monorail facts

A Highway in the Sky: 8 Cool Facts About the Disney Monorail

By Max Lark Everyone knows that Walt Disney was a pioneering cartoonist, filmmaker, and family entertainment icon. Less well known is the fact that he was a visionary futurist with an abiding interest in transportation. Disney Editions’ The Disney Monorail: Imagineering a Highway in the Sky, a stunning, lavishly illustrated book out on September 15, …

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Walt Disney Imagineering inspirations

6 Imagineers Share the Disney Experiences that Led Them to Their Dream Jobs

By Nicole Nalty Walt Disney Imagineering celebrates its 65th anniversary this year, and with it, 65 years of unbelievable experiences, unparalleled storytelling, and unforgettable memories for Disney fans across the globe. To celebrate the occasion, we asked a few of the men and women behind the magic to share which Disney experiences inspired them to …

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Take the “First Ride of the Day” at a Disney Park

By Courtney Potter Taking a trip to a Disney Park is a truly memorable experience. There are the mind-blowing attractions, the tune-filled shows, the nighttime fireworks spectaculars, and all that delicious food! But the excitement doesn’t actually start there… sometimes, it starts before you’ve even stepped foot inside a park! “It’s very exciting, because you …

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Matterhorn, Monorail, and Subs

A Historic Trio

Not content with the initial success of Disneyland, Walt Disney strove to tell new stories and find new ways to immerse Guests in his innovative park. In 1959, he premiered these three thrilling new experiences: Matterhorn Bobsleds, the Disneyland-Alweg Monorail System, and Submarine Voyage. This rare 1967 photo showcases all three attractions (by then guest …

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Bob Gurr

23 Moving Questions With Bob Gurr

Bob Gurr remains a man on the move while his creative accomplishments as a Disney Imagineer continue to transport people around the world… literally. Energy. That’s the first thing you sense about Bob. This is abundantly evident during a visit on the shaded patio of The Big D commissary at Walt Disney Imagineering (WDI) in …

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photo of Walt and Lillian Disney cutting dedication ribbon at Disneyland

Disney’s Unforgettable Ribbon Cuttings

Over the years, any number of rides, shows, and celebrations have kicked off their debuts with a pair of oversized scissors and the participation of Disney characters and celebrities—or even Walt himself!

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Roger Broggie

When Roger was honored at the Disney Legends Awards on October 18, 1990, company Chairman Michael Eisner said, “Any mechanical things you had to do, what you said was, ‘Call Roger, he’ll know how to fix it.’ Without him, Disneyland wouldn’t have happened.”

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Archive photo of Disney Monorail

Disney Monorails

Bob Gurr joins Armchair Archivist for a ride-along and historical tour of the Disneyland Monorail.

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Vice President Nixon dedicates the Monorail at Disneyland

Vice President Nixon Dedicates the Monorail at Disneyland

Ever since its opening day, Disneyland hosted future United States Presidents for landmark festivities. When the park opened on July 17, 1955, actor Ronald Reagan was a leading dignitary on hand, but on this day in 1959, it was Vice President Richard M. Nixon who was invited, along with his family, for the inauguration of …

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