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    Dumbo: Has anybody else noticed?

    We have a toddler in our family. Our toddler happens to be a big Dumbo fan but the last two outings to the park, my wife was turned away from the ride because of technical difficulties. One of the times, my wife and our toddler were actually loaded in the ride and ready to go!

    We are have APs and so visit the park frequently. We live in La Canada, just a 45 minute drive to the park. Assuming our visits and experience with Dumbo are random samples, I would have to presume that the duty cycle for Dumbo these days is very poor.

    Has anybody else out there in the Internet domain noticed this? Weren't you ticked off?

    The ride operators gave my wife a compensatory "go to the front of the line" pass that was valid for that day but we did not get a chance to use the pass. Come-on DisneyLand! Fixing Dumbo's real problems is not rocket science! Haven't you learned from past accidents that deferring maintenance is not good business?

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    Re: Dumbo: Has anybody else noticed?

    This happened to us on the day of the MiceChat 1 year meet. It was annoying, but nothing major.


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    Re: Dumbo: Has anybody else noticed?

    First of all, as a parent of a toddler who loves Dumbo, I'm sorry that you didn't get to ride Dumbo.

    But here are the facts: Mechanical things break down. Mechanical things that operate continuously for 12 - 15 hours a day, seven days a week, nearly 365 days a year can break down more often. And while not necessarily rocket science, these machines do operate on the same scientifc principles of physics, fluid dynamics, and electronics that get the space shuttle into orbit.

    It's a shame your family didn't get to ride. Since you have APs and live a short distance away, you will no doubt have ample opportunity to ride again. Of course, this would be a great lesson to your child: Things happen in life that are often not in our control, and we just have to accept that, make the best of it, and move on.

    But at least you got some recompense. It sounds like Disney did the right thing here.

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    Re: Dumbo: Has anybody else noticed?

    I don't think that addresses the real core issue- the OP is concerned about safety, not the unhappiness of not riding. The real thorn is his side is the last sentence.

    Haven't you learned from past accidents that deferring maintenance is not good business?

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    Re: Dumbo: Has anybody else noticed?

    From his tone, I inferred that the OP was "ticked off" because his family couldn't ride. He didn't seem to be ticked off that his family was escorted from an usafe ride so that it could be fixed--which I presume would have resulted in a "thanks" to the CMs who shut the ride down.

    Unfortunately, the OP makes a lot of presumptions as to the nature of the problem, its cause, and the ride's maintenance schedule that preclude us from talking authoritatively about the subject. He implies that the ride has had deferred maintenance--an accusation that is baseless at this point.
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    Re: Dumbo: Has anybody else noticed?

    I agree. It sounds as if the OP is just annoyed at the fact that a ride broke down when they wanted to get on it.
    Also, the park is seeing better maintinace than it has in years. A couple of breakdowns is normal.

    Perhaps you should read the Tao of Pooh and the Te of Piglet. Taoism helps you relax when things don't go your way.
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    Re: Dumbo: Has anybody else noticed?

    Quote Originally Posted by thejoshualee
    Perhaps you should read the Tao of Pooh...
    Love that book.

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    Re: Dumbo: Has anybody else noticed?

    Last time I was on Dumbo, it was real hard to spin.
    "Here You Leave the World of California Today and Enter the World of, um, er, California Today."

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    Re: Dumbo: Has anybody else noticed?

    Quote Originally Posted by ravencroft
    We are have APs and so visit the park frequently. We live in La Canada, just a 45 minute drive to the park.
    Well, you get what you paid to enter that day

    I might be upset if I paid to get in that day, and that was the only day I was going to go for the whole year.
    "Here You Leave the World of California Today and Enter the World of, um, er, California Today."

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    Re: Dumbo: Has anybody else noticed?

    I guess I still think he is upset about the safety issues, and has covered in a complaint about not riding.

    Perhaps he can clarify.

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    Re: Dumbo: Has anybody else noticed?

    Quote Originally Posted by ravencroft
    the last two outings to the park, my wife was turned away from the ride because of technical difficulties....Assuming our visits and experience with Dumbo are random samples, I would have to presume that the duty cycle for Dumbo these days is very poor.
    Your "sample" is far too small to draw any meaningful conclusions beyond mere coincidence, or to presume anything about its duty cycle.
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    Re: Dumbo: Has anybody else noticed?

    Yeah, I go fairly regularly and I haven't seen Dumbo down. I mean, it's not like I pay specific attention to a ride, but when I walk by, it's working...Oh well, maybe he just has bad luck on the days he does go.

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    Re: Dumbo: Has anybody else noticed?

    I also got the impression that the OP was just ticked he didn't get to ride.

    But I must say that is the first I've ever been given, or heard of, the CM's giving a complimentary "go to the front of the line" pass.

    You have an AP, just go back. I know that if I dont' get to ride or do something, I don't have a tizzy about it. I just say "bah, I'll ride it next time"

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    Quote Originally Posted by Steve DeGaetano
    From his tone, I inferred that the OP was "ticked off" because his family couldn't ride. He didn't seem to be ticked off that his family was escorted from an usafe ride so that it could be fixed--which I presume would have resulted in a "thanks" to the CMs who shut the ride down...

    Uhmm wrong, I think it was pretty clear he was ticked off that it seems to be t'ts up every time he takes the family down from La Canada.

    I infered he was suggesting that maybe the whole ride needs a major refurb or replacement of the mechanics.

    Has anybody else noticed... would indicate he's trying to find out if anybody else has noticed Dumbo down when they were in the park recently.

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    Re: Dumbo: Has anybody else noticed?

    Quote Originally Posted by claribella
    I also got the impression that the OP was just ticked he didn't get to ride.

    But I must say that, that is the first I'm I've ever been given, or heard of, the CM's giving a complimentart "go to the front of the line" pass.

    You have an AP, just go back. I know that if I dont' get to ride or do something, I don't have a tizzy about it. I just say "bah, I'll ride it next time"

    Kind of off subject, but when I went to Disneyland Rocket Rods broke down when we were next in line and we'd waited a LONG time. Anyways, they gave us front of line passes for the next day too. It was pretty nice.

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