reported by Orlando TV stations. Guests reported that monorail trains stalled on the Magic Kingdom loop for a half an hour or more before 10am today.Walt Disney World's monorail system is misbehaving... again. The latest stall happened this morning, as
Guests reported opening windows to get air flowing through the hot, stuffy cabins after the trains stalled. Within the hour, however, Disney managed to roll the affected train back to the Transportation and Ticket Center and exit all the guests safely from the monorail.
Disney World's monorail system has endured a string of embarrassing incidents in recent months, including one train running with an open door. But more typically the problem is the trains not running at all.
Downtimes have made the aging Bombardier Mark VI monorail trains a less-than-attractive transportation choice for many experienced Disney World visitors. Personally, I always opt for the ferryboat when traveling between the TTC and the Magic Kingdom and often use the buses and boat launches to and from the MK and other destinations on property when I am not driving a car. It's just not worth the risk of wasted time to me anymore to ride on a monorail that I've been on countless times.
But for most Disney visitors, the monorail is a fresh attraction that they want to experience. So thousands daily queue for one of the most-ridden monorail systems in the world, even if some guests get caught out on trains during downtimes such as today's.
Many fans have been asking Disney to replacing this aging system with new monorails. But the relative unpopularity of monorails as a public transportation system means that Disney probably would need a bespoke solution, which is likely to be ridiculously expensive. It might be more likely that Disney replaces its monorails with an expansion of the upcoming Disney Skyliner system, at least on the long MK to Epcot route. The monorail loop around the Seven Seas Lagoon might be a candidate for a completely different mass transit system... but who knows at this point?
Which just so happens to also be the question that many Disney guests end up asking when they wonder if the monorail will be running when they visit.
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