'The Late Show with Stephen Colbert' mocks Disney for still not returning Walt Disney World parking lot trams into service

Oct 29, 2021 in "Parking Trams"

Posted: Friday October 29, 2021 12:25pm ET by WDWMAGIC Staff

Stephen Colbert took to his show to ridicule Disney for still not having any parking lot tram service to its theme parks despite being reopened for more than a year.

In a segment about "Economy-wide decline in service quality," Colbert said Disney is "forcing visitors to walk nearly a mile to enter the parks."

He went to say that this being Disney, they have rebranded it "Simba's Boiling Asphalt Stroll."

The Late Show with Stephen Colbert airs on CBS and has been the top late-night program in the United States for the past four seasons.

Despite occasionally repositioning the trams around the parking lots at the parks, they are still out of service. Although Colbert's comments about a mile walk are slightly exaggerated, depending on the parking lot, it can be a long walk that must be repeated at the end of the day.

With COVID-related social distancing long gone at the parks, many guests are concluding that the lack of tram service is now simply a case of labor-saving.

Discuss on the Forums

Get Walt Disney World News Delivered to Your Inbox

View all comments →

Big T 1963Sep 27, 2023

For my friends that live on the east coast near Wildwood, NJ. WATCH THE TRAM CAR PLEASE!!!

WDWBryanSep 21, 2023

Funny thing is preferred parking where the trams don't stop is $50, but regular parking with trams is $25 for those that actually pay that and the trams at Epcot really only need to service the Rocket and Gamora lots. Everywhere is pretty useless.

MarionnetteSep 21, 2023

Jambo DadSep 20, 2023

We can change that - up charges are our favorite thing, especially for stuff that used to be free.

MisterPenguinSep 20, 2023

Welp, there goes a chunk of the $60B budget.

skyphotographerSep 20, 2023

I actually lived long enough to see all the trams working again!

Big T 1963Sep 20, 2023

Please reserve your time for the Tram service on Genie+ when you plan your next trip to WDW... Wait the Tram service is free?? Ok never mind Have a Magical Day!!!

HauntedPirateSep 20, 2023

gerararSep 20, 2023

As noted above, Epcot trams have also returned today.

tissandtullySep 20, 2023

Better late than never I guess. But terrible it couldn't have happened during any of the heat waves.

RteetzSep 20, 2023

I’ve seen they are also running at Epcot today.

AylaSep 20, 2023


EeyoreFan#24Sep 20, 2023

I heard they are stuck somewhere with training the new employees. They keep trying to move on, but the employees just keep going in circles and more circles.