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Electrical short knocks out monorail at Walt Disney World

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Walt Disney World was forced to partially close its monorail system yesterday after an electrical short at a control booth.

Smoke was seen after the short at the Magic Kingdom monorail station, which caused a train pulling into the station to stop. Guests were trapped on board for ten minutes while a tractor towed the train up to the platform. No-one was hurt in the incident, which occured at about 10am.

The monorail loop connecting the Magic Kingdom to Disney's Contemporary, Polynesian and Grand Floridian resorts was closed for the remainder of Wednesday, although the lines connecting the Magic Kingdom and Epcot to the Transporation and Ticket Center (TTC) were reopened on Wednesday evening. Engineers are reviewing the system, and it is not clear when the resort line will reopen. Guests at the resorts can still reach the Magic Kingdom via a bus to the TTC.

Disney's massive transportation system has been hit by a series of incidents over the last few months, with the most serious involving the monorail. On July 5, monorail pilot Austin Wuennenberg was killed when two trains collided in a station. The tragedy was the first fatal accident in the monorail's 38-year operational history.

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