Disney is quietly working on expanding the Monorail system. See the story below …
Here’s the story rolling around in Dad’s mind –
Orlando, FL – Today the Disney Company announced a $1.5 billion expansion to the Walt Disney World monorail system. The new addition will connect the Transportation and Ticket Center to all of the Disney World theme parks. The current line from the Transportation and Ticket Center to EPCOT will be expanded. The new portion of track will have stops at the Boardwalk, Disney Hollywood Studios, and Downtown Disney. A large interchange will be built at Downtown Disney to accommodate the coming high-speed rail that is slated to begin service in 2020.
According to Disney executives, when the expansion is complete guests arriving at either the Orlando International Airport, or the Tampa International Airport would be able to board one of the high speed trains, transfer at the new interchange at Downtown Disney and proceed on the monorail to their hotels in the Boardwalk area or one of the current monorail hotels.
Future expansion to Disney’s Animal Kingdom seems unlikely because of the distance involved from any of the current transfer points.
Yep, that’s the story Dad would have liked to have seen. Instead here’s the scoop –
Disney is adding some additional room to the maintenance area next to the Transportation and Ticket Center. This will allow train to be parked during the day, instead of going all the way to the shop. It will also make it easier to work on the trains for minor issues.