Anheuser-Busch and Universal contribute to "Derail the Bullet Train" fund

Posted Tuesday, July 13, 2004 10:01 AM | Contributed by Jeff

Anheuser-Busch and Universal Orlando have contributed to a "Derail the Bullet Train" fund, intended to raise enough signatures to put a repeal on the ballot of the constitutionally required bullet train project. The train is supposed to bypass International Drive from the airport and go straight to Disney's property. Disney would not allow the route to enter its property if it stopped on I-Drive, which would doom the possibility of recovering the cost to build the train.

Read more from The Orlando Sentinel.

Tuesday, July 13, 2004 10:33 AM
rollergator's avatar Something in me says that, with all the concern over terrorism, "DERAIL the bullet train" was a poor choice of words...;)
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Tuesday, July 13, 2004 10:53 AM
something else tells me that deraling the bullet train could also be easily seen as a smack agains DisneyWorld's sister park's Big Thunder Mountain, but that's stretching it. :)
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Tuesday, July 13, 2004 10:54 AM
Vater's avatar Well, if you want to go there, the name of the train itself was poorly chosen. Bullets kill people. It's insensitive. They need to rename it the 'wizard train.'

[/sarcasm]

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Tuesday, July 13, 2004 10:58 AM
That was *bad*, Vater..... ;)
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Tuesday, July 13, 2004 11:34 AM
Super Happy Fun Train
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Tuesday, July 13, 2004 11:43 AM
That would be appropriate since it goes on Disney property ... or Super Happy Give Us Your Money Train
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Tuesday, July 13, 2004 11:48 AM
Jeff's avatar Isn't there a ride in Japan called the "Supper Happy Fun Train?" It seems everything there is "Supper Happy Fun."

I say good for them. It's a bad idea and I can't believe people voted for that thing. Let's see if they're able to make up for it and un-vote for it.

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Tuesday, July 13, 2004 12:08 PM

Super Happy Give Us Your Money Train

Pointless observation, but that reminds me of an old Dave Barry Column about Disney World and, as he put it, Walt "You-Will-Have-Fun-or-Else" Disney.

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Tuesday, July 13, 2004 3:46 PM
Or Eisner's line from Family Guy:

"We'll see you at Disneyland! BRING MONEY!"

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Tuesday, July 13, 2004 4:58 PM
If Disney pays for it, then why not?
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Tuesday, July 13, 2004 5:09 PM
Jeff's avatar Uh, Disney isn't paying for it, taxpayers are.
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Tuesday, July 13, 2004 11:31 PM
kpjb's avatar This is the most god-awful plan anywhere. Those Florida voters sure are sharp.

I still say build the thing and stop everywhere BUT Disney... see whose hotel bookings fall and whose rise. Disney will relent in a few years, make them build the final link on to their property on their own.

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Wednesday, July 14, 2004 12:51 AM
rollergator's avatar Twenty years ago, Disney could have EASILY used their leverage to ensure the success of the "Mouse exclusivity plan". Today, even with corporate welfare at an all-time high, there's simply too many OTHER businesses that have enough of a stake in the tourism industry to allow Disney to exert THAT much influence....

I like kpjb's plan, even though I'm one OF "those Florida voters". Wait, did I punch my ballot correctly? ;)

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Thursday, July 15, 2004 6:20 PM
Its a small world but its Ours ... Eisner.
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