Changes to the Walt Disney World Monorail system operating hours

May 05, 2015 in "Walt Disney World Monorail System"

Posted: Tuesday May 5, 2015 9:04am EDT by WDWMAGIC Staff

Starting this week, the Walt Disney World Monorail system will be operating on adjusted operating hours through to the summer.

The Resort and Epcot beam will now operate on reduced hours on Sunday through to Wednesday, with regular hours resuming on Thursday through to Saturday. The Express beam will operating on reduced hours Sunday through to Friday, with regular hours on Saturday. The changes took effect on May 3 2015, and will continue through to July 2015.

During the reduced operating hours of the monorail, additional water craft and bus transportation will be available.

Epcot Beam

  • Sunday: 8am to 11pm
  • Monday: 9am to 11pm
  • Tuesday: 9am to 11pm
  • Wednesday: 9am to 11pm
  • Thursday to Saturday - regular hours (8am until 2 hours after regular hours park closing)

Express Beam

  • Sunday: 8:30am to 11:30pm
  • Monday: 9:30am to 11:30pm
  • Tuesday: 9:30am to 11:30pm
  • Wednesday: 9:30am to 12:00am
  • Thursday: 8:30am to 11:30am, 6pm to 1am
  • Friday: 8:30am to 11:30am, 6pm to 1am
  • Saturday - regular hours (30 minutes prior to Magic Kingdom opening until 1 hour after regular hours park closing)

Resort Beam

  • Sunday: 7am to 12:00am
  • Monday: 8:30am to 12:00am
  • Tuesday: 8:30am to 12:00am
  • Wednesday: 8:30am to 12:00am
  • Thursday to Saturday - regular hours (7am until 1 hour after regular hours park closing at the Magic Kingdom)
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BrianVMay 06, 2015

Philosophy 101: Everyone wants to have upgrades, repairs, and maintenance. No one wants it to be done when they are there.

ford91exploderMay 06, 2015

It just might BE, Tho WDW has been experimenting with automated monorail controls but there is no earthly reason why the system is not in operation NOW, Automating subways and monorails is old news and its been done round the world many times.

MaryJanePMay 06, 2015

is "Automation" Orwellian speak for elimination and/or continued neglect?

ford91exploderMay 06, 2015

Seriously join National's emerald club and for 40-60 bucks per day you can have transport which is at your beck and call. Plus you can eat the 'off property' food if you desire - one meal will pay for the rental

cinderellafan6May 06, 2015

Ok stupid question coming in.....So Magic Kingdom is open till 12am this Saturday with magic hours till 2am. So will the monorail close at 1am??

bethymouseMay 06, 2015

Well... the GF is a dream of mine ( to stay there). It's not necessarily about the monorail, but I just hope that it's working when Mom needs it ( to and from EPCOT/MK and GF).:(

ToTBellHopMay 06, 2015

Oh, I agree completely. It is absurdly audacious to continue charging those rates while marketing monorail access as a perk. This is why I love Wilderness Lodge. 1/2 to 1/3 the price and the boat always works.

JediMasterMattMay 06, 2015

I'll 2nd these thoughts... my wife is disabled and needs an ECV for any of our Disney Parks trips. Getting around WDW is so much easier with a rental car than having to rely only on the buses. She has gotten really good at the parallel parking on the bus when she does need to head back to the room without me.

rob0519May 06, 2015

We've stayed in the CR or Polynesian over a dozen times in the last 20 years or so just for the convenience and uniqueness of the monorail experience. Granted we only stay when reduced room rates are offered, but it's still a considerable expense. The last few visits the reliability and availability has gotten worse and worse. So while the bus may be a more reliable and faster, it certainly would not make me feel any better about monorail resort prices and limited monorail service. I'm glad we decided to take a DCL cruise last year and not go to WDW this spring or summer.

ford91exploderMay 06, 2015

Two words - RENTAL CAR Join Alamo/National and you can pick your own car if you reserve a midsize vehicle, Most minivans small SUV's will easily accomodate a ECV

monothingieMay 06, 2015


JoeCamelMay 06, 2015

As you complain about people complaining???

ToTBellHopMay 06, 2015

Honestly, the bus is more reliable than the monorail these days. Not that it makes you feel any better when you pay to stay on the monorail loop.

LivelovedisneyMay 06, 2015

really?! this guest is freaking out, we'll be arriving at the poly early on june 8 so that we can activate our bands and head to BOG for breakfast at now we have to plan to arrive earlier just to be able to get on the bus...