Walt Disney World Railroad

The Walt Disney World Railroad is a tribute to Uncle Walt’s love of trains. It’s also a great connection to the past and a great way to get around the Magic Kingdom. Somewhere around 1.5 million people each year ride the train around the Magic Kingdom.

Walt Disney World Railroad

There are 4 engines on the railroad. They are:

  • #1 – Walter E. Disney
  • #2 – Lilly Belle
  • #3 – Roger E. Broggie
  • #4 – Roy O. Disney
The stairs to the Main Street Train Station
Photo by Mike Billick

The engines were built in the 1920s and were used mainly in Mexico and South America. In 1968, Disney scouts led by Roger Broggie found 5 engines (1 wasn’t recoverable) in the Yucatan purchased them and brought them to America where they were refurbished in Tampa at the Tampa Shipyards.

The four engines went into service when Disney World opened in 1971.

The Track

The track for the Disney World Railroad runs around the outside of the park for the most part. It is a mile and a half long. It is a narrow gauge track (the rails are 3 feet apart). It takes about 20 minutes for the train to circle the park.

 

There are three stops on the line. The main stop is Main Street, U.S.A. There are also stops in Frontierland and now at the new part of Fantasyland.

There are several special scenes built especially for the railroad. When you pass under Splash Mountain you’ll see some of the rides, and there is an Indian camp set up between Frontierland and Fantasyland. Disney offers a three-hour (sound familiar) behind-the-scenes, steam train tour. Go here for more information on the Walt Disney World Railroad tour.

Dad’s Bottom Line

Working with model trains was Uncle Walt’s favorite hobby. He molded that hobby into a wonderful attraction. Everyone should ride these wonderful machines at least once on every trip.