Over the past five years Disney has been periodically refurbishing its monorail system, making improvements to the driving system and cleaning up the interior. However, the actual monorail cars themselves have remained virtually unchanged for the past thirty years, which is kind of amazing as Disney has been heavily investing in attractions and transportation, even going as far to install a new Gondola-based transportation system, which has been confirmed to be opening in 2019.
However, though Disney has been spending money like crazy (and will continue to do so for the foreseeable future), it looks like they have not been investing as heavily in updating their aging monorail fleet, as a number of incidents have occurred in the last few months that have many people asking if the monorail system is even safe to ride anymore. And unfortunately, this past weekend, another dangerous incident happened that has brought this issue to the forefront yet again...
Monorail Yellow doors fail to open on the Magic Kingdom loop
The most recent incident involving the monorail occurred just a few days ago, around 9:20 PM on Saturday evening. According to the description of the video above, the doors on Monorail Yellow failed to open at any of the scheduled stops, and guests were trapped as the monorail stopped at the Transportation and Ticket Center, Polynesian Village Resort and the Grand Floridian Resort (where Cast Members were finally able to help).
Though the guests who experienced this unfortunate incident remained in good spirits throughout the technical difficulty, this is a very troubling occurrence, especially as this isn't the first time the monorails have malfunctioned in a major way. Earlier this year, Disney made national headlines when the doors of monorail red didn't close all the way. And last year, Monorail Blue had to be evacuated when a piece of the train actually fell off while it was en route to Epcot. The piece of the train was actually picked up by a guest, who said that the falling debris missed his head by just a few feet.
Perhaps even more troubling, according to the user who posted the video, Cast Members are saying that Disney has become desensitized to these issues, with the Cast Member encouraging the guest to post the video online since "Disney pays attention to social media".
With so many serious incidents happening with the Walt Disney World monorail happening over the last year and a hald, some are asking about the safety of the aging monorail fleet at Walt Disney World, and wondering if anything might be done in the near future about this issue.