|If you were to ask a group
of people what their favorite Walt Disney
World attraction was you would get many different
answers. Some might say Splash Mountain,
others the Tower of Terror. But you'll probably
find a few who would say the monorail.
Why sure! The monorail, for those who are
not familiar with it, is the futuristic transportation
system that takes guests from the Ticket
and Transportation Center to the Magic Kingdom
and Epcot (there is also a monorail loop
that stops at many of the Magic Kingdom resorts).
These sleek vehicles glide silently along
a single track raised high off the ground,
and are a quick, convenient (and fun) way
to get to the parks.
The newest fleet of trains is known as the
Mark VI series, having replaced the Mark
IV series in December of 1989 (the other
Mark series of monorail trains were created
for Disneyland in California). The current
fleet is comprised of 11 trains carrying
an average weekday ridership of 150,000 guests
(more than 50 million riders per year!).
Each of the 11 cars is identified by a unique
colored stripe on its side that helps the
operators keep track of the different trains
that circle the different loops. Part of
the fun of staying at Disney is seeing if
you can spot all eleven colors during your
Trivia Question: Can you name all eleven
colors? (We'll tell you a little later.)
There are three monorail loops at Walt Disney
World. Two circle the Seven Seas lagoon with
stops at the Ticket and Transportation Center
and the Magic Kingdom. One of them is an
express monorail while the other makes additional
stops at the Grand Floridian, Polynesian
and Contemporary resorts (the monorail actually
passes straight through the Contemporary's
open A-frame concourse!). The third loop
travels back and forth between the Transportation
Center and Epcot.
So what makes the monorail so magical? First
of all it's just, well, cool! Monorails are
rarely encountered in day to day life, and
the ultra-modern futuristic journey is your
first clue that you're in a magical place
that's far removed from the real world. Seeing
the colored monorails (don't worry, we'll
tell you the colors soon), gliding along
the tracks, particularly in Epcot, is a truly
unforgettable sight. And to most Disney fans,
they know they've arrived
when those monorail doors slide closed and
they hear that famous speech "Please stand
clear of the doors. Por favor mantenganse
alejado de las puertas".
No small wonder then that many people consider
the monorail to be their favorite "attraction".
It's magical, modern, whimsical and innovative—pure
Disney, in other words!
Oops, almost forgot! Black, blue, coral,
gold, green, lime, orange,
teal and yellow!
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