Friday, April 27, 2012

Monorail Fun Facts

Who doesn't love the monorail?  It's iconic, timeless and just screams Disney.

Disney Monorail

Call me crazy, but one of my favorite places the be is in front of Magic Kingdom under the monorail as  it goes overheard.  It's just an awesome sight!  The "whoosing" sound is unique and unlike anything else.  I love it!!!

Here's some facts about the Monorail:
  • The Monorail isn't just a form of transportation, but is considered to be an attraction.
  • The Walt Disney World Monorail operates over a span of 14.7 miles (23.7 km), with around 50 million Disney guests traveling on the monorail each year.
  • The monorail beams are made of concrete with a special polystyrene core to lighten their weight.
  • The Disney employees that operate monorail trains are called pilots.
  • The system opened with the rest of the Walt Disney World Resort on October 1, 1971. It initially featured four stations: the Transportation and Ticket Center, Disney's Polynesian Resort, the Magic Kingdom and Disney's Contemporary Resort. The Epcot line and station were added during that park's construction, opening officially on October 1, 1982. The most recent addition was the Grand Floridian station, which was opened in 1988 along with the resort hotel.
  • The current train identification colors include:
    • Red
    • Coral (white deltas)
    • Orange
    • Gold
    • Yellow
    • Teal (white deltas)
    • Peach (white deltas
    • Lime (white deltas)
    • Green 
    • Blue 
    • Silver 
    • Black
    • Retired colors:  Purple & Pink
  • The modern trains that have been in use since 1989 are each 203' 6" long (consisting of six cars) and can carry 364 passengers. 
  • Maximum speed during normal operations is 40 mph, with several speed zones throughout the system with limits ranging from 15 to 40 mph.
  • There are 3 distinct monorail lines – Express, Resort, and Epcot 
  • The track beam is a only 26 inches wide.
  • Approximately 50 million guests travel on the monorail annually.
  • WDW has three diesel powered “tow tractors” to move monorail trains in case of an emergency or power failure.
  • The monorails use commercial grade truck tires for their drive wheels.

    1 comment:

    1. Monorail Yellow does not have any deltas.