Walt Disney World Monorail System
“Your Highway In The Sky”
(and some info of the other park's monorails)
"Please stand clear of the doors" ; "Por favor mantengase alejado de las puertas"
We are very sorry to hear about the tragic accident at Walt Disney World on July 5th, 2009 that caused the death of Austin Wuennenberg, a monorail pilot. (according to NTSB findings, Austin did what he could to prevent monorail pink from hitting by reversing his monorail, purple)
Monorail PINK and PURPLE are offline forever
Monorail Teal (rebuilt using PINK and PURPLE) is out and running.
Monorail TEAL 11-2009
Well it looks like WDW Transportation got the go ahead to get the 12th monorail back in service. They will be re-building two cabs with old and new parts, and using the 6 passenger cars that have been repaired from the accident in 2009.
Maintenance Spur completed. This will be used to store one of the tow tractor vehicles on the Epcot line.
The twelfth monorail will be going thru its testing phase and will be back online in the fall. It will have the color designation of PEACH.
Monorail Peach is online and in service OCT 11th, 2011
Monorail PEACH with no designation strips
Maintenance tow tractor on the new spur
Monorail PEACH out for a ride 09-20-2011
Monorail Peach online and in service. Oct 11th, 2011 Video Clip MP4
The Mark IV Monorail design ran from 1971 to 1991
The Mark VI Monorail is the present day design - 1989 to present
(The Mark V was only at Disneyland California)
Mark VII will be solely for Disneyland, CA 2008 (new pics of red, blue, and orange below)
The Walt Disney World Monorail FAQ (Mark VI)
WDW has always had a Monorail system, Mark IV and VI
The monorail system has a total of 13.6 miles of track
The monorail's maintenance building is not far from Space Mountain. It has another miles worth of track.
There are two diesel powered tow trains in case a monorail has a problem.
The original track section links the Magic Kingdom, Contemporary Resort, Ticket & Transportation Center, Polynesian Resort and Grand Floridian Resort and circles the Seven Seas Lagoon. The second section opened in 1982 and links Epcot with the Ticket & Transportation Center.
The monorail is 203 feet long
The monorail has 6 cars
Each monorail can carry up to 365 passengers
The Monorail uses the Michelin XTE2 445/65R22.5 for the load tire
Each train has eight electric motors operating on 600 volts DC to produce 112 hp each
The max speed Disney allows is 40mph, it can do 45 before the sensor shuts it down
The monorail has been tested at 55mph
The monorail have been using nitrogen in their tires since the accident of 85
Estimated cost of each Monorail - 3.5 million
On average, 150,000 passengers ride the monorails each day
The monorail track beam is 26" wide
Track columns are spaced at 50 feet
The monorails are identified by its color stripe
WDW Monorail videos.....
Here's another video to watch 08-02-2004
Monorail to the Grand Floridian (Front)
Monorail sports its new graphics
Monorail thru the Contemporary 06-13-2007
Monorail into the Contemporary 06-13-2007
Two monorails passing 06-29-2007
Don't forget to visit our mobile site with iPhone ready videos.
Please check out Monorail Yellow's website too!!!
|Mark IV trains began transit service at the Walt Disney World Resort in 1971. When Epcot was added to the resort in 1982, a new loop was added with additional trains. By 1989, most of the Mark IV's had traveled around 67,500 miles each year. Having accomplished nearly ten million miles of travel with a reliability rate of 99.9% in eighteen-hour-a-day operations, it was time for a new set of trains. Bombardier, licensed by the Walt Disney Company, improved the design and debuted 12 new Mark VI trains beginning in 1989.|
The different models of the monorails over the years of the two US parks
The Mark I built by Alweg
Disneyland, CA 1959 - 1961 One blue and red monorail
3 car configuration
The Mark II built by Alweg
Disneyland, CA 1961 - 1969 the two original monorails lengthened by one car (4 cars) plus one yellow added to the system
The Mark III built by WED/WDI
Disneyland, CA 1969 - 1987 four brand new monorails with 5 cars each (137')
The Mark IV built by Martin Marietta
Walt Disney World, FL 1971 - 1988/91
5 (171') and 6 (201') car configurations
(two of these monorails were reworked for the Las Vegas system until the new model was built. They now sit rotting away)
The Mark V rebuilt by Messerschmitt-Bölkow-Blohm
Designed by WDI
Disneyland, CA 1989 - 2008/09
The Mark VI built by Bombardier
Walt Disney World 1989 - present
6 car configuration (206.5')
The Mark VII built by Dynamic Structures
Designed by WDI, Burke Design, & TPI Composites
Disneyland, CA 2008/09 - present
TRONORAIL (these have been removed now 6-2011)
For the new Tron movie coming out 2010
Last "Tronorail" picture I took. (03-14-2011)
Monorail Black coming into the Grand Floridian Station (08-21-2011)
Monorail Black slowing into the Grand Floridian Station (08-21-2011)
Plenty of room 07-05-2010
At special request you can ask to ride with the pilot up front. Four people can actually ride with the pilot. Sometimes they cannot do this if the pilot is too distracted by it or they already have someone. Just ask to ride the next monorail.....its worth it!!! and don't forget to get your monorail copilot license. (this has been discontinued because of the accident of 07-05-2009 and hopefully will continue again sometime in the future)
The new Bay Lake Tower at the Contemporary Resort
Monorail control system 06-2009 MAPO (mary poppins) System
Leaving the Grand Floridian Resort
Looking towards the ticket and transportation station with the water bridge near the top right
Where else can you ride a monorail to a magical kingdom?
switch track near the monorail "barn" 11-2005
Monorail tow tractor #2 11-2005 This little guy helps when a monorail has issues. WDW has three of these.
