Walt Disney World Railroad
Opened: October 1, 1971
Location: Main Street, USA with stops in Frontierland near Splash Mountain and Storybook Circus near Barnstormer
Extra Magic Hours: No
Type: Public transportation
Similar To: Unique
Scary Factor: Zero
What to Expect: The Walt Disney World Railroad is a scenic train ride around the perimeter of the Magic Kingdom. You can get on at any of the three stations and ride for as long as you like around the 1.5 mile track. It’s an excellent attraction when you need a cool, seated break from the crowds and heat, but don’t want to sit in a theater. The train travels at about 10 miles per hour and it takes about 20 minutes to make a complete circle, including stops. Be aware that rental strollers are not allowed on the train. You will need to remove your belongings, name card, and have your receipt handy to pick up a new stroller at your final destination.
When To Go: Visit whenever you need a break or want to travel to Frontierland, Storybook Circus, or Main Street USA without walking. The trains usually stop running one hour prior to the beginning of the fireworks show due to the track’s proximity to the fireworks staging area and may not resume service after.
Expect to Wait: Waits are rarely longer than it takes for the train to arrive, which is usually every seven to ten minutes, depending on the number of trains running. Consider walking where you’re going if you’re in a hurry – it will probably be quicker.
Length: 20 minutes for a full rotation, but you can stay on as long as you like or get off at any of the stops.
Baldwin Locomotive Works of Philadelphia: The four trains that service the Walt Disney Railroad are authentic, originally built by Baldwin Locomotive Works of Philadelphia between 1916 and 1928. In 1968, The Disney Company purchased the trains from the Ferrocarriles Unidos de Yucatan where they hauled freight and passengers on the Yucatan Peninsula in Mexico. The trains carry more than 1.5 million people per year, making this one of the busiest railways in the United States.
Commentary: The Disney World Railroad is a relaxing way to get off your feet for a while and end up in another part of the Magic Kingdom. It’s a fun chance to see parts of the Magic Kingdom that you might miss by simply walking around in a hurry.