Today’s Picture of the Day comes from the entrance to Magic Kingdom.
I love the monorail. To me, the monorail screams Disney. It’s nice to just be able to hop on the monorail after a long day in the park and head “home.” It’s also fun to just ride around on the monorail. We did that while we were waiting to go back to California Grill to watch the fireworks. We all had a pretty good time.
There are two different monorail loops, the resort loop and the express. The resort loop stops at the Contemporary Resort, the Transportation and Ticket Center, the Polynesian Village Resort, the Grand Floridian, the Magic Kingdom. The express loop goes back and forth between the Transportation and Ticket Center and Epcot.
Not only is the monorail fun to ride, but you can try the monorail bar/restaurant crawl. There are lots of lounges and restaurants to try on the monorail loop, so it could make for a fun evening. There is a Monorail Bar/Restaurant Crawl Guide on the website you can see for information and tips.
The monorail resorts have a nice bonus of being able to jump on the monorail right at the hotel. It’s handy, especially for families with little kids (strollers don’t have to be folded up to go on the monorail). If you are staying at an Epcot resort you can take the monorail from Epcot to the Transportation and Ticket Center and then get off at the Magic Kingdom. It’s a bit longer of a trip, but some people don’t mind that if it means they don’t have to take the buses. Make sure you have the Park Hopper option on your tickets if you plan on doing this.
Something else you can do is ask the monorail operator for a transportation card. You can do this with any transportation operator. Sometimes they have the cards and sometimes they don’t, but it’s worth asking.
Some stats from Wikipedia:
- The Disney World monorail system has over 150,000 people riding every day.
- It spans 14.7 miles.
- Fifty million people ride the Disney World monorail system each year.
- Current Monorail Colors:
- Trains have to be kept at least two blocks apart, for safety reasons.
Have you been on Disney World’s monorail?
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Any idea why they haven’t expanded the monorail to include all parks and/or the WDW foot print?
I don’t know for sure, but I’m guessing the cost to expand the monorail across all of Disney World property would be incredibly expensive. It would be great if they could do that though! Love riding the monorail!