The railroad at Magic Kingdom has been closed for a very long time. Today it has taken a big step toward reopening!
Disney World Railroad
Skyliner. Monorail. Buses. Disney World has all the transportation, including railroads! Magic Kingdom has its very own railroad, which can transport Guests around the park.
The Disney website describe the railroad as: “Take your seat on 1 of 4 meticulously restored, vintage narrow-gauge steam trains—originally built between 1916 and 1928—and enjoy a relaxing 20-minute, 1.5-mile scenic round-trip tour.
You can board or disembark at any of 3 stations:
- Near the entrance to the park on Main Street, U.S.A.
- The Frontierland station
- The Fantasyland station
A noted train enthusiast, Walt Disney built his very first railroad in his backyard. The Carolwood Pacific Railroad, a 1/8-scale train, debuted in 1950 and featured a custom-built, steam powered locomotive that encircled his property.”
Closure and Reopening
Unfortunately, the railroad has been closed since the end of 2018 to make way for TRON construction. Earlier this year, Disney installed a scrim that looked like the train station so work could also completed there.
This was quite the eye sore but still necessary.
Now, the scrim is beginning to be removed from the train station at the front of the park! So far, just the very top tower portion has been removed. Hopefully in the coming days and weeks the entire scrim will be removed!
The Disney website still has the railroad listed as closed. However, we are hopeful that we can take trips on the railroad soon with this new development. Most of the construction for TRON has been moved indoors. You can read more about the latest on TRON construction HERE.
Do you enjoy taking a ride on the Walt Disney World railroad? Are you looking forward to the scrim being removed? Let us know in the comments below or on Facebook.
Well said! Well said indeed.
As Disney becomes a bigger and bigger corporate behemoth, Walt’s dream and fingerprint will be farther and farther away in the rearview mirror. The Disney Railroad was one of Walt’s greatest legacies, he loved trains and the Railroad. It’s addition to the parks is a special part, a reminder of simple times and it’s part of what separates Disney from other venues and parks. In a generation of ‘what can you do for me now’ and what’s the latest, greatest, fastest, thrill ride we need to respect history and how it got us here. My family are big Disney fans and I try to ride the Railroad at WDW every time we go to pay homage to the MAN and his VISION. We wouldn’t have the unreplaceable family memories if it weren’t for his incredible vision, dreams and foresight.
Enjoy the train can’t wait for it to return.