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Welcome to those of you joining me from The Disney Kids and those of you just hopping aboard. I am the 3rd stop on our Magical Blogorail. Today, we are running a Special Loop to share about all the various modes of Disney transportation.
We are sharing LOTS and LOTS of Disney Transportation with you today. But, my all-time favorite is by far the one that I get to share with you here on my blog —
“Please stand clear of the doors.
Por favor, mantengase alejado de las puertas.”
What is the Monorail?
The Walt Disney World monorail is known as the “public transport of the future.” The monorail system opened in 1971 with 2 routes and Mark IV monorail trains. Nowadays, the system operates with Mark VI monorail trains and has 3 routes. According to Wikipedia, the Walt Disney World monorail system is “the most heavily used monorail system in the world.”
Where can you go?
The three route lines are:
- Magic Kingdom Express: This line runs directly from the Transportation & Ticket Center to the Magic Kingdom (and back). This loop travels counter-clockwise.
- Magic Kingdom Resorts: This line offers round-trip service, running in a clock-wise direction, making stops at the Magic Kingdom, Disney’s Contemporary Resort, the Transportation & Ticket Center, Disney’s Polynesian Resort, and Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa.
- Epcot: The line features service to and from Epcot from the Transportation & Ticket Center.
How many monorails are there?
Currently, there are 12 monorail trains: red, coral, orange, gold, yellow, teal, lime, green, blue, silver, black, and peach. (The pink and purple monorail trains were retired after an accident in the summer of 2009). Occasionally, one of the monorails will receive a “special makeover” (most recently, the red monorail was converted to an Avenger’s themed monorail).
Things to Remember
- The Walt Disney World Monorail System operates from one hour prior to earliest park opening until one hour after latest park closing.
- No luggage is allowed on the monorail.
- No alcoholic beverages are allowed on the monorail.
- The Disney website says that all strollers must be folded (though we have never folded a stroller on the monorail, and have never been asked/told to).
- Service on the Walt Disney World Monorail is free.
- Take advantage of the monorail. While not necessarily considered “a Disney attraction” it’s a fun means of transportation and a great way to visit the Magic Kingdom resorts. I recommend taking a few hours and enjoying the monorail loop with a brief visit in each resort. Check out the theming, decor, etc.
- While you can no longer ride up front with the monorail driver, I’d still recommend thanking him/her for the trip, if you see them standing outside on your stop.
- Be courteous of those with special needs and those older than yourself. If the monorail is crowded, offer your seat to someone else who may need it more.
Is the monorail one of your favorite modes of Disney transportation?
Thank you for joining me today. Your next stop on the Magical Blogorail Loop is DISTherapy.
Here is the map of our Magical Blogorail loop should you happen to have to make a stop along the way and want to reboard!
- The Disney World Buses at yourfirstvisit.net
- Disney’s Magic Express at The Disney Kids
- The Monorail at Heidi’s Head
- Ferryboats to the Magic Kingdom at DISTherapy
- Motor Launches & Motor Cruisers at Focused on the Magic
- Friendship Boats at The Disney Point
- Port Orleans-Downtown Disney Ferryboats at Can Do It Mom aka Mouse Fan Diane
- The Walt Disney World Railroad at Return to Disney
- Surrey Bikes at Magical Mouse Schoolhouse
- Parking Lot Trams at A Disney Mom’s Thoughts
- Disney World Walking Paths at Disney Living