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UPDATE July 24 - We got very postiive news this week as we hit a milestone with the first group of Walt Disney World Cast Members beginning training on the Walt Disney World Railroad. Walt Disney World Cast and Community posted a photo on Facebook which surely is a great sign that the Walt Disney World Railroad is going to be up and running again soon.

We still await confirmation from Disney as to an official reopening date for the Walt Disney World Railroad which has was shuttered way back in December 2018! With work still continuing on TRON Lightcycle / Run many now speculate a 2023 for the opening of this new attraction at Disney's Magic Kingdom. Where does this leave the Walt Disney World Railroad I hear you say? Well, it seems unlikely Disney would begin training Cast Members if we are still months and months away from a reopening. Perhaps we will see a Fall 2022 reopening ready for the busy Halloween and Festive seasons? The news of Cast Member training is certainly pointing us in the right direction and we will keep you updated with further details as and when they are announced.

UPDATE June 27 - We are all eagerly awaiting news of the reopening of the Walt Disney World Railroad and although we have had teaser videos of the train being tested and photos of the train emerging, we still don't have confirmation of when we will be able to actually ride the Walt Disney World Railroad once again. We have now found out thanks to a photo from Bioreconstruct on their twitter page that it seems like a lot of work is still needed on the tunnel and track for the Walt DIsney World Railroad which goes through the TRON Lightcycle / Run attraction.

The positive is that work is being done, the negative is that unfortunately it still looks like we are a long way off work being completed on the track and tunnel meaning fans of the Walt Disney World Railroad are still currently going to be disappointed. We will hopefully bring you positive news on this extremely long awaited reopening soon on our news and Facebook page.

June 9 - There was excitement yesterday when a number of guests saw the Walt Disney World Railroad engine and carriages emerge from wherever they have been stored these last three and a half years. A photo of the train can be seen in the post embedded below.

TRON Lightcycle / Run is progressing well but we still don't have a confirmed opening date. Although Disney hinted at a return of the Walt Disney World Railroad with a video posted on Instagram back in March, there still hasn't been any announcement of when this will happen. This new photo will give Disney fans hope but we are still playing a waiting game. We will be sure to update you with news about the very long awaited return of the Walt Disney World Railroad as soon as it is confirmed.

March 26 - The Walt Disney World Railroad at the Magic Kingdom is one of the most iconic Disney attractions which has unfortunately been closed since the end of 2018. This closure is due to its close proximity to the new TRON Lightcycle / Run site.

Disney has released a teaser on its instagram page of the Walt Disney World Railroad showing a Cast Member who works in maintenance telling us that they are original locomotives which have to be fired up every morning. The video can be seen here.

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Lou tells us that him and his team are excited about getting closer to the reopening of the Walt Disney World Railroad. Now this isn't the first time our hopes have been raised as earlier in the year, guests spotted one of the locomotives being tested.

We assume that this iconic attraction will return to the Magic Kingdom at some point within its 50th Anniversary celebrations which is set to last through March 2023 so, although we are being teased about its return, we could still realistically have a long time to wait.

Whilst it has been out of action, Disney has used the time to refurbish the Walter E. Disney Engine 1 which can be seen below.

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We still don't have an exact opening date but we will keep you posted with the latest announcements on the Walt Disney World Railroad on our news and Facebook page. When do you think this iconic attraction will reopen?

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