Walt Disney World Railroad Returns, but Not at Magic Kingdom

Walt Disney World Railroad with Goofy

The iconic Walt Disney World Railroad at Magic Kingdom Park has been closed for over 1,400 days. As the Disney fandom grow impatient waiting for the nostalgic attraction to return, a few Resort Guests got creative.

The popular ride around Magic Kingdom Park, Walt Disney World Railroad, closed on December 3, 2018 to make way for the construction of the highly-anticipated Tomorrowland roller coaster, TRON Lightcylce / Run.

Walt Disney World Railroad at Magic Kingdom
Credit: Disney

A COVID pandemic, and years later, Disney Park Guests are still waiting for not only the grand opening of TRON Lightcylce Run (Spring 2023), but more importantly for some, the return of the Walt Disney World Railroad.

As shown in the video below, we have thankfully seen progress on the train tracks moving through TRON:


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Disney has also teased for a second time now that the Walt Disney World Railroad has begun testing… an announcement they previously made in March 2022. But, alas, Disney hasn’t revealed when the locomotives will return to the Main Street, U.S.A. station, or others.

So, what’s a Disney fan to do? Make their own, of course!

Fort Wilderness Golf Cart Parade with Monsters, Inc and Zero
Credit: Walt Disney World Cast and Community

On Halloween night, October 31, 2022, Guests staying at Disney’s Fort Wilderness and Campground had a golf cart parade where Resort Guests went all out with the designs.

Fort Wilderness Golf Cart Parade with Cruella de Vil
Credit: Walt Disney World Cast and Community

Walt Disney World Cast and Community Facebook posted several photos with the message, “Monsters, ghosts and villains abound when the golf cart parade at Fort Wilderness starts driving around. Cast members in costumes and shirts of green wished all Fort Wilderness guests a happy Halloween! #DisneyCastLife”

Fort Wilderness Golf Cart Parade with Star Wars AT-AT Walker
Credit: Walt Disney World Cast and Community

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While the Monsters, Inc. (2001), Zero from The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993), the villainous Cruella de Vil from 101 Dalmatians (1996), and the impressive Star Wars AT-AT Walker were exceptional… the show stopper was the Walt Disney World Railroad!

Fort Wilderness Golf Cart Parade Walt Disney World Railroad
Credit: Walt Disney World Cast and Community

That’s right… the Walt Disney Railroad returned for one magical Halloween night at Disney’s Fort Wilderness! Check out the incredible golf cart design above, where die-hard Disney fans seriously impressed the crowd.

Now, if we can just get Disney to get its own Walt Disney World Railroad up and running, the Disney fandom will rejoice!

As always, we will be sure to keep Disney Dining readers updated as we learn more about the future of the beloved Walt Disney World Railroad.

About Jamie Sylvester

I'm a Disney nerd! A kid at heart who loves the magic and memories of Walt Disney World. I follow all things Disney and enjoy the vacations, day trips, weekend getaways, and geek out over the planning of such events. My goal is to experience as many Disney desserts and cocktails as possible! Married to another Disney nerd and blessed with a daughter and son, we thoroughly enjoy the magic at Disney and are here to help others experience the magic as well.