December 2nd, 2018, was the last day that Guests could board the Walt Disney World Railroad. Currently, the Rail Road remains closed with no opening date announced. Walt Disney World is working on TRON Lightcycle Run, and Cast Members have said that is why. Walt Disney World had to remove a portion of the railroad track between Fantasyland Station and Space Mountain. Disney ripped up part of the railroad track to expand TRON Lightcycle Run.
Those who wanted to be nostalgic and see the train Disney allowed Guests to get up close to an engine car in the Main Street, U.S.A. Train Station, but that hasn’t even opened since be reopening after the COVID-19 pandemic closure. It is safe to assume that the Walt Disney World Railroad will not reopen in time for the 50th Anniversary on October 1st, 2021. A little history of the Walt Disney World Railroad. The opening date was October 1st, 1971. This ride would take about 20 minutes for each train to complete a loop which was 1.5 miles. Most days, they would have two trains in operation, but on busy days, they would have three. There would be a stop at Main Street, U.S.A., Station, Frontier Station, and Fantasyland Station. The train would not run during fireworks since the track is close to the firework staging area.
Walt Disney himself always loved trains, and riding the rails was one of his favorite hobbies. It was very important to him that there would be a railroad at Magic Kingdom. This was an opening day attraction, although unfortunately, he died before Magic Kingdom opened at Walt Disney World. There is also a train at Disneyland in California called Disneyland Railroad.
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