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11 Things We Love About Walt Disney World’s Monorail

11. Stunning Scenery

One of the best-kept secrets of Walt Disney World’s Monorail System is the stunning views!  You’ve never seen Epcot or the Magic Kingdom like this, and evening rides, when the parks are lit up, are especially magical.  Plus, the resort line goes right through the Contemporary Resort, which is a sight to see!

10. Minimal Wait

As efficient as Disney’s complimentary bus service is, it can be tedious waiting in line, especially with children, for 20 minutes or more for the next bus.  We’ve found the monorail to be more reliable, and the longest we’ve ever waited for a train is a few minutes.

9. Resort Hopping

Disney’s monorail is obviously convenient if you’re staying at one of the resorts directly on the Resort Monorail line.  But even if you’re not, the monorail is the perfect way to enjoy some quality resort hopping time in between park visits!  Head to the Grand Floridian, Polynesian Village and the Contemporary Resorts to shop, enjoy a meal or just explore and plan your next Disney stay!

8. Air Conditioning

While it may not seem worthy of inclusion on a list like this, the air conditioning on Disney’s monorails is like a breath of fresh air!  This is especially true on those scorching Florida summer days.  Plus, a round-trip ride on any of the monorail lines lasts no more than about 15 minutes, so it’s a great way to cool off and take a quick break from the parks.

7. What’s in a Name?

Walt Disney World’s Monorail System has been operating since 1971, the year WDW opened.  Fun fact: there’s a system in place that checks the distance between Disney’s monorail trains, and Walt Disney himself named this moving block light system “MAPO”, a nod to the movie Mary Poppins.

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6. Eco-Friendly Transportation

 We’re pretty fond of our planet, so it’s always a bonus when something fun and convenient is also environmentally friendly!  And Disney’s monorail is definitely that.  The trains don’t produce any waste or gases, because they run on electricity; this makes the monorail a completely guilt-free mode of transportation.

5. World Class Statistics

Even if the monorail isn’t crowded when you ride, don’t be fooled; almost 7,000 people ride the monorail per hour, per direction, adding up to more than 150,000 people a day!  This makes Walt Disney World’s Monorail System one of the most used in the world.

4. Unique as a Rainbow

Disney uses different colors to identify each of the monorail trains in operation.  Each train has 6 cars, and is over 200 feet long.  Next time you ride, take a look at the stripe on your train: current colors include peach, teal, red, coral, orange, gold, yellow, lime, green, blue, silver and black.

3. Fun Merchandise

The monorail at Walt Disney World is so iconic, it has its own line of merchandise.  That’s right, you can purchase monorail-themed apparel, jewellery, toy replicas, tableware and more, to continue to enjoy the monorail once your vacation is over.

2. Film Wraps

Disney has been known to promote upcoming films by covering certain monorail trains in decorative wraps advertising the films.  The first film wrap to be “worn” by a train was Tron: Legacy, in 2010.  More films, including Monsters University, Cars 2, and Iron Man 3, followed.  You never know what you’ll spot on your next ride!

1. Sweet and Simple

In addition to the Resort Monorail line, there are two other monorail lines at Walt Disney World.  The Express runs between the Ticket and Transportation Center and the Magic Kingdom, while the Epcot line runs between the Ticket and Transportation Center and Epcot.  These monorail lines are ideal options for guests who have parked at the TTC and are bound for either Epcot or Magic Kingdom, and if you’re doing both parks in one day, you can simply transfer at the TTC to the other monorail line.

About Jason Dick

Jason is a Disney addict. Walt Disney World trips are an annual occurrence that his partner has had to come to terms with. In between Disney trips, he spends his time running the theatre company he started in 2007. As Artistic Director, he picks musicals to bring to his hometown of Hamilton, Ontario Canada that have never been produced in the area. Traveling is definitely a passion and in addition to his trips to the happiest place on earth, he and his partner also travel the world, most recently to India and Nepal. A carnivore by nature, Jason loves the incredible amount of steakhouses Walt Disney World has to offer - they are always at the top of his list for each and every visit.