I have never seen that attraction's queue down below 30 minutes, ever! I mean it takes even 30 minutes to bring it back up after fireworks. I say if they don't bring it down this fall for the upgrade than for sure for the 60th. Disney does not want the official photographs of the park to have those god awful rails in the photos.
If all these rides were stage shows, would they be putting railings in front of the stage, to keep the actors from falling off? There are other ways to solve the problem, while keeping the look of the old Matterhorn, Casey Jr., Jungle Cruise, and Alice rides, without installing safety railings or netting. Window washers clean skyrise windows without railings being installed on the buildings, don't they? I can think of plenty of ways to solve this problem, without installing railings, such as having a pushcart ride vehicle, with a boom on it, that the workers could attach a safety line to, when they work in dangerous areas.
This is.....insert bad word...ridiculous....I don't know Walt personally but their is no way in hell he'd of allowed the ride to look this ugly for over 3 months even....let alone 3 years
All it takes is on evacuation of an immobilized ride vehicle on a wet night and some poor tourist could do a slip and slide right off the side of that vine. Add to that the fact that there has been testimony on ths very forum that workers already feel safer with the new railings when walking in that area and it is proof that Disney needs to pull its head out of its butt and design something aesthetically pleasing for that ride.
A bloated government bureaucracy like OSHA isn't as concerned with worker safety as it is with keeping itself intact and preserving the jobs and high salaries of the bureaucrats that operate it. They have to keep coming up with new regulation, new violations, new enforcement to justify their existence.
This attraction operated for 50 years with no rails then all of the sudden became a death trap for workers. If I were Disney I would keep the ugly railings up forever along with a sign explaining how overly intrusive our government has become.
Stich - while there is not much in your post that I can say I disagree with, I think you need to be reminded that OSHA's jurisdiction is only for occupational safety. Safety hazzards to the general public, guests and their children are not OSHA's concern. OSHA couldn't give a mouse's behind whether Disney gets sued by guests.
The recent slew of OSHA violations (attacks are a better description) at the DL resort have to do solely with employee safety (or rather OSHA's perception of safety).
"The Division of Occupational Safety and Health (DOSH), better known as Cal/OSHA, protects workers from health and safety hazards on the job in almost every workplace in California through its research and standards, enforcement, and consultation programs. Cal/OSHA also oversees programs to promote public safety on elevators, amusement rides, ski lifts and to promote the safe use of pressure vessels (e.g., boilers and tanks)."
I recall reading somewhere that Tony Baxter was fairly upset about these railings himself. The jist was he put up quite a fight to keep them from being installed.
Hard to believe it has been three years already...just wow.
I love *Alice..*...one of the better FL dark rides, and the traveling outside, then in, and then outside again is a neat novelty. A pity that sensation of slipping over the edge in your catapiller is now somewhat lost.
Three years isn't that much relatively when you've got a track in Tomorrowland that's been abandoned for going on 12 years and entire floors in the same land that's been vacant for a similar amount of time.
Still - very poor follow-through on a comparatively minor fix.
The old Rocket Rod tracks should have been removed after the ride was no longer operational, and they did not have a solution for another attraction. Or, they should have figured out an alternative solution for something else to take the RR's place.