Casey Jr. Circus Train
|Casey Jr. Circus Train|
Casey Jr. Circus Train No. 9 at Disneyland, California
|Opening date||July 17, 1955|
|Disneyland Park (Paris)|
|Name||Casey Jr. Le Petit Train du Cirque|
|Opening date||March 20, 1994|
|Designer||WED Enterprises / Walt Disney Imagineering|
|Hosted by||Ring Master|
|Manufacturer||Arrow Development (Disneyland)
Vekoma (Disneyland Paris)
Must transfer from wheelchair
The Casey Jr. Circus Train is the name of a railroad attraction found at Disneyland and a powered roller coaster attraction found at Disneyland Paris. Based on the train of the same name from the 1941 film Dumbo, it gives passengers a tour of many miniature versions of classic Disney animated film scenes. This tour is similar to the one given on the slower paced Storybook Land Canal Boats, but does not incorporate narration. The original attraction was operating during the grand opening of Disneyland on July 17, 1955, but was closed the following day for safety testing and reopened on July 31, 1955.
Casey Jr. Circus Train at Disneyland Paris is designed as a roller coaster for small children through Storybook Land, giving riders good views of the Storybook Land castle and other scenes that are not as visible from the Storybook Land Canal Boats.
The Skyway used to pass over part of the Casey Junior Circus Train track.
The original 2 ft (610 mm) narrow gauge internal combustion-powered railroad version at Disneyland was manufactured by Arrow Development. The powered roller coaster version of the ride in Disneyland Paris was manufactured by Vekoma.
Once at Disneyland opening time, or its own opening time, cast members will form the train set (see below for details). Then they will fire up the calliope car's Thriftmaster engine and then the train will back out of the shops. Then a cast member will switch a green switching track aligned for the shops. After that, the train goes on the full route to the station.
Casey Jr. has two train sets: No. 7 and No. 9. They consist of (from front to back) a locomotive resembling Casey, a calliope car, a pink open-top chair car seating 4, a monkey and wild animal cage, another open-top chair car painted blue, and a caboose. The locomotive however is not the real engine; the calliope car has an internal combustion Chevrolet Thriftmaster straight 6 engine, as hinted if you hear a loud engine noise when the train is departing. The hill has a chain hill to help get up as well as good measure referencing Casey saying "I think I can". Typically a single train is used with the other train coming out if busier.
Casey departs the station and curves parallel to the docks of the Storybook Land Canal Boats attraction. Then it passes the hidden backstage area and climbs up the hill with Casey chanting "I think I can". After it completes the hill, it will curve again this time parallel to the station but separated by the Storybook Land water. Then the train will continue and pass above the water and spiral down, where a block signal will stop it to verify its presence. Once it turns green, the train goes into the station with the ringmaster saying it's the end of the lion (really meaning the end of the line). The trains will go slightly slower if both are out. No two trains will ever be out on the line at the same time because one train must be boarding and the other out, despite having 3 block signals.
Casey Jr. Circus Train
After the final trip around Storybookland at Disneyland closing time, the train will continue to the switch near the Storybookland loading dock. Then it will stop. One of the cast members will then switch the green switching track to the backstage spur. Once aligned, the train continues slowly into the shops. If another train should be out, the switch is switched so the train can continue running. Otherwise, the switch is aligned for the shops. Once parked, the cast members shut off the I6 engine and disassemble the train set and do maintenance on each rolling stock. At one point, the fuel truck filled with either gasoline or compressed natural gas comes and refuels the Thriftmaster engines.
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