45th Anniversary of the WDW
THE WALT DISNEY WORLD MONORAIL SYSTEM
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.