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  • On Mar 25, 2024
    John Asked Please note that experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    Can you ride the train without a park ticket

    All aboard, John!

    While it's not the wildest ride in the wilderness here at planDisney, I'm happy to be your conductor as we discuss the trains of Walt Disney World Resort. 

    Personally, I'm especially partial to the Walt Disney World Railroad because of how dear trains were to Walt Disney himself. It's such a special homage to the man who dreamed seemingly impossible dreams and dared to share his magic with the world. Nostalgia aside, it also makes a great way to save a few steps as you conquer the mountains of Magic Kingdom Park. Although the Main Street, U.S.A. Station can be seen and heard from outside Magic Kingdom Park's points of entry, Guests will need a theme park ticket to access any of the three stations and enjoy a ride on the vintage locomotive.

    Now, if you're hoping to enjoy a train ride without a park ticket, I'm happy to share that my favorite magical train, the Walt Disney World Monorail system, is accessible outside of the theme parks. By boarding at the Transportation and Ticket Center, you could enjoy a loop through Disney's Monorail Resort Hotels before being treated to a view of Magic Kingdom Park's highlights including Cinderella Castle and Space Mountain. If you'd like to disembark, I encourage you to try some of the incredible dining on the Resort Loop such as Kona Cafe at Dinsey's Polynesian Village Resort or Enchanted Rose at Disney's Grand Floridian Resort & Spa. The Transportation and Ticket Center is also home to the EPCOT Monorail which will give you wonderful aerial views with a delightful loop through EPCOT before stopping at the EPCOT Station just outside the front entrance. My husband and I once enjoyed a resort-only stay at The Polynesian, and we repeatedly boarded the Monorail to catch glimpses of the magic inside the theme parks.

    Similarly, the Disney Skyliner is a fun method of transportation that does not require a theme park ticket but will allow you to enjoy the dining offered at several Disney Resort hotels as well as Disney's BoardWalk

    I hope this was helpful, John. If any additional questions arise as you chug along toward your next vacation, feel free to stop back by. I'm always happy to help!


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Meet the Panelist: Lizzie, Georgia

Hi y'all! I'm Lizzie, a happily married teacher, coach, and proud dog mom of three from Georgia. While I loved the magic of Disney as a child, it wasn't until my twenties that pixie dust became a defining characteristic of my personality (and my wardrobe). I can't wait to answer your Walt Disney World Resort vacation questions so that you can embrace your inner 'hakuna matata' as you stroll through The Most Magical Place on Earth with your favorite Mickey-shaped snack in hand.  Learn More About Lizzie

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