120 Passengers Stranded On Elevated Disney Monorail After Train Loses Power

A monorail train that connects guests to Disney parks and resorts was evacuated Sunday night.  (WDWNT Orlando)

A monorail train that connects guests to Disney parks and resorts was evacuated Sunday night.
(WDWNT Orlando)

The anticipation of arriving at one of the parks at Disney World was extended for nearly 120 guests when the Epcot monorail line train they were riding stopped running.

WESH Orlando reports that thunderstorms around Walt Disney World Resort resulted in a power outage that made one of the park’s three elevated trains stop just after 6 p.m. on Sunday.

Fire fighters used a mechanical lift to safely remove passengers by 8 p.m. WESH reports that some passengers were evacuated through the emergency hatch on the roof of the train They then had to walk across train cars while secured to a safety line.

A spokeswoman for Walt Disney World said the cause of the power outage wasn’t immediately known, but some passengers reported seeing a lightning strike.

Several passengers reported the standstill through Tweets.

“Literally stuck on a monorail at Disney, lighting struck and we immediately stopped. I’m convinced that I’m going to die,” said Twitter user @nnaaatttalliiie at 6:07 p.m.

Disney World monorail evacuated; Passengers report lightning strike [WESH Orlando]

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  1. Alecto67 says:

    They should have paid attention to what happened in Ogdenville, Brockhurst and North Haverbrook

  2. theoriginalcatastrophegirl says:

    the good news is that the emergency hatch on the roof of the train isn’t as bad as it sounds. the older style had the hatches out the sides by manually opening the monorail doors. too dangerous.
    now the hatches do a configuration that makes stairs out the top far end of each car and the bench that’s already standard end seating. i haven’t seen it opened up in person, just in diagrams and standard new hire training and i used to date a monorail driver who explained it to me. much less scary now and not at all like you might imagine from the words “hatch in the roof”
    still high above the ground and having to come down on a rescue vehicle, but there’s no hoisting yourself through a tiny roof hole

    • theoriginalcatastrophegirl says:

      oh, and you know they got comped all sorts of stuff.

      • MathManv2point0 says:

        I’d take some Disney comps if all I had to do was sit on a dry monorail for a couple hours then climb down a ladder. Good for them?

        • theoriginalcatastrophegirl says:

          yeah, a free ticket or some trinkets are much less hassle and expense for everyone than lawsuits and negative reviews/news interviews.
          a monorail is actually a fairly safe place to be, even during lightning strikes. the biggest concerns would be the lack of bathrooms, especially around small children who have more trouble holding it.
          i have to assume that the train was taken out of rotation, not just for maintenance and electrical inspection but for a thorough cleaning