Magical Blogorail

Welcome to those of you joining me from Can Do It Mom aka Mouse Fan Diane and those of you just hopping aboard. I am the 8th stop on our Magical Blogorail.

Riding the Rails: Trains at Walt Disney World

For this special edition Magical Blogorail loop, we’re talking about all the ways you can get around the 47 square miles that comprise the Walt Disney World Resort. I jumped at that chance to share my favorite way to get around the Magic Kingdom: The Walt Disney World Railroad!

WDW Railroad Main St Station. Photo courtesy of My Dreams of Disney

WDW Railroad Main St Station. Photo courtesy of My Dreams of Disney

Trains are kind of a big deal in our family. Not that every child on the autism spectrum is a train fanatic, but a lot of them are, including my two boys. If Walt Disney were still alive, he and my kids would get along quite well, I think! I love the Walt Disney World Railroad for two big reasons:

  • Sensory break. After all that walking, it feels wonderful to sit down in the passenger cars and let the world go by for a few minutes. The breeze feels wonderful on a hot day, and the gentle swaying of the cars is calming to a kid (or adult!) on overload.
  • Easiest way to get from one end of the Magic Kingdom to the other. You do a lot of walking at Walt Disney World! When you’ve just finished riding Big Thunder Mountain in Frontierland and the kids decide the simply must do the Mad Tea Party in Fantasyland next, the train is the quickest, easiest way to get there.
  • Plan your day. We love to ride the train first thing in the morning, as soon as we get to the Magic Kingdom. As we ride through the park, we scope out all the things we want to be sure to do that day. It helps us all acclimate to the place and remember where things are, and lets us see what’s crowded and what’s not.

You can board the Walt Disney World Railroad at the Main Street, U.S.A, Fantasyland, or Frontierland stations. The entire ride around the park takes around 20 minutes, and trains leave every 4-10 minutes, so you’ll never wait very long at the station.

If you have a serious train fan in your family, consider signing up for Disney’s The Magic Behind Our Steam Trains Tour. This three-hour tour takes you behind the scenes to the sheds where the four antique engines and 16 passenger cars are serviced and maintained. You’ll learn about Walt Disney’s lifelong passion for trains, and how they are incorporated into every Disney theme park around the world.

Disney’s The Magic Behind Our Steam Trains Tour

Disney’s The Magic Behind Our Steam Trains Tour. Photo Courtesy of Walt Disney World

Is the Walt Disney World Railroad a must-do on your Magic Kingdom itinerary too? Thank you for joining me today. Your next stop on the Magical Blogorail Loop is Magical Mouse Schoolhouse.

Here is the map of our Magical Blogorail loop should you happen to have to make a stop along the way and want to reboard!

The Disney World Buses at yourfirstvisit.net

Disney’s Magic Express at The Disney Kids

The Monorail at Heidi’s Head

Ferries to the Magic Kingdom at DISTherapy

Motor Launches & Motor Cruisers at Focused on the Magic

Friendship Boats at The Disney Point

Port Orleans-Downtown Disney Ferries at Can Do It Mom aka Mouse Fan Diane

The Walt Disney World Railroad at Return to Disney

Surrey Bikes at Magical Mouse Schoolhouse

Parking Lot Trams at A Disney Mom’s Thoughts

Disney World Walking Paths at Disney Living