The Walt Disney World Monorail System
“Please stand clear of the doors. Por favor manténganse alejado de las puertas.”Those words, spoken in English and Spanish, remain one of the most well-known phrases within Walt Disney World Resort in Florida. That prerecorded announcement is the first thing you hear aboard one of Disney’s famous Monorails prior to departure when the pilot is ready to close the doors. Disney World’s exceptional and complimentary transportation system includes buses, water taxis, but it’s the iconic Monorail system that provides a long lasting memory of a Disney World vacation. Originally conceived as a public transport for the future, the Walt Disney World Monorail System is the most heavily used monorail system in the world. The system moves nearly 7,000 guests per direction, per hour – and more than 150,000 guests during a typical day or 50 million per year. Disney operates a total of 12 Mark VI monorail trains across 14.7 miles of elevated beam, serving seven stations while connecting two of the Disney World theme parks and several Disney resort hotels. You’ll find three monorail services across two distinct routes. The dual beam Magic Kingdom route offers Express line service between the Magic Kingdom and the Transportation and Ticket Center. The Express service runs on the outer loop of this route, traveling counter-clockwise. Meanwhile, the inner loop Resort Line, running clockwise around the Seven Seas Lagoon, offers full round trip service with stops at Magic Kingdom, Disney’s Contemporary Resort, the Transportation and Ticket Center, Disney’s Polynesian Resort and Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort. The single beam Epcot route runs clockwise, offering service between the Transportation and Ticket Center and Epcot. For many, the monorail is their “first ride” at Disney World. The view from the elevated track builds excitement and offers special glimpses of the magnificent Seven Seas Lagoon, Cinderella’s Castle, Space Mountain, Disney’s Victorian styled Wedding Pavilion and other sites along the say. The train also rolls right through the middle of Disney’s Contemporary Resort hotel.