Disney EchoEar Grand Mouseter
Joined: April 1992
||Posted: July 05, 2009, 6:35 pm
These are kinda meaningless stats but in the 38 year history of monorails at WDW there is only one fatality, the one early this morning. Disneyland has been open since 1955 and since then there is only one fatality in nearly 54 years.
News stories I've quoted in the news topic say however there have been accidents and injuries at both parks involving monorails.
So you can say, in a way, there is an element of risk in everything on this earth. And you can say the odds are one fatality each park, 1/38 and 1/54 over the course of years, high seasons, peak seasons, ups and downs are such the risk is minimal and rare of being hurt or injured.
You probably run more risk from careless fellow park guests who don't listen to or follow safety spiels and might allow themselves to get into some sort of trouble which you happen to be close to be part of or witness.
You can't stay home, either, all cocooned up.
My thing about riding in the front of a monorail is less for safety concerns after hearing the news of this fatal crash, and more about "been there, done that, give someone else a chance". And to do it now (we're Disneyland-bound the end of this month, in California) is less scared, and a little more like "haunted". I don't want that kind of feeling on this upcoming trip. Others are welcome to sit up there though, and enjoy.
I voted "Not sure." Give it a little time, at least speaking for myself. I am not opposed to it based soley on the accident, merely I'd do it sometime, but give others a chance to enjoy it so I'll step aside for them to have at it and enjoy.