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.