Florida lawmakers have filed an amendment to give the state the power to inspect Walt Disney World’s monorail system. The amendment comes in retaliation after the company was said to have undermined the governor’s newly handpicked board.
By law, the government can not technically target a company and this amendment does not mention Disney by name. However, it doesn’t hide which monorail it’s referring to, either.
Currently, Walt Disney World has the ability to inspect its own rides and monorail system. Although, now lawmakers are looking strip both of those powers away in an amendment to a license plate reader bill. The amendment says monorail systems in special districts that cross county lines would be subject to state inspections–rules that only apply to Disney’s monorail.
“If Disney wants to bring the fight, I think they would probably win the fight,” attorney Jacob Schumer said to WFTV.
Schumer and other attorneys have maintained that position from the beginning because the government has handed Disney a clear-cut retaliation argument.
For those not familiar with the monorail system at Walt Disney World, it first began operation back in 1971–over 50-years-ago. The public transit system spans over 14.7 miles, with around 50 million Disney guests traveling on it each year.
Currently, the system operates twelve trains on three lines of service. As of 2016, it is one of the most heavily used monorail systems in the world, with over 150,000 daily riders. It is surpassed by the Tokyo Monorail in Tokyo, Japan, which has over 300,000 daily riders and by the monorail system run by Chongqing Rail Transit in Chongqing, China, which has over 900,000 daily riders on Line 2 and Line 3 combined.
What are your thoughts on Florida lawmakers looking to file this amendment to give the state power to inspect Walt Disney World’s monorail and ride systems? Let us know in the comments!
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