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    The Trains are Really Symbolic at Both DL and DCA!

    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.

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    Re: The Trains are Really Symbolic at Both DL and DCA!

    Awww DCA bashing in disguise...
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    Re: The Trains are Really Symbolic at Both DL and DCA!

    Quote Originally Posted by Hector
    Awww DCA bashing in disguise...
    He only speaks the truth.

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    Re: The Trains are Really Symbolic at Both DL and DCA!

    You're forgetting the Chew-Chew Train in Bug's Land...

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    Re: The Trains are Really Symbolic at Both DL and DCA!

    Quote Originally Posted by Anders
    You're forgetting the Chew-Chew Train in Bug's Land...

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    Re: The Trains are Really Symbolic at Both DL and DCA!

    The Golden Zephyr while a spinning flat ride is also named after a train.

    Let's not forget that CA Screamin' has trains too.

    Isn't there a train something in Golden Dreams??? It's been so long I can't remember.


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    Re: The Trains are Really Symbolic at Both DL and DCA!

    I think it's an interesting observation...

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    Re: The Trains are Really Symbolic at Both DL and DCA!

    Quote Originally Posted by Disneyfreak
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    Re: The Trains are Really Symbolic at Both DL and DCA!

    Quote Originally Posted by sir clinksalot
    The Golden Zephyr while a spinning flat ride is also named after a train.

    Isn't there a train something in Golden Dreams??? It's been so long I can't remember.
    Actually, there was no train called the "Golden Zephyr." California Zephyr, yes, but not "Golden."

    And, of course, the steam train shown in Golden Dreams is a train that operates in Colorado (it's actually one of their top tourist attractions) and has never set one wheel in the Golden State.

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    Re: The Trains are Really Symbolic at Both DL and DCA!

    So by the same logic- Epcot lacks a train altogether, MGM has trams but no trains, not sure about the Animal Kingdom or Disney Sea so frankly only the original "Disneyland" parks (Anaheim, Orlando, Paris, Toyko, Hong Kong) are worthy? Sad kinda and narrow observation really.







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    Re: The Trains are Really Symbolic at Both DL and DCA!

    Quote Originally Posted by sir clinksalot
    Let's not forget that CA Screamin' has trains too.
    Those are my favorite kinds of trains.

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    Re: The Trains are Really Symbolic at Both DL and DCA!

    There is a magic with trains. Walt knew it. Today at Downtown Disney, I saw a proud middle aged man carrying a model train set. (I really don't believe it was for his son.) At Epcot last week, I saw a miniature model train that people were enthralled with.

    Now, I have never been so "train-crazy" that I totally understand all the commotion about them. But I cannot ignore that from kids to adults, everyone likes trains to some degree, and some are entranced by them. That common love that kids and adults share is the core of what Disneyland was based on. It is a ride that both adults and kids love. Whether it is the modern Monorail or the antique trains, most people enjoy them.

    California has a rich train history, being that we were the western end of the transcontinental railroad. The red-cars were also throughout LA before oil interests got the city council to dismantle them.

    I think that DCA still could have a train/cable car system for the park. Nothing is impossible, remember that Disneyland was once an impossible dream... It all happened because of a mouse... (and a dreamer like Walt Disney!)
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    Re: The Trains are Really Symbolic at Both DL and DCA!

    ah schucks ... I think DAK has a train to some habitat thingy ... but it's certainly not an all around train.

    TDS also does not have a train. I agree with you that the train thing is reserved for Magic Kingdom parks.

    And yes, it was the California Zephyr ... but CA is the golden state and the train, while not officially called the Golden Zephyr did have that distinction.


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    Re: The Trains are Really Symbolic at Both DL and DCA!

    Don't forget Casey Jr's Train......my goodness!
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    Re: The Trains are Really Symbolic at Both DL and DCA!

    Quote Originally Posted by sir clinksalot
    ah schucks ... I think DAK has a train to some habitat thingy ... but it's certainly not an all around train.
    I almost forgot that thing...yeah, the train in DAK is kinda pointless, at least it was when it first opened, they may have updated it since then..

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