New Disneyland Tram Doors – Added Safety or Just a Pain?

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Recently, some of the parking lot trams at Disneyland have had doors installed, presumably for safety reasons. Prior to this addition, the sides of the trams were open to the air. Last Saturday, was my first opportunity to ride in one of the updated trams.

I’ll be the first to admit I hate change, so it is no surprise that my initial reaction is to hate these doors.  But after riding in the door-equipped tram, I now have a real reason for not liking the doors.

I was with my brother, his wife, and my nephew and and, naturally, they had brought along quite a bit of baby stuff including a stroller and diaper bag.  We also had jackets and other items such as waterbottles.  When we arrived at the tram, we collapsed the stroller and then had a heck of a time getting the broken-down stroller onto the tram.  With our arms full of baby stuff plus the baby, we found getting the doors open and getting on the tram to be a tough operation.

Correct me if I’m wrong, but aren’t these the only doors on ride vehicles in all of the Disneyland Resort that guests have to open themselves?  I expected them to open up automatically and shut the same way, but they don’t.

The doors are also hinged in such a way that they want to stay shut.  So you actually have to keep your hand on the door to keep it open.  As you can imagine, this makes boarding with a child or stroller that much more difficult.

My other complaint is that the tram accommodates less people with the addition of these new doors.  Before, when you saw an empty spot on an almost full row, it would be easy just to jump on and cram in.  For some reason, the door makes the row seem private, making an additional person hopping onto the row not only uncomfortable but, for some reason, almost rude.

That’s just my two cents.  With all of Disney’s recent accidents, I’m sure this safety precaution makes sense.  But it’s not the way things have always been.

What do you think of the new doors on the Disneyland tram?


Jeremiah Daws and his brother Josh are theme park fans and filmmakers living the dream in California.
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19 Comments

  1. Jason

    I think this is a necessary evil. The only other option would to have been MUCH more vigilant on how many people cram into a row. The more people, the closer they are to falling out. So, they could cut down the number of riders, but then you need to run more trams. So, not many good options.

  2. Robert

    This will keep folks from boarding the tram as it is ready to pull away. Don’t you just hate when they do that?

    1. Shel

      I think that is the best insight, Robert. I kept brainlessly thinking “geeze, how many people fall off?” And even if there has been big liability from the occasional fall off, the daily problem is the late boarding. I’ve seen a lot of late boarding, and even one gal who jumped off after the tram started moving. People are idiots, we’re getting the cattle cars that (we) as a herd deserve.

      1. Ricky Brigante

        And now they’ve added the same style of doors to a few trams at Walt Disney World too. Seems like they’re working on adding them to all the trams.

      2. Tyler Kochman

        To me, making the doors manual and not automatic gives those idiots a chance to do stupid stuff like open them and jump out while it is in motion. Why not automatic doors, I mean really?!

  3. PenelopePeach

    I’ve had to deal with these a few times over the past few weeks. I think they’re a pain – the doors are resistant and they don’t give you much room to get in/out. They can be difficult to maneuver through when you have a lot of stuff.

  4. Michelle

    Maybe it’s to “encourage” parents to not bring their own strollers and just rent Disney’s.

  5. Nameless Cast Member

    When I worked at WDW, the attraction I was at had doors that we slid open and shut and then locked with a pin. I feel like something along the same lines is in order for trams with doors. It might slow things down too much though. But it would be a nice courtesy and guests wouldn’t have to deal with the struggle to keep the doors open and out of their way. Also as cast members, we could decide when the tram was full and the doors needed to be shut, not the guests.

    1. Jamie

      I agree, that seems like a much better design, but that probably would take too long. The current design a pain in the ass, and what’s stopping some moron from opening the door while the tram is in motion? Nothing. Automatic doors are also a bad idea since they have the potential of closing on someones foot. As I’ve seen posted before, maybe the USH doors would have been the best way to go. But you’re right, the control should be in the hands of the cast members, not the guests.

  6. GregR

    I haven’t tried them yet, but I think they’re lame. We’ve never needed doors on the trams. Why do we need them 55 years later? I know that this wouldn’t fly in court, but if people are stupid enough to fall out of the tram while it’s moving, that’s their problem. I’m sick of negligent people falling or hurting themselves and then suing Disney like it’s their fault. Funny how millions of people before never had a problem.

    1. Totally agree Greg!

  7. jenny

    I have to agree with the doors it does feel like a more private seating isle. I thought I would not like them but after my last visit when some one stood up and was hanging out the doorway looking back I can see the need for it. But I also saw one couple who got out the wrong side this weekend because they couldn’t get the door open. I did notice more trams were running this past weekend, whether it is because of the door issue I am not sure.

  8. i usually choose diaper bags which are made of recyclabe materials to help the environment not just your babies.”;”

  9. gabriel

    the reason for the doors is some lady fell asleep and was falling out and two relatives decided to try and keep her in in which they fell out also and received concussions and sued disney…they finally settled (surprise surprise, everyones sue crazy in california) and now we have doors.

    1. Thanks for the info Gabriel. It is a shame that the courts don’t take into account stupid humans.

  10. Christina

    I think you have far too much time on your hands to complain about doors. If it will save just one persons life, then I say good. What if it was your child that fell out and was killed and a door would have saved them? You’d really be complaining then.

    1. Good point. But children are supposed to be seated on the inside – parents on the outside. So…

  11. sixfootsix

    The doors are required by the city of Anaheim for the trams to be able to cross Katella Ave and get to the additional off-site parking lot. It now seems that buses are being used to reach that lot instead of the tram. The lower connecting point of the door takes up too much of the already cramped space for a person to step. Especially a size 15 or larger shoe.

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