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Old 09-11-2012, 05:01 PM   #16
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Originally Posted by Figment632 View Post
Upstairs will never reopen it was closed due to fire code.

The only rework I want is the trackless ride system from Poohs Huney Hut!
Originally Posted by Figment632 View Post
Something with lack of handicap fire exits.
I'm not sure I entirely believe that.

The 2 prevailing reasons I've heard for the upstairs shuttering where:

1. There was something about the way taxes were charged that was based off 'Guest Accessible areas'. But shutting down the top floor, Disney was able to achieve a tax savings since it was no longer counted as a guest accessible area.

2. The fact only 1 elevator serviced the top floor which resulted in slower access for those with mobility concerns.

IMHO.... If reason #2 was valid, then the Land would be in MUCH worse shape than the Imageworks ever would be. There is only 1, slow moving, elevator in the Land Pavilion, and with most of the major attractions, including the heavy draw of Soarin, located downstairs, The elevator bottleneck is a much bigger concern there than it would be for normal operation at Imagination.

As for the fire Exit concern, i'm not entirely sure i buy that excuse either. They could easily install needed fire exits into the backstage areas in addition to the spiral staircase and escalator that already exists in the show areas. (the escalator was pretty much walled off with the downstairs remodel). The Elevator wouldn't be an issue during an emergency evacuation since you shouldn't be using elevators anyways in those situations.
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