WDW Railroad

88 Days: WDW Railroad

WDW Railroad

The Walt Disney World Railroad station at Main Street, U.S.A. is the backdrop for Day 88!

Welcome to My Dreams of Disney!  As you know, we’ve been counting down our days in our #DisneyWorldCountdown, and today, we are at day 88!  For today, we’re taking a look at the Walt Disney World Railroad!  The WDW Railroad is an original Disney World attraction because it incorporates one of Walt Disney’s favorite activities — his love of trains!

One of my favorite things to do at the Magic Kingdom is to take some time and relax by riding around the Magic Kingdom on the railroad.  It provides some unique views, some interesting perspectives that you don’t get if you don’t ride, plus it’s fun to just sit back and imagine yourself back in that time period when steam powered locomotives were the way people travelled long distances, and to imagine some of the different terrains and scenes that they might encounter.

It all takes me back to one of the biggest reasons I like going to Disney parks — for the history lessons that are evident all over the parks, but especially at the Magic Kingdom.  It’s attractions like this that truly make going to a Disney park so much more than just going to get on a bunch of rides.  It’s the whole experience of it — the history, the backstory for each of the attractions, the incredible parades, the phenomenal fireworks shows, and so much more that truly makes a Disney vacation all that it is.  It’s having a real steam locomotive for the WDW Railroad, like the Roger E. Broggie pictured below, that take Disney above and beyond the rest of the theme park industry — and why I don’t think Disney parks will ever be surpassed.

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The Roger E. Broggie is just one of the WDW Railroad steam locomotives.

Do you like the WDW Railroad?  Is it an attraction that you ride at least part of the way around each trip to Walt Disney World, or is it one that you skip and don’t bother exploring?  Please let me know in the comments below, and thanks, as always, for stopping by!  Now, go out and make it a great Disney Day!

The Walt Disney World Railroad – A Magic Kingdom Original

The Roy O. Disney

The Roy O. Disney

There is so much to talk about when it comes to the Walt Disney World Railroad, I hardly know where to begin!  As most of you know, Walt Disney was an avid railroad enthusiast, and even had a train setup in his backyard!  It was called the Carolwood Pacific Railroad, and he loved to navigate around his yard on his trains!  Additionally, as you all know, Mickey Mouse was created by Walt Disney as he was on a train from New York, after he lost the rights to Oswald the Lucky Rabbit to Universal.  So it is no surprise that Walt Disney incorporated trains at both Disneyland and Walt Disney World.

The Walt Disney World Railroad was in operation on Day One, October 1, 1971.  The four main locomotives were built between 1916 and 1928 by Baldwin Locomotive Works.

No. 1 Train: “Walter E. Disney”

Of course, the number one train in the fleet at Walt Disney World was the Walter E. Disney, a 4-6-0 “Ten Wheeler”.  This train was built in 1925, and is identical to the No. 3 Train that I’ll discuss in a bit.

No. 2 Train: “Lilly Belle”

This train, built in 1928, the same year that Mickey Mouse was created, is a 2-6-0 “Mogul” train.

No. 3 Train: “Roger E. Broggie”

Roger Broggie was instrumental in acquiring the locomotives for Walt Disney World, and in fact, actually worked with Walt on building the Carolwood Pacific Railroad line in Walt’s backyard.  The No. 1 train and the No. 3 train are one serial number apart, and as such, they are known as the “twins.”

No. 4 Train: “Roy O. Disney”

This locomotive is a 4-4-0 “American” built in 1916, and is the oldest of the four trains.  When the trains were being named, the story goes that the Imagineers asked Roy if he wanted to have his name on the No. 3 Train since they were identical.  Roy declined, saying that he “didn’t want to be compared to all the great things Walt had done.”  This blogger would like to tell Roy that he did some pretty great things himself.

Train Operation

The Walt Disney World Railroad has three stops — one at Main Street, U.S.A., one at Frontierland, and one at Fantasyland, which used to be the stop for Mickey’s Toontown Fair.  You can get on and off at any of the three locations, and you can also, to the best of my knowledge, stay on the train for multiple loops around the Magic Kingdom.  One complete loop around the Park is about 20 minutes in length.

The Walt Disney World Railroad plays an instrumental role during the Magic Kingdom “Rope Drop” ceremony that opens the park.  Mickey, Minnie, and a whole slew of characters will welcome you to the park, and Mickey will count down from 10 for the park to open!

Conclusion

The Walt Disney World Railroad is a classic Disney attraction, and is well worth taking a ride on.  As you navigate the park, you’ll see special areas that the Imagineers have created to feature on the ride.  This relaxing trip will allow you to take a load off your feet while still enjoying all that Disney has to offer.  Enjoy!

I’m sharing this post as part of the #ThrowbackThursday post from my friends over at Frontierland Station! Here are the links, click on them and check out the great entries!

Thanks, and make it a Disney Day everyone!