An Ode To ‘Wishes’

It was around 9:00 pm on October 26th, 2014. I was 17 years old, and my grandmother had taken me on a trip to Walt Disney World for my graduation. This was my sister’s birthday trip as well, and she would not travel anywhere without my mom, so naturally, my mom was there, too. We […]

Top 10 Things That Could Have Been In The Shed

4/13/17: Today was Media Day for the much anticipated wooden coaster, Mystic Timbers, at Kings Island. Members of coaster clubs and news crews from all around the area got their first glimpses and rides on the new coaster. Even though its height is a towering 109′, the speed clocks in at 53 mph, and it […]

1 Month 10-7

TUESDAY, JANUARY 3RD, 2017-1:46am My clock-out time was 1:45, so I had a little bit of running to do. But I was used to it. I ran to jump through the front cab of the train when I needed to cross to another side of the platform. I ran to find guests answers. I ran […]

The Disney College Program Experience

The Disney College Program has enhanced my communication skills in an abundance of ways. Working as a monorail pilot has allowed me to learn to communicate with multiple different guests, cast members, and leaders/coordinators at the same time.  I’ve learned how to communicate effectively while facing challenges that could potentially be harmful or cause a […]

Communication on the Rails: A New Era

As my College Program comes to an end, so does an era in monorails. As of right now, monorail drivers have complete control over piloting the monorail. Soon, however, that will not be the case. The current 12 Mark VI monorail trains will run on an automated system, and that system will affect both monorail […]

Communication on the Rails: Unloading

While working at Magic Kingdom, the most coveted position that monorail operators can have is the “unloader.” The unloader is essentially in charge of all operations and can be thought of as the “king” or “queen” of the Magic Kingdom monorail platform. Although I had briefly mentioned the unloader’s duties in previous posts, the unloader […]

Communication on the Rails: Testing Down Time

It’s no secret to guests that the monorails experience many technical difficulties, maintenance checks, and other challenges that delay our operations. However, we also undergo testing that requires the system to go out-of-service for some time. Each of the twelve Mark VI trains have been in constant rotation since 1992, and with closing procedures occurring around […]