiculous studies Disney constantly pays for came up with? Something like that number will minimize wear on the parking structure or paving, or that it's the fastest speed that one can safely be at to take the relatively sharp curves in the corners of the parking structure?

    I think the most likely reason though is so you'll remember it, as has been already suggested.

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    Re: Disney's Speed Limit

    Quote Originally Posted by Bob Weaver View Post
    It used to be 15, but Michael Eisner and Paul Pressler agreed to cut it back to 14 as a cost-saving measure. They hoped nobody would notice the decline by degrees. As a result, both men are allowed to drive in their own cars at 1 mph above the speed limit.
    I can't stand Eisner. Yuck.

    Nobody actually goes the speed limit

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    Re: Disney's Speed Limit

    Yes, this has been chatted about here numerous times before...

    Bottom line- It's a mind game. Folks see the 14 and it sticks out. It's unusual to see it. Normal folks think twice about it.

    If it is on private property, most of the CA vehicle code does not apply.

    Lots of urban legends out there about it...

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    Re: Disney's Speed Limit

    I was told that if it were 15 mph, then Disney would legally have to have a police station on property. Something like that. This was just told to me by one of my leads.

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    Re: Disney's Speed Limit

    I was told by my neighbor that it was 14 MPH because at 15 Disney staff/CM's would be required to have a different class drivers license to drive guests around, just like limo drivers.

    I think I'll believe him as he is on Disney's general counsel and I know that layers always get in the way of fun.




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    Re: Disney's Speed Limit

    It's 14 because people generally think it's okay to add 5 to the speed limit, or at least go up to the next divisible by 5 amount. If it was 15, people would go 20. But since it's 14, it makes most stick to 15 because if they go 20 they're going more than 5 over.

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