Report: Monorail evacuated after lightning strike
Jul 13, 2014
WESH TV, a local Orlando news affiliate, is reporting the evacuation of Walt Disney World's Monorail Gold after an apparent lightning strike. The article cites a confirmation by Reedy Creek fire officials that approximately 120 passengers were evacuated, but there were no injuries. The incident occurred just after 6:00pm on Sunday, July 13 near Wilderness Lodge. According to the report, some passengers were taken out through panels on the roof and they were tied to a safety line, then walked across the cars. Others exited through the cabin doors, down steps and onto a cherry picker.
The monorail was cleared of passengers by 8:00pm, but the train itself sat on the beam for several more hours.
Upon being evacuated, guests were reportedly offered bottles of water and were loaded onto buses to bring them to Epcot. Once there, the guests were rumored to receive complimentary tickets and gift cards.
As for the official reason for evacuation, WESH stated, "Fire officials confirmed the monorail lost power due to a weather-related issue, and Disney was unable to restart the monorail so it had to be evacuated." Walt Disney World has not yet confirmed whether or not the evacuation was caused by a lightning strike, though a spokesperson did confirm that there was bad weather in the area at the time.