Disney Nerd News: Episode 2 – The Monorail
Everybody probably knows about the Monorail at both Disneyland and Walt Disney World. If you have ever visited both or either place, you also probably made a point to take a ride on the Monorail. However, only those of us who like to be known as “Disney Nerds” do more than just ride on the Monorail, we can spit out some interesting facts that most people haven’t taken the time to research.
For instance, did you know that Walt Disney World has 14.7 miles of elevated beamway (track) that services seven stations throughout two theme parks and several resort hotels? You probably already know that the Monorail is fast, but did you know that it carries 7,000 guests per direction, per hour? Most days more than 150,000 riders use the Monorail. Though some might actually know all the exact specifications of the Monorail system, I won’t bore you with those details. I think it will be more interesting to share some images I’ve collected over the years.
I do want to share some of the schedule and route details that might interest you for your next vacation. The Resort Monorail runs a loop from the Magic Kingdom to The Contemporary Resort to The Polynesian Resort to the Grand Floridian and back to the Magic Kingdom. It runs from 7AM to 1 hour after the Magic Kingdom closes. The Epcot Monorail runs from the Transportation and Ticket Center to Epcot and back. It runs from 8AM until 2 hours after park closing. There is also an Express Monorail that runs from the Transportation Center to the Magic Kingdom and back. It runs 30 minutes before the Magic Kingdom opens until 1 hour after park closing.
One thing to remember, if you happen to make dining reservations at the Contemporary Resort, The Polynesian, or The Grand Floridian, you can catch the Monorail at the Magic Kingdom and it will deliver you to the entrance to these resorts. One of our favorite character breakfasts is at Chef Mickey’s and part of the fun is taking the bus from our resort to the Magic Kingdom and hopping on the Monorail and riding it to the Contemporary Resort. The Monorail actually drives through the inside of the resort where you disembark and take the stairs or elevator down to the lobby where you find Chef Mickey's. Something you also need to remember and allow time for, is the resort buses do not go from resort to resort so you will need time to catch the bus at your resort to the park closest to the resort you need to go to and then catch the bus that goes to that resort or you can catch the Monorail if you are going to one of the resorts on the Monorail Resort route. It sounds more complicated than it really is, just allow time for it. We usually also plan on going to the park near where our dining reservations are to get to the park easier, not totally necessary but something to keep in mind if you are a scheduled person like I am.
In 2010 as part of the marketing of TRON Legacy, one of the cars was covered with a colorful artwork wrap. It was so popular that in 2012 they debuted another promo for the movie The Avengers. Then in 2013 they debuted Monsters University on the Express Monorail. Guests now anticipate what they mind find next.