Riding In The Front Cab Of The Monorail

Front Of The Monorail

One of my favorite memories of Disney as a kid was getting to ride in the very front of the monorail. When we arrived at the monorail station, my parents would often ask a  cast member if we could ride in the front cab. Many times, the answer was yes. We were then lead to a special waiting area near the front of the platform.

Finally the moment would come when our monorail pulled into the station! The monorail driver would greet us as we boarded the most spectacular cab of the monorail. The driver’s controls were located in the back center of the cab. Bench seats lined the cone shaped front of the monorail. Those special seats were where my family and I would sit. These seats had a marvelous view of the Most Magical Place On Earth! Check out the view of Epcot in the photo above.

The pilot would often chat with us on the way to our destination. My dad, being airplane pilot himself and also very interested in trains, would often ask questions about the monorail. I learned many interesting things from the monorail drivers because of this. One of the most intriguing facts I learned while riding in the front of the monorail is that if the monorail were to travel through the Contemporary at full speed, it would blow out the windows in the resort.

Monorail Pilot

Upon arriving at your destination, monorail pilots would often give children a co-pilot license. Personally, I have no memories of ever receiving one of these licenses, but I have heard from plenty of guests who did get this unique souvenir. Who knows, maybe you had to ask for one?

Unfortunately guests can no longer ride in the front cab of the monorails at Walt Disney World. After a tragic monorail accident in 2009, Disney made the decision to eliminate this experience. As much as I would love the chance to ride in the front of the monorail again, I am glad to know Disney is very dedicated to guest safety.

Did you ever have the chance to ride in  the front of a Disney monorail and receive a co-pilot license? Let us know in the comments below!

Photo credit: hubsterdisney / Foter / CC BY-NC
Photo credit: Bart Hanlon / Foter / CC BY-NC-ND

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Kimberly's love of Disney began at an early age and grew even more when her family won a Walt Disney World vacation from a local radio station. She grew up visiting the parks every one to two years and is fascinated by Disney history and trivia. Whether at the parks or at home, Kimberly is constantly looking for hidden Mickeys. She enjoys sharing tips and helping others plan their Disney vacations. In addition to Frontierland Station, she can also be found writing for Park World Travel and selecting music for Park World Radio.

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  • Hilary Smith

    I used to love riding in the front of the monorail. My family would run up the ramp at the end of the night so that we could ask about riding in the front 🙂

  • We loved this as well, would always wait for the next monorail if we had to just to get to ride up front.

  • We were lucky enough to take our oldest son for a ride in the front a couple a months before the incident. It is the only time he ever got to ride up front and I am so glad we took the time to do it that day.

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  • Tim Brooks

    I remember riding up there. It was the best 10 minutes of the vacation. I loved it. I could see everything and lapped it up. The accident happened right before I made our first trip with our daughter. I was looking forward to taking her up there. Sadly, I don’t think that will ever happen.

    • I doubt they will ever allow guests in the front again too. I believe they do still allow guests to ride up front at Disneyland though.

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  • Allyson Becker

    I have never experienced the front cab before. But I definitely will put that on my bucket list!




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