Yesterland-Alweg Monorail

Written by Werner Weiss. Posted in Disney History, Disneyland Resort, Features, Werner Weiss

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Published on August 22, 2013 at 11:10 pm with 7 Comments

You’ve just boarded the Yesterland Alweg Monorail for a nonstop, round-trip journey. Now you’re gliding along the gently curving “Highway in the Sky.” As you look out the windows, you enjoy scenic views of Tomorrowland and Fantasyland.

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  1. Great article! I’m not sure I ever saw such clear pictures of the Mark I monorails.

    I think there’s one small mistake though – the caption on the very last picture reads “Mark V Monorail”, but I think it’s actually a picture of a Mark VII.

    Now if only Walt Disney World would get new monorails too…

    Thanks!

    • Thanks. I fixed the caption.

      The Mark VI Monorails at Walt Disney World began service 1989. They’ve been operating far longer than the original fleet of Mark IV Monorails that they replaced.

  2. What? Is this monorail week?

    Sam

  3. What is it about the monorail that is so fascinating? Everytime I go to WDW I have to take a ride regardless if I have to go anywhere. Is it simply that you get a different view of the property?

  4. I always had a vague memory of a Black colored monorail from my youth in the 1970′s. With a little internet digging I did find a photo of a black colored Disneyland monorail circa 1974 passing over the entry ticket booths. Looking even further, I found the 4 car version of it as well as far back as the early 1960′s (judging by the cars in the parking lot) Does anyone know when the black monorail went out of service? Good to know I didn’t dream it!!

  5. Great article.

    I do want to mention… While the Mark VII monorails seem to be a favorite among guests, talk to any veteran Monorail pilot that has driven the Mark V, and they will likely tell you that the newer trains don’t have much going for them other than their good looks. Apparently, WDI favored aesthetics way more than operational safety and the functionality of the trains.

    It’s unfortunate there was hardly any collaboration between WDI, Disneyland and Bob Gurr on the Mark VIIs. A lot of mistakes could have been avoided had Scot Drake and his team been more open minded.

  6. What always gets me about that photo of the Mark I Red Monorail near the Matterhorn is how naked and bare Tomorrowland was in 1959, with barely any trees at all. Everything could be viewed from Harbor Boulevard and vice versa.