Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Walt Disney World Railroad

New on Disney Guru is attraction day Tuesday!!! Every Tuesday we will discuss a different attraction that lies within Walt Disney World. I am very excited to learn and to teach all about the wonderful attractions throughout the "World".

First Stop.... Walt Disney World Railroad

This classic attraction takes you on a 20-minute scenic tour around Magic Kingdom Park. While this attraction gives no thrills it is sure to please anyone that loves trains, covering from the heat on a hot day, and some rest and relaxation while still enjoying Disney's Magic Kingdom Park. Walt Disney World Railroad consists of 4 antique steam-powered engines that makes stops at Main Street, USA and Frontierland.

kippel.com via Google Images 

The Trains...

There are 4 cars all pulled by an authentic steam-powered locomotive. Each car has been carefully restored to it's original look. The cars all have names Lilly Belle, Roy O. Disney, Roger E. Broggie, and Walter E. Disney.  These cars have a long history that dates back to the turn of the 20th century. In 1969 the cars were discovered by Disney employees and taken to Walt Disney World Resort where they were fully restored and ready for opening day on October 1, 1971. Because Walt Disney himself had a love for trains this attraction is considered a Disney classic.

What will you see?

It is actually rather funny but you do not see too much of the park while on this 20-minute attraction. You will get a peek at Splash Mountain and Big Thunder Mountain as you travel through Frontierland but most of the ride takes you through heavy forests. You will pass through an Indian village which includes some wildlife figures and Indian camps.   After you pass through what was Toon Town, you will also get a quick view of Tomorrowland Indy Speedway.

View of Bay Lake Towers from the train
Fun Facts....

  1. You may notice that some trees past the Indian village have charred trunks, this is from falling Wishes fireworks. 
  2. Every few hours each engine gets a quick service from the "pit crew."
  3.  There are 4 sets of passenger cars: red, yellow,green and blue. 
  4.  The green passenger cars are called "show train" cars and only appear during the park's opening ceremony (rope drop). The green car is missing the left side safety rails in order to allow the performers to exit the left of the train. 
  5. The trains reach speeds of 10 to 12 miles per hour. 
  6. The train sits idle during parades, thunderstorms and fireworks. 
  7. If you would like the best view sit on the right.
Having fun on the train!!

See ya real soon!! 


  1. What heats the water for the engine? Coal? Propane?

  2. The engine was converted to burn diesel fuel instead of coal or wood. Thanks for stopping by!

  3. Just an FYI, the locomotives are the ones with the names. Interestingly, during refurbishment, the locomotives' boilers and cabs were replaced to make them look more 1850'-ish. There are four steam locomotives, each of which pulls a train consisting of five open-air cars. These cars were built specifically for WDW, and each has a seating capacity for 75 people.