There is so much to learn about the Disneyland Monorail, and I am excited to share it with you. Riding on the Monorail makes you feel like you are part of an actual movie that takes place in the future. But don’t worry, the highest speed it’s allowed to go is 35 mph, so it’s not terribly fast-paced. If there is one thing you need to do when visiting the park, it’s taking a ride on the Monorail.
All About the Disneyland Monorail
The Monorail is an impressive model of transportation that incredibly doesn’t emit any pollutants or exhaust. It’s all-electric. So, not only is it really neat to travel on, it’s actually not causing damage to our beautiful earth.
The Monorail is more of an attraction than regular transportation. However, it’s a great way to get across the park without walking. You will find that there is plenty to see on your trip, and technically, you can stay on for a while if you don’t want to get off at one of the two stops.
A Little Bit of History
The Monorail system opened for the first time on June 14, 1959. It’s the first transportation that has been made like it in the United States. It is essentially referred to as the “Highway in Sky,” and for a good reason. It had two train cars, and there were three cabins. There was the Monorail Blue and the Monorail Red. The view was astounding, and it was Walt Disney’s vision to have something so beautiful created so guests could experience a journey to take in all the scenery.
The Monorail’s interesting aspect is that when it first opened, it wasn’t a mode of transportation. They didn’t start using it to help get people where they were going until 1961. It was intended to be a ride, and it turned into a way for guests to get from point a to point b. Genius solution if you ask me.
When visiting Disneyland, it’s a good idea to plan ahead a little bit and figure out where exactly the Monorail Stations can be found. There are only two stops, so you will need to get on at one of these locations below.
Stop by the Downtown Disney District Station and it will take you on a relaxing short trip to Tomorrowland.
Or you can hop on at the Tomorrowland station! It’s located above the Finding Nemo Submarine Voyage.
As you travel on the Monorail, you will see the California Adventure, Harbor Boulevard, Matterhorn Bobsleds, Buena Vista Street, and Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa. It’s a great way to give your feet a break from walking and enjoy the views from a different angle. For a round trip, it only takes around 20 minutes.
The Many Colors of the Monorail
Mark I was the first monorail system, and the trains were red and blue. When the Mark II debuted, then there was a yellow monorail. Then when Mark III was developed, it was green.
In the 1980s, they had to do some remodeling and updating. During that time, they created the Mark V, which was purple, which was previously green. Then they changed the yellow to the Mark V, which was orange.
While there have been many color changes over the years, in 2012 they made some big changes. The previous monorail blue got a new name, and it was changed to the Mandy Monorail. Then the monorail orange was changed to the Mona Monorail. Lastly, monorail red’s new name became Manny Monorail. Nowadays, the Mark VII can be found in orange, red, and blue. No matter what colors they are, they are always a fun experience to check out.
Disneyland Monorail FAQs
Does It Cost Extra To Ride The Monorail?
The great thing about the monorail is that it’s included in your admission to the theme park. You don’t need to pay any extra to hop on and go for a ride. Children under the age of 2 don’t need a park ticket, and they won’t need a ticket for the monorail either.
I Heard There Is No Air Conditioning, Is That True?
Yes, indeed, the monorail system doesn’t have air conditioning. When the weather becomes scorching, the system will close up, so guests aren’t riding it on the hottest parts of the day. So, you’ll want to keep an eye on the website to check the hours if you are planning your visit during the summer.
Can I Bring A Stroller or Wheelchair on the Monorail?
If you are in a wheelchair, there are no worries! You can ride in your wheelchair or ECV while on the monorail. There is a ramp for easy boarding.
For a stroller, you can bring it on the monorail, but it will need to be folded up for the ride. The monorail is filled with lots of bench seats.
Is There Any Age or Height Requirements?
Nope! You can ride on the Disneyland Monorail regardless of age or height. It’s very accommodating to guests and is great for the entire family.
NOTE: The main requirement is that no one under the age of 7 can ride the monorail without someone accompanying them at least 14 years old.
Does The Monorail Run During Fireworks?
No, the attraction shuts down during the fireworks. That way the guests can enjoy the beauty and not be distracted by the running train. It will shut down around an hour before they start. Then about 45 minutes after the fireworks, Tinkerbell will clear the airspace and it will start up again.
As you can tell already, the Disneyland Monorail is an important piece of Disney history. It’s been around since 1959, and it doesn’t seem to be going away any time soon. I highly recommend taking at least one ride when you are visiting the Disneyland Theme Park.
Be sure when you ride the Highway in the Sky you take some photos and share them with us. We love seeing all your Disney vacation pictures. Enjoy your trip!
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