This make for an even longer day. Glad no one was injured.
[B]Disney monorail power outage strands riders near Magic Kingdom[/B]
7:30 a.m. EST, December 13, 2009
The Walt Disney World monorail system suffered a power failure early this morning, stranding passengers for hours before the riders were rescued by emergency crews, WKMG-Channel 6 is reporting.
“The monorail just shut down and came to a stop,” a woman aboard the red train told WKMG. "The lights turned off, the air conditioner turned off, and then the pilot said, ‘We’re experiencing technical difficulties.’ "
The power outage occurred at about 1 a.m. By 3:15 a.m., conditions inside the train were described by passengers as “stuffy, muggy and hot,” according to WKMG.
Some riders of the train were rescued by a ladder truck from the Reedy Creek Fire Department. Other passengers exited the train through the roof.
Disney World has released a statement: “Our commitment to safety guides all we do, and this is the type of situation we train for with Reedy Creek. We extend our apologies to guests who were affected and are working directly with them.”
No injuries were reported, according to WKMG.
This morning’s incident comes several months after monorail operator Austin Wuennenberg was killed in a collision between two trains. Wuennenberg was the first fatality in the history of the Walt Disney World monorail system.