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Happy Anniversary: Disneyland’s Monorail System Opened On This Day in 1959

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Slade Sohmer


By Slade Sohmer on June 14, 2013


On December 4, 1958, Walt Disney showed reporters his next big idea: a million-dollar monorail system.

Two electrically-powered trains, developed by German engineers, “would serve as a practical prototype of high-speed interurban systems which crowded metropolitan areas could adopt,” Disney said.

On June 14, 1959, the monorail was opened for business.

AP Photo/Don Brinn

AP Photo/Don Brinn

AP Photo/Don Brinn

AP Photo/Don Brinn

Five years later, in 1964, here’s the monorail as its cruises past the 14-story-tall Matterhorn attraction:

AP Photo/Ellis R. Bosworth

AP Photo/Ellis R. Bosworth

The Simpsons, naturally, took this to new levels:

Here’s the monorail in 1984, behind a workers’ strike:

AP Photo

AP Photo

Here she is in 1996, seen here with partner McDonalds:

AP Photo/Nick Ut

AP Photo/Nick Ut

And there she blows today:

via Disneyland

via Disneyland

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