Hello Tokyo Fans, just saw this on Screamscape, seems like the Jolly Trolley is going the way of Disneyland in CA, It will close April 14th becuase the pathways in Toontown are much too crowded.
JoeInJpn mentioned this a few days ago in one of the topics here. I however... am torned about this. The Jolly Trolley is one of those little things than enhances the topic of the Toontown's theming and I am not to happy about it's dismisal. On the other hand, I have always found it to be silly to have a CM walking in front of the Jolly Trolley to make sure people are not in the way of the short ride... which apparently, has never been an issue with the Jolly Trolley at DL. Apparently this is a "safety minded" decision in the part of OLC, which somehow could also be viewed as a reduction in work force in that area. Seems to me to be an over-reaction in the part of OLC. Thumbs down from me.
Disneyland’s version of the Trolley was killed mostly due to maintenance issues. All of Disneyland’s ToonTown was done on a slashed budget and the Trolley was bodged together from all kinds of spare parts (per the rumors). Disneyland has a long history of it (go look up the history of the Viewliners and the monorails), but that was back in the days when the company would actually work through issues. Anyway, the wobbly motion of the trolley put a lot of strain on the vehicle and repairs were constant. Disneyland also had the same crowd problems that Tokyo Disneyland is suffering – people simply wouldn’t get out of the way. Worse, it’s said the lawyers were demanding seat belts and other “safety” restraints for the passengers. That was another expense Disney refused to pay for. It’s so much cheaper to shut things down.
What’s really funny, however, is the Red Line trolley for the ongoing remake of California Adventure is still in the works. Yet another train running right down the middle of the street. Of course, there won’t be any problems with crowds at DCA.
Actually, it took 6 CMs to operate. This is OLC and their staffing levels are higher than those at the WDC. With two trolleys running daily, there were 4 CMs there, plus the two keeping guard at the queue. Just like the good old days used to be the MK...
I do not thing OLC would close the ride due to staffing levels. Otherwise, other rides and areas of the park would not be staffed with so many CMs as they usually are. This to me, seems like a case of safety more than saving money.. but what do I know? I wasn't even awared they had closed the Trolley at DL in CA.