Monday, June 30, 2014

Highway in the Sky



"Please stand clear of the doors...Por favor mantengase alejado de las puertas."
When I hear those magical words I know just where I am.
It is one of my favorite phrases and one of the only ones I know in Spanish!

It had been a few years since I got to be an Honorary Monorail Co-Pilot. With each trip into Tomorrowland I asked my sons if they wanted to request to sit up front and wait our turn. This was going to be my last ride into the original Magic Kingdom and I wanted to do it.


While waiting to board the monorail from the Downtown Disney District, I struck up conversations with a little boy named Mason and his parents. His dad had a Birthday Button with the name Mike on it so I joked with Mason because he was wearing a Monsters Inc hat.




    They were annual pass holders who had taken the day off of work to enjoy the parks when the crowds were a bit lighter. I asked if they had ever gotten to ride up front. They had no idea how to do it so I whispered to them to ask the Cast Member when we got to the front of the line. I didn’t want anyone else asking in front of us. 
As fortune would have it, there was no one else waiting! It was our lucky day. There was only room for four people so my kids told me to go ahead.

I know the delight that guests can get riding in the front of the monorail, but I understand that safety is the most important thing. Guests riding with the monorail pilot can be distracting. Although there are many safety procedures in place, be sure to supervise children at all times. Remind little ones how important it is to be mindful of using their inside voices and keep their hands to themselves. The pilot will be happy to answer a few quick questions after you get to your destination, but remember they have everything timed like a well-choreographed dance.



I find it completely understandable from a business liability standpoint that Walt Disney World no longer allows guests to ride in the driver's compartment. But if you go to Disneyland Resort you can still sit back and enjoy the aerial views from the cockpit!




You get a great view of the Matterhorn from the Monorail!





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