Monorail Service Ending for Evening Magic Hours
In an effort to reduce the workload on their aging monorail trains, Walt Disney World is shortening the time in which the trains will run. Having been on the rail for over 20 years, the trains are starting to see some serious wear and tear – with several recent failures between stations, with guests on board.
Beginning on July 11 2011, the Epcot monorail service stopped operation 1 hour after regular park closing, and from August 1 2011, the Magic Kingdom monorail will stop operation 1 hour after regular park closing.
This means that in both cases, the monorail will not return guests back to their Resorts after evening Extra Magic Hours. Guests will instead be transported by bus and boats where available. Morning Extra Magic Hour service has not been affected.
All indications are that this is a permanent change. Don’t let this stop you from enjoying Extra Magic Hours, as you will still be able to get back to your Resort via bus.
This does, unfortunately, mean guests paying a premium to stay at one of the “monorail” resorts will be slightly shortchanged in the evening – but not stranded.