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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.

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 trip.

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, red, silver, teal and yellow!
 


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