(IntegrityPress.org) – Some Walt Disney World Park fans are freaking out over the Central Florida Tourism Oversight District (CFTOD) taking over responsibility for inspecting the monorails at Disney World.
The CFTOD had previously criticized unconstitutional behavior Disney engaged in regarding the Ruddy Creek Improvement District (RCID) that it had government-like domain over. They unveiled a new plan for the area that included multiple improvements to roadways, voting rights, and opening the market on utilities. In years past, Disney could charge residents whatever it liked for electricity and water.
They’ve recently announced plans to begin inspections and a safety review of Disney’s monorails. Gov. Ron DeSantis signed legislation last spring which restored authority for safety inspections and certification to the state. Disney previously employed private inspectors and effectively certified themselves.
The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) has already received monorail documents and safety manuals from Disney, according to a spokesman speaking with the media.
The last time someone died in a monorail accident was in 2009, when two monorails collided. The operator of one of the trains, Austin Wuennenberg, 21, was killed. Thankfully, no one else was injured as the accident occurred when the park was closed.
FDOT’s new authority includes the theoretical ability to shut down the monorail, which has some Disney fans fuming online. Krysten Swensen wrote that the change gives FDOT “immense power,” including the ability to shut them all down if they wanted to. She added that “that hasn’t happened yet” however, demonstrating that her fears are seemingly unfounded.
Florida state Sen. Nick DiCeglie (R-18th district), speaking with members of the press, made it clear that shutting down Disney’s monorails was an action of “last resort.” He added that that step would only be taken in the event of serious and legitimate safety concerns.
Swensen’s histrionic outpourings also neglected to mention the fact that California has regulated and monitored Disneyland’s monorails since the year 2000.
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