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    Footbridges for the Disneyland Area

    I haven't heard of this on the site or anybody else speak or speak much of these on Mice Chat.

    Recently I was in Las Vegas, and on the strip there are many attractions on both sides of Las Vegas Blvd, many of the hotels, malls, and casinos have added footbridges (an elevated walkway across streets) and eliminated the need for traditional crosswalks, allowing constant crossing with out the hassle of stopping traffic as much.


    (Bridge from Wynn Las Vegas to Fashion Show Mall)

    As I used them I found they were convenient and allowed the car traffic to flow easily and foot traffic to also move easily, I was thinking it would be a great idea if Disney had, could, or would eventually have the city of Anaheim install these footbridges in certain key areas such as at
    • Harbor and East Park Entrance
    • Harbor and Disneyland Area Hotels
    • Harbor and Disney Way
    • Harbor and Katella
    • Katella and SW St/Disneyland Drive


    I know I might get some criticism or logical issues about the looks of the footbidges so I listed cons that I think some will think about...
    • Bridges will seem out of place
    • Safety hazards
    • Harbor Blvd is half the size of Las Vegas Blvd
    • More space is needed
    • More unnecessary construction
    • Expensive
    • Vendors or unwanted solicitors will be present
    • Access Issues
    • Harbor Blvd. Closures?!
    However, I think if Anaheim, OCTA, Disney, CalTrans, Business, and just whoever all come together they could get some plan together and realise the benefits of moving traffic from the crosswalks to footbridges.

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    Re: Footbridges for the Disneyland Area

    Actually, as we drove down Harbor Blvd this afternoon I had the same thought. There were so many people crossing from the hotel side to the DL Harbor entrance plaza it took us two lights to get past this area. Then there is the problem of the driveways to the many restaurants and hotels. These cause the biggest problem when a car wants to turn right but can't because of all the people. Then that car will hold up traffic for a long time creating a long line of cars. Then if you want to use the middle lane, you can never get over to that lane(or back over to the right lane) because there is the steady stream of cars. I would like to see an elevated path created, but, honestly, because of space issues could never happen.





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    Re: Footbridges for the Disneyland Area

    Especially on the corner of Katela and Harbor when the third gate is built.

    Garden Walk, Disney's Third Gate, Convention Centre and so on are changing the layout of the area. Pretty soon there's going to be need for thought to be put into how to link all these places.

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    Re: Footbridges for the Disneyland Area

    ihave mentioned this before, i think it the most logical thing for the area. I first brought it up when they had the accident that killed a tourist by a car on katella not watching for pedestrains.

    If they were to add the balance of the corner property next to the timon lot and then do the same acroos the corner they could build a nicely landscaped bridge that connects both corners making it a perfect connection to the third park. They could then join these crosswalks with the opposite corners that woud allow safe access to the convention center and gardenwalk

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    Re: Footbridges for the Disneyland Area

    Great idea. If they were to be installed, I would like to see speed ramps or escalators. I personally wouldn't want to climb a flight of stair to get back to my hotel after a 12 hour day in the park. However great idea, I actually surprised they don't have them already.
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    Re: Footbridges for the Disneyland Area

    Quote Originally Posted by DLandFansAZ View Post
    Great idea. If they were to be installed, I would like to see speed ramps or escalators. I personally wouldn't want to climb a flight of stair to get back to my hotel after a 12 hour day in the park. However great idea, I actually surprised they don't have them already.
    They would have to have at least one up and one down escalator and a flight of stairs in addition to an elevator, though speedramps might work well in this case, I'm glad you mentioned that.


    Another thing is that, with the bridges being connected to groups of hotels and motels, it would eliminate the necessity of so many shuttles. However, shuttles are very convenient for far away hotels and some people, I think a direct path to the park would be easy.

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    Re: Footbridges for the Disneyland Area

    The cost is the main issue.....who exactly is going to pay for this and still profit....Vegas, at least has no monetary problem and the bridges do pay for themselves eventually. Here in Anaheim....DL is not going to pay for a easy way for people to cross the street, neither is the Convention Center.

    Love the idea, but just won't work here.
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    Re: Footbridges for the Disneyland Area

    I think footbridges on Harbor would be a good idea. I've seen the traffic whiz by just before/after people cross and right next to people waiting at the edges and I wonder why there haven't been any horrible accidents.

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    Re: Footbridges for the Disneyland Area

    I just don't think there's room, and any attempt at these bridges will result in new bottlenecks.

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    Re: Footbridges for the Disneyland Area

    Great idea, but I don't think as many are needed as you proposed, one pedestrian overpass over Harbor at the east esplanade enterence would be enough. A bridge like that in DTD would be best because it doesn't require the staircases Las Vegas stlye overcrossings do. As DTD showes this idea can be effectively implimented. There really is no reason why we're still waiting at the crosswalk.
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    Re: Footbridges for the Disneyland Area

    Just for reference, from the Opus Archives and a May 1991 Los Angeles Times article on the then proposed Westcot project:



    At various points these were considered as traditional Peoplemovers and elevated moving sidewalks.


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    Re: Footbridges for the Disneyland Area

    From the looks of that proposed map, at least when planning WestCOT they put effort into pedestrian and transportation traffic. The only thing they built was that ugly minimalist green wire and bulb lamp loading area.

    However, in thinking the footbridges could effectively (at the location across Harbor and East Entrance) they could extend over the street and into the large area space that leads past the tramway stop.

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    Re: Footbridges for the Disneyland Area

    You don't have to go to Vegas to see a footbridge going across a major street. Head south on Harbor, about 8-10 miles, go left on MacArthur Blvd., then go right on Bear St. for about 1 or 2 miles. There is a foot bridge that connects South Coast Plaza directly to Crystal Court (now also named South Coast Plaza). You can take a look at that without having to travel over 350 miles.

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    Re: Footbridges for the Disneyland Area



    Now thta I realise it, the monorail might impede one of the bridges, and the only option would be to move the monorail track a few feet over, unless that bridge sloped downward, the entire way or did not exit at the far left corner (NW)

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    Re: Footbridges for the Disneyland Area

    One more thing, keep in mind that Garden Walk has nothing to do with Disney. I highly doubt that they would do much to encourage traffic to that area. Encouraging traffic from Garden Walk to DLR is an entirely different thing though...

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