Highway in the Sky. Transportation of Tomorrow. Just Plain Cool! However you choose to describe the modern monorail system, it’s just impressive.
Years ago, I became hooked on this mode of transportation after riding it at Walt Disney World. Soon after, I bought a monorail set so I could run my own line at home (Monorail Red shown in this post). But you can’t have too much monorail so I soon added a die-cast version (Monorail Yellow in this post).
Although I don’t have the room to fully display my entire monorail layout it is on partial display with its little buddy:
Having so much Disney merchandise and memorabilia, I can’t really display things according to types or characters, so I like to mix and match in ways that give some visual variety. So I have monorails with a robot, a potato, and some assorted Beatles.
The version above is from the original merchandise line, released before the change to a set that included figures that you could place inside the cars. I prefer my earlier version as it is better made. Monorail Red is about 24″ long and lights up and gives the ride spiel. “Please stand clear of the doors!”
All of the lighting, sounds, and the drive system are contained in the front car.
FUN FACT: Each of the real monorails has six cars and the total train is 203 feet long with an overall height of 10 feet, 5 ½ inches. When first introduced, the monorails had less cars but had more added as passenger capacity needed to increase.
This diecast version is 12″ long and has only four cars instead of five, as with the Monorail Red version.
Both the motorized sets and this diecast model come in a variety of colors. My favorite is red, but you have to take what you get when you go to the Parks as they don’t stock the full range of colors at any one time.
FUN FACT: Each of the 12 monorails is identified by a colored stripe: Peach, Teal, Red, Coral, Orange, Gold, Yellow, Lime, Green, Blue, Silver, and Black.
The molds used for these two examples are quite similar. The diecast is missing the old WDW logo (seen in red on Monorail Red above) as it was produced long after that emblem was dropped by Disney’s marketing department.
My goal is to have all of the colors produced in both of these models, but I don’t think I have enough lifetime left to make that happen!
FINAL FUN FACT: Walt Disney World Resort has a 14.7-mile system of elevated beamway that services seven stations between Epcot, Magic Kingdom, The Transportation and Ticket Center (TTC), and three resorts – Disney’s Contemporary Resort, Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort, and Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort.
Is the monorail one of the must-dos on your list when you visit Walt Disney World? As you can see, there are so many places to go! You can also check out some awesome glass gift trays printed with images of our favorite mode of transportation.