Monorail in tow using #3 inside the Contemporary Resort
The Magic Kingdom Station 04-22-2005
Two monorails at the Contemporary with Space Mountain in the distance 06-29-2007
The race is on!!! 06-29-2007 from John T!!
Susan and Jamie are all smiles during their first ride in the cockpit 12-06-2008
A rainy day view from the cockpit of the monorail 08-27-2006
Nicklaus enjoying his time up front
The new touch screen control panel, thanks Steven!!!
Exiting the Contemporary 04-22-2005
Monorail making its approach to the Contemporary 04-22-2005
Almost to the Contemporary 04-22-2005
Monorail being used as a cargo truck as
Hurricane Frances gets closer 09-03-2004
you can see some items resting against chairs (monorails did not come back
online for three days)
A view from the 6th floor stairwell of the Contemporary
Monorail leaving the Contemporary lobby where
you see many comfortable
chairs. The monorail is ideal for groups looking to reach the conference
building which also resides in the Contemporary.
Here I am in the cockpit of the monorail 09-03-2004
David trying his hand at this monorailin' gig
Older controls for the monorail
Image from Paul C. Martens (click image to enlarge)
Teal replaced PINK and PURPLE.
PEACH has arrived (2011)
Monorail "barn" or "roundhouse"
Tow Tractor #2 at work. WDW has three of these.
Anyone can get a license, as you can see below, hahaha
Louie...right before he was caught sitting at the console
The WDW monorails are designated by the color band around it.
Purple - retired - parts used to rebuild Teal
Pink - retired - parts used to build Teal
Teal - rebuilt from Purple and Pink
Peach - two rebuilt cabs, six rebuilt cars, coming 2011.
The debut of Monorail Teal 11-2009
The Mark VI Controls (old system)
The Mark VI Monorail 1989 to present day
Mark VI Monday August 2nd 2004
and there goes yella!
Interesting Facts of the Monorails
Go to MonorailYellow.com - Monorails
Monorail Black being towed
The Mark IV Monorail 1971-1989
The Mark IV's monorails were retired for numerous reasons. Guest capacity, aging fleet, a/c issues, and the big reason, safety.
Back in 1985 Monorail Silver had a very serious accident. A tire blew out and caught on fire. This in turn ended up causing one whole car to be engulfed in flames.
Even though this monorail was full of guests, the fast thinking of some of the guests helped everyone up to the roof and away from the flames. No one was seriously hurt.
The Mark VI monorails have many safety features included which would prevent this from ever happening again.
They are shown on a separate page, click here
Mickey and Goofy on the job
The Mark IV passing thru the Contemporary Resort in the 70's
Mark IV near the Contemporary before they built the conference center - 1971
Ticket and Transportation - 1971
A rare look into the "roundhouse" or "barn" - Thanks TOM!!!!
The original WDW 10 - Great shot seeing them all together.
A quick life and times of the Mark IV Monorail at WDW
Construction of the Magic Kingdom Monorail Station
monorail beam installation
Takes some doing to add a monorail to the track
Mark IV monorail installation
Mark IV monorail riding past the Contemporary still being constructed
Monorail Barn Construction, also above you can see Disney's power plant
original Mark IV control panel
The seating arrangements for the Mark IV
Removal of the Mark IV monorail with Tow #2 and a very large crane
Mark VI Monorail installation
Mark IV monorail graveyard - A sad sight to see
Mark IV monorail graveyard
An interesting bit of trivia here. When Las Vegas decided to build a monorail system they used two refurbished WDW Mark IV monorails before their own were completed
Here are some pics of them in action on the Vegas strip!!!
From my www.Mousesurplus.com visit......
(Monorail Red went back to owner in Georgia)
Disneyland, California Info
Disneyland California's Monorail (pretty bad shape 2006)
Free video clip of the Disneyland Monorail 03-2006
the monorails at this park are not very tall at all, duck or you'll see stars.
A bit of a rust problem right next to the monorail. The old people mover track....or rocket rods as they were called before closing it forever.
Looks like they are for kids only :) No standing please.
The latest version of the Monorail at Disneyland, California.
(these also are not air conditioned, go figure)
The Mark VII Disneyland, CA
The Mark VII - Monorail Red
The Mark VII - Monorail Blue
Orange being installed - Disneyland's Tow Tractor next to it.
The Mark VII - Monorail Orange
Tokyo Disneyland Monorail Info
The Tokyo Monorail was built (2001) by a Japanese company (to their transportation standards and hold 571 passengers)
There's something else about the Tokyo Disney Resort Line that certainly deserves mention - Its trains are driverless. The individual Liners (as they are called) are controlled from a central location by an automated (but monitored, of course) system. A single Cast Member rides in the tail of each Liner to ensure that guests have fully boarded the vehicle before its doors are closed.
The Japanese trains are designated as such: 1-Blue / 2-Yellow / 3-Purple / 4-Green / 5-Peach.
These monorail's also are an open design. You can walk from one end of the whole train to the other.
(remember Disneyland Tokyo is not fully owned by Disney, its a franchise owned by the Oriental Land Company, so things are done a bit different there)
Tokyo Disneyland's monorail does not have the "Mark" designation
Hong Kong Disneyland "Monorail" Info
HK Disneyland does not have it's own monorail system within the park. Instead the MTR has a spur with added service within it's mass transit system.
As you can see in the picture they did make sure it would blend in with Disney.
The MTR train on the Sunny Bay station- Not a monorail but at least they have something.
Daveland's Disneyland Monorail Photo Page
Por favor mantenganse alejado de las puertas
Por favor mantengase alejado de las puertas
Disney Monorail Accidents Over The Years
Contemporary Resort ROOFTOP VIEWING is a great place to see the monorails
Trainz Monorail addon
Busch Gardens Monorail Pics
iPhone - iPod - iPad ready videos
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