Walt Disney World is pulling one of its exclusive new Starbucks coffee mugs sold at Epcot, because the mug's design includes one of Disney's monorails with a purple stripe. The purple train was involved in a fatal 2009 crash in which Monorail Pink backed into the purple train, killing its pilot, 21-year-old Austin Wuennenberg
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Maybe not a big deal in the grand scheme of things... But I bet the family of the killed driver finds it respectful. Good for Disney. When I read the headline I thought Disney might be a bit anal retentive on this. But after reading the synopsis I applaud them.
But then again, what do I know?
I haven't talked to a monorail CM in awhile, but my understanding was that there were two things still in motion. The first is that the monorail would be recategorized as some kind of commercial transportation instead of a ride, meaning different licensing and other standards. The other was that they were hoping to largely automate as much of the system as possible. I know they added some kind of radio antennae along all of the tracks at some point, but no idea what exactly it's for.
Can you imagine how much the few that were sold will go for on ebay?
Screamscape is reporting that they are selling as much as $300.
"But that was our mug! *cries* Wa-wa-wa-wa!!!!"
- Awkward Starbucks Worker
When life gives you oranges, don't expect lemonade.
I'm sorry and I don't mean to be insensitive toward the situation. But the incident was years ago, and if you look at the mug, the whole design concept is in a purple/pink tone. The monorail is only pink because that is the design scheme of the mug, which by the way is pretty cool.
Sorry, knee jerk and overkill to me to pull the mug.
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