Disneyland Monorail

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The sleek and futuristic Disneyland Monorail will whisk you from Tomorrowland to the far end of Downtown Disney and back with gorgeous views of Fantasyland, Tomorrowland, Disney California Adventure and Disney's Grand Californian Hotel & Spa.

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Location: Tomorrowland.
Ride Type: Monorail ride.
Height Req.: None.
Fastpass: No.
Single Rider: No.
Child Swap: No.
Avg. Wait*: Typically 15-20 minutes but longer in the mornings and evenings as the Monorail is used as transportation to and from the Disneyland Resort hotels.
Ride Length: About 15 minutes round trip.
Ride Capacity: About 150 people per train, about 30 people per car.
Operating Hours: Park opening to park closing.
 
*Wait times may vary widely on a number of factors including crowd levels, showtimes, and hour of the day.
  • The Disneyland Monorail has two stops: Tomorrowland in Disneyland Park and Downtown Disney.
  • Use the Disneyland Monorail for transportation to lunch or dinner at Downtown Disney.
  • Be sure to get your hand stamped if you exit at Downtown Disney!
  • During busier times, the Monorail may provide one-way service only and/or may restrict boarding to Resort Hotel Guests only. Cast Members and/or signs will let you know if these restrictions have been implemented.

Fun Facts

  • This attraction opened on June 14, 1959.
  • Although the Disneyland fleet of monorails are futuristic by design, the concept of monorails are hardly a new invention with the oldest ones dating back to the late 1800s.
  • Walt Disney was inspired by a monorail system he and his wife found while vacationing in Germany in 1958. Consulting with the Swiss-founded, Germany-based company Alweg that created those monorails, Walt Disney had a newly designed fleet created for Disneyland.
  • The Disneyland Monorail was the first monorail system to operate daily in the Western Hemisphere. Cities such as Seattle and Orlando would later follow suit to introduce the efficient mass transit system.
  • The first fleet, named the Mark I, debuted in 1959. The monorail system was expanded and updated with the Mark II in 1961. In 1969, the Mark III trains made their [[[Disneyland Park|Disneyland]] debut. The Mark V emerged in 1987 and were phased out from 2007 to 2009. The newest fleet, the Mark VII, debuted in 2008. What about the Mark IV and Mark VI? Those versions of the Monorail were built for and used in Walt Disney World.
  • The Mark VII was originally set to debut in early 2008 but technical difficulties with the new trains delayed their opening until later in the year. Monorail Red took on its first public passengers on July 3, 2008!
  • The very first Mark I Monorail trains were Monorail Red followed by Monorail Blue. More than 40 years later, the newest trains, the Mark VII model, arrived in the same order. Red first, then blue!
  • Two retired Mark IV monorails from Walt Disney World were sold to the city of Las Vegas for use in the then new Las Vegas Monorail system. They were used until the city’s new fleet was built; after which time, the Disney Monorails were retired from service.
  • The Mark VII monorails, designed by Scott Drake, pay homage to the original Mark I Monorail designs that Bob Gurr created for Walt Disney.

Safety and Accessibility

  • Safety Considerations: None.
  • Wheelchair Accessible: Yes. An elevator is available for access to loading platform.
  • Hearing Disability Services: No.
  • Visual Disability Services: No.
  • Service Animals: Allowed.

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Attraction Details

The Disneyland Monorail was originally utilized as a simple attraction that offered overhead views of Tomorrowland. During the following years it was expanded to connect to the Disneyland Hotel.

During construction of Disney California Adventure and Downtown Disney, the monorail underwent periods of closures because the beam went through the construction zone. The layout of the beam, however, remained unchanged. When the monorail was running, it provided excellent views of the construction.

Around this time, the original Disneyland Hotel station was demolished and a new station was built in its place. The new station would be "relocated" to Downtown Disney by including it as part of the shopping and entertainment center.

The evacuation techniques are also interesting to note. If the monorail is at a platform, guests can simply exit through the doors. However, if it's stuck on the beam, guests must evacuate through emergency doors on the roof of the train. From there, they must climb down into another car or continue crawling on top of the train and climb down to the beam. It isn’t until then that guests may walk on the beam to safety.

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