The Walt Disney World Resort Monorail is one of the most iconic, and favorite FREE attractions and most often the first and last attractions guests ride at The Walt Disney World Resort.
The Walt Disney World Resort has 2 monorail lines, the Magic Kingdom Monorail line which has 2 tracks (one now referred to as The Express Monorail and the other as The Resort Monorail), and the Epcot monorail line which has one track.
The Express Monorail runs counter clock wise on the outer loop taking visitors on an express ride between the Magic Kingdom Monorail Station and The Ticket and The Ticket and Transportation Center (TTC) Monorail Station.
The Resort Monorail runs clockwise on the inner loop stopping at The Contemporary Resort, The Ticket and Transportation Center(TTC), the Polynesian Village Resort, The Grand Floridian Resort & Spa, and finally back to the Magic Kingdom Monorail Station.
The EPCOT Monorail runs directly from The Ticket and Transportation Center (TTC) Monorail Station to the EPCOT Monorail Station,making a loop around Spaceship Earth giving riders a view of EPCOT before stopping at the station.
When The Walt Disney World Resort first opened in 1971, the only park there was The Magic Kingdom. The first monorail line, the Resort Monorail Line, opened at the same time. Originally, the two tracks of the Resort Monorail Line ran monorails in opposite directions, one clockwise, the other counter-clockwise stopping at each monorail station.
Leaving the Magic Kingdom, visitors could take the clockwise monorail and stop first, at The Contemporary Resort, then on to the Ticket and Transportation Center (TTC), next on to The Polynesian Village Resort, and finally completing the circle by ending up back at the Magic Kingdom.This allowed visitors staying at The Contemporary Resort to have a quick ride back to their hotel.
Taking the counter-clockwise monorail, visitors would stop first at The Polynesian Village Resort, then on to the Ticket and Transportation Center (TTC), continuing on to The Contemporary Resort, and finally ending up back at The Magic Kingdom. This line allowed visitors staying at The Polynesian Village Resort, a quick ride back to their hotels.
When EPCOT opened in 1982, The Walt Disney World Resort added a second monorail line. This line ran from the Ticket and Transportation Center (TTC) directly to EPCOT, making a full circle around Space Ship Earth giving riders a full view of EPCOT before stopping at the EPCOT monorail station for disembarking, Leaving EPCOT, visitors boarded at the EPCOT monorail station and headed straight for the Ticket and Transportation Center (TTC).
As visitor ship increased Disney made changes in the system.The outer loop which run counter clockwise, became the Express Monorail making non stop trips between The Magic Kingdom and the Ticket and Transportation Center (TTC). The inner loop, running clock wise became known as the resort Monorail making stops first at The Contemporary Resort, then the ticket and Transportation Center (TTC), then The Polynesian Village Resort and finally back to the Magic Kingdom. In 1988 Walt Disney World open the Grand Floridian Beach Resort (now called The Grand Floridian Resort & Spa) adding another stop to the resort monorail between the Polynesian Village Resort and the Magic Kingdom.
How to Use the Walt Disney World Monorail System
Getting where you want to go is easy aboard one of our world-famous monorails!Simply wait at one of the convenient and well-marked pickup points throughout Walt Disney World Resort. Your ride will then arrive—usually within minutes—ready to transport you to a variety of destinations. Keep in mind that certain destinations are not direct; you may be required to take a connecting mode of transportation to reach your destination.
And remember: If you’re staying at Disney’s Contemporary Resort, Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa or Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort, you can enjoy convenient access to all monorail lines, right from your Disney Resort hotel.
Walt Disney World Resort Monorail History
The 3 Walt Disney Monorail systems together are 14.7 miles long and on average, over 50 millions guests travel on the monorail system each year.
In October, 1971 with the opening of the Walt Disney World Resort, the original 2 lines had 4 stops located at The Magic Kingdom, Disney’s Contemporary Resort, The Ticket and Transportation Center and Disney’s Polynesian Village.
In October 1, 1982 Epcot Center opened and an entirely new line was built going from the Ticket and Transportation Center to Epcot, circling around Spaceship Earth and giving guests a quick birds eye view of Future World before stopping in the Epcot Monorail Station.
In 1988, the Walt Disney World Resort opened Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa on the western shore of the Seven Seas Lagoon between Disney’s Polynesian Village and the Magic Kingdom. At that time, a 4th stop was added to the “Main Resort Loop Line” adding a monorail station at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa.
The original monorails at the Walt Disney World Resort were Mark IV Monorails built by Martin Marietta. these were used through 1991. Beginning in 1989, the Model Mark VI Monorail built by Bombardier Transportation, was gradually introduced and are still used today.
The Mark IV Monorail was 11 ft, 7 inches high and 8ft, 10 inches wide.
The Mark VI Monorail has 6 ft 10.75 inches of headroom and is 8 ft 4.5 inches wide.
Each of the Walt Disney World Resort’s Monorails is identified by a colored stripe. Many guests look in hopes of riding on their favorite color, and often take snapshots of the various colors from a variety of locations in the resort. The Monorail colors are: Red, Coral, Orange, Gold, Yellow, Teal, Lime, Green, Blue, Silver, Black and Peach. There were at one time Pink & Purple, however these colors were retired after a tragic accident between the Pink and Purple Monorails on July 5,2009. Monorail Teal in fact was built from the undamaged sections of the Pink and Purple Monorails after the incident. To assist Cast Members in visually identifying Green from Lime, Pink from Coral and Blue from Teal, the Lime, Teal, and Coral stripes have a white delta painted on each car. Originally, Monorail Lime’s deltas (and those of the older Mark IV Lime) were painted a dark blue in homage to the original Walt Disney World monorail cast’s costume colors (lime and blue), but the colors were changed when the entire monorail fleet was repainted in the early 2000’s.
“Please stand clear of the doors”
The pre-recorded announcement on the monorail lines are almost as iconic as the monorails and the resorts themselves. The phrase, “Please stand clear of the doors’ also spoken in Spanish: “Por favor manténganse alejado de las puertas”, is known by almost every Disney Fan in the world, and even has its own t-shirts and other merchandise. The iconic phrase and other announcements on the monorail wee originally recorded by Jack Wagner, “The Voice of Disney. When the new stop for Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa was opened in 1988, the announcement were re-recorded with the voice of Kevin Miles. In 1998, Kevin Miles was replaced by Matt Hanson who was in tun replaced in 2004, by Joe Hursch. In April 2012, Tom Kane became the new voice of the monorail. through all of these changes however, the iconic phrase, “Please stand clear of the doors” is still pleyed in the original voice of Jack Wagner.
Riding in the front cab
In the early years of the resort guests could request to ride in the cab of the monorail and would be sent to a special line to wait. After the tragic accident of July 5, 2009, the ability of guests to ride in the front cab was permanently ended.
The Walt Disney World Monorail System operates from 30 minutes prior to earliest park opening until one hour after latest park closing. Please note that glass containers of any type are not permitted on the monorail. Medical strollers for Guests with disabilities will be treated as wheelchairs.
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