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    Re: Should the MS Train Depot add an Elevator?

    Okay, so even if an elevator was put in...how exactly will they find the space to build a ramp to load wheelchairs on the train? Have you ever looked at the end of the platform? Its pretty narrow at the end on Main Street, and I honestly do not see this being possible without quite a bit of a change to the station.

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    Re: Should the MS Train Depot add an Elevator?

    It's probably not necessary legally, given that 75% of the stations are accessible and it's definitely not feasible financially. And before someone calls Disney a bunch of tightwads, yes, sometimes it is about the money. There is a point where it's just not justifiable to spend a buttload of money on something trivial.
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    Re: Should the MS Train Depot add an Elevator?

    Quote Originally Posted by Seawolf View Post
    Sorry, thematically it doesn't work. It would ruin theme and modify a historical land mark.
    If you're using the term "historical landmark" in the sense that it's iconic, then OK, but if you're suggesting the structure has some actual, legal "landmark" status, that's incorrect. Disney could demolish the structure tomorrow without suffering any legal repercussions.

    As for an elevator, I suppose one could be constucted to be thematically correct to the Victorian era--elevators were certainly around in 1900 and earlier. Of course, speaking strictly to Main Street's theme, I doubt an 1890s railroad station in a small mid-western town would have such a contrivance, even at it's symbolic "front door" (then again, a mid-western town wouldn't have an elevated mainline railroad! I mean, how are the drays supposed to pick up their cargo from the freight room?? Horses can't climb stairs.)

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    Re: Should the MS Train Depot add an Elevator?

    It would absolutely not work. For the fact it would congest the whole area. It's more than likely that you would need to have one or two cast members to staff the lift (something that we probably can't do, considering our limited work budgets).

    Where would you put it anyways...there's absolutely no good place for it, unless they got rid of one of those little shop stands possibly by the ATM walk up...but then that puts it way out of our way while trying to work the attraction...that and the little bridges over the entrance/exit tunnels are not large enough to accommodate lowering our ADA ramps.
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    Re: Should the MS Train Depot add an Elevator?

    I'm not sure if I will be at the Meet on Sunday or not but if I am then I will take a few snapshots of the station.
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    Re: Should the MS Train Depot add an Elevator?

    Quote Originally Posted by BassBone View Post
    It's probably not necessary legally, given that 75% of the stations are accessible and it's definitely not feasible financially.
    Just to play devil's advocate here: the interior of the main street station offers an experience and neither of the other stations do.

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    Re: Should the MS Train Depot add an Elevator?

    Quote Originally Posted by MrLiver View Post
    Just to play devil's advocate here: the interior of the main street station offers an experience and neither of the other stations do.
    Responding to the advocate. Then enter at another station and ask to get off at the Main Street station to look around and get back on when the train comes around again.

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    Re: Should the MS Train Depot add an Elevator?

    Quote Originally Posted by aashee View Post
    Responding to the advocate. Then enter at another station and ask to get off at the Main Street station to look around and get back on when the train comes around again.
    If you're in a wheelchair you can't. There's no ramp at Main Street.

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    Re: Should the MS Train Depot add an Elevator?

    Quote Originally Posted by MrLiver View Post
    If you're in a wheelchair you can't. There's no ramp at Main Street.
    Hmm. I'm still not for building an elevator but that's a factor.

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    Re: Should the MS Train Depot add an Elevator?

    To me this is a very tough question. I think that Dis should absolutely make every reasonable effort to provide as equivalent accessibility for disabled people as possible. However, this is one of the few strucutures at DL that I would put in an almost historic category and would never want them to change significantly. In a perfect world, I think it should and could be done in a very respectful way of the original building. This is the problem though, to do so would be very expensive. Like others said, you really can't fault them for not doing something that would be exceedingly expensive relative to the number of people who would use it.
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    Re: Should the MS Train Depot add an Elevator?

    Quote Originally Posted by aashee View Post
    Responding to the advocate. Then enter at another station and ask to get off at the Main Street station to look around and get back on when the train comes around again.
    Which would be great if the ramp is able to allow a chair into the station (I am not sure if this is possible or not). This is also assuming that the next train, or the one after, or the one after that has a spot for the wheelchair. As has already been noted there is not always room, and since wheelchairs don't get off there... might be there a while
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    Re: Should the MS Train Depot add an Elevator?

    Instead of placing the elevator actually at the Station itself, what about situating it over b City Hall or the Opera House?

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    Re: Should the MS Train Depot add an Elevator?

    I love armchair Imagineering

    Let us put aside for the moment money and the political side and see how to accomplish this without destroying Main Street.

    From a look at the picture you have an overall view of the area.


    I agree with the rest of you that the ramp is out of the question. It’s just too great a height and distance. However, a solution might be on the west side of the station. (left side of picture)

    If an elevator was placed in the Tours Garden then the tunnel just needs to be widen a bit to create a walkway between the elevator and the station. It would never be wide enough to two way traffic, but it would be a practical solution to move wheelchairs to and from the train station to elevator.

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    Re: Should the MS Train Depot add an Elevator?

    Quote Originally Posted by ni_teach View Post
    If an elevator was placed in the Tours Garden then the tunnel just needs to be widen a bit to create a walkway between the elevator and the station. It would never be wide enough to two way traffic, but it would be a practical solution to move wheelchairs to and from the train station to elevator.
    Not a big fan of actual armchair imagineering... but definitely a fan of design and concept. A walkway would not be practical because it places an individual extremely close to the ride path, and would then require an escort. I will hopefully be in park either tonight, or Sunday, and I will try to take some pictures of the station... but I have a thought that may work.

    I feel the installation of an elevator that maintains theme is entirely possible. My concern is about it's use, and the traffic congestion such an elevator would cause.
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    Re: Should the MS Train Depot add an Elevator?

    Quote Originally Posted by techskip View Post
    I feel the installation of an elevator that maintains theme is entirely possible. My concern is about it's use, and the traffic congestion such an elevator would cause.

    Yeah. Any elevator or ramp that would impede the traffic in any way through the tunnels would be a big no-no.

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