10 Facts About Disney World's Monorail System

Getting around Walt Disney World Resort is a breeze on the world-famous monorail, the “public transport of the future.” Here are 10 fun facts about the Disney Monorail System!

2The Trains

The Walt Disney World Resort currently operates twelve Mark VI monorail trains on three lines of service. The modern trains that have been in use since 1989 are each 203 ft 6 in (62.03 m) long (consisting of six cars) and can carry 360 passengers. The trains are driven by eight 113 hp (84 kW) motors which are powered by a 600-volt electrical system running through a busbar mounted on each side of the concrete beam. Each train also has seven inverters on board that convert the 600 V DC to 230 V AC for use by the air conditioners and air compressor, and additionally has a battery-backed 37 V DC low-voltage supply that provides power for the train’s electronics. The trains are also equipped with a towing knuckle at each end to allow it to be pushed or pulled by a special diesel-powered tractor if need be.