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  • Train Tour at The Magic Kingdom

    For anyone who has done the Train Tour the question is not about the tour itself but exactly when you need to be at the Magic Kingdom and how did you get there so early?

    I have heard that you actually need to be at the gates by 7:15am but having had quite a bit of experience with Disney transportation services from a number of different resorts, I am concerned about how I could guarantee that I would definitely arrive at the park on time.
    For example, if it is not an early opening day then the buses would not be leaving earlier than usual.
    Any and all suggestions, help or info on past experiences would be greatly appreciated.

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    I took my own car when I took the tour. If I remember correctly, the buses to the Magic Kingdom do run that early because of the early morning characters breakfasts.

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      A train tour? That seems like a quick way for management to make a buck or two. What's so special about it?

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        Originally posted by TDLFAN View Post
        A train tour? That seems like a quick way for management to make a buck or two. What's so special about it?
        Here's a nice thread on the train tour...http://micechat.com/forums/showthrea...wdw-95530.html

        To the original poster, you might want to PM the person who wrote the review and see how he got there from the Wilderness Lodge. I know when we did early tours at the parks, we just drove. Your hotel front desk could also arrange a cab for you. When we do golf on property, the hotel arranges a complimentary cab for us there and back. It's a nice service.
        -Tim

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          Re: Train Tour at The Magic Kingdom

          Originally posted by TDLFAN View Post
          A train tour? That seems like a quick way for management to make a buck or two. What's so special about it?
          Out of the various tours they offer, it's the only tour about an attraction at Walt Disney World and because of that it's done by a Conductor instead of a Guest Relations Host or Hostess. It starts off at Main Street station where guests get an introduction of the story of Walt, trains, Disneyland and then Disney World. The first train guests ride is the #2 Lilly Belle, which is traditionally only runs in the morning as a part of the park's opening. Guests get to learn about the trains Disney has and the history of them in association with the Magic Kingdom. One guest will flip the switch at Toon Town station to send the train backwards into the Roundhouse. There guests get to see the other trains and check out the Roundhouse (which is also the monorail roundhouse as it is located directly above it.) During the tour guests get to go inside the front of the train to see the elements of MayPo. Guest then load another train that is selected to run that day and they continue back on the track to Toon Town station. This is the photo opportunity for the tour. You can take photos down by the train or even stand in front of it. Next they get to test out MayPo. They purposely try to push the train past the limits of the station to force MayPo to stop. While this is a part of daily opening operations, it is interesting for guests to learn. In the end you get a nice pin as well. Overall it is an enjoyable tour for anyone who has even a slight interest in trains.


          For me when I took it I drove myself. I know that individuals sometimes take taxis in order to get across property for dining and things like this. I would suggest talking with the hotel to see what your options are. I know that when booking the Segway tour at Epcot that they do mention the time an arrival for guests who will arrive via Disney transportation. It's been awhile but I believe I got there around 7am.

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            Re: Train Tour at The Magic Kingdom

            Thanks for all the updates folks.
            We have done Epcot tours and fortunately since we either stay at the Beach Club Villas or the Swan, we could always walk to those. As for driving to the MK, we have done that a few times for early EMH, parking in the MK lot, but found that the Monorail never really left early enough and actuallly seemed slower than the busses in arriving at the park.
            So, a couple of more questions if you don't mind ...
            I assume for the folks who drove that you parked in the main lot near the TTC but then did you take the monorail from there?
            As for the taxi cabs, approximately how much do they cost and where do they let you off?
            Thanks again to all

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