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Encyclopedia > Disneyland Monorail System
Disneyland Monorail System
Locale Disneyland Resort, Anaheim, California
Transit type Straddle-beam monorail
Began operation June 14, 1959
System length 2.5 mi (4.0 km)
No. of lines 1
No. of stations 2
Operator Walt Disney Parks and Resorts

The Disneyland Monorail System is an attraction and transportation system at the Disneyland Resort in Anaheim, California. It was the first daily operating monorail in the western hemisphere as well as the first in the United States. Image File history File links Disneyland Monorail Poster This image is of a Disney Theme Park attraction poster, and the copyright for it is owned by The Walt Disney Company. ... The Disneyland Resort in Anaheim, California is a major recreational resort (owned and operated by The Walt Disney Company), and is home to two theme parks, three hotels, and a shopping and entertainment area. ... Location of Anaheim within Orange County, California Coordinates: Country United States State California County Orange Government  - Mayor Curt Pringle Area  - City  50. ... Skytrain Bangkok. ... This article or section is not written in the formal tone expected of an encyclopedia article. ... June 14 is the 165th day of the year (166th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... 1959 (MCMLIX) was a common year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... A mile is a unit of length, usually used to measure distance, in a number of different systems, including Imperial units, United States customary units and Norwegian/Swedish mil. ... km redirects here. ... Walt Disney Parks and Resorts is the division of The Walt Disney Company that conceives, builds and manages the theme parks and vacation resorts for which Disney is famous, as well as a variety of additional family-oriented leisure enterprises. ... The Disneyland Resort in Anaheim, California is a major recreational resort (owned and operated by The Walt Disney Company), and is home to two theme parks, three hotels, and a shopping and entertainment area. ... Location of Anaheim within Orange County, California Coordinates: Country United States State California County Orange Government  - Mayor Curt Pringle Area  - City  50. ... This article or section is not written in the formal tone expected of an encyclopedia article. ... The geographical western hemisphere of Earth, highlighted in yellow. ...

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History

The Disneyland-ALWEG Monorail System opened on June 14, 1959 as a sightseeing attraction in Tomorrowland in Disneyland. In 1961, the track was lengthened to leave the park and stop at a station near the Disneyland Hotel. The Mark II trains were very similar to Mark I, but two extra cars were added to the train to increase capacity. In 1968, the new Mark III's, which were more streamlined and efficient than the Mark II's, debuted. There were two forms of access to the monorail. Persons who were leaving the park or persons at the hotel who had purchased tickets to enter the park could purchase a single ticket to go to the hotel or from the hotel to the entrance in Tomorrowland, respectively. Persons who had not purchased admission to the park could purchase a ticket to ride the monorail from the hotel station, into the park, and back to the hotel station. To prevent them from entering the park without paying, persons buying a monorail ticket who did not have a park admission would be loaded in a separate compartment which would remain locked until the monorail returned to the hotel. ALWEG was a transportation company known for pioneering straddle-beam monorails. ... June 14 is the 165th day of the year (166th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... 1959 (MCMLIX) was a common year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Tomorrowland is one of the many themed lands at the many Disneyland parks run by The Walt Disney Company around the world. ... This article is about a theme park in Anaheim, California USA. For other Disney parks and attractions, see Walt Disney Parks and Resorts. ... 1961 (MCMLXI) was a common year starting on Sunday (the link is to a full 1961 calendar). ... The Disneyland Hotel is the name of hotels at three of The Walt Disney Companys resorts across the globe. ... Year 1968 (MCMLXVIII) was a leap year starting on Monday (link will display full calendar) of the 1968 Gregorian calendar. ...


Walt Disney originally envisioned the monorail as a practical form of public transport for the future. Unfortunately, the monorail came about during a time when America's - and particularly Los Angeles' - love affair with the automobile was building up, and monorails in the United States came to be associated only with Disney's theme parks. [1] For the company founded by Disney, see The Walt Disney Company. ... Skytrain Bangkok. ... Flag Seal Nickname: City of Angels Location Location within Los Angeles County in the state of California Coordinates , Government State County California Los Angeles County Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa (D) Geographical characteristics Area     City 1,290. ... Karl Benzs Velo (vélo means bicycle in French) model (1894) - entered into the first automobile race 2005 MINI Cooper S. An automobile (also motor car or simply car) is a wheeled passenger vehicle that carries its own motor. ...

