Some trees fall, due to storms, illness, heaviness and a bunch of other reasons .......but yet there are tree's that are hundreds of years old that haven't budged yet.
Happens all over the world every day, not to worry unless they all start to fall at once.
Don't trees generally become diseased or die before they fall, unless there's a storm that knocks them down? If that's the case maybe it's time to get a horticulturist in there to check out the rest of the trees and make sure they're okay. If one of those grand, huge trees falls on someone - or a limb does - it's going to be horrible. You can't stop every accident from ever happening but if they can weed out the diseased/dead trees now it might stop some of them.
And that's not living in a bubble - as far as I know, a lot of major parks/zoos/areas with lots of trees have these sort of checks/pruning happening.
Yes, in general. This tree was not a sapling as far as I can tell when it was planted at DL. It was already older when it was replanted. It's root system did NOT grow in a natural (and strengthening) way. So now its' weight became an issue. It is also quite possible that it was planted wrong (on a bank without enough coverage, roots never allowed to grow downward and outward, etc.)
I agree that a tree doctor needs to take a look at every tree, esp the older and original plantings. I had assumed that Disney already did this. I am pretty sure that they were haphazardly planted in the 1 year that it took to build DL. This isn't a slam, just an observation. Back in the 50s, we knew much less about replanting older trees to off-set any issues that may come up decades after the replantings.
I would much rather them have a massive inspection than to bubble wrap everything. The fall-out from this and the one from a few years ago in Adventureland concerns me and I hope this doesn't become a major issue for the safety team.
As for the "act of god" comment several posts above, any lawyer can prove Disney was at fault for it being on their property and being mis-planted by the same company charging money to enter this property. It is not considered an act of god in this case. *le sigh* ...I can see ticket prices going up even more to cover the costs.
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This happened maybe no more than 15 miles away and I am pretty sure the soil there is very similar to the soil around the ROA. So perhaps disease is part of the problem.
I hate to seem selfish but I hope they replace the tree with something impressive rather than nothing at all, or perhaps even worse a young tree only 5 feet tall with a thin trunk and maybe 5 leaves hanging from it.
The Mark Twain was nearby, according to reports about 30 feet away. They had to stop and reverse back to the dock.
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