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  • Epcot's International Gateway Question...

    Did a tram ever used to operate behind the International Gateway at Epcot? I'm guessing the answer is obviously "yes" because of the setup back there, but the earliest I remember entering Epcot that way was from the Yacht Club in 1995, and it wasn't operating then. When did it serve between the Yacht and Beach Club or Swan and Dolphin and Epcot? Or was the structure put there and never used?


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    Re: Epcot's International Gateway Question...

    I believe there used to be a tram that ran from the International Gateway back to the Swan/Dolphin Hotels. Those hotels were built before the Yacht and Beach Club and the Boardwalk, so it would have been a pretty long walk through basically nothing around the lake from the Swan/Dolphin to Epcot.

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    • #3
      Re: Epcot's International Gateway Question...

      If you go back to one of the original Epcot promotional videos, the one with the teens touring Futureworld and the older couple touring World Showcase, you will indeed see the older couple being delivered by a tram to the International Gateway.

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        Re: Epcot's International Gateway Question...

        Being delivered hahaha
        BACKPACKING REALNESS

        DISNEY TRIPS
        October 2000 - Walt Disney World Resort
        October 2001 - Walt Disney World Resort
        April 2002 - Disneyland Resort Paris
        October 2003 - Walt Disney World Resort
        October 2004 - Walt Disney World Resort
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        October 2007 - Walt Disney World Resort
        December 2008 - Walt Disney World Resort
        July 2009 - Disneyland Resort Paris
        July 2011 - Disneyland Resort California
        July 2012-13 - UK Cultural Representative Cast Member at Epcot
        February 2013 - Disneyland Resort California
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        • #5
          Re: Epcot's International Gateway Question...

          From what I could tell, it used to go up the ramp, over the bridge, then to the swan and dolphen, while the people from the yach and beach used the passage below the bridge to get to the park.
          ...a vaguely celtic music fills the air...

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          • #6
            Re: Epcot's International Gateway Question...

            I actually used this tram in 1993 while staying at the Dolphin for a convention. It was like a regular WDW tram but painted pink and teal like the Swan & Dolphin. It was a great little ride and quick way to Epcot. They should bring it back and have it service the Boardwalk and Yacht & Beach as well. It would probably be quicker than waiting for the boat (and hold more people!).
            disney world: 24
            contemporary, polynesian, caribbean beach, dolphin, wilderness lodge, dixie landings, port orleans

            disneyland: 2
            next trip: september 2009 @ the disneyland hotel

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            • #7
              Re: Epcot's International Gateway Question...

              What route would it take though, since all of the pedestrian walkways are there?

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              • #8
                Re: Epcot's International Gateway Question...

                Originally posted by mkt
                What route would it take though, since all of the pedestrian walkways are there?
                Ah, you're asking for *gasp* thinking, Rob? Gosh...

                Does anyone have a map of the area with the hotels and walkways noted? What route did the tram take when it was operating?

                My memories of this are vague. I was only seven years old in 1993.
                disney world: 24
                contemporary, polynesian, caribbean beach, dolphin, wilderness lodge, dixie landings, port orleans

                disneyland: 2
                next trip: september 2009 @ the disneyland hotel

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                • #9
                  Re: Epcot's International Gateway Question...

                  I was 12... and living in the Caribbean. My memories are nonexistant

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                  • #10
                    Re: Epcot's International Gateway Question...

                    The trams were run by the Friendship Boat crews years ago. And was not considered transportation.


                    Sean

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                    • #11
                      Re: Epcot's International Gateway Question...

                      The trams ran to the Swan and Dolphin via the Boardwalk. (Yes, the wooden boardwalk was actually there before the Boardwalk Hotel was ever built.)

                      The Trams ran until about a year before the Boardwalk started construction.

                      There is no viable route to bring back the trams to the Boardwalk at this time, nor would it be safe. The only thing that will help is actually to replace the aging (and extremely slow boats i might add) with newer and faster boats.

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