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.
Five years later, in 1964, here’s the monorail as its cruises past the 14-story-tall Matterhorn attraction:
The Simpsons, naturally, took this to new levels:
Here’s the monorail in 1984, behind a workers’ strike:
Here she is in 1996, seen here with partner McDonalds:
And there she blows today: