Walt Disney World Transportation - Monorail
"Please stand clear of the doors" - "Por favor manténganse alejado de las puertas"
Walt Disney World guests travel on three routes:
Express: Express service between the Magic Kingdom and the Transportation and Ticket Centre (TTC) which is adjacent to the Magic Kingdom Parking lot..
Resort: Making stops at the Magic Kingdom, the Transportation and Ticket Centre, the Polynesian, Grand Floridian and the Contemporary Resort. Starting from the TTC, the monorail goes first to the Polynesian, The Grand Floridian, The Magic Kingdom, and the Contemporary before returning to the TTC.
Epcot: This service runs between the Transportation and Ticket Centre and Epcot.
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Tips and Facts
If you want to travel from the Magic Kingdom to Epcot, you will first need to get the monorail to the TTC, then change over to the Epcot monorail.
The monorail starts running at 7am until approximately 2 hours after park closing (subject to change).
There is no monorail station at the Wilderness Lodge Resort.
The monorail doesn't travel to Disney's Hollywood Studios or Animal Kingdom.
The monorail can accommodate wheelchairs, ECVs and strollers.
There are 12 Mark VI monorail trains currently operating at the Walt Disney World Resort, identified by colored stripes: black, blue, coral, gold, green, lime, orange, pink, purple, red, silver, and yellow.
Each monorail train has six cars.
Each car has two sets of double doors on each side.
The voice of the familiar monorail announcement belongs to Jack Wagner.
The Monorail Technology & System
The Mark VI Monorail Trains at Walt Disney World Resort incorporate more than 30 years of Disney research and development of the monorail technology. The Walt Disney Company has been operating monorail systems for more than 30 years.
In Florida, the Walt Disney World monorail system has been in operation since 1971. In 1982, the system was expanded with a four-mile extension to Epcot, and in 1990 and 1991 new trains were delivered.
The Mark VI trains are a high-capacity design that includes improved air conditioning and door systems, and various improved safety features. The trains began operation in 1990, replacing the earlier design which had been used at Walt Disney World Resort since 1971. By early 1991, the complete 12-train fleet was in operation.
The six-car trains, 203.5 feet long and able to carry more than 360 passengers, travel over a 13.7-mile system of elevated beamway. The purpose of the monorail system is to carry guests to the Magic Kingdom and Epcot theme parks. The system has seven stations serving the theme parks, resort hotels and parking areas. On a typical day, over 150,000 guests will ride the monorail system.
The monorail trains travel on a 26-inch-wide precast concrete beamway supported by tapered concrete columns. The distance between columns is approximately 50 feet. The beams and columns are constructed in sets of six; the six beam lengths are post-tensioned together to form a single 600-foot length of structure. The height of the beam ranges from 18 feet to over 60 feet at its highest elevation.
The narrow concrete beamway is a very cost-effective elevated structure, since is uses much less concrete and steel than conventional elevated railway tracks. Also, the lightweight structure can have a positive impact on an urban environment and is compatible with many types of architectural styles.
The monorail trains run on rubber tires and are powered by a 600-Volt DC propulsion system. The trains pick up electrical power from a metallic busbar along the side of the beamway. The train propulsion system includes eight DC motors rated at 113 HP each.
The Mark VI trains include on-board monitoring systems and improved communications and control. The bodies of the new trains are made of a high-strength composite honeycomb material for the best combination of high strength and low weight.