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Walt Disney World Railroad
Walt Disney World Railroad poster
Magic Kingdom
Land Main Street, U.S.A., Frontierland, Mickey's Toontown Fair (formerly), Storybook Circus

((Replacing Toontown Station))

Designer Walt Disney Imagineering
Opening date October 1, 1971
Vehicle names Walter E. Disney, Lilly Belle, Roger E. Broggie, Roy O. Disney
Length 7817 ft (2382.6 m)
Reporting Mark WDWRR
Track gauge 3 ft (910 mm) gauge
The Walt Disney World Railroad (or WDWRR for short) is a narrow gauge railroad circling the Magic Kingdom at the Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, Florida. Operated by Main Street Operations, the 3 ft (914 mm) gauge, 1.5-mile (2.4 km) railroad circles the entire park with stations at Main Street, U.S.A., Frontierland, and formerly at the now-closed Mickey's Toontown Fair (But this stop reopened after the opening of Storybook Circus). One of the busiest steam-powered railroads, it transports over 1.5 million passengers each year.

Attraction Caracteristics

  • Embark on a relaxing 20-minute, 1.5-mile scenic tour on board an authentic steam-powered train.
  • 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. Offering convenient stops at Main Street, U.S.A., Fantasyland and Frontierland, it's the perfect way to preview the magic at Magic Kingdom park and take in the picturesque scenery.
  • The Walt Disney World Railroad is also a handy way to get around quickly and easily. And because the trains are scheduled to arrive at each station every 4 to 10 minutes at most times throughout the day, you never have to worry about waiting a long time to ride one.

Trains

The railroad has four different locomotives and four sets of passenger cars. The four locomotives were found on the Yucatan Peninsula in Mexico before they were taken and refurbished at the Tampa Shipbuilding and Dry Dock Company.  These locomotives are narrow-gauge locomotives, built between 1916 and 1928 by the Baldwin Locomotive Works of Philadelphia.

A regular train consists of a steam locomotive, tender, and five passenger cars with a capacity of approximately 365 passengers and 2 wheelchairs. The tender has a capacity for 1,837 U.S. gallons (6,953 I) of fuel oil. The tender needs to be topped off with water every three or four trips (or circuits) around the park. The water tower located at the former Mickey's Toontown Fair station, nessesitaing the trains still stop there to refill.

Locomotives

Each of the four locomotives is named after those who greatly contributed to the efforts of the Disney Company and the Walt Disney World Resort.

No. 1 "Walter E. Disney"

This locomotive is named for the man behind the mouse, Walt Disney (1901-1966). Walt loved railroads and his parks have always displayed his love for trains.

  • Built: 1925
  • Wheel Configuration: 4-6-0 "Ten-Wheeler"
  • Serial Number: 58444
  • Locomotive Colors: Red cab with red boiler jacket
  • Coach Color: Red with red poles
  • Coach Number Series: 100
  • Driver Diameter: 44 inches (111 cm)
  • Top Speed: 20 mph (32 km/h)
  • Locomotive and Tender Weight (dry): 67000 pounds (30,390 kg)
  • Status: Operational

No. 2 "Lilly Belle"

The Lilly Belle is named after Walt Disney's wife Lillian Disney (born Lillian Marie Bounds) (1899-1997). "Lilly Belle" is also the name of the scaled-down steam locomotive Disney ran in his own backyard and the parlour car of the Disneyland Railroad. It should also be noted that Lilly Belle was built in 1928, which would make it as old as Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse.

  • Built: 1928
  • Wheel Configuration: 2-6-0 "Mogul"
  • Serial Number: 60598
  • Locomotive Color: Green cab with green boiler jacket
  • Coach Color: Green with green poles
  • Coach Number Series: 200
  • Driver Diameter: 44 inches (111 cm)
  • Top Speed: 20 mph (32 km/h)
  • Locomotive and Tender Weight (dry): 61000 pounds (27,669 kg)
  • Status: Undergoing Refurbishment

Lilly Belle has been retired from day to day passenger service due to frame issues and is used exclusively for the daily park opening ceremonies. All of the coaches on her train set except for the last car do not have the new side panels so that the characters on the train may exit onto the outside platform at the Main Street Station. She is steamed up for the opening show where she brings Mickey Mouse and company to Main Street Station. Following the show, she is then brought back to the roundhouse and put on standby. Should one of the other trains encounter a problem during the day?, Lilly Belle would be attached to another train's coaches since it takes several hours to add or remove the side panels to the cars.

No. 3 "Roger E. Broggie"

This locomotive is named after Roger E. Broggie (1908-1991), who led the effort of acquiring the locomotives for the Walt Disney World Railroad and helped build Disney's own Carolwood Pacific Railroad. Roger Broggie was also the original Disney Imagineer who worked on the EPCOT theme park project.

