Ok, so by now the news has filtered through, that WDW is going to reduce the operating hours of its aging monorail system.
First Epcot's line will begin the reduction but operating only 1 hour after regular park closing. I guess I could see that. I have ridden the Epcot Monorail after hours, on nights where Epcot closes at 9pm and MK is open until 11pm or later. During those rides chances were that I would have an entire car to myself, if not an entire train. So I kind of understood that move.
Then they announce they are going to do the same thing for the MK. I needed clarity.... the entire MK system or just the express line? The express line would also make sense but Disney has confirmed, it is the entire MK monorail system. Wow! And not a good wow at all.
Then..... Disney stresses the one hour after park closing is for the regular park hours only. Monorails will not continue to run for EMH evenings and hard ticket events.
So Grand Floridian, Poly, and Contemporary guests who are used to using the monorail to get to and from theses two parks during the EMH evenings are in for a change. I suspect they aren't going to be thrilled. Is not having the monorail at the "monorail resort" somewhat a given to these guests? Something many if not most of them have taken for granted? How many expect this amenity to be as available to them as say having a bed in their room.
Not useing the monorails for hard ticket events? Really? So when the Hollow-wishes Fireworks show ends during the Not-So-Scary Parties, and the park has a mass exit, it will be only the ferry boats running? Ok I guess the boats can keep up with the mass exit of an attendance limited event but........
Do they have a plan for what happens if there are high winds or heavy electrical activity. The natural events, which are frequent, are things that monorails can continue to operated in but often results in the Ferry Boats going 101 (shutting down).
I can honestly see the Epcot line. Even for EMH. But for MK EMH evenings and hard ticket events could they not keep the resort line open?
They are saying that "from time to time" they make these kind of changes to accommodate transportation maintenance. Does anyone recall a former time where they made this kind of change?
At least they didn't say "Guest feedback has been they would like to use alternative transportation methods when attending EMH evening hours."
And does anyone expect to see any real improvement on how well the 11 remaining trains of the WDW monorail system are maintained? I don't, but if I am wrong on that, at least there will be some positive trade off.