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Walt Disney World Railroad Train Refurbished, Spotted on the Tracks Near Magic Kingdom

The Walter E. Disney train of the Walt Disney World Railroad was seen backing into the maintenance garage backstage at Walt Disney World today.

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Image source: Felipe Botero

Thanks to a tip from an anonymous WDWNT reader and photos from reader Felipe Botero, who both witnessed the train, we can also report that it seems to have been repainted recently.

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Image source: Felipe Botero

The Walt Disney World Railroad closed in December 2018 to construct TRON Lightcycle / Run near the track. Before the COVID-19 pandemic, trains sat on display in the park for guests to view and take pictures with. Since then, sections of the track and the Main Street, U.S.A. station have received refurbishment.

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Many hope the classic attraction will be open in time for Magic Kingdom’s 50th anniversary on October 1, 2021.

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  1. I’d be shocked if it opened by October 1st. Extremely unlikely unless it’s just a temporary setup and Tron construction pauses.

  2. The train really does seem like something that needs to be there for the 50th. I hope they make it happen, even if they can only run it on part of the track and have to run in reverse back to Main Street, or kick everyone off at Storybook Circus and run it without guests though the construction. Even if it can’t return as a ride, hopefully they could at least park a train in front of the station again.

  3. 3 years the railroad has been closed. It is iconic to the Magic Kingdom.
    Does Disney care? NO! This has been ridiculously too long to shut down
    an attraction for one that has nothing to do with Disney. Ironic.

  4. The Tron excuse is beyond old. They could still operate the Railroad between the other two stations and given that it has been closed for 3 years it’s time for a temporary solution to get the iconic attraction running despite Tron.

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