Monorail Blue travels over the former Submarine Voyage ride which is now the Finding Nemo Submarine Voyage in Tomorrowland.
Monorail Blue travels over the former Submarine Voyage ride which is now the Finding Nemo Submarine Voyage in Tomorrowland.

In 1987, Disneyland began phasing out the old Mark III trains one by one. The older trains were stripped to the chassis and rebuilt as Mark V monorail trains. The notable difference was the loss of the bubble top drivers area in favor of a streamlined "Learjet" look similar to the trains at the Walt Disney World Resort. The attraction's name changed to Disneyland Monorail System. The Mark V trains were built by Ride & Show Engineering, Inc. incorporating bodies that were produced by Messerschmitt-Bolkow-Blohm of Germany. The 1987-1989 Mark V trains were named by the color of the stripe on the train: Monorail Red, Monorail Blue, Monorail Orange, and Monorail Purple. Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Submarine Voyage, 1995 The Submarine Voyage was an attraction at Disneyland in Anaheim, California. ... Finding Nemo Submarine Voyage is an attraction located in the Tomorrowland area of Disneyland Park in Anaheim, California. ... Year 1987 (MCMLXXXVII) was a common year starting on Thursday (link displays 1987 Gregorian calendar). ... Learjet is a manufacturer of business jets for civilian and military use. ... The Cinderella Castle is the symbol of Magic Kingdom. ...


In 1999, the monorail began lengthy closures and limited capacity due to the construction of the new Disney's California Adventure theme park, which already existing monorail tracks passed through. In 2001, the monorail began running full capacity again and passed through the new park, as well as the hotel within the park, Disney's Grand Californian Hotel & Spa. In 2004, Monorail Orange was taken off the line and taken to Walt Disney Imagineering in Glendale to be reverse engineered. Monorail Blue was removed from service in September 2006 and was shipped away to also be rebuilt. The monorail was closed from August 21 through late December 2006 to prepare for the opening of Finding Nemo Submarine Voyage in 2007. For the opening of Finding Nemo Submarine Voyage on June 11, 2007, the livery of Monorail Red was changed to almost completely yellow, with the Finding Nemo Submarine Voyage logo on the middle car. Year 1999 (MCMXCIX) was a common year starting on Friday (link will display full 1999 Gregorian calendar). ... Disneys California Adventure Park is a theme park in Anaheim, California, adjacent to Disneyland Park and part of the larger Disneyland Resort. ... Year 2001 (MMI) was a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Disneys Grand Californian Hotel & Spa is a hotel located at the Disneyland Resort in Anaheim, California. ... shelby was here 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Walt Disney Imagineering was formed by entertainment mogul Walt Disney on December 16, 1952 as WED Enterprises (WED: Walter Elias Disney) to develop plans for a theme park and to manage Disneys personal assets. ... Nickname: The Jewel City Location of Glendale within Los Angeles County and the State of California. ... Reverse engineering (RE) is the process of taking something (a device, an electrical component, a software program, etc. ... August 21 is the 233rd day of the year (234th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... For the Manfred Mann album, see 2006 (album). ... Finding Nemo Submarine Voyage is an attraction located in the Tomorrowland area of Disneyland Park in Anaheim, California. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era. ... June 11 is the 162nd day of the year (163rd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era. ...


The new Mark VII trains are scheduled to be completed during the next few years, with a whole revamp of the system, including a name change (Disneyland Resort Line) and aesthetic changes to cast member uniforms and stations.[citation needed] The refurb is being done one train at a time, with the old Monorail Blue being redone first. Once it is placed into service, currently expected to happen in late 2007, the other two Monorails will be sent for the same upgrading, one train at a time. This puts the completion date around 2009.


Stations and Route

The Disneyland Monorail station in Tomorrowland.
The Disneyland Monorail station in Tomorrowland.

