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Traveling the Concrete Rail Moves You from Here to There at Walt Disney World

  • Nov 23, 2011


The Monorail at Walt Disney World can get you from here to there, just not everywhere at Walt Disney World. If you are at the Magic Kingdom and you want to go to Epcot, take the Monorail. To get to Polynesian, Grand Floridian and Contemporary Resorts, hop on at the Magic Kingdom and enjoy this wonderful, comfortable transportation; or via Epcot to the TTC adding one easy transfer.


Photo by BruceWDW of A World View

I just always love to ride the Monorail. The view is above the fray, and it’s normally a comfortable ride even if just to rest a little. Now, believe me, during the busy season it can be somewhat “close” like a subway car only not a long trip from the start to your station. Then, it is not so much fun although I must say people don’t crowd in like they do in New York City.


Here are three photos from my favorite Disney fan photographer, Joe Penniston known as Express Monorail on Flickr. Now these are great photos, but you should spend some time on his web site to truly appreciate his great talent and eye for magic in pictures.





There are actually three loops. When travelling to the Magic Kingdom, you can catch a ride directly from the TTC (Ticket and Transportation Center) to the park. This is normally used by those coming from Epcot and transferring; or if you’re driving to the Magic Kingdom since you’re really parking at the TTC and taking the Monorail over to the park.


This is the reason that even guests using a car during their visit should take the bus from their onsite hotel to the Magic Kingdom, since the bus takes you right to the entrance area and this saves a lot of time and effort.


A second loop takes you from Epcot to the TTC. The last loop connects the Magic Kingdom and TTC to what are known as the Monorail Resorts: Polynesian, Grand Floridian, Contemporary and Bay Lake Towers, although walking to the Magic Kingdom entrance from the latter two sites is preferred by most guests.


Among the most quoted one-liners at Walt Disney World is the Monorail warning: Please stand clear of the doors; Por favor mantengase alejado de las puertas. There are even T-shirts now with this statement on them. Check it out on this You Tube video from the ryanmagruder channel.



Start and end times are normally measured by park opening and closing. So the Monorail taking you to the Magic Kingdom starts its runs about 90 minutes before opening. The Monorail ends its day about one hour after the regular park closing times. That is regular park closing, so if you stay later for extra magic hours, plan on taking the bus back to your Disney resort. This is a new policy that just began this month.


And remember travelling from the Magic Kingdom to Epcot is not that quick a ride; you could be taking more than a half hour to leave the park, wait and then climb aboard your Monorail, travel over and get to the next park entrance. Of course, if you have an ADR, leave even more time since you’ll be travelling during a busier period, so an hour one-way set-aside is not a bad idea. (Sometimes a car or even a taxi is preferred when timing your travel to appointments.)


Unfortunately one of the better magical moments once enjoyed on the Monorail is no longer, and that is being allowed to ride up in the front car of this overhead marvel. The view is exciting, but after some well publicized accidents, safety concerns have trumped the magical experience.

Photo by Disney

Here is some technical information about the WDW Monorail System from the WDW Magic web site (, a wonderful planning web page with a ton of information on attractions, dining, sorts, tips, new and much more.

  • Each of the six-car trains is 203 feet long, travelling on a 26-inch wide concrete beam.
  • The system can carry 7,000 guests each direction per hour, with 150,000 guests riding a typical day.
  • The system is 14.7 miles and includes 11 monorails in the following colors: Teal, Red, Coral, Orange, Gold, Yellow, Lime Green, Blue, Silver and Black.

Check out for its Monorail Story, but also Wikipedia for more information.

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