A terrifying video shot over the weekend by a Walt Disney World Resort guest has gained a lot of negative attention over growing safety concerns about the aging monorail fleet. A guest named Abbie was on Monorail Red in route from the Transportation and Ticket Center to Epcot, when the door refused to shut. Watch here:
Fun Fact: The capacity of the monorail is nearly 7,000 guests per direction, per hour. On a typical day, more than 150,000 guests utilize monorail transportation.
A few days ago, Disney added ugly new stickers stating do not lean on the doors. The aging monorail fleet is in need of a complete refurbishment as carpet is beginning to tear, plastic is breaking, mechanical parts have become exposed, and now apparently doors are not shutting.
History of the monorail at Walt Disney World:
The forerunner of the modern monorail system was tested in Germany in the 1950s where it caught the attention of Walt Disney, then in the midst of planning Disneyland in California. In 1959, when the Disneyland monorail system premiered at the theme park, it became the first new-style monorail to operate daily in the United States. Today, the Mark VI Monorail Trains at Walt Disney World Resort in Florida incorporate nearly 40 years of research and development in monorail technology. The system, in operation since 1971, was expanded in 1982 with a four-mile extension to Epcot and updated in the early 90s with new trains to complete the 12-train fleet.
Walt Disney World Resort has a 14.7-mile system of elevated beamway that services seven stations between Epcot, Magic Kingdom and three resorts – Disney’s Contemporary Resort, Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort and Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort. The system monorail carries hundreds of thousands of guests each day.
I have contacted Disney for an official comment but have not heard back at this time.