Instead of buying a new fleet of monorails, Disney World is upgrading its current fleet, which is more than 30 years old at this point and has earned the title of the “duct tape monorail” by legendary Disney Imagineer and father of the Disney monorail system, Bob Gurr. Back in June 2019, Disney began upgrading the Mark VI monorail fleet and completed what would turn out to be the first round of upgrades in August 2022. Unfortunately, the work isn’t done.
BlogMickey.com has learned that Monorail Black is back in the maintenance bay north of Magic Kingdom as it receives upgrades that some of the more recently updated monorails have, but it didn’t receive when it underwent its first round of upgrades in late 2019. In speaking with Monorail pilots, we understand that a few monorails will have to undergo another round of refurbishment even though all twelve monorails have been upgraded at some point in the past 3+ years.
Because the work only takes place one monorail at a time, there is no significant impact on operations expected and service on all three monorail lines will continue throughout the work.
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