All aboard! It’s been a long time coming… more than a year and a half since the Disneyland Railroad and attractions on the Rivers of America shut down for redesign and re-routing at Disneyland. But the wait is finally over and this weekend guests are welcome aboard the Mark Twain Riverboat, Sailing Ship Columbia, Davy Crockett Explorer Canoes, and the Disneyland Railroad once again!
At the media preview this morning, we were treated to a trip around Tom Sawyer Island on the Mark Twain and a Grand Circle Tour around Disneyland on the steam engine trains that Walt Disney loved so well. Both journeys gave us a great look at the amazingly beautiful new rockwork, waterfalls, animatronics, animals, and plant life along the Rivers of America’s rear bank, and brought us one big step closer to the park’s current transitional period coming to a close.
WATCH OPENING MOMENT:
WATCH MARK TWAIN RIVERBOAT FULL RIDE POV:
WATCH DISNEYLAND RAILROAD FULL RIDE POV:
In a ceremonial moment along the Rivers of America, Disney animation chief John Lasseter served as engineer for the inaugural trip of the Disneyland Railroad around the park, followed by a train packed with Disney characters.
WATCH JOHN LASSETER ENGINEER DISNEYLAND RAILROAD:
After the opening, I had the opportunity to speak with Lasseter about his thoughts on the return of these classic attractions to Disneyland.
WATCH JOHN LASSETER INTERVIEW:
The Disneyland Railroad and Rivers of America attractions officially open tomorrow, Saturday July 29th at Disneyland Resort. Be sure to visit the park’s official website for more information and for ticketing resources.