It seems that every day we are learning of a new permit Walt Disney World is filing for upcoming construction! From the Polynesian Village Resorts Moana themed overhaul to the Rainforest Cafe over at Disney’s Animal Kingdom, changes are around every corner.
The WDW monorail has also been slated to undergo construction shortly. Just last week we learned of a new permit that would affect all 4 monorail stations which are:
- Disney’s Ticket and Transportation Centre (a.k.a. the TTC)
- Disney’s Contemporary Resort
- Disney’s Polynesian Resort
- Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort
The permit filed for this one is an important one when it comes to the mechanics of the monorail, and if you are Imagineer Bob Gurr, you probably would be very happy about the change! The contactor at each station is being replaced, and this little guy is the reason the monorail can turn from off to on.
What’s the new permit?
Disney World is continuing to add to their monorail construction with their latest monorail permit which will take place at the Magic Kingdom monorail station. If you have any memories of leaving the Magic Kingdom after Happily Ever After fireworks, you likely remember the good old days when we would cram together like sausages on the Magic Kingdom monorail ramp waiting for our ride. And if you have been through that you know how important monorail access is from any Disney theme park.
This permit files for new aluminum access stairs to be implemented at the Magic Kingdom monorail station. At the moment, the entrance to the monorail at the Magic Kingdom for both the express monorail or the resort monorail is an accessible ramp. Because of this, it will be interesting to see where these stairs are placed and what their purpose is for.
Back in 2017 (thanks for @bioreconstruct on Twitter) we can see that emergency stairs were installed on the side of the Magic Kingdom monorail.
New emergency stairs and remaining scaffolding on Express side of Magic Kingdom monorail station. pic.twitter.com/MZdhhAiSSm
— bioreconstruct (@bioreconstruct) March 12, 2017
So perhaps these new aluminum stairs are emergency exit stairs or another entrance for Cast Members. We do know that the TTC monorail station has aluminum stairs for Guest use so perhaps this will be another point of entry for the Magic Kingdom monorail. We will not know exactly where the stairs will be located until construction begins but it is interesting to note that stairs are coming to the busiest monorail station at Disney World.
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