Disneyland Train

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    Disneyland Train

    The Disneyland Train
    ©Betsy Malloy Photography

    Rating: ★★

    NOTE: Because Disneyland is building their new Star Wars-themed land, the Disneyland Railroad closed starting January 10, 2016, for at least a year. In the meanwhile, you can see exhibits at the Main Street USA and New Orleans Square stations.

    The Disneyland Railroad is perfect for kids who love trains. Find more rides for your children.

    Disneyland Railroad Stations

    It takes it 20 minutes to go all the way around the park on the train. Trains are scheduled to arrive every 5 to 10 minutes at most times throughout the day. It's a good way to get acquainted with the park layout when you first arrive, or to rest your feet while traveling between areas later in the day.

    It's also the only way to see the Grand Canyon diorama. Between the Tomorrowland and Main Street, U.S.A. stations, the Disneyland Train passes a display featuring a view the Grand Canyon today and another of the same canyon filled with prehistoric dinosaurs.

    You can board the train at any of four locations in Disneyland park:

    • Main Street, U.S.A.: Close to the entrance, City Hall and the Main Street shops and Main Street vehicles
    • New Orleans Square: Very close to Haunted Mansion and a short walk from Splash Mountain and Pirates of the Caribbean
    • Tomorrowland: Close to Star Wars Launch Bay, Autopia and Space Mountain. This station is a little bit hidden, but the entrance is reached by walking between Star Wars Launch Bay and Autopia. 
    • Mickey's Toontown: Near Toontown, it's a small world and the show Mickey and the Magical Map

    Under some wind conditions, the Disneyland Railroad closes intermittently to accommodate the fireworks.

    Accessibility on the Train

    To board the Disneyland Train at Main Street U.S.A., you must be able to climb the steps up to the station, either on your own or with your family members' help. Your wheelchair can be folded and taken along or left at the bottom of the stairs to pick up when you get back.

    If this is a problem, board at New Orleans Square, Tomorrowland or Mickey's Toontown instead. At those stations, you can get right onto the train in your wheelchair or ECV. Just ask a Cast Member for help.

    You can pick up a handheld captioning device at Guest Relations to use on the Disneyland Train.

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    Tips for the Disneyland Train

    All Aboard the Disneyland Train
    ©2011 Betsy Malloy Photography. Used by Permission.

    If your children (or any adults in your group who are releasing their inner child for the day) just must start you day by seeing Mickey Mouse, take the train to the Mickey's Toontown stop and see Mickey in his dressing room as soon as you enter the park. But check the day's schedule first to be sure he will be home to receive you.

    The Tomorrowland station may be a better option than the Monorail for getting to the entrance in the evening because fewer people know it's there.

    Next Disneyland Ride: Main Street USA Vehicles

    More About Disneyland Rides

    You can see all the Disneyland rides at a glance on the Disneyland Ride Sheet. If you want to browse through them starting with the best-rated, start with the Haunted Mansion and follow the navigation.

    While you're thinking about rides, you should also download Our Recommended Disneyland Apps (they're all free!) and Get Some Proven Tips to Minimize Your Disneyland Wait Time.

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    Fun Facts About the Disneyland Train

    Engineers on the Disneyland Railroad
    ©Betsy Malloy Photography

    The Disneyland Train wasn't Walt Disney's first. His first adventure was a 1/8-scale train that ran in his backyard, built in 1949. The Lilly Belle car bears the same name as his backyard version, in honor of Walt Disney's wife.

    The Disneyland train isn't just one train, but five. Each is a meticulously restored, working narrow-gauge train with four sets of passenger cars. The trains are named for locomotive legends C.K. Holliday, E.P. Ripley, Ernest Marsh and Fred Gurley. The fifth train is named for Ward Kimball, the Disney Animator who fostered Walt Disney’s passion for the railway. This Disneyland blog post has all the details about the engines.

    The fancy caboose is the observation car of the original Disneyland train. Named the "Lilly Belle," for Walt Disney's wife, Lillian, it's now a lavish VIP parlor car, with live palms, silk roses, brass fixtures, stained glass skylights, elaborate woodwork and chairs upholstered in burgundy velvet.

    The original Disneyland train cars weren't scrapped; they just moved north to Santa Margarita, where they are now part of the Pacific Coast Railroad at Santa Margarita Ranch.​

    Next Disneyland Ride: Main Street USA Vehicles