Walt Disney World Orlando Sights

Walt Disney World Railroad

  • Amusement Park/Water Park

Published 07/06/2017

Fodor's Review

If you click through the turnstile just before 9 am with young children in tow, wait at the entrance before crossing beneath the station. In a few moments, you'll see the day's first steam-driven train arrive laden with the park's most popular residents: Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck, Goofy, Pluto, and characters from every corner of the World. Once they disembark and you've collected the stars' autographs and photos, step right up to the elevated platform above the Magic Kingdom's entrance for a ride into living history. All the locomotives date from 1928, the same year Mickey Mouse was created.

Disney scouts tracked down these vintage carriers in Mexico (where they transported sugarcane in the Yucatán), brought them back, and overhauled them. They're splendid, with striped awnings, brightly painted benches, authoritative "choo-choo" sounds, and hissing plumes of steam.

The 1½-mile track runs along the perimeter of the Magic Kingdom, with much of the trip through the woods

and stops in Frontierland and Fantasyland. The four trains run at five-to-seven-minute intervals. For people with disabilities: You can remain in a standard wheelchair or transfer to one if you're in an ECV. Equipped for handheld-captioning. The ride is a good introduction to the layout of the park; it's also great as relief for tired feet. You can't load bulky strollers—like those Disney rents. Go mid-afternoon, when there's no line, or early, before 9 am, to greet Disney characters.

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Sight Information


Walt Disney World, Florida, 32830, USA

Sight Details:

  • Duration: 21 mins. or less depending where you disembark. Crowds: Moderate. Audience: All Ages.

Published 07/06/2017


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