The Disneyland Monorail has two stations: one in Tomorrowland, and another in theDowntown Disney district. The original Monorail was a round trip ride with no stops. In 1961, the track was expanded to connect to a station at the Disneyland Hotel, making it an actual transportation system. The original Hotel station underwent extensive remodeling during construction of the Downtown Disney district, while still retaining much of its original footprint. It is now referred to as Downtown Disney Station, located next to the Rainforest Cafe. All riders must disembark at Tomorrowland Station. File links The following pages link to this file: Kuala Lumpur Monorail Categories: Images with unknown copyright status ... File links The following pages link to this file: Kuala Lumpur Monorail Categories: Images with unknown copyright status ... Downtown Disney is an outdoor shopping, dining, and entertainment area located at the Disneyland Resort in Anaheim, California. ... 1961 (MCMLXI) was a common year starting on Sunday (the link is to a full 1961 calendar). ... Rainforest Cafe is a themed restaurant chain owned by Landrys Restaurants, Inc. ...


In the fall of 2006, the Tomorrowland Station was remodeled due to the new Finding Nemo Submarine Voyage construction. The original speed ramps were removed, and a new concrete ramp was added on the east end of the station to handle the queue and access to the station, with concrete stairs on the west end to handle the exiting Monorail passengers. Finding Nemo Submarine Voyage is an attraction located in the Tomorrowland area of Disneyland Park in Anaheim, California. ...


All passengers board at a single platform. Leaving Tomorrowland station, the monorail crosses the Disneyland Railroad and continues along Harbor Blvd. on the eastern edge of the park. Turning to enter Disney's California Adventure, it passes Monsters, Inc. Mike & Sulley to the Rescue! and the Twilight Zone Tower of Terror. The track then crosses the "Golden Gate Bridge", the gateway to the California Adventure park. Passengers can see Disneyland on the right and the Disney's California Adventure on the left. The monorail then passes through Disney's Grand Californian Hotel & Spa then makes a sharp curve to the right and enters the Downtown Disney station, with a forest theme, as it is next to the Rainforest Cafe. The track is also covered with several jungle-themed canopies. Disneys California Adventure Park is a theme park in Anaheim, California, adjacent to Disneyland Park and part of the larger Disneyland Resort. ... Entrance to the ride. ... Disneys Grand Californian Hotel & Spa is a hotel located at the Disneyland Resort in Anaheim, California. ... Rainforest Cafe is a themed restaurant chain owned by Landrys Restaurants, Inc. ...


Downtown Disney station has one platform. After about a 5-minute loading, the doors close and the train leaves Downtown Disney and makes a short loop around the district before crossing above the esplanade between the two parks and heads back to Disneyland. Once in the park, the monorail crosses the railroad again and goes into a series of sharp bends and curves round Tomorrowland. The tracks travel above the Submarine Lagoon and Autopia. The track actually crosses the lagoon four times. The track then curves around the Matterhorn Bobsleds, giving a fantastic view of Fantasyland, then turns left to re-enter the Tomorrowland Station for alighting. St Clair Beach and esplanade, Dunedin, New Zealand Promenade at Rizal Boulevard in Dumaguete City, Philippines. ... Autopia is an attraction at Disneyland in Anaheim, California, Disneyland Paris in Marne-la-Vallée, France, and at Hong Kong Disneyland on Lantau Island, Hong Kong. ...


Attraction Facts and Figures

A Mark V train over the submarine lagoon
  • When originally built every mile of monorail track cost over a million dollars (which computes to more than 620,000 dollars per kilometer).
  • Grand opening: June 14, 1959
  • Designer: WED Enterprises
  • Trains: 4 - Red, Orange (offline), Purple, Blue (offline)
  • Max Trains on Track: 3
  • Track length: 2.5 Miles (4 kilometers)
  • Ride duration: 13:00
  • Ticket required: "E"
  • Ride system: Monorail system powered by DC electric motors located on each car of the train, not just the front car

Image File history File links Monorail Red passes over Disneylands Submarine Lagoon. ... Image File history File links Monorail Red passes over Disneylands Submarine Lagoon. ... Finding Nemo Submarine Voyage is an attraction located in the Tomorrowland area of Disneyland Park in Anaheim, California. ... June 14 is the 165th day of the year (166th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... 1959 (MCMLIX) was a common year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... WED Enterprises (WED), was formed as a separate company from Walt Disney Studios by Walt Disney in the late 1940s/early 1950s. ...

