PHOTOS: Monorail Lime Regains Blue Delta

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We’ve had lots of monorail news recently, and unfortunately most of it has been bad news. But finally we get some good news that fans of the Monorail will surely welcome!

Today, Monorail Lime finished a refurbishment and emerged from the shop. It was spotted running on the Magic Kingdom Express Line.

How is that newsworthy, you ask? During its refurbishment, Monorail Lime got a brand new paint job with a new color scheme.

Since the early 2000s, Lime and Coral both sported white deltas. In the photos above, taken today, you’ll see that Monorail Lime now has blue deltas!

The old Mark IV monorail fleet that opened with the Magic Kingdom in 1971 consisted of 10 monorails. Lime was not one of the original colors, and none of the trains had deltas.

In 1984, two new monorails were added to the fleet to handle Epcot Center demand. These new monorails, Lime and Coral, were painted with deltas to help distinguish them from Green and Orange. Coral had white deltas, while Lime had blue deltas, an homage to the colors of the original monorail cast costumes.

When the Mark VI trains came online in the early 1990s, Lime and Coral retained these color schemes with the deltas. At some point in the early 2000s, the entire fleet was repainted, and Monorail Lime lost the blue deltas. Both Coral and Lime had white deltas after this repainting.

Back in 2016 when the monorail cast costume was refreshed, patches were added with the color scheme of all the monorails, and Lime had a white delta on this patch.

But now, after being missing for over 15 years, Monorail Lime is again sporting its awesome blue deltas! What a nice surprise for all monorail aficionados! We can only hope that more things from the ’80s come back to Walt Disney World.

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Jason has been a lifelong fan of the Disney parks since his first visit at age 2. His biennial pilgrimages during his childhood accelerated into semi-annual visits by the year 2000, when he also Joined the Disney Vacation Club. Luckily, Jason’s bride-to-be was also a Disney fan, which allowed his infatuation with the Disney parks to continue, and ultimately culminated in their wedding at Disney's Wedding Pavilion in September 2003. Early in 2007, Jason began his involvement with the planning for what became Celebration 25, the unofficial fan gathering to commemorate the 25th anniversary of Epcot®. Soon thereafter, Jason met Tom Corless at a pin trading meet in New Jersey, and became part of the WDW News Today podcast starting with Episode 17. Jason has been involved with the WDWNT Network ever since, and can't seem to escape no matter how hard he tries.
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stadalberts
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stadalberts

Hey Iger, cut back just a teeny bit on your raises and get those Monorails replaced a lot sooner, my friend!

Frontierland Dan
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Frontierland Dan

Even though Iger took a pay cut last year… And he doesn’t directly deal with that budgeting. That’s for Bob Chapek to stop draging his butt on the issue.

robin
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robin

holly molly batman !!!! but will the doors open ?

Catherine
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Catherine

We rode monorail lime yesterday and I noticed the blue delta but didn’t realize it was so significant! I have a great photo with the delta in it.

Clueless
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Clueless

What is a DELTA on the monorail ?

Schnabeltier
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Schnabeltier

I believe they’re talking about the shape under the center window of each car. It’s usually a solid color stripe across the whole monorail, but the Delta is the brief color change.

Jenna
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Jenna

Hmm, I thought lime already had a blue delta? Must be au hommage to the old monorail uniforms!

Sam
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Sam

Safety first !

Figment250
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Figment250

I think you meant decal not delta.