You can ride a boat, board a train, or catch a bus in many cities around the world, but only at Walt Disney World do trains run on a highway in the sky, boats moonlight as fireworks cruises, and buses greet Guests in 36 different ways! “Our buses, monorails, boats and trams aren’t just modes of transportation for our Guests,” says Jason Kirk, vice president of Walt Disney World Transportation Operations. “They are a part of the fun and a part of the immersive Disney experience.” And they are getting even better.
In the past months, the Walt Disney World Resort introduced a number of minor changes that aim to improve the Guest experience even before they step inside one of the parks. New experiences, improved services, and technological advancements abound in Walt Disney World Transportation and Parking Operations.
Walt Disney World Parking
TRANSPORTED IN STYLE
Walt Disney World's parking trams will soon receive an all-new paint job inspired by the monorail colors. New, custom-made tram tractors will also ensure a quieter transit. Here's a sneak peek of the new trams:
A few months ago, we were able to spot one of these new trams (which didn't have the new paint job):
ARE WE THERE YET?
“We’ll be there in 223 elephant steps,” says the educational, new signage in the parking lot at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Theme Park. More of these signs will soon make their way to other parking lots.
Walt Disney World Buses
THEMED BUS MARQUEES
Special greetings themed to a bus’ destination now appear on the marquees. “Charmed To See You” and “My Other Ride is a Magic Carpet” are just some of the greetings for buses headed to Magic Kingdom Park.
WE’RE ON THE WAY
New digital screens at all of the Disney Resort bus stops let Guests know in real-time when their bus is scheduled to arrive. These digital screens have been available for more than a year.
An all-new interior themed to the “Sorcerer’s Apprentice” mesmerized Guests during a limited play test in 2016. Nicknamed “the fun bus,” it featured a custom light show, advanced GPS technology and comfy seats.
Walt Disney World Watercraft
Whether piloting the General Joe Potter or sailing as part of the Sassagoula Rivercruise, all watercraft Cast Members across property now sport new costumes. Here's a photo of the new costume:
Cast Members adapted the spontaneous monorail trivia game for Guests traveling by boat.
Walt Disney World Monorail
The new monorail Cast Member costumes sport a colorful embroidered patch made up of 12 colors representing each of the monorails. Here you are a picture of a Cast Member wearing the new costume:
Technology has been updated to a more automated system as part of several recent enhancements, for a safer and more efficient ride.
Monorail Cast Members are hosting spontaneous trivia contests for Guests aboard the monorail, and Guests can win prizes. “How many monorail cars make up a monorail train?”
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