WDW Railroad Update: Tracks Removed Near TRON Construction

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If you are like me, you have been waiting for the Walt Disney World Railroad to open back up. The Walt Disney World Railroad at Magic Kingdom is one of the most iconic attractions Disney has to offer. It is not only the first attraction you see when you enter the park, but it’s also a piece of Walt Disney since we know how much he loved trains. Having this in Magic Kingdom, a park he did not get to see come to fruition, is almost a way to honor the magic he created that we get to experience and build upon. Whether you want to get from Frontierland to Fantasyland or just ride the train, the WDW Railroad is a classic Disney attraction.

But, unfortunately, the Walt Disney Road Railroad has been under refurbishment for quite some time. This is heavily due to the TRON Lightcycle Run coaster construction that is underway. Because the area had to be closed off to build the new Tomorrowland attraction, Magic Kingdom decided to replace the track as a whole.

Related: PHOTOS: TRON Roller Coaster Progress at Magic Kingdom

Considering how long the attraction has been down for, many of us have been waiting to see any sign of a pulse, or I guess in this case, a chug, from the beloved steam trains. We can now see that the tracks have been fully removed right in front of the new TRON coaster, which is progress! We can see that the ground is a lot smoother than when the track was immediately removed which suggests that this construction is being revisited often.

Railroad Construction
Credit: Kurt | ITM

At this time, there is no official word on when the new tracks will be laid and Guests can once again hop aboard the Walt Disney World Railroad. We at Inside the Magic will continue to update our readers on this story as more information comes to light.

More about the Walt Disney Road Railway

Once the train is back up and chugging, it will be important to note where you can board the attraction. You can board or disembark at any of 3 stations:

  • Main Street, U.S.A.
  • Frontierland
  • Fantasyland

Like we discussed earlier, trains were always Walt’s lifelong passion. On the Disney World site it notes:

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.

Delighted with his miniature backyard railroad, Walt decided to share his love of trains with the whole world. The result was the Santa Fe & Disneyland Railroad, a favorite of Guests since the park opened in 1955.

disneyland railroad
DISNEYLAND RAILROAD (1966) — One of Disneyland’s original attractions from opening day and arguably Walt Disney’s personal favorite, the trains of the Disneyland Railroad have Òcovered enough trackÓ in 50 years to circle the earth more than 200 times. The trains provide guests an overall view of the park as well as the Grand Canyon and Primeval World dioramas.

So for now, all we can do it wait to hear that train whistle once more. Stay tuned to ITM for all of the latest Walt Disney World Railway construction updates!

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