History of Disneyland Monorail
Disneyland is a cave of fun and enjoyment for people of all ages. Walt Disney’s main idea behind Disneyland was to provide a source of and rides not only for kids but also for the elders. Disneyland also has the first monorail system to operate in the western hemisphere. This monorail system has a great history. This is monorail was opened on June 14, 1959 and well in starting it was not a transportation attraction for people. The Disney monorail or originally known as Disneyland ALWEG monorail was opened as a sightseeing attraction in tomorrowland in Disneyland. Then in 1961 the track was extended 2.5kms so that the people staying in Disneyland hotel can travel to the Disneyland. As Disneyland have policy to provide the facilities on cheap rates so this service was also available on very cheap rates and this also become a reason because of which people like this facility. In 1999 when the new Disney’s California adventure theme park was being made the monorail faced some problems like lengthy closures and limited capacity but soon in 2001 monorail again started to run on full capacity and the great part of the Disneyland monorails history is its mark trains series which were-
Mark I- This was the first monorail which ran on Disneyland tracks. Bob Gurr was the man who designed it in Disney studio and this train was not a work of ALWEG. Mark 1 ran on the tracks from 1959 until 1961. Then when the tracks were extended these trains came in real use of transporting and as there were only 3 cars in it so there was a need of some improvement in it.
Mark II- Well need always gave rise to great inventions, so as the Disneyland have to provide traveling facilities through those monorails so they upgraded it and they added a extra cart and the bubble dome on the top of the end cars was made larger.
Mark III- A 137 feet long monorail designed by WED enterprises, started to run on the tracks in 1969. As the number of people were increasing on a high rate so they added an extra car in this rail and even though it was not made by ALWEG but still it was known as Disneyland-ALWEG Monorail.
Mark V- So in 1987 the Mark III trains were replaced by this new and better modified version, Mark V. Ride & Show Engineering of San Dimas and Messerschmitt-Bölkow-Blohm of Germany were the great people who designed it. Unlike other monorails this one got white color with colorful strips on it. It got a capacity of 145 passengers per train with 32 in the end cars and 27 in each 3 middle cars.
Mark VI- The trains were built by Bombardier of Canada. Again a car was added in this new model, which made it 203 ft 6 in length. The capacity of this version was quite high as every car was able to carry 60 passengers.
Mark VII- The latest of all the monorails, Mark VII is really doing a great job. Its seating arrangements, the engine and the style, all are different and working really great.
Well this is the great history of the wonderful Disneyland monorail but the present is also great. The best part of the monorail is not just their stylist looks but they are safe too. With the technologies like emergency evacuation and platform safety make them a very safe vehicle.