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Vehicles on Main Street USA at Disneyland California
Some people might not call these vehicles "rides" - and they'd be right if they're talking about attractions you have to stand in line for that may take you on dark and speedy - or slow and cheerful - adventures through Disney magic.
Nevertheless, they are "rides" as defined by the Urban Dictionary: "A vehicle or mode of transportation. Usually belongs to someone else."
One-way trips pick up at the transportation stops in Town Square (near City Hall) and at Central Plaza in front of Sleeping Beauty Castle. Each trip is one way, but of course, you could get out and just jump back on a different vehicle to go back where you started. Your best chance of seeing and riding them is in the >morning before crowds build up. They typically stop running for the day by mid-afternoon.
The Main Street vehicles are a fun way to get from one end of Main Street to the other, and they're also a good way to make that trip while resting your tired feet. Chat... up your driver along the way. Those friendly, knowledgeable cast members can tell you a lot of fascinating things about the park.
Most of these vintage-style vehicles require visitors to step up into them. If you're in a wheelchair or ECV, you will have to do that by yourself or with help from your companions. Wheelchairs may be folded and placed in the vehicle. ECVs will have to stay behind - which means making a round trip to pick them up again.Continue to 2 of 5 below.
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Main Street USA Fire Engine
On opening day at Disneyland, a fire engine was one of the Main Street vehicles. In fact, people say Walt Disney enjoyed driving the fire engine himself. That original fire wagon is now permanently parked in the Main Street Fire Station.
Today's Main Street fire engine was designed by Disney Legend Bob Gurr and assembled at the Disney Studios about 45 minutes' drive from Disneyland. So the story goes, Gurr didn’t have it delivered on the back of a flatbed truck. Instead, he drove it to Disneyland himself.
The fire engine can accommodate about 8 to 10 people at a time.Continue to 3 of 5 below.
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Main Street USA Omnibus
What exactly is an omnibus, you may be wondering. According to the Merriam-Webster dictionary, it's a usually automotive public vehicle designed to carry a large number of passengers.
Disneyland's Omnibus is a 45-passenger, double-decker bus similar to the ones that ran in New York City in the 1920s.
The upper level of the Omnibus is a great place to get photographs, and you may want to take it from Town Square to Central Plaza to get better views of the castle.Continue to 4 of 5 below.
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Main Street USA Horse-Drawn Streetcars
The Main Street USA streetcar runs down the tracks you see in the middle of Main Street. It is drawn by a lovely draft horse, one of a stable of Disney horses. According to the Disneyland blog, the breeds used include Percheron, Clydesdale, Belgian and Shire horses. They also say: "No Disneyland horse works more than 4 hours a day, 3 days a week. And, like all cast members, the horses at Disneyland park always wear their name tags when they are working."
The streetcar carries 30 passengers at a time, at a leisurely 4 mile per hour.Continue to 5 of 5 below.
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Main Street USA Jitney
You might also wonder what a jitney is - and by now you may be wondering why the main street vehicles have such funny names. I can't answer that question, but here's the origin of "jitney," summarized from the Merriam-Webster Dictionary: The word was slang for a nickel coin in the early 1900s. Over time, the word was applied to small buses that cost only a nickel to ride. At Disneyland, you can keep that nickel in your pocket and ride the jitney for free.
Disneyland's jitney looks a little bit like a horse-drawn surrey with fringe on the top. It's modeled after the horseless carriages built in the early 1900s. The jitney has two-cylinder, four-horsepower engines with manual transmission and steering.
The jitney carries about 8 to 10 people at a time.
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