I'm trying to delete my account.
- Dec 29, 2009
I usually have a private car service take me from my resort to the parks (and vice-versa), but that is because I am inherently wealthy.
The case study in London is using a capacitor bank with low voltage (48V). There may have been a budget/technology constraint on that system that led to some guests experiencing a failure (whether it is constant or intermittent, I don’t know). Capacitors tend to have issues with leakage current and that could be the issue among many other possibilities. If I recall, that system came online about 7 years ago; that’s an eternity in the battery technology roadmap world. Similar to Moore’s Law, battery technology is a very, very rapid game of increasing the performances across the board (energy density/power density/operational limits/cycle life/temperature range/etc.).My premise is that, whether or not these are possible, they are not *practical*. The one example people have cited in London, does not provide a comfortable climate - based on actual users' opinion.
"Practical" would take in to account several factors, like size, weight, reliability and cost.
It doesn't seem like we're arguing about cost. Any addition of proprietary battery technology and air conditioners to hundreds of gondolas, plus the charging gear addition to 6 stations (3 at CBR, 1 DHS, 1 Epcot, 1 Riviera) would likely be a significant cost increase for the project.
Would your battery, that you've described, be able to fit somewhere on the gondola and run the air conditioning for 3+ hours? Would it reduce the number of riders based on its weight?
The design of the passive cooling, including the vents in the floor, would not work in a "practical" way with air conditioning. If you made these vents a user selection, they would not be as air tight when closed and they would invariably be left open. That's just what people do.
Also, these gondolas spend a large portion of their round trips with the doors wide open. This would lower the effectiveness of any air conditioner.
Furthermore, my argument against AC was in response to the people(not you) who claim there was a simple choice between AC and no AC - and that Disney just decided not to slap an air conditioner on these out of pure greed.
If I was stuck in one of these after the AC quit working, I would prefer one that was 100% designed for passive cooling.
THANK YOU for mentioning the Telluride gondola! I have been on it many times and absolutely love it. It's such a pleasant, peaceful way to travel...of course, that one is up in the mountains, but the concept is the same. I've come around on this issue and will 100% ride the Skyliner when I am at WDW in a couple weeks. I'll probably bring an extra bottle of water with me and hit the restroom beforehand, but I'll definitely check it out!Disney uses the exact same system as Telluride and it's awesome.