Rail transport in Disney Parks

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Rail transport in Disney Parks, in a variety of forms, can be found in every theme park resort property owned or licensed by Walt Disney Parks and Resorts, the theme park and vacation resort segment of the larger Walt Disney Company. The origins of Disney Park rail transport can be traced back to Walt Disney himself and his personal fondness for railroads, who insisted that they be included in the first Disney Park, the original Disneyland in Anaheim, California, which first opened on 17 July 1955.

A typical train on the Walt Disney World Monorail System near Magic Kingdom, the most-visited theme park in the world.[1]

The following is a complete listing of every rail transport installation found in Disney Park properties worldwide.

Disneyland Resort[edit]

Main article: Disneyland Resort
Name Location Track gauge Opened Closed Notes
Disneyland Monorail System General resort area Monorail 14 June 1959 - Historic Mechanical Engineering Landmark status. Disneyland general admission passports or valid annual passes are required to ride this monorail. Current monorail trains: Mark VII. Previous monorail trains: Mark I, Mark II, Mark III, Mark V.
Disneyland Railroad Disneyland 3 ft (914 mm) 17 July 1955 - Design inspired by Ward Kimball's narrow gauge Grizzly Flats Railroad and Walt Disney's miniature Carolwood Pacific Railroad.
Main Street Vehicles Disneyland 3 ft (914 mm) 17 July 1955 - Besides the tramway with horse-drawn streetcars, non-rail, old-fashioned motor vehicles are also part of this attraction.
Rainbow Caverns Mine Train / Mine Train Through Nature's Wonderland Disneyland 2 ft 6 in (762 mm) 2 July 1956 2 January 1977 Replaced by the mine train roller coaster Big Thunder Mountain Railroad, which incorporated many of the themes of the older attraction.
Disneyland Viewliner Disneyland 2 ft 6 in (762 mm) 26 June 1957 15 September 1958 Replaced by the Disneyland Monorail System.
Jolly Trolley Disneyland 3 ft (914 mm) 24 January 1993 2003 The former line and trolley are still present at the park as static displays.
Red Car Trolley Disney California Adventure 1,000 mm (3 ft 3 38 in) metre gauge 15 June 2012 - Battery-operated vehicles. Non-operating overhead wires are in place to recreate the appearance of a classic streetcar line.

Walt Disney World[edit]

Main article: Walt Disney World
Name Location Track gauge Opened Closed Notes
Walt Disney World Monorail System General resort area Monorail 1 October 1971 - No purchase of any kind is required to ride this monorail. Current monorail trains: Mark VI. Previous monorail trains: Mark IV.
Walt Disney World Railroad Magic Kingdom 3 ft (914 mm) 1 October 1971 - All four locomotives were purchased from Ferrocarriles Unidos de Yucatán, but were originally built by Baldwin Locomotive Works.
Main Street Vehicles Magic Kingdom 3 ft (914 mm) 1 October 1971 - Besides the tramway with horse-drawn streetcars, non-rail, old-fashioned motor vehicles are also part of this attraction.
Fort Wilderness Railroad Disney's Fort Wilderness Resort & Campground 2 ft 6 in (762 mm) 1973 1977 (normal operations); 1980 (all operations) Numerous mechanical problems during its operation as well as minimal guest exposure led to its closing. Two passenger cars from the attraction can still be seen at the central entrance to Downtown Disney.
Wildlife Express Train Disney's Animal Kingdom 3 ft 4 in (1,016 mm) 21 April 1998 - Despite the dated and weathered appearance of the trains, they are actually brand-new models built by Severn Lamb.

Tokyo Disney Resort[edit]

Main article: Tokyo Disney Resort
Name Location Track gauge Opened Closed Notes
Disney Resort Line General resort area Monorail 27 July 2001 - Fares are required to ride this monorail.
Western River Railroad Tokyo Disneyland 2 ft 6 in (762 mm) 15 April 1983 - Used purely as an attraction and not for transportation purposes, as it only has one station.
Jolly Trolley Tokyo Disneyland 3 ft (914 mm) 15 April 1996 14 April 2009 The former line and trolley are still present at the park as static displays.
DisneySea Electric Railway (jp) Tokyo DisneySea 2 ft 6 in (762 mm) 4 September 2001 - Designed to recreate the appearance of a classic elevated railway line.

Disneyland Paris[edit]

Main article: Disneyland Paris
Name Location Track gauge Opened Closed Notes
Disneyland Railroad Disneyland Park (Paris) 3 ft (914 mm) 12 April 1992 - Originally named Euro Disneyland Railroad, and its old initials, EDRR, are still visible in parts of the park.
Horse-Drawn Streetcars Disneyland Park (Paris) 3 ft (914 mm) 12 April 1992 - Unlike its counterpart attractions in other Disney Parks, this tramway is a separate attraction from the non-rail, old-fashioned motor vehicles making up the Main Street Vehicles attraction.

Hong Kong Disneyland Resort[edit]

Name Location Track gauge Opened Closed Notes
Disneyland Resort Line General resort area 1,432 mm (4 ft 8 38 in) 1 August 2005 - First rail line with a direct connection to an external rail network designed and themed exclusively for a Disney Park.
Hong Kong Disneyland Railroad Hong Kong Disneyland 3 ft (914 mm) 12 September 2005 - Unlike its counterpart attractions in other Disney Parks, this railroad's locomotives are steam outline models, which are diesel locomotives with the outward appearance of steam locomotives.

Shanghai Disney Resort[edit]

The resort is under construction and is slated to open on 15 December 2015. No on-site rail transport installations have been confirmed.[2]

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