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The Disneyland Railroad re-opened July 29, 2017 after a year and a half closure to reroute the railroad for Star Wars Land expansion. Guests can now enjoy this scenic, relaxing route around Disneyland Park or as transportation between lands.
About the Disneyland Railroad
Disneyland Railroad is one of the Disneyland Classics that debuted on opening day in 1955. The Disneyland Railroad has four stops:
Trains circle the park and make stops every 5-10 minutes in one of 5 restored, steam-powered engines, each including 4 sets of passenger cars and named after locomotive legends: C.K, Holliday, E.P. Ripley, Ernest March, Fred Gurley—and the exception— Ward Kimball, named after the Disney Animator who fostered Walt Disney’s passion for the railway.
The famed Lilly Belle Presidential train car is, at times, available for park guest to ride in. I suggest heading to Main Street Station first thing in the morning to inquire. If operational, you’ll be given a return time ticket for your ride in this stunning car named after Walt Disney’s wife, Lillian. Note: currently, the only way to ride in the Lilly Belle is by taking The Grand Circle Tour.
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Disneyland Railroad Walt’s Barn
Before Disneyland even broke ground, Walt Disney had a deep affection for trains and built his very own railroad in his backyard.
The Carolwood Railroad, a 1/8 scale train featured a custom-built, steam-powered locomotive that encircled his property.
Today you can visit Walt’s Barn and see artifacts from Walt Disney’s home and personal collection at Carolwood Foundation, Griffith Park in Los Angeles. It’s open on the 3rd Sunday of each month from 11 am to 3 pm. Parking is free, and admission is free.
The foundation is named after the street Walt lived on when he built his first railroad.
So much to explore inside!
The New Disneyland Railroad
The new Disneyland Railroad debuts summer 2017 and travels over an elevated trestle above the Rivers of America in Frontierland, bordering Star Wars Land.
Although the Disneyland Railroad continues to hold a spot on my what not to ride list, I do consider it a treasure and am excited to hop aboard again soon.
What do you love about the Disneyland Railroad, we’d love to hear about it!
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