Disneyland Monorail trains

Built by ALWEG

ALWEG was a transportation company known for pioneering straddle-beam monorails. ... June 14 is the 165th day of the year (166th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... 1959 (MCMLIX) was a common year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... 1961 (MCMLXI) was a common year starting on Sunday (the link is to a full 1961 calendar). ... The Disneyland Hotel is the name of hotels at three of The Walt Disney Companys resorts across the globe. ...

Built by WED Enterprises

  • Mark III - 1969
    • 5-car trains
    • 137 feet (41.8 meters) long

WED Enterprises (WED), was formed as a separate company from Walt Disney Studios by Walt Disney in the late 1940s/early 1950s. ... For the Stargate SG-1 episode, see 1969 (Stargate SG-1). ...

Built by Ride & Show Engineering, Inc.

  • Mark V - January 23, 1987
    • 5-car trains
    • Seats 27 passengers in the three middle cars and 32 in the two end cars.
    • Total number of passengers per train: 145
    • Retained the chassis of the Mark III trains but replaced mechanical equipment systems, external panels and interior spaces to resemble the appearance of the Mark IV series monorails which were operating in the Walt Disney World Resort.
A concept drawing of the Mark VII Monorail.

January 23 is the 23rd day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1987 (MCMLXXXVII) was a common year starting on Thursday (link displays 1987 Gregorian calendar). ... The Walt Disney World Monorail System is a public transit system in operation around Walt Disney World Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Florida. ... The Cinderella Castle is the symbol of Magic Kingdom. ... Image File history File links Size of this preview: 800 × 446 pixelsFull resolution (1296 × 723 pixel, file size: 69 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) This is a copyrighted image that has been released by a company or organization to promote their work or product in the media, such as advertising... Image File history File links Size of this preview: 800 × 446 pixelsFull resolution (1296 × 723 pixel, file size: 69 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) This is a copyrighted image that has been released by a company or organization to promote their work or product in the media, such as advertising...

Built by TPI Composites

  • Mark VII - Late 2007
    • Sleek/Retro Design
    • New seating configuration.
    • Designed and engineered in-house by Walt Disney Imagineering and TPI Composites
    • Three Monorails being upgraded to the Mark VII, one Monorail at a time, to allow 2 Monorails to operate in the park at any one time.

Walt Disney Imagineering was formed by entertainment mogul Walt Disney on December 16, 1952 as WED Enterprises (WED: Walter Elias Disney) to develop plans for a theme park and to manage Disneys personal assets. ...

References

See also


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Disneyland Monorail System - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (797 words)
The Disneyland Monorail System is an attraction and transportation system at the Disneyland Resort in Anaheim, California.
The Disneyland-ALWEG Monorail System opened on June 14, 1959 as a sightseeing attraction in Tomorrowland in Disneyland.
In 1999, the monorail began lengthy closures and limited capacity due to the construction of the new Disney's California Adventure theme park, which already existing monorail tracks passed through.
Disneyland at AllExperts (7031 words)
Disneyland Park, formerly referred to simply as Disneyland from 1955-1998 and also known as Walt Disney's Magic Kingdom, is an elaborate "theme park" at Disneyland Resort in Anaheim, California, USA (28 miles from Downtown Los Angeles).
Disneyland is dedicated to the ideals, the dreams, and the hard facts that have created America… with the hope that it will be a source of joy and inspiration to all the world.
Disneyland producer Ward Kimball had Rocket scientist Wernher von Braun, Willy Ley, and Heinz Haber as technical consultants during the original design of Tomorrowland.[3] Initial rides included the rocket to the moon; later, a large fleet of submarines was added.
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