After closing in October of 2018 for the construction of ‘TRON Lightcycle/Run’, we might be seeing the light at the end of the tunnel. Rumors are circulating that the Walt Disney World Railroad is getting even closer to reopening!
The Walt Disney World Railroad travels around Magic Kingdom Park, with the full loop traveling 1.5 miles. It takes Guests roughly 20 minutes to do the complete loop. There are three stop along the way, one on Main Street, one in Frontierland, and the last in Fantasyland. According to a bio on Disney Parks Blog, “the Disney fleet has consisted of three locomotives named after members of the Disney family – the Walter E. Disney, the Roy Disney, and the Lilly Belle (after Lillian Disney). A fourth train is named after Imagineer Roger E. Broggie”.
Recent days have seen many tests of the tracks, with Cast Members taking a ride on the Walter E. Disney for the full length of track. Construction has slowed around TRON, with a focus on more landscaping in the area.
Now, we have learned that there have been some recent staffing changes, and attendants have started their training. Putting all of these pieces together, we are hopeful to see a return to service of the Walt Disney World Railroad by Christmas 2022. This would be the perfect time, with higher crowd levels, to have a grand reopening of the Railroad.
Of course, at this time, all of this is speculation. Certainly all signs point to an announcement any day now, with a date for the Railroad’s reopening. Until then, we will be anxiously awaiting the news!
Stay tuned to Streaming the Magic as we inch closer to the Walt Disney World Railroad reopening announcement!