Disneyland's Beloved Railroad Is Back With a Scenic New Route
After closing down for 18 months due to construction on the new Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, the Disneyland Railroad began taking riders through a scenic new route within the California park on July 29.
As visitors board one of the few remaining steam-powered trains still in operation today, they’ll be taken to a shoreline along the Rivers of America attraction in Frontierland, where they'll see an updated waterfront with an elevated trestle offering mesmerizing views over five new waterfalls in the Colombia Gorge section.
Riders will be treated to the sounds of birds chirping and a narration of the trip's history as they weave through landscapes inspired by four North American rivers — the Mississippi, the Columbia, the Missouri, and the Rio Grande — all of which include intricate details like rock formations, natural forests, and native wildlife.
The train also travels to Toontown, Tomorrowland, Main Street, and New Orleans Square, giving riders the chance to catch a glimpse of Walt Disney’s dioramas of the Grand Canyon and of the Primeval World, both of which have been restored with newly painted sets and refurbished scenes.
For the first time in its more than 60 years of existence, the train will also turn left on its route to give riders a back view of Frontierland.
Visitors now have the option to enjoy the route, which includes views of Tom Sawyer’s Island, both on the railroad and from the water as the Mark Twain Riverboat, the Sailing Ship Columbia, and Davy Crockett Explorer Canoes are also once again open this summer.
“It's hard to believe that right here, smack dab in the middle of bustling freeways and high-rises, you can enjoy a relaxing ride on an open-air train car and sail on a ship or canoe down a rolling river, surrounded by towering pine and oak trees with sightings of deer, elk, moose and beautiful waterfalls," Kim Irvine, art director for the Rivers of America project, said.