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    Returning the Horse-Drawn Surreys to Main Street, U.S.A.

    Is there a particular reason the horse-drawn surreys no longer comprise some of the traffic on Main Street, U.S.A.?

    They seem as if they would add a nice, romantic touch, like a hansom cab ride. Showing the transition from the horse-and-buggy to the motorcar would further reinforce Main Street, U.S.A.'s foreshadowing of the theme of Tomorrowland, as well.

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    Re: Returning the Horse-Drawn Surreys to Main Street, U.S.A.

    I think that because the crowds of the 50th that the walkways are too crowded for a live animal to drive people around, and also the waste it leaves behind, someone will surley step in it. Some days i see it, usually when its not busy in the park
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    Re: Returning the Horse-Drawn Surreys to Main Street, U.S.A.

    Quote Originally Posted by PragmaticIdealist
    Is there a particular reason the horse-drawn surreys no longer comprise some of the traffic on Main Street, U.S.A.?

    They seem as if they would add a nice, romantic touch, like a hansom cab ride. Showing the transition from the horse-and-buggy to the motorcar would further reinforce Main Street, U.S.A.'s foreshadowing of the theme of Tomorrowland, as well.
    Do you mean the Horse-Drawn Street Car? I don't think I've ever seen a surrey on Main Street .....
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    Re: Returning the Horse-Drawn Surreys to Main Street, U.S.A.

    We saw the horses last month, mid-week. In fact, we took a pic of the kids with one (horse) while it was waiting for passengers to board on Main St.

    Nice touch.

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    Re: Returning the Horse-Drawn Surreys to Main Street, U.S.A.

    Pragmatic is not confusing the horse car with anything else.

    He means a horse drawn surrey, kind of like a nice buggy with a top, which was an attraction that graced Main Street in the early years. The surreys did, in fact, emphasize the trasition from horse power to internal combustion--in much the same way there are electric lights in Town Square (where a community experimenting with electricity might logically place it's first examples of electric lighting), while the rest of Main Street is gas-lighted--to emphasize the "crossroads of an era," as Walt stated.

    My guess is, as has been hinted at, that the surreys were removed to create more room for pedestrian traffic.

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    Re: Returning the Horse-Drawn Surreys to Main Street, U.S.A.

    All the world'll fly in a flurry
    When I take you out in the surrey,
    When I take you out in the surrey with the fringe on top!


    They had it out at the family holiday party at the beginning of December.

    It is my dream to someday ride the horse-drawn surrey while "Surrey With the Fringe on Top" is playing on the Main Street loop.
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    Re: Returning the Horse-Drawn Surreys to Main Street, U.S.A.

    Quote Originally Posted by Steve DeGaetano
    Pragmatic is not confusing the horse car with anything else.

    He means a horse drawn surrey, kind of like a nice buggy with a top, which was an attraction that graced Main Street in the early years. The surreys did, in fact, emphasize the trasition from horse power to internal combustion--in much the same way there are electric lights in Town Square (where a community experimenting with electricity might logically place it's first examples of electric lighting), while the rest of Main Street is gas-lighted--to emphasize the "crossroads of an era," as Walt stated.

    My guess is, as has been hinted at, that the surreys were removed to create more room for pedestrian traffic.
    That would be cool. I would even recommend that they run it through Frontierland with a stop next to the ROA by where Fantasmic is shown. Of course, this could only be done on "light" days ...
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    Re: Returning the Horse-Drawn Surreys to Main Street, U.S.A.

    Does anyone have pictures of the Surreys and any other retired Main Street Vehicles that may have been there in the park's early years?

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    Re: Returning the Horse-Drawn Surreys to Main Street, U.S.A.

    I remember seeing film footage that showed the horses wearing hats similar to those in "Johnny Fedora & Alice Blue Bonnett".

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    Re: Returning the Horse-Drawn Surreys to Main Street, U.S.A.

    Ok, How many were there? Were there other main Stret vehicles that were retired and no longer used used. How many rows of seats did they have? What colors did they come in? And does anyone have pictures

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    Re: Returning the Horse-Drawn Surreys to Main Street, U.S.A.

    Now that I think about it, I seem to recall that the surreys were retired when the omnibuses were added.

    I believe the surreys were black and had a couple of rows of covered seating.

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    Re: Returning the Horse-Drawn Surreys to Main Street, U.S.A.

    Quote Originally Posted by inav
    Ok, How many were there? Were there other main Stret vehicles that were retired and no longer used used. How many rows of seats did they have? What colors did they come in? And does anyone have pictures
    The horse-drawn fire wagon, on display in the firehouse, was an operating attraction at one time.

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