Insane monorail abandoned by Disney expansion plans


If you are a fan of Walt Disney World Resort, you are probably also a fan of Disney transportations! Disney’s transportation is unlike any other, as there are so many different shapes of vehicles that guests can embark on.

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Disney buses will transport visitors from each Disney resort to their theme park or Disney Springs, and there are many Disney Friendship Ferries and Boats that visitors can ride on. Disney’s newest form of transportation is the Disney Skyliner. But, the majestic mode of transportation that iconically resembles Disney is the monorail created by Disney Imagineering, and most notably, Bob Gurr.

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The monorail connects the Ticket and Transportation Center with Magic Kingdom and EPCOT, as well as the monorail complexes, which are Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort, Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort, and Disney’s Contemporary Resort (as well as Bay Lake Towers). But, it seems Disney’s plan has always been to expand the monorail system to Walt Disney World, although that has yet to happen.

History @ Disney (@HistoryAtDisney) tweeted the fact, stating:

Did you know that the original plans for Lake Buena Vista Shopping Village (now Disney Springs) included a monorail station on Lake Buen Vista Drive as well as a PeopleMover that ran through the Shopping Village?

In this model, you can see the PeopleMover track in the foreground.

Phillip (@p_paree) had an interesting response that expands on this fact and explains why some of EPCOT’s facades were strongly thematic, even though they weren’t visible to guests.

Wasn’t that the reason why all the pavilions of the Future World East were completely thematic all around the buildings? The monorail and / or the Peoplemover were to be routed on this side of the EPCOT Center to Disney Village …

Related: Disney World’s Abandoned Monorail Found In The Nevada Desert

There was also talk of the monorail system extending to Disney’s Hollywood studios; however, this has not yet happened. As of yet, there has been no talk of any monorail expansion at Disney World, so it looks like those original plans are likely scrapped. That being said, of course, there is always the possibility of expanding in the future with newly updated plans.

Would you like to see Disney World expand the monorail system? How do you think they could do this?

Let Academy Travel’s team of experts help you plan your next magical vacation to the four theme parks of the Walt Disney World Resort – Magic Kingdom, EPCOT, Disney’s Animal Kingdom and Disney’s Hollywood Studios – and to the shopping and food district of Disney Springs!



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