Description And Comments
The monorail is a futuristic transportation ride that affords the only practical opportunity for escaping the park during the crowded lunch period and early afternoon. Boarