Disney World's Monorail is a transportation marvel. Uncle Walt really outdid himself on this form of transportation that has become one of the most Iconic items in all of Walt Disney World!
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” Please stand clear of the doors ? Please keep away from the doors? 🇧🇷
If you've heard these words, you've had the incredible pleasure of riding the Monorail!
The best thing about Monorail is that it's free. It is part of Disney's free transportation system.
When Disney first placed the monorail on disneyland, it was part of the show and was an e-ticket ride.
The History of Monorail
The Disney World monorail is truly a unique way to transport guests.
The monorail at Disneyland was primarily for display, but the monorail system at Disney World is an integral part of the Disney transportation system.
On an average day, Disney's Monorail system transports over 150,000 guests to and from the parks.
Disney World's Mark VI monorail system is a train mounted in the air. The trains are powered by electric motors, with 8 600 volt DC motors rated at 112 HP each.
The trains are capable of over 100 km/h but are restricted, for safety reasons, to 72 km/h.
Each train consists of 6 carriages. Each car can seat about 30 people comfortably, but is rated for a maximum of 60 (it gets VERY tight!).
Each of Disney's 12 monorails is a different color. There are even websites dedicated to a specific color train.
What is the Monorail path?
There are three monorail routes and we will list them all here.
2 of these routes are to the same destination (the Magic Kingdom Route), the difference is that one is express and the other makes several stops at Disney hotels!
The other Route is from Epcot. Both depart from the same location the TTC-Disney Ticket Office and Transportation Center.
Below we will detail each one of them.
Magic Kingdom route
The hotel stop route
The route from the hotels runs from the Ticketing and Transportation Center back to the Ticketing and Transportation Center.
For us called “monorail hotels” (as we call it in our disney hotels guide) along the way.
Here is the order of the stops along the way:
- Ticket and Transport Center
- Polynesian Resort
- Grand Floridian Resort
- Magic Kingdom
- Contemporary Resort
- Ticket and Transport Center
With stops, it takes about 30 minutes to complete the entire journey.
The Express Route
The Express Route goes on and on from the Magic Kingdom Transport and Ticket Center.
He passes the hotels but doesn't stop. A seamless journey (trains sometimes need to stop for traffic) from the Transport and Ticketing Center to the Magic Kingdom it takes about 8 minutes.
The time difference is really big! So obviously, if you have a tight schedule, take this express directly. Obviously if you want to have more time to appreciate the hotels from inside the Monorial, take the parador.
I especially recommend that you take a look at the beautiful Contemporary Resort home to the famous breakfast with Chef Mickey´s characters that we already show on our youtube channel!
The Epcot Path
The monorail's EPCOT route runs from the EPCOT Transport and Ticket Center.
You can see the track and even a monorail if you're driving into the Magic Kingdom parking lot, or while parking at EPCOT, the track goes over right to the entrance.
While the Magic Kingdom path is outside the Magic Kingdom, the EPCOT path runs through the park.
It runs through the Future World part of the EPCOT, stopping above the main entrance to the park.
You can have a view of all the pavilions of the World showcase arriving at EPCOT on the Disney monorail! It really is a must!
How to use the Walt Disney World monorail
As we mentioned earlier, the monorail is free transport for everyone.
First go to one of the Monorail stops that we indicated above and wait at one of the points.
The monorail usually arrives within ten minutes, ready to take you to your destination.
Obviously, if you're staying at Disney's Contemporary Resort, Disney's Grand Floridian Resort & Spa or Disney's Polynesian Village Resort, you'll have the immense convenience of having a monorail stop inside your own hotel!
If you have any doubts when arriving at a station, look for a cast member on site!
What are the Monorail operating hours?
Hours may vary slightly from park hours, so keep an eye out for park hours on the day you're visiting.
Magic Kingdom Express: 1 hour before park opens to 1 hour after park closes, not including Extra Magic Hours.
Magic Kingdom Resorts: 6:30 am to 1 hour after park closing, not including Extra Magic Hours.
EPCOT: 1 hour before park opens to 1 hour after park closes, not including Extra Magic Hours
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