With Disneyland's 50th Anniversary Year rounding out 2005
AND with DCA's 5th Anniversary just around the corner,
The trains at both parks really have come to be symbolic at both parks.
We all know about Walt's love of trains, and it's even said
that Mickey Mouse was born on a train on the way to California.
We have all seen that picture of Walt, as the engineer on
that train. Is it any surprise that the trains are really so prominently
placed in both parks, and even gave way to a new kind of train
over 45 years ago, the monorail.
At Disneyland, the train is right at the entryway to the park, even above
the floral Mickey. And the announcement of the Grand Circle Tour of Walt Disney's Magic Kingdom in the booming voice and the clanging bell, is among the very first sites and sounds greeting you. Just the thought of it sends adrenaline through me in anticipation of my next trip to Disneyland!
In fact, this attraction, so loved by Walt, and a Key part of what make Disneyland, it also found itself to be the the Key part of the 50th fireworks celebration of DL, transporting us in that Grand Circle Tour of Walt Disney's Magic Kingdom, in a way we have never seen before!
We even have Casey Jr giving us a tour of a miniature Fantasyland, and Monorail, soon to be taking a fresh new look, all important parts of Disneyland.
As we journey across the esplanade to see the younger sibling park, the trains in this park, all to well have come to be Symbolic of this park as well. And on the eve of it's 5th Anniversary, the Train Story is not nearly as "moving" of an experience. No where else have I heard this expressed about DCA, but IT'S story too, has been clear since before the official opening day.
You see, at the entry area there is a train, which cannot move, and cannot take us anywhere. This train as you know, is a toy store and an ice cream shop. And it's not even recognizable as train, until after you have already walked by.
Now, there is one other train above, the monorail, which also knows the way through the Grand Californian, Condor Flats, across the Golden Gate Bridge, and through the Hollywood Pictures Backlot. But, just like many guests visiting the Disneyland Resort, this monorail does not stop in DCA.
Yes, the Trains really do tell the story of both parks.
One Train takes us on a Grand Circle Tour of Walt Disney's Magic Kingdom.
One Train cannot move and cannot take us anywhere.