Proposal: Magic Kingdom Zip-Line
"Pay-toPlay" attraction. All platforms outside of the park fence. Available early in the morning (pre-opening) or late at night (post-closing).
Zip lines would carry riders from the east side above Tommorrowland, across Main Street USA to a platform outside of Adventureland. Adventureland to back of Frontierland (crossing over Big Thunder). Frontierland to back of Fantasyland (Passing front of Haunted Mansion and Beasts Castle). Ending back at original location.
It would make a fortune.
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From David L.
Posted April 6, 2013 at 3:08 PM
Yeah, It'd make a fortune, But no.
Maybe in some expanded jungle cruise area (maybe most of adventureland, assuming sight lines wouldn't be ruined), but other than that, no.
Well ... Who could argue with such detailed analysis.
They could charge $50 per trip. The cables could be retractable so they do not pollute sight lines. They would not have to offer the experience year-round.
I dig it.
From David L.
Posted April 7, 2013 at 6:28 AM
As I mentioned, the sight lines are what I worry about. Imagine a person zip lining in front of the beast's castle, the forced perspective would likely (maybe not) be ruined. It wouldn't really fit the theme of the area unless it was more of a "hop on a broomstick and wear a pointy hat" type of thing, but that wouldn't work for each area of the park.
In Adventureland, in many areas the tree canopy is dense enough for the zip lines to go mostly unnoticed. Or how about creating an expanded jungle area where riders could swoop down just missing a crocodile. Throw in some real ropes course attractions (not manufactured like Adventure Mountain, Sky Hike, or the thing at Old Town).
Also, How would they be retractable? unless there is some support from the ground in a public area, I can't think of a way that's possible.
From steve lee
Posted April 7, 2013 at 6:33 AM
Ooooh, this sounds great. I hope they get to that right after they put that roller coaster in Epcot.
Note to David L: Just to be sure you get the concept, this would be a "pre-opening" or "post-closing" pay-to-play attraction.
I think this idea would be pretty cool.
The pre-opening/after hours operating on this thing would be great!
From David L.
Posted April 7, 2013 at 11:59 AM
Sorry I missed that! In that case, It would be great! It would seem to be pretty expensive to errect it and take it down whenever it would be in use, but if there's an efficient enough way, then go for it!
Question: Do I have to wear the Tinkerbell suit to do this?
If the cable could be slacked and reeled in it might work. For example: At the point where the line crosses Main Street, a tag line could be attached to the cable and the line could then be reeled-in from a winch positioned inside the top of Main Street Station. The line would still be visible but would not coss the sight line looking up Main Street.
I see it as a seasonal thing.
Robert, please tell us you don't have one. ;>)
Um ... Mr. Gallagher you've been a TPI Guy since 2009 and you are unaware of R. Niles' extensive theme park wardrobe?
By the way, another method of maintaining sight lines is building the towers extremely high -- as in 200 feet (which would be taller than the Contemporary ... Or the Castle, for that matter.
When I read this title, I thought you were going to propose marriage while on a Zip Line… I guess I was off by a bit…
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