Amendment Filed with Florida to Require State Inspections of Walt Disney World Monorails

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Florida Senate Bill 1250 (2023) would require annual state inspections of the Walt Disney World monorail system

On the latest episode of the soap opera that is the power struggle between Walt Disney World and the state of Florida: monorails. A recently proposed amendment to Florida Senate Bill 1250 (2023) would require annual inspections of the Walt Disney World monorail system by the Florida Department of Transportation.

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The bill, as currently amended, reads in part the “department shall adopt by rule minimum safety standards for governmentally owned fixed-guideway transportation systems, privately owned or operated fixed-guideway transportation systems operating in this state which are financed wholly or partly by state funds, and any governmentally or privately owned fixed-guideway transportation systems operating in this state which are located within an independent special district created by local act which have boundaries within two contiguous counties.”

It is the last section, in bold, that targets Walt Disney World. The language, added by Senator Nick DiCeglie on April 24, 2023, specifically references “fixed-guideway transportation systems” aka monorails, operated “within an independent special district created by local act which have boundaries within two contiguous counties.” Walt Disney World is located between two contiguous counties: Orange and Osceola.


The bill as amended, if passed, would require inspection of the monorail systems by the Department of Transportation, rather than the theme parks. The bill also requires monorail operations to be suspended during the time of the inspection, which means the state could suspend monorail operations anytime they deem an inspection as being necessary, at a time convenient to the inspectors employed by the Department of Transportation. Currently, safety inspections are conducted by Disney and occur during times that minimize the impact on park and resort guests.

Related: Walt Disney World Monorail Play Set Spotted At Epcot!


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