After my trip to Walt Disney World in early December, I stopped in Atlanta on the way home to spend the evening with my nephew and his family. My nephew had been telling me for a few years about a Disney monorail that was close to his house. After breakfast, I followed them the short drive to Tyrone, GA.
When I drove down Senoia Rd, I saw a very familiar site on the side of the road.
It’s Monorail Red!
Monorail Red is located at Tyrone Depot, an event center in Tyrone, GA. It’s on the side of the main building on top of a flatbed trailer. You can easily walk around the monorail and you get some great perspective on how the monorail trains work and the history of the monorail.
This is Monorail Red, a Mark IV monorail that operated at Walt Disney World from 1971 to 1989. It was auctioned off on eBay in 2002. It’s been on display at Tyrone Depot since then.
I loved seeing the large D with the Mickey World logo.
I love the font and color!
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The Backside of the Monorail!
One of the great things about seeing Monorail Red was the opportunity to get up close and see some details that guests never get to see.
There was also an interesting painting on the back side of the property. It looked dimensional and I assumed it was a plywood sign. Anyone recognize it from the parks?
It was pretty darn exciting to see a piece of Walt Disney World history located in a tiny town in Georgia. I do wish that there had been a way to look inside the monorail to see if the seats were still there. Still, it was great to see how the monorail rides along the beam.
You can visit the Tyrone Depot website for more information about the center (sadly, there’s nothing about the monorail on the site).
Have you ever run into a slice of Walt Disney World history outside of the parks?
If you’re looking for a great book about the development of the monorails (and so many other cool things), check out Bob Gurr’s great book Design: Just for Fun
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