Mother of late monorail pilot sues Disney

Posted Tuesday, January 26, 2010 11:57 AM | Contributed by Jeff

The mother of Austin Wuennenberg, 21, who was killed in a crash involving two monorail trains at Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom in July 2009, has filed a lawsuit against the theme park. Christine Wuennenberg claims her son's employer, Walt Disney Parks And Resorts Inc., was responsible for his death because of negligent conduct in the monorail crash.

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Tuesday, January 26, 2010 2:26 PM
Jerry's avatar

Whatever the outcome - I hope the family finds peace... I was just on the Monorail there recently and thought about this tragic incident...

Tuesday, January 26, 2010 3:05 PM
Jeff's avatar

When I was there in December, things just felt different on the monorail. I'm pretty sure you couldn't "drive" either.

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Tuesday, January 26, 2010 3:35 PM
LostKause's avatar

It sucks. One shouldn't have to think about tragedy and death during a visit to "The Happiest Place on Earth". I especially feel sympathy for those who lost loved ones or were harmed at amusement parks.

Wednesday, January 27, 2010 11:36 AM

Jeff said:
I'm pretty sure you couldn't "drive" either.

I hope that gets turned around at some point. That was always the best way to ride the monorail. Especially at night and headed to EPCOT.

Wednesday, January 27, 2010 1:16 PM

Yes, Jeff is correct. Guests are not allowed anymore to ride with the pilot.

I just hope this give Disney the excuse to finally upgrade the monorail to the amazing system used at Tokyo Disney Resort. Fully automated, so that the cast member on board just opens and close the doors and the good thing is that there is none of those "holding for traffic" stops. They put up signs saying "monorails every X minutes" and there will be a monorail every X minutes. Why can't Disney do that for its flagship resort?

Wednesday, January 27, 2010 3:46 PM

Besides not being allowed to ride up in the front I also noticed they seemed to be running less monorails possibly for safety? In past trips, using the express monorail it seemed like there was a monorail entering the TTC station as soon as another left, on my trip a few weeks ago it took much longer even in the beginning of the trip when the post Christmas crowds were still there.

Monday, February 1, 2010 8:26 AM

Absimilliard said:
Why can't Disney do that for its flagship resort?

I wonder this too. I realize the Orlando monorail is a fairly large system as far as these things go, but it's not like we're talking about automating a Class 1 freight line here...

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Monday, February 1, 2010 1:31 PM
Jeff's avatar

What's the ROI though? It would be neat, but I doubt a guest would know the difference.

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