Are New Monorails Coming?
Fans of the Mouse have been clamoring for new monorails for some time. Rumors have come and gone that a new fleet was on the way but no new monorails have arrived. This week the rumor mill was kicked into high gear when it was confirmed by Disney legend Bob Gurr (who worked on the original designs for both the Disneyland and Walt Disney World monorails.)
“There is a contract… contracts are underway. You will see (new monorails). If everything works right, it will be the same company, Bombardier.”
Gurr was answering questions during a Facebook Live Q & A to support Give Kids The World. If a new fleet is on the way it would be surprising if it did not arrive in time for the 50th anniversary of Walt Disney World in 2021.
Disney has not official confirmed the new fleet but given Gurr’s close relationship with Disney it would be surprising if he is wrong.
Why are new monorails needed?
The current monorail fleet launched in 1989. That makes them almost thirty years old. How many of you are driving a thirty year old car? Not only are the monorails they work hard. The system carries 150,000 passengers per day.
The fleet is also starting to show signs of strain. Disney has shut down one or both monorail lines numerous times in the past few years.
There have also been two major issues in the past year. One involved part of a train falling off and nearly hitting a guest in 2017. Most recently the doors on Monorail Red opened during transit. Three separate safety mechanisms failed and the monorail kept moving as seen in the video below.
Let me know if you have had any incidents on the monorail or how you feel about the new monorails coming.