45th An­niver­sary of the WDW

THE WALT DIS­NEY WORLD MONO­RAIL SYS­TEM

WDW Magazine - - Content - BY STEPHANIE SHUSTER, PHO­TOS BY JUDD HELMS

Oc­to­ber 1 marks a very spe­cial day in WDW his­tory… Walt Dis­ney World of­fi­cially opened in 1971, con­sist­ing of just the Magic Kingdom, Dis­ney’s Poly­ne­sian Vil­lage Re­sort, Dis­ney’s Con­tem­po­rary Re­sort, and of course – the Mono­rail. In 1982 on the same date, Ep­cot opened, along with the Mono­rail’s ex­ten­sion to that part of the Re­sort.

Loads of other things have hap­pened on this day in Dis­ney His­tory, but to­day we’re fo­cus­ing on that iconic mode of trans­porta­tion that just shouts, “you’ve ar­rived!” – the il­lus­tri­ous Walt Dis­ney World Mono­rail Sys­tem.

No other form of trans­porta­tion is as beloved at WDW as the Mono­rail; it in­spires fas­ci­na­tion, op­ti­mism, and de­light for mil­lions of guests each year.

The WDW Mono­rail orig­i­nally opened with the Re­sort loop and Ex­press loop around the Seven Seas La­goon. Later, with the ex­pan­sion of the Ep­cot loop in 1982, the orig­i­nal Mark IV mono­rail trans were re­placed in 1989 by Mark VI trains, which was the last up­grade to date.

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