It’s no secret that Walt Disney loved trains. Thanks to his uncle being a locomotive engineer, he worked on one in his teenager years in Missouri. Surely this experience fueled his lifelong passion for trains. Such was his passion that he had a 1/8 scale miniature railroad built at his house that enabled him to give rides to family and friends. It’s no wonder that monorails and trains are a predominant part of the transportation system at Walt Disney World.
One could do an entire study on transportation at the parks. From the ferry to the buses to the monorail to the trains to the trams from the parking lot. There are a plethora of ways available to you besides your car while you are on property. We have rode all of them at some point, Some Logan can stand better than others. There are a lot of factors in which transportation we partake of at any given time such as how long the line is, which is faster, how much time we have left in our visit. etc.
When he was younger, Logan ‘s favorite part of Magic Kingdom was the trains. My, how he loved trains. He still does to a certain point. I always obliged him a train ride since it’s a fun and easy way to get around. It literally circles the park. When we started to go back with the other 2 children as well, I incorporated it into our learning. If you have a train lover in your family then this is a must ride attraction.
We learned about trains and how they are now propelled as opposed to how they first were sent into motion. We rode the steam engine at the Magic Kingdom talking about how long it would take to get anywhere with that method especially considering it takes 20 mins to get completely around the park. What does it need for upkeep like water from the Fantasyland water tower to keep the steam in motion. How did it come into being? A great discussion about how one man’s passion for something can lead to wonderful things for others.
Facts about the Magic Kingdom Railroad
The speed limit for the train is 10 mph. We use that number to figure out how fast the train could get us places like home.
You can’t ride the train during the fireworks as the tracks run right by the firework staging area. Great time to talk about safety.
Up until 1996 only men could be conductors/engineers on the trains. This only changed because they couldn’t find enough men to staff it. We remembered this when we studied women’s suffrage .
The route is 1.5 miles long and take 20 minutes with stops.
There are 4 locomotives but only 3 run regularly. The Lilly Belle is only used for the opening ceremonies .
Disney offers a The Magic Behind Our Steam Train Tour for those who wish to see all the ins and outs of how the steam engines operate. There is a great book called The Imagineering Field Guide to Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World that not only gives you amazing info about the train and all its’ facts but about the entire park as well from an Imagineer’s perspective.
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