Walt Disney World Monorail System

All You Need to Know About the Walt Disney World Monorail System

One of the quickest ways to get around Disney World is by using the Walt Disney World Monorail System!  What parks and hotels have monorail stops?  What time of day does service begin and end?  How much does it cost?  Find out all of those answers and more below!

A Little Bit of History

The Walt Disney World Monorail System began servicing Walt Disney World Resort guests with two routes, the resort route and express route, on October 1, 1971.  On October 1, 1982, a new service route launched for Epcot’s grand opening.  The three routes combined spans 14.7 miles and runs 12 Mark VI trains servicing thousands of guests every day!

A Rainbow in the Sky

Walt Disney World Monorail System
Image by Disney

The monorail trains in Disney World are each known by their distinct colors:

Red Peach Coral
Orange Yellow Gold
Teal Lime Green
Blue Silver Black

Each train consists of 6 cars, approximately 203 feet long, and can hold up to 360 passengers!  With an average speed of 40 mph you will be traveling to your destination high in the sky in no time at all!

The Monorail Stations

Monorail-Polynesian Village Resort

There are 5 monorail stations servicing Walt Disney World Resort:

  • Epcot
  • Magic Kingdom
  • Contemporary Resort
  • Polynesian Village Resort
  • Grand Floridian Resort & Spa
  • Transportation and Ticket Center (TTC)
Contemporary Resort
Image by Disney

The resort route includes:

  • Magic Kingdom
  • Contemporary Resort
  • Transportation and Ticket Center (TTC)
  • Polynesian Village Resort
  • Grand Floridian Resort and Spa

The express route includes:

  • Magic Kingdom
  • Transportation and Ticket Center (TTC)

Please note:  This route does not stop at any of the resorts!  If you are going to one of the three resorts listed above, transfer to the resort route at the TTC!

The Epcot route includes:

  • Epcot
  • Transportation and Ticket Center (TTC)

Please note:  This route does not stop at any of the resorts!  If you are going to one of the three resorts listed above, transfer to the resort route at the TTC!

How Much Does It Cost?

The Walt Disney World Monorail System, like all of Disney World Resort transportation, with the exclusion of Minnie Van Lyft Service, is completely free!  You do not need a park ticket to ride the Walt Disney World Monorail System.  You don’t even need to be staying on property to ride the monorail!  Anyone can ride the monorail and take in the amazing views of Walt Disney World Resort!

When Does Service Start?  When Does It Stop?

Monorail by Bay Lake Tower
Image by Disney

Typically, the Walt Disney World Monorail System begins its daily operations approximately 30 minutes prior to the earliest park opening.  If Magic Kingdom has Extra Magic Hours in the morning then the monorail will begin operating 30 minutes before the park opens.

Walt Disney World Monorail System usually runs 1 hour after the parks close.  If you plan on staying at the park until closing or if you’re staying late for Extra Magic Hours then we recommend asking a Cast Member at any of the monorail stations for monorail run-time information.

Does It Run In Bad Weather?

The weather in Orlando is notorious for its pop up thunderstorms, especially in the summer months.  Besides putting a damper on your day, Walt Disney World Monorail System will suspend service if there is a threat of lightning.  You can always ask a Cast Member for further information as to when operations will resume.

Contemporary Resort
Image by Disney

Will I Need To Go Through Security?

Yes!  Guests boarding the monorail at the Contemporary Resort, Polynesian Village Resort, or Grand Floridian Resort & Spa will be required to go through a security checkpoint before boarding the monorail.  Guests boarding from the TTC will be required to go through security checkpoints at this station.  These checkpoints were put in place to relieve congestion at the park entrances.  Guests may be asked at random to go through additional screening at the discretion of security before entering the front gates.

Enjoy The Ride!

The Walt Disney World Monorail System has great views of Walt Disney World Resort.  You have a direct view of Cinderella Castle as you pass Magic Kingdom, views of Seven Seas Lagoon, the Disney World resorts, and more!  And the views at night are just colorful!  The Walt Disney World Monorail System is an attraction in itself!

We hope you enjoyed this article on Walt Disney World Monorail System.  Check out our other posts about Disney and more.  And, as they say on the monorail:

“Please stand clear of the doors!  Mantenganse alejado de las puertas!”

 

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