PHOTOS: Monorail Silver Returns with A New Look as Walt Disney World Repairs Existing Fleet

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With no replacement in sight, Walt Disney World has been quietly spending a lot of money to repair the existing monorail fleet. Monorail Silver has just emerged from its makeover with a sparkling exterior and an interior that matches the color stripe on the outside.

Photos via @tradzak on twitter
Photos via @tradzak on twitter
Photos via @tradzak on twitter
Photos via @tradzak on twitter

New to the Highway in the Sky is plastic paneling denoting the color of the monorail, with coloring on said panels and the seats matching the color stripe outside. It is expected that the rest of the existing monorail fleet will follow suit over the coming months.

So, what do you think of Monorail Silver’s new look?

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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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Ron Patterson
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Ron Patterson

i remember the rumors starting in may of last year that new monorail were in the works, you guys”WDWNT” did say that a order had not been placed yet, will all teh price hikes, you would think they could start at least getting in to talks

Debora Hogg
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Debora Hogg

Siemens had offered to redo the whole system as I understand it but were refused. Disney didn’t want their advertising

T.J.
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T.J.

Looks good. Doe it still have the carpet on the walls? Can’t tell from the pics.

Ken
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Ken

It looks good, but the real question is, how extensive was the mechanical and electrical refurbishment? So much for Bob Gurr”s statement a while back that new monorails have been ordered.

Robert Chapeko
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Robert Chapeko

As extensive as my Home Depot Commercial Credit Card points bought us

TimPat McRaven
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TimPat McRaven

Very cool!

disney6166
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disney6166

As long as the mildew smell is gone & the AC works properly then we can honestly say they have been refurbished.

Jeremy DeStefano
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Jeremy DeStefano

They’re just making it easier for guests to identify which monorail they are stuck in when they contact emergency services.

Tom
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Tom

Lipstick on a pig.

Alejado De Laspuertas
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Alejado De Laspuertas

You can shine up a turd all you want, but at the end of the day it’s still a shiny turd. As many wild decisions Mr Chapek is making for the company, getting a new Monorail fleet is not in his agenda. Oh yeah that’s right, it doesn’t make him money. #savethejamboree

Jamie
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Jamie

Is a refurbished 57 Chevy a polished turd? Or better yet, a P-51 Mustang? This article doesn’t say anything about systems refurbishment and we can’t assume they didn’t refurb the doors, A/C or anything else. I’d rather see the classic monorail refurbished than a half baked subway system in the sky. if this buys time to create something special then I’m for it. But once again, very little detail in this article.

Dustin
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Dustin

The article is only reporting what the author could observe because Disney hasn’t released anything on the matter and because if the last month has taught us anything, it’s that the internet can not handle speculation and rumors no matter how many disclaimers you give. The second you share creative thought, you are accused of being “clickbate”.

Laura
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Laura

i wonder if all of them will feature seats and interiors to match the monorail color? that would be fun!

Sandro Flores
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Sandro Flores

Please stand clear of the falling doors… Por favor mantenganse alejados de las puertas que caen

Robert Chapeko
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Robert Chapeko

Not possible we hooked each door with a new bungee cord that i stole from the Hard Rock Casino, you know the ones that hold my casino card

Melissa
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Melissa

Does it still smell like urine???

Ash Bishop
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Ash Bishop

Paint a turd and it’s still a turd. The look was never the issue, it was the functionality that was the problem.

William Grupp
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William Grupp

It’s great that they are refurnishing the fleet. All the “haters” who complainabout getting new monorails, we renovate buildings, cars, yards, and even our bodies. If it is more cost effective, clean-up the entire fleet. They ate iconic symbols of WDW. HOWEVER, that said, they need to order a few more to handle the opening crowds, the dinner time crowds, and the massive stampede to leave after the fireworks. Need a minimum of 5 running on the express routes and 4 on the local route to expedite the movement if guests. Plus, they should run a monorail system connecting Animal… Read more »

Austin Ray
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Austin Ray

I agree. It might be more cost-effective to refurbish the monorails as they are but I’m sure it’s also extremely hard to get parts for such an aging system. They can be maintained forever honestly but at some point, they need a complete replacement. I always laugh when theme parks say a roller coaster or ride has reached the end of it’s operating life because that’s so not true at all. It’s just they can’t get parts that are cost effective to keep the ride running and they’ve probably known this for a while but have also been pricing up… Read more »

Eddie
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Eddie

They just spent billions of dollars on two Star Wars lands (at least one of which is a bomb), and millions on that atrocious-looking gondolas system, the most impractical and ridiculous mass transportation system ever devised … and they won’t spring to completely repair and replace what is one of the most visible icons of all of Walt Disney World?

Austin Ray
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Austin Ray

A bomb? And the gondola system is impractical? Good to see you aren’t unbiased at all. PS Galaxy’s Edge has been a major hit. But hey don’t let that get in the way of your bias.

Eddie
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Eddie

I’m not sure how you define “major hit,” but if it’s based on attendance … um … oops. Have you ever ridden one of these gondolas? They are not what I’d call efficient in terms of moving large numbers of people.

Austin Ray
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Austin Ray

I have and it’s a major hit. Not sure where you’ve been looking. 10 people per gondola and the amount of gondolas they have is not a capacity issue. You’ll arrive to parks just as fast as if you were on buses and will help clear some congestion on bus lines for the locations served. You don’t have to have ridden one to see the potential.

Cj Brown
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Cj Brown

Monorail Silver looks awesome (great photos)👍
I trust the rest of the Monorail Fleet will, too

After all, if Team Disney Burbank can afford to schill 71 billion for 20th Century Fox …. well, those Bean Counters can afford to release whatever funds are necessary (nothing looks more embarrassing than a rundown Monorail).

Nothing screams “preventable bad publicity” like an incident on a transit system that could have been avoided, especially when the competition is figuring out how to improve their Hotel – Parking – Transport experience.

Dustin
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Dustin

Thank you Tom and thank you to all the WDWNT staff. I know it hasn’t been the easiest month but just keep doing what you’re doing (maybe minus the rumors because some people have proven to weaponize that catagory against you). Your hardwork and dedication is still much appreciated. Thank you for doing what you do. I look forward to the updates!

Gail Tabor
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Gail Tabor

All that carpet.. all iI can think of is bedbugs and lice

MonorailGuy
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MonorailGuy

It’s not actually carpet anymore.. it’s a non porous surface that won’t absorb liquid or mold like the old stuff.

Kennith Wayne Conley
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Kennith Wayne Conley

Just curious, are the monorails in Disneyland sponsored? Why are those so more futuristic than the ones in Florida? Who pays for those?

Steve
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Steve

Some don’t see the problem with continuing to maintain the old ones versus replacement. Part of the answer is whether you can repair them, versus whether you should. 1) At a certain point you have to realize it’s just not practical to keep repairing something anymore. I had an old pool heater, and yes I could get the part I needed, but the problem was that we couldn’t install it because another part of the unit had rotted away. Sure, maybe I could replace that too, but even if that did work, what’s going to break next? So yeah you… Read more »