After four full years of waiting and speculation, The Walt Disney World Railroad finally reopened to Magic Kingdom Guests on Friday, December 23, 2023. Just in time for Christmas.
The news was shared by Theme Park Insider Scott Gustin on Twitter, pointing to the update to the Disney World website.
It’s official: The Walt Disney World Railroad is now open.
Attraction hours posted for today: 10am to 6 pm. pic.twitter.com/mOjznwmEz5
— Scott Gustin (@ScottGustin) December 23, 2022
Upon our own look at the Disney World website, we at Disney Fanatic concur that the iconic attraction is no longer listed as “closed for refurbishment.” Other commentators across social media platforms are also affirming that the narrow-gauge steam train ride is operating today for Guests.
Closed due to the construction progress of the new Tomorrowland coaster TRON: Lightcycle Power Run, the Walt Disney World Railroad’s reopening date remained a mystery as it appeared to be out of commission through mid-February just last week. Yesterday, we reported that the train was open for a Cast Member preview and that it would reopen to Guests “this holiday season,” but the date remained a mystery until now.
It seems that Disney still has some magical holiday surprises up its sleeves, after all.
Coming with the railroad’s return is a brand-new voice-over narration from a new conductor that Disney appears to suggest is from the first new Park-original character to be introduced at Disney World in years, as well as the addition of the Tron coaster, which gives Guests a unique glimpse at the upcoming attraction. Click the link above for our coverage of that story.
Walt Disney World Resort describes its railroad as the following:
Listen to the clamor of the engine, the chug of the wheels and the call of the whistle as you travel aboard the Walt Disney World Railroad.Take your seat on 1 of 4 meticulously restored, vintage narrow-gauge steam trains—originally built between 1916 and 1928—and enjoy a relaxing 20-minute, 1.5-mile scenic round-trip tour.
It’s a convenient—and nostalgic—way to get around Magic Kingdom park!
Find a Station
You can board or disembark at any of 3 stations:
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