It has been well over a year since Disneyland Guests have been able to ride the Monorail. But with testing happening this week, is the Monorail finally resuming operations?
The Disneyland Monorail is a historic attraction at the Disneyland Resort. While the Monorail at Walt Disney World Resort in Florida is considered a transportation option, the Monorail at Disneyland Resort in California is actually an attraction, a ride that can give Guests spectacular views of Disneyland and the surrounding area.
The Disneyland Monorail has been closed for quite some time. It did not resume operations when Disneyland Park and Disney California Adventure Park reopened on April 30, 2021, so it has been around a year and a half since Guests got to ride the Disneyland Monorail. In that time, we haven’t even seen the Disneyland Monorail running on its track throughout Disneyland Park, Downtown Disney District, and the rest of the Resort.
But now, that has changed!
A few days ago, it was confirmed that Disneyland Resort would begin testing the Monorail. The tests do not include Guests — Guests cannot ride the Monorail while it is being tested on along the track. However, because the testing takes place during Park operating hours, chances are, Guests have the opportunity to see the Monorail running during their visit!
At first, it was stated that the Disneyland Monorail would begin testing a couple of days ago, but it did not happen then. However, today, Tuesday, August 31, the Monorail was spotted running along the track! This morning, the Disneyland Monorail was testing! Several Guests took to social media to share photos of the testing.
Disneyland and travel blogger and YouTuber Five Fires/The Cali Bae shared a reposted photo on Twitter:
Monorail Monorail testing this morning! Photo from @Goofy_plsc #disneyland
— 🔥 FIVE FIRES 🔥 (@thecalibae) August 31, 2021
Another Guest, Mike, shared this image:
@FrshBakedDisney I spy the Disneyland monorail!!
— mike (@michael363636) August 31, 2021
Additionally, other maintenance has been taking place. Wonders of Magic took to Twitter to document maintenance occurring on the Monorail track yesterday:
Maintenance car seen along Monorail track in Disneyland this morning
Maintenance car seen along Monorail track in Disneyland this morning 🚝 pic.twitter.com/7e1lmm0dFk
— Wonders of Magic (@wondersofmagic) August 30, 2021
Within the past few days, the scrim was removed from the Tomorrowland Monorail station, revealing fresh paint and a new look.
Theme park bloggers Wonders of Magic also shared photos and videos of the new Monorail sign in Tomorrowland in Disneyland Park:
The freshly repainted Monorail sign and entrance is now visible in Tomorrowland
At this time, it is unclear when the Disneyland Monorail will officially reopen. Disney has not provided an official update regarding when Guests can ride the Monorail again, and it is still listed as “Temporarily Unavailable” on the Disneyland website. But with testing taking place, it looks like we may get some good news soon.
Read more about the Monorail in the official description below, courtesy of the Disneyland website:
Fly the Highway in the Sky
Enjoy incredible, one-of-a-kind views on this classic 2.5-mile, 13-minute round-trip journey.
Fly over Fantasyland and Tomorrowland, past the majestic Matterhorn Bobsleds. Glide over Grizzly Peak, Buena Vista Street and Hollywood Land in Disney California Adventure Park. Zoom through Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa and the Downtown Disney District.
Where to Board
There are 2 Monorail stations at the Disneyland Resort.
Catch a ride inside Disneyland Park at the Tomorrowland station right above Finding Nemo Submarine Voyage.
Guests with valid theme park admission can skip the Main Entrance by boarding the Monorail at the Downtown Disney District station—and travel straight to Tomorrowland!
Trains run approximately every 10 minutes.
A Ride into History
The Disneyland Monorail was the first transportation system of its kind in America. The current version combines the sleek styling of the 1959 classic with new technologies and subtle design changes, bringing a retro-futuristic look and contemporary feel to the timeless Disneyland icon.
Today, the Disneyland Monorail is comprised of the Red, Blue and Orange Mark VII trains. Because the system uses a 600-volt DC power source, it emits no direct exhaust or pollutants into the atmosphere.
Although the Monorail is considered an attraciton at the Disneyland Resort, it is also a great way to see Disney property and get from one end of the Resort to another. There are two stations: the Tomorrowland station in Disneyland Park and the Downtown Disney station, located across from the LEGO store and just a short walk from the Disneyland Hotel. We can’t wait for the Monorail to reopen at Disneyland, and we’ll report back when Disneyland shares an update.
Do you hope the Disneyland Monorail resumes operations soon at Disneyland, the original Magic Kingdom? When is your next trip to Disneyland Resort? Let us know in the comments!