Disney has released new information about yesterday’s incident where a door fell off of Monorail Green while it was stationed at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort and Spa.
According to a Disney spokesperson, a motorized scooter struck the door while it was loading guests at the Grand Floridian. The impact caused the door to unhinge and fall off of the monorail. No injuries were reported, and guests disembarked to take buses and/or ferries to their destination. Repairs were made at the station, and the train was up and running again later that afternoon.
What is still unclear, however, is whether it is within normal monorail operating specifications that a closed and latched door would come unhinged and fall off the monorail when impacted. One could assume proper safety guidelines would specify that regardless of the impact, monorail doors should not simply come unhinged and detached from the monorail. It is not outside the realm of possibility that a rogue ECV driver could accidentally shift into gear and impact the doors while moving, which would present a somewhat more significant safety hazard were the door to fall off while the monorail was in motion rather than stationary at a station.
This isn’t the first issue that’s occurred with the monorail doors this year. Back in January, a monorail train on the Epcot line traveled with an open door, causing a stir. In June, Monorail Lime lost power, so the windows were removed while waiting to be towed to the Magic Kingdom station. Disney Legend Bob Gurr has claimed that new monorails have been ordered for Walt Disney World, though Disney has yet to confirm anything.
We will provide you with more information as the story develops.