BREAKING: Monorail Blue Being Evacuated After Large Piece Falls Off, All Monorail Service Currently Suspended

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The Walt Disney World Monorail System is currently down and Monorail Blue is being evacuated following a piece of the vehicle falling off at Epcot.

Photo by @iOSTrade on twitter

The photo above shows a guest finding a piece of the monorail on the ground, having fallen off as it departed from Epcot.

Photo by @TharinWhite on twitter

Monorail Blue is currently being evacuated on the turn just before Disney’s Contemporary Resort on the Epcot line. We assume that this breakdown is related to the piece that fell off, but can not confirm at this time.

Needless to say, all Monorail lines are currently down until further notice.

We will provide updates as they are available.

UPDATE: Monorails have returned to service and Monorail Blue was able to be moved to the station for an easier evacuation.

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Tom Corless

Tom has been regularly visiting the Walt Disney World® Resort from the time he was 4 months old. While he has made countless visits in the last 28 years, he did not become a truly active member in the Disney fan community until the summer of 2007, when he decided to launch the WDW News Today website and podcast. Tom has since become an Orlando-local and is a published author on Walt Disney World.

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    • It’s awaiting the result of 10 new upcharge VIP experiences and an extra resort fee for the monorail they will roll out in the not so distant future.

      That Highway in the Sky Dine Around upcharge is sure helping maintain the monorail, huh!

      • Even then it won’t happen. I know some guests really drank the cool aide, but they don’t get it. Current Disney World Orlando management DOES NOT CARE! If they’re making 10000000X the money they are now, they won’t put a nickel to make it better for the guests, or safer.

  • I really wish they would invest the money to refurb the Monorail system. It smells, it’s hot and it’s literally falling apart.

    Come on WDW, drop a couple million on one of the most beloved attractions at your parks!

  • You would think with the countless hours and MONTHS of work on the system, that this would not happen. They really need to overhaul the whole thing and bring it into the 21st Century

    • Or he’s older and might have something wrong with his body. But yeah, let’s just be rude and insult a stranger.
      Makes you feel better about yourself, doesn’t it?

  • Just another example of the lost attention and lack luster Disney park maintenance. Was very disalusioned this past may at our vist. All the parks have lost their wow factor.

  • I would be interested to know what that component does or did. But like most of these kinds of problems, I doubt we will ever hear what it was.

    • Adam I think that is an electrical pickup. That’s the thing that rides along the bus bar on the side of the beam. I was told by a monorail maintenance person several years ago that they still make the brackets for those from wood!

  • I love listening to Tom every week :) -that said, taking one part of the monorail system down at a time would have to be between midnight till 6am or else they would need a lot more transportation alternatives.

  • They seem to raise the prices consistently, yet they don’t take care of the attractions. The Monorail could kill someone.

  • I keep saying how Disney is cutting corners way beyond guest’s imagination and people think I’m a troll. I mean, using only 2 of the 20 entrances/turnstyles is one thing, but working here, you have no idea. I love Disney so much, I work here, and am sickened how much stuff goes on, and and SHOCKED this one made it to news. We have stuff like this all the time and A-1 priority is keeping it out of public eye. Nobody at WDW gives any concern to actual safety beyond image. Sad. I hope we get a new CEO and major changes soon!!!

    • YOLANDA, IF SO MUCH NEGATIVE THINGS HAPPEN AT DISNEY WORLD AND YOU ARE POSITIVE THERE IS TANGIBLE EVIDENCE OF ”BAD PRACTICE”, THEN DISNEY MANAGEMENT, ESPECIALLY SENIOR MANAGEMENT, SHOULD BE HELD ENTIRELY ACCOUNTABLE FOR ANY NEGLIGENCE WHATSOEVER.
      ITS IMPORTANT TO NOTE THAT ”SAFETY AND ETHICS COMES FIRST” AND THEREFORE, THE ENTIRE DISNEY MANAGEMENT IS RESPONSIBLE FOR ANY PERCEIVED PITFALL OR PROBLEM THAT HAPPENS WITHIN THE ”WORLD AMUSEMENT PARK”.
      SADLY & UNFORTUNATELY, MONEY IS PUT AHEAD OF MOST ESSENTIAL THINGS THESE DAYS. MOREOVER, ”GREEDY & EVIL COMMERCE” CARES VERY LITTLE ABOUT LIVES, SAFETY & SECURITY.

      • Laphil Johnny, You have not a clue how much Disney can get away with, and even more, the hundreds of millions they put into their image and KEEPING things from media. We were at park when a child fell from loading dock of the Safari Ride, and he wasn’t hurt badly, but Disney security and management went though the ENTIRE line of us and ensured we had no footage or photos of this, and we were screamed at that if we pullout our phone, we would be arrested. Help arrived 10 minutes after managers, and they pulled that kid behind the scenes before stopping his bleeding and caring for him. We were astonished.

    • I totally believe you. I have worked at a GE appliance factory for nearly 20 years, and the shit they let go out of there now vs. 10-12 years ago is horrible.

  • Glad everyone is okay. To bad the guy stole that piece of the Monorail, it might be useful in their investigation.

    • To(o) bad you have no idea if that guy actually took the piece considering he’s standing under the monorail where the piece probably fell off, so he very well could have immediately taken it to a parking cast member. Otherwise your comment might actually be usual in this conversation.

  • There’s a little (somewhat) unknown secret that Siemens offered to buy all new monorail trains for Disney, 12 in total, just as long as Disney would allow them to place their logo on the side of the monorail along with the phrase “presented by Siemens”. . . . Disney refused.

    Maybe they should re-evaluate that decision. 🤔

  • That is a piece that touches the 600 volt electric rail to power the monorail. Need to start looking at all monorails now.

  • And people complaint at those of us who point out current Disney parks management’s greed.

    They come up with more insane “upcharge experiences” most of them completely senseless and taking away the spot where people used do the same thing before for free and artificially increasing ticket prices with things like forced photopasses & paid buses if you want to use park hipper and keep cutting personnel and maintenance to the point of calamity.

    But hey, don’t mess with my pixie dust!

    • 100% Totally agree with Pete here. As poorly as Disney is cutting back on simple stuff, it’s a special kind of stupid to think they aren’t really taking chances with safety and behind the ‘scenes’.

      Always wonder if one of the AC units in monorail had a short and started smoking, or worse. People in monorail if smoke, or any incident have zero chance. It would take Disney half hour to clear that out at very best. And they would have managers and people controlling media on scene before any help.

      • Bet they are so mad that the guys pick made it to the internet. They need to realize that they might be able to control the media, but not the guest.

  • If Disney would just make all food and merchanise free, and cut their ticket prices by 75%, and allow everyone to stay at any resort for $10 per week, they would have PLENTY of money to replace the monorail trains. All this excess revenue they are generating is just greed. Walt must be rollin’ in his grave. Disney has no shame.