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On my way to ride the Epcot Monorail for further exploration of the reported sinkhole situation that sprouted up recently at Epcot’s Future World, I encountered a scene filled with Reedy Creek fire trucks and other emergency personnel.  My heart immediately began to race though I can’t imagine what it was like for the guests onboard Monorail Gold that were stranded on the Epcot Monorail line.  I soon witnessed and reported that they were being evacuated through the emergency exits of the Monorail that lead you to the roof to be carried out with the help of firefighters and a mechanical lift.

Monorail Gold passengers used the emergency escape that leads to the roof of the vehicle.

Monorail Gold Lightning Strike Evacuation July 13, 2014 at Walt Disney World

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Even on vacation, be aware of your surroundings and annoying safety spiels.

WESH news reported that approximately 120 guests were evacuated and there were no reported injuries as the Monorail had lost power due to some wicked weather rolling through that produced lightning and led to the power outage.  The other Monorail lines to the Magic Kingdom and nearby resorts remained on their normal schedule of operations as crews struggled to restore power to Monorail Gold even through to the early morning hours.  At the time of this writing we do not know whether the Epcot monorail line will be in operation for the coming theme park day though I’d imagine Disney will have a solution to this situation by the time the Sun rises later today.  We are overjoyed that this amounted to just a scary inconvenience but it is a reminder, as was the incident at Pirates of the Caribbean just a few days ago that even on vacation we should always be aware of our surroundings and those sometimes annoying safety spiels.  They aren’t there just because of Disney’s lawyers and mandated regulations but also to make sure you have a safe and enjoyable vacation barring mother nature has different plans.