Happy Anniversary: Disneyland’s Monorail System Opened On This Day in 1959 SHARE: Tweet 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 Five years later, in 1964, here’s the monorail as its cruises past the 14-story-tall Matterhorn attraction: 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 Here she is in 1996, seen here with partner McDonalds: AP Photo/Nick Ut And there she blows today: via Disneyland MOST RECENT BY Slade Sohmer:Rebecca Black Continues Naming Days of the Week, Releases ‘Saturday’Uh Oh, SpaghettiOs! A Pearl Harbor Tweet That Will Live In InfamyThanks, Obama: World Cup Draw Could Not Have Gone Worse For USA Slade Sohmer Slade Sohmer is editor-in-chief of HyperVocal and co-host of SiriusXM's daily "Politics Powered By Twitter" program. Tweet him at @SladeHV.