Power Outage Leads to Monorail Breakdowns Near Magic Kingdom Resorts

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Today, a reported power outage at Magic Kingdom area Resorts led to numerous Monorails breaking down.

There are several options for transportation at Walt Disney World Resort, including the Disney buses, Disney Skyliner, Disney watercraft, and the Disney Monorail system. The Magic Kingdom area Resorts (including Disney’s Contemporary Resort, Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort, and Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort) are extremely popular among Disney World Guests as they offer Monorail transportation to and from Magic Kingdom. However, sometimes, due to unforeseen circumstances, Disney’s Monorail transportation system can suffer breakdowns, leaving Guests onboard waiting to be evacuated.

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Today, a power outage led to the breakdown of the Monorails servicing the Disney Resort hotels and Magic Kingdom Guests.

GooToYou! shared about the power outage at Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort on Twitter:

Breaking: Partial power outage currently at Disney’s Polynesian Resort

We were in the gift shop and the doors slowly started to close. Not sure what’s happening

Looks like power was also lost for monorail gold right next to poly

Several other Disney Guests took to social media to share what was going on. They reported that Monorails (including Monorail Green, Monorail Gold, and Monorail Yellow) were stuck and Guests were left stranded within the Monorail train vehicles, waiting for Disney Cast Members to get them to safety.

Guests were allowed to remove the windows on the Monorails to allow for airflow, and it was reported that Guests on land could hear some of the stranded Guests shouting for help and asking to be evacuated as soon as possible.

Blogger and Walt Disney World Guest Disney in your Day reported:

Pretty big power outage in the MK area. Everything was down in the Polynesian for awhile and even when that came back monorail is still stuck. That guy there said it’s been about 40 minutes and they were going to get ladders to get them. #monorail #DisneyWorld #MagicKingdom

Another Guest visiting Walt Disney World, Chris, shared the following video of the experience being stuck on the Monorail:

@WDWToday & Contemporary resort First time riding the Walt Disney World monorail system and it stops guess better walk next time. #stuck#SOS#Walthelpme#tryingtovaca

Disney fan Brooke also shared her disappointment with the situation on social media:

The entire magic kingdom monorail loop hotel power grid went down and I’m big sad over it

Some Monorails were towed back to a station in order to allow Guests to evacuate. Others were able to begin running again. Since the power outage occurred, Guests have been able to disembark the Monorails safely.

Although Walt Disney World Resort is The Most Magical Place on Earth, real-world mishaps can happen, and breakdowns can occur due to unforeseen circumstances. In these instances, Disney Cast Members try their best to accommodate and get Guests to safety as efficiently as possible. Getting stuck on a Monorail in the summer Florida heat is not ideal for anyone’s vacation, but we are glad to know that Guests have been transported to safety.

If you ever have any concerns while you are on your Disney vacation, be sure to find the nearest Cast Member or reach out to Disney Guest Services.

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For more information on the Walt Disney World Resort Monorail system, read the description below, courtesy of the Disney World website:

Ride High in the Sky

Magic Kingdom park, Epcot and select Disney Deluxe Resort hotels are just minutes away by monorail.

The Walt Disney World Monorail System has 3 separate lines that travel throughout Walt Disney World Resort.

The Resort Monorail, makes the following stops:

  • Magic Kingdom park
  • Disney’s Contemporary Resort
  • Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa
  • Transportation and Ticket Center (TTC)

Due to refurbishment work at the Great Ceremonial House, monorail service to Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort is temporarily suspended.

The Epcot Monorail and the Express Monorail originate at the TTC and offer express round-trip service to Epcot and Magic Kingdom park.

The Walt Disney World Monorail System operates from 30 minutes prior to earliest park opening until one hour after latest park closing. Please note that glass containers of any type are not permitted on the monorail. Medical strollers for Guests with disabilities will be treated as wheelchairs.

EPCOT Monorail
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