Guests visiting the Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World will soon be able to experience the Walt Disney World Railroad once again. Today, the Disney Parks Blog announced that the railroad will be returning after being closed for over four years. The return of this opening-day attraction to the Magic Kingdom will also see a “refreshed track” circling around the park. There will also be an all-new voiceover for guests to experience.
Over the last four years, the train has undergone both track updates and also maintenance on the 100-year-old vintage steam trains. This includes replacing the traditional wooden railroad ties that have a 3-5 year life span with composite ties that can last around 25 years. The journey has also been updated with guests now traveling through and under TRON Lightcyccle/Run in Tomorrowland.
With the available time, Walt Disney Imagineering also used this as an opportunity to update the narration and introduce a new voice to narrate the train as it circles the park and people see and hear the stories they will experience. “The familiar whistle of its steam engine will be complemented by exciting new sounds and voices,” the team of Imagineers shared. “A new conductor has assumed the role, carrying on the long tradition of warm welcomes and amusing anecdotes while adding fresh commentary and story to the journey.”
The new conductor role was described as follows:
The creative voiceover process is as detailed as the train operation itself, and it all starts with our conductor. For these meticulously restored steam trains, we know the scenic grand circle tour must be guided by a voice our guests can envision and resonate with. Someone who grew up on Main Street, U.S.A., dreaming of the day they’d be on the railroad. They’ve now achieved that dream, and they know everyone and everything at Magic Kingdom … an unofficial mayor of sorts. This conductor is humble, genial, and knowledgeable, and he’s eager to help passengers of these iconic steam trains get to their destinations around the park he loves so dearly.
While our conductor points you to the familiar sights on your left and right, we embrace what makes Magic Kingdom a place unlike any other, where you can escape into completely new worlds and celebrate with characters you love. This legacy attraction now holds true the very nostalgia of opening day and blends it with the wonder of new adventures, immersing you into story after story as it loops around the park. You may even encounter a character or two along the way!
The Walt Disney World Railroad will be again taking guests on a grand magic tour this holiday season. First, though, cast members will get the chance to experience this classic Disney attraction at Walt Disney World. This comes after guests have been seeing more and more testing of the trains around the parks, leading to more and more excitement.
Are you excited about the return of the Walt Disney World Railroad? What do you think of this new approach to the voiceover for the train? Share your thoughts and opinions in the comments below!