Monorail Incident and New Train Color Rumor

I received an email report on an incident on the EPCOT monorail line last weekend. No one was reported injured, but it certainly sounds like some hair-raising moments.

My sister and I were riding the monorail with my two nieces, who were on a stroller. It was around 9pm when on a turn, the monorail was leaning to the left side. It was so bad that the stroller went right to the door, even with the breaks on. Then it stopped for about 10-15 min. The stop was not sudden, it made a turn and started leaning towards the left side, it must have been at least 20 degrees of inclination, as it stopped. It was pretty obvious something serious was happening.

They did not say anything about what was happening. They just put the general “delay” message and said that it was going out of service after we get to the station. Then it started moving really slow and on another turn it leaned to the right side, and it stopped for a few minutes. Until we reached the station.

The monorail was heading toward the TTC from EPCOT and my sources say this is consistent with reports of an axle or suspension unit breaking on the monorail train. A very rare occurrence.

In related news, the same source says that a new Monorail color will soon hit the track. Monorail Maroon is the rebuilt monorail that includes the repaired nose and tail cones from the July accident. Supposedly there will also be an enhanced computer system for the train’s pilot.

In court papers, Disney has denied responsibility in that fatal July accident. But the way I read the story, Disney isn’t denying that things went wrong, just that they shouldn’t be held responsible for the actions of their employees. Um, I think someone slept through business 101. Hopefully they’ll reach a settlement with the cast member’s family. That’s the right thing to do.

Finally, one more interesting detail about new safety procedures for the monorail system. If a resort line train misses the station in the Contemporary and has to back up, it first has to wait for an express line monorail to come through the station and clear the track for the resort line train to reverse into the station. It’s good that visual confirmation is being used here, but couldn’t they just send a hotel manager out onto the observation deck with a radio to give the all-clear? What happens if the express line is down and a resort train misses the station?

13 thoughts on “Monorail Incident and New Train Color Rumor”

  1. As someone who loves the monorail, that’s just scary.

    And not only did they sleep thru their business classes, it appears their lawyers were daydreaming during their torts class as well. My goodness.

  2. Is it time to replace/upgrade the monorail trains yet? I would be curious what happened to that train/car when it pulled into the station. If it was listing at 20 degrees, wouldn’t that cause damage to the under-carriage and sides?

    Not that I necessarily agree with them, but they did have procedures in place for this, however, their employees didn’t follow them. So, in essence what they’re saying is “it wasn’t a system or policy fault, it was the employee’s fault”. Technically, they’re right, but since the employee did work for them, the question will be whether the company is held liable.

  3. The Disney monorails must be showing their age, as they are now over 20 years old and see very heavy usage. Perhaps Disney should conduct thorough rehabs on the trains, as New York’s commuter railroads have done on their 35-year-old trains.

    Still, accidents on the Disney monorail system are so rare that their safety should not be called into question; statistically speaking, a ride in your car is inherently more dangerous than a ride on the monorail.

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  5. for a while last week, it was either monday or tuesday, i can’t remember, but the express monorail was down temporarily while the ferry boats were docked because winds were above 30mph so EVERYONE was being shuttled by the resort monorail. We luckily missed it, but heard some stories from some angry polynesian resort guests who couldn’t get on the packed trains. It was only temporary, but still crazy. Personally I love the whole experience of the ferry and monorail trip to the parks from the parking, but something seriously has to be done about the reliability issues plaguing the system. There were at least 3 separate instances of monorail issues the days we were at MK last week and we were only there for 1 full day and 2 partial days.

  6. we have been going to disney for the past 35 years. some years we went twice. we love the parks, the campground and everything about disney. these accidents in the past couple years have been disturbing. but we still plan to go again this year. i am sorry for the injuries from the last bus wreck and hope everyone is ok. if you don’t like disney in orlando, don’t go. we always hope for a safe trip and stay, but things do happen. really, why go some place if you are “grumpy” and don’t like it. we love it and hope to go for many mor years. see you real soon…

  7. I’m guessing Disney did offer to settle and family said no way. Good for them. Disney’s change in policies are what caused this to happen.

  8. Monorail teal is the monorail that was put together with undamaged sections and currently rides the rails. Any other section were too badly damaged for repair.I honestly propose that Disney think about upgrading the fleet. But still I’d ride the monorails any day.

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