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Walt Disney World Power Outage Reportedly Leaves Thousands Stranded

epcot monorail, cloudy sky in the background, reflective water, epcot's world nature in the background
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Please note that the story outlined in this article is based on a personal Disney Parks guest experience. No two guest experiences are alike, and this article does not necessarily align with Disney Dining’s personal views on Disney Park operations.

Last night, January 5, the Walt Disney World Monorail allegedly experienced a significant power outage, causing widespread inconvenience and leaving thousands of visitors without a reliable transportation option. This unforeseen event allegedly disrupted the seamless and efficient operations that guests have come to expect from the world-renowned theme park, highlighting the vulnerability of even the most advanced transportation systems.

Monorail at EPCOT

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Monorail Outage Leaves Fans in Disarray

The alleged power outage at Walt Disney World’s Monorail system unfolded during what should have been a magical evening for guests. As darkness settled over the resort and guests made their pilgrimage back to their resorts, chaos reportedly struck. Visitors who were relying on this mode of transportation found themselves facing unforeseen challenges and having to consider alternative ways to navigate the vast expanse of the park.

The monorail, which is an integral part of the Disney World experience, connects various attractions, allowing guests to move between the park’s different lands and resorts effortlessly. Its sleek design, futuristic aesthetic, and efficient operation have long been a symbol of the park’s commitment to innovation and guest satisfaction. Therefore, when the power outage allegedly occurred, it disrupted the transportation services and cast a temporary shadow over the sense of wonder and enchantment that Disney World aims to provide.

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EPCOT Monorail with Spaceship Earth in Background

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Alternate Transportation Methods Leave Guests Frustrated

According to a guest who claims to have experienced the outage firsthand, traveling home from the parks was incredibly difficult. The guest says;

“Who else walked from Magic Kingdom to the ticking center last night?

The power went out with the monorail last night around 9pm. When we went to leave at 10:30 we didn’t know this. Everyone was being directed to take the ferry boat, this was thousands of people. On top of that, they only had two ferries running because one was in the shop. My wife and I decided it would be better to start walking. 45 minutes later we arrived at our car. Today we are feeling a bit rough. Who else joined us with that fun?”

Who else walked from Magic Kingdom to the ticking center last night?
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While the alleged power outage may have temporarily inconvenienced thousands of visitors, it is unfortunately an unavoidable part of running a theme park as expansive as Walt Disney World Resort. As guests reflect on their magical experiences at Walt Disney World, they can appreciate the intricate systems that enable the transportation of thousands of visitors each day. Hopefully, the reason for this Disney monorail power outage was addressed, and the monorail is back to running smoothly.

About Eva Miller

Eva was born and raised in the beautiful state of Oregon but has since relocated and lives in New York City. Since she was young, Eva has loved to perform in musicals, especially Disney ones! Through performing, Disney’s music became the soundtrack of her childhood. Today, Eva loves to write about all the exciting happenings for the Walt Disney Company. In her free time, Eva loves to travel, spend time in nature, and go to Broadway shows. Her favorite Disney movie is 'Lilo and Stitch,' and her favorite Park is Disney's Animal Kingdom.

4 comments

  1. Don’t be lazy people I’m a local who does a walk from TTC to contemporary makes the loop and then back two to three times a week. Walking it’s good for you!

  2. They run two ferries. One at either end that pass as they go. Been there 15 times since 2008 and never seen more than 2.

  3. There is always a bus backup for the TT

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