The Walt Disney World monorail is one of the most iconic forms of transportation at the parks. You can board the monorail at the Transportation and Ticket Center, the Magic Kingdom, Epcot, and the three Disney monorail resorts, the Contemporary Resort, Polynesian Village Resort, and the Grand Floridian.
No matter where you board the monorail the process is the same. There are marked spots and gates for wheelchair users to wait. If the monorail is really busy they might board you in a different spot so just as a Cast Member where to go. There isn’t a difference in the cars but I think it helps them know which ones need a ramp. They typically only let wheelchairs, scooters, and others with mobility issues in the area first but if the car isn’t full then they will let other guests in.
In the wheelchair loading area there is a ramp that the Cast Members will place on the monorail car. It isn’t very steep and I can easily board on my own. Once inside I recommend using one of the poles to hold onto and locking your brakes. You never know when the monorail might stop.
If you take the Resort Monorail a Cast Member will ask you where you would like to disembark so a Cast Member at that stop wil be ready to assist you. When you get to your destination a Cast Member will place another ramp down so you can exit. There were a few times where we had to wait a couple of minutes but they get there as quickly as they can. We’ve never been forgotten but it doesn’t hurt to make sure they know you are there. Politely. 🙂
Now lets take a look at where you can board the monorail.
At the Transportation and Ticket Center (TTC) there are two different monorail routes. The first route goes from the TTC to the Magic Kingdom and has two lines. The Express Monorail only stops at the TTC and the Magic Kingdom and the Resort Monorail stops at the three monorail resorts, the TTC, and the Magic Kingdom. The second route goes from the TTC to Epcot and back.
When we park at the Magic Kingdom we typically take the ferry from the Transportation and Ticket Center. The biggest reason why is the ramps that lead to and from the monorail platform. They are pretty steep and I can’t really manage them on my own. Also, if it is crowded I find the ferry to be easier as well.
The ramps at the Magic Kingdom are also steep. The ramp that leads down to the park entrance is the worst. We usually wait a couple of minutes for the crowd to clear before we head down.
The ramp that leads up to the Express and Resort monorail is a little better so we are more likely to take the monorail from the Magic Kingdom than we are to it unless we happen to be staying at a monorail resort.
The monorail station at Epcot is a little easier to navigate. When you arrive you take a ramp down to the park’s entrance. It isn’t quite as steep and they wide so it’s easier to avoid a crowd. Luckily you don’t have to take the ramps back up.
There is a gate located at the base of the ramps that lead to the boarding platform. It’s easy to miss so just keep an eye out for it.
Once you get through the gate you will find an elevator around the corner that will take you up to the boarding platform.
Once you get to the top floor you get out of the elevator at the wheelchair loading gate so you don’t have to worry about locating it.
The Grand Floridian and Polynesian Village resorts are the easiest places to board the monorail. You can take an elevator to and from the platform and the boarding areas are easy to navigate. Just remember that you’ll be using the Resort Monorail line and depending on where you board there might be several stops before you get to your destination.
The Contemporary Resort is a little trickier. There is a dedicated elevator for wheelchairs and others with mobility issues on the 4th floor that will take you up to the monorail platform. There are metal railings that can be a little tight in places that will lead you over to the boarding platform. You will see the Express Monorail go by but only the Resort Monorail stops at the resort.
Generally the Walt Disney World Monorail operates 30 minutes prior to the earliest park’s opening until one hour after the latest park closing. There are times when the monorail is undergoing maintenance so make sure to check and see if it will be down certain hours. If you have any questions or tips, let me know in the comments!