Tomorrowland Trains & Monorails Fun Facts

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Primeval World Diorama

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  1. Learn more about the Disneyland Railroad
  2. There are other Hidden Characters here.
  3. If you're running short of time and want to see the Grand Canyon and Primeval World dioramas, board the train at Tomorrowland and disembark at the next stop, Main Street, U.S.A.
  4. The emerging lava in the Dinosaurs diorama consists of four or three turning "rolling pins".
    REPORTED: Cedric Chin 20 NOV 98
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  5. To see a Rocket Rods car, hop on to the Disneyland Railroad in Tomorrowland. When the train starts moving, look to the right of the train. There will be a building with a large side opening. Inside that opening, you can get a great look at one of the Rocket Rod cars.
    REPORTED: Gimpmaster 27 OCT 01
    You can also see a Rocket Roidds car at Hollywood & Dine in California Adventure's Hollywood Backlot.
  6. During Magic Music Days I went into Disneyland through a back way and saw a sign that said "Agrifuture" with "American Gothic" but the man is a robot. It was pretty neat. We asked somebody and they said that now most of the plants growing in Tomorrowland are edible, i. e. fruits and vegetables, and if you eat some it's totally ok. Sure enough, I kept my eye out and spotted broccoli, cabbage, carrots, and strawberries, among other friendly-looking plants. How cool!
    REPORTED: monique 20 OCT 98
  7. The chirping sounds made by the hatching baby Triceratops is based off of (possibly recordings of) hatching baby alligators.
    REPORTED: Becky Richards 03 SEP 00
  8. The animatronic dinosaurs on the train ride do not move all the time; my guess is that a passing train trips a signal which starts them up, and they stop after a timer suggests that the train has moved on. I discovered this once when the train stopped while in the tunnel, and the dinos stopped moving while we were still inside. Because of this, I learned an additional fact--the flailing tail of the Stegosaurus has no internal support structure near the tip. Even after the animatronic motion stopped, the rubber tail continued to bounce. It looked very silly!
    REPORTED: Kellee Richards 03 SEP 00
  9. Cast Member wardrobe is behind Space Mountain in the area of the Dinosaurs diorama
    REPORTED: TR Shaw 12 DEC 98
  10. The painting of the Grand Canyon diorama background is 306 feet long and 34 feet high. The painting was done on a special seamless canvas, and it required 4,800 manhours to complete, using 300 gallons of paint in 14 colors. (Source: Vacationland magazine, Fall 1968, page 4)
    REPORTED: Mark Atkins 28 JUN 02
  11. The spiel and music for the Grand Canyon and Primeval World changed at least once between 1982 and 2002. A 1982 recording I made aboard the train had bizarre, agitated background music for Primeval World, but that music is gone now.
    REPORTED: Mark Atkins 31 MAY 02
  12. The junction of the Grand Canyon and Primeval World is a covered bridge that lies directly over the main Cast Member entrance into the park. Employees walking under the railroad bridge to & from the park each day would hear the connecting part of the spiel that said "...but it wasn't always that way..."
    REPORTED: Mark Atkins 31 MAY 02
  13. The clip-clop music at the Grand Canyon is classical music by Ferde Grofe', called "On the Trail" from his "Grand Canyon Suite."
    REPORTED: Mark Atkins 31 MAY 02
  14. The diorama itself features scenes which were originally incorporated into the Ford Magic Skyway, an attraction designed for the 1964-65 NY World's Fair, and currently features the overture music from the film Mysterious Island. The score is by Bernard Hermann. Other scenes from the Magic Skyway included the history of early man (which were darn hilarious!). There is a super episode from Disney's "World of Color" TV series entitled "Disney Goes to the World's Fair," which features footage of that attraction, the original "It's a Small World" (in situ at the fair!!!), the Carrousel of Progress, and Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln. There are also shots of Imagineer Rolly Crump's wonderful Tower of the Four Winds, which was constructed on the fairgrounds (and no longer exists). Look for the show on The Disney Channel!
    REPORTED: AprilDecember 06 OCT 00
  15. As for the "bb" hole in the diorama glass, some sources say that the hole was actually caused by a .22 caliber bullet, back in 1974. It is said that the bullet was shot by the same guy who shot the hole in the Haunted Mansion's Ballroom glass (now hidden by a spiderweb).
    REPORTED: AprilDecember 06 OCT 00
    The BB hole in the diarama area of the Disneyland Railroad has been there since at least the fall season of 1975. I was a cast member on the Disneyland railroad (Then owned by Retlaw) for two years. I am ammazed that the window has never been replaced. I have never found out how the damage occurred, but can verify that it has been there since at least 1975!
    UPDATE: Jim Wohlt 05 MAY 02
  16. I just recently went to Disneyland and California Adventure for 4 days. If you ride the Main Street Train that goes around Disneyland from Tomorrowland to Main Street, there's a mistake in the commentary you hear. I'm sure we all know the dioramas of the Grand Canyon and the Dinosaurs, but after you get back, the commentary goes something like: "Welcome back to the 20th century and Main Street USA." Ummmmm, Mr.Train Voice, it's the 21st century. I turned to my friend and said, "Oh no!! We were brought back to the wrong century!!!"
    REPORTED: Jen 05 JUN 01
    While the announcement does say "We are now returning to the 20th century" or something to that effect, it holds true for Main Street USA, a land that exists shortly after the turn of the 19->20th century. The recording is just fine.
    UPDATE: Jon 22 SEP 01

Tomorrowland Monorail Station

  1. In June 1959, then-Vice President Richard M. Nixon and his family were on hand to cut the ribbon to celebrate the introduction of Walt Disney's Monorail system. The original .8-mile track was soon lengthened to 2.5 miles to reach the Disneyland¨ Hotel.
  2. Mark III monorail was designed in 1968 by WED
    REPORTED: TR Shaw 12 DEC 98
  3. Just before arriving at the top of the escalator to the Tomorrowland monorail station, one can see numerous tiny bits of black rubber lying alongside the monorail track, on the platform just a few inches below the track. I imagine these are fragments of monorail tires that were worn off while braking at the station, since the side of the track is also marred with tire marks in that region.
    REPORTED: Mark Atkins 27 JUN 02
  4. In the 1970s there used to be a picturesque stretch of rubber trees (Ficus elastica) alongside the escalator that rose to the Tomorrowland monorail station, alongside the bubbling waters and dock area of the submarine lagoon. All those trees were removed by 2002. Apparently the trees were planted after 1967 since a postcard I have from 1967 shows that area to be barren of plants.
    REPORTED: Mark Atkins 27 JUN 02
  5. If you get on the monorail, after you re-enter the park, go over the sub lagoon, and circle back around to the back corner of the park, just about when you can see the track split, look out the left side of the monorail, you can see the dry dock to the ex submarine voyage.
    REPORTED: Jeff Myers 03 SEP 99

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