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Ride the rails aboard one of these four nostalgic trains as they take 20 minute journeys around the park. Disembark this authentic steam-powered locomotive on Main Street, U.S.A.® or Frontierland®. All aboard!
Some guests board the Walt Disney World Railroad at the Main Street Station and get off at the Frontierland Station (which is located at Splash Mountain). If you want to go directly to Splash Mountain when you enter the park, we think walking there is much simpler and even quicker. We suggest saving the Walt Disney World Railroad for when you’ve crossed the more popular attractions off your to-do list or you need a rest for your legs. We don't feel bad if we miss this one, but if the park isn't particularly crowded, the Frog Family loves doing this attraction for a relaxing midday rest.
Guests can board one of the four antique steam-powered engines of the Walt Disney World Railroad at the Main Street Station or the Frontierland Station. The Walt Disney World Railroad stops at a station every 4 to 10 minutes. The duration of a complete circuit is about 20 minutes. Rental strollers may not be taken on the Walt Disney World Railroad and guests must transfer from wheelchairs or ECVs.
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Walt Disney was a great train aficionado. He had a train, the Carolwood Pacific, in the backyard of his California home. His wife Lillian didn't object to Walt building a railroad in their backyard as long as he didn't disturb her flower garden. Walt built a tunnel so the trains wouldn't disturb her roses.
The four trains are named Lilly Belle (named for Walt Disney's wife Lillian), Roy O. Disney (Walt's brother), Roger E. Broggie (Disney Imagineer) and Walter E. Disney. Baldwin Locomotive Works of Philadelphia originally built the brightly painted locomotives in the 1910s and 1920s. They were purchased from United Railways of Yucatan in 1969, disassembled and shipped to a Tampa (Fla.) ship repair dock where they were renovated, bolt by bolt. The passenger cars were fabricated from scratch in the same warehouse where the locomotives were renovated. Originally wood burners, the locomotives were converted and currently are oil burners.
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