It’s apparent that Gondolas are the next big thing in the theme park industry. Walt Disney World is working on a high-end Gondola system to connect many of its resorts in the near future. An unlikely theme park now appears to also be wanting in on the gondola hype.
In a recent interview on ABC 7 Los Angeles the mayor of LA, Eric Garcetti stated that they are currently looking at new ways to funnel tourists to the iconic landmark after the closure of the Beachwood Dr gate – the former and most commonly used way to gain access to the sign. The gondola would involve riders disembarking at the summit of the sign and would allow them to board them somewhere near or even on the Universal property according to ABC. It would provide a new and unique incentive for tourists to visit the Hollywood land mark and visit the theme park as the infrastructure is already in place. The newly constructed (and massive) ET Parking Structure is more than capable of supporting both theme park guests and tourists who would like to visit the sign at the same time.
The big question on everyone’s mind is what route would the gondola take. Depending on where they chose to locate the boarding stations the trip could range from 1.5 – 2 miles. This would require carefully navigating along freeways and around neighborhoods (who have already proven to give Universal a hard time with a steady stream of noise complaints). At the moment it seems like this concept is more of a “wouldn’t it be nice” idea being pitched by the mayor than an actual fact. Would you like to visit the Hollywood sign during your next visit to Universal Studios Hollywood? Let us know in the comments below!