  • Built: 1925
  • Wheel Configuration: 4-6-0 "Ten Wheeler"
  • Serial Number: 58455
  • Locomotive Colors: Red cab with green boiler jacket
  • Coach Color: Yellow with red poles
  • Coach Number Series: 300
  • Driver Diameter: 44 inches (111 cm)
  • Top Speed: 20 mph (32 km/h)
  • Locomotive and Tender Weight (dry): 67000 pounds (30,390 kg)
  • Status: Operational

No. 4 "Roy O. Disney"

The Number 4 locomotive is named after Walt Disney's older brother and business partner, Roy Oliver Disney (1893-1971). Roy saw the completion of his brother's dream after Walt's death in 1966 due to lung cancer and completed the construction of then named "Disney World". Roy renamed the resort to "Walt Disney World" in Walt's honor and died just shortly after the Magic Kingdom opened on October 1, 1971.

  • Built: 1916
  • Wheel Configuration: 4-4-0 "American"
  • Serial Number: 42915
  • Locomotive Colors: Green cab with red boiler jacket
  • Coach Colors: Blue with blue poles
  • Coach Number Series: 400
  • Driver Diameter: 46 inches (116 cm)
  • Top Speed: 20 mph (32 km/h)
  • Locomotive and Tender Weight (dry): 51000 pounds (23,133 kg)
  • Status: Operational

Roy was offered to have the second 4-6-0 (which is now the "Roger E. Broggie") named after him, so that the Walt Disney and Roy Disney engines would be alike, but he refused because he "didn't want to be compared to all the great things Walt has done". The Roy O. Disney was the only WDWRR locomotive that was not steaming at the park on Opening Day 1971. Its restoration was not finished until December of that year, shortly after Roy's Death on December 20, 1971 due to a stroke, thus allowing the company to name the locomotive in his honor.

Trivia

  • There is a wooden leg labeled "Smith" among the props at the Frontierland Train Station as a silly nod to Mary Poppins.
  • The Window reading "Walt Disney World Railroad Office, keeping dreams on track, Walter E. Disney, Chief Engineer," on the front of the Main Street U.S.A. station is the only window that can be seen from outside the park.
  • Roy O. Disney is the only locomotive to have a deep-sound chime whistle.
  • Lilly Belle and Roger E. Broggie both have the same normal diamond smokestacks.
  • Walter E. Disney and Lilly Belle both have the same lamp pictures of a waterfall.
  • The fifth locomotive that Roger E. Broggie and Earl Vilmer purchased was a mogul like Lilly Belle, deemed to be in too poor a condition to be restored, was sold to a party in California and presumed scrapped.

Gallery


Magic Kingdom
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Main Street, U.S.A.: Walt Disney World Railroad | Main Street Vehicles | Disney's Electrical Parade

Adventureland: Swiss Family Treehouse | The Magic Carpets of Aladdin | Walt Disney's Enchanted Tiki Room | Jungle Cruise | Pirates of the Caribbean

Frontierland: Splash Mountain | Big Thunder Mountain Railroad | Tom Sawyer Island | Country Bear Jamboree | Frontierland Shootin' Arcade

Liberty Square: The Hall of Presidents | Liberty Square Riverboat | The Haunted Mansion

Fantasyland: Cinderella Castle | It's a Small World | Peter Pan's Flight | Mickey's PhilharMagic | Dream Along With Mickey | Prince Charming Regal Carrousel | Dumbo the Flying Elephant | The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh | Mad Tea Party | The Great Goofini | Cinderella's Royal Table | Pinocchio Village Haus | Sword in the Stone

New Fantasyland: | Seven Dwarfs Mine Train | Ariel's Grotto | Under the Sea: Journey of the Little Mermaid | Be Our Guest Restaurant | Enchanted Tales with Belle | Princess Fairytale Hall | Pete's Silly Sideshow | The Barnstormer featuring the Great Goofini | Casey Jr. Splash and Soak Station

Tomorrowland: Tomorrowland Speedway | Space Mountain | Astro Orbiter | Tomorrowland Transit Authority PeopleMover | Carousel of Progress | Buzz Lightyear's Space Ranger Spin | Stitch's Great Escape! | Monsters, Inc. Laugh Floor | Push the Talking Trash Can

Resorts: Disney's Contemporary Resort | Disney's Grand Floridian Resort & Spa | Disney's Polynesian Resort | Disney's Wilderness Lodge

Former Attractions: The Enchanted Tiki Room (Under New Management) | Davy Crockett's Explorer Canoes | Mike Fink Keel Boats | Mickey Mouse Revue | Mr. Toad's Wild Ride | Skyway | Snow White's Scary Adventures | 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea: Submarine Voyage | If You Had Wings | Delta Dreamflight | The Timekeeper | Magic Journeys | The Legend of the Lion King | Mickey's Toontown Fair | Mission to Mars | ExtraTERRORestrial Alien Encounter

Others: List of Magic Kingdom attractions | Virtual Magic Kingdom

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