Thursday, April 17, 2008

1961 Monorail Addition

The extension of the Monorail linking the Disneyland Hotel to the Park was arguably the most exciting amenity ever added to the Disneyland Hotel. It was Walt Disney's dream to provide a working solution to mass transit and traffic congestion. The Disneyland Alweg Monorail was that answer to this dream. There is perhaps no more recognizable symbol to being near the Magic Kingdom than seeing the sleek Monorail cars gliding overhead. I think only the first sight of Matterhorn mountain rivals this. The announcement came in December of 1960 that Disneyland, in conjunction with the Disneyland Hotel would extend the Monorail to include a stop at the Disneyland Hotel. Now, Hotel guest would have a direct link to gain entrance into the Park. No more waiting in long lines at the Main Gate. Topping all if this of course was, the actual ride aboard the transportation medium of the future, the Monorail. What was especially fun was, riding in the front car with the actual Monorail Pilot. Great news! The new Monorails scheduled to be added this year are designed like the earlier Monorail cars with that 50's flair. I can't wait to see them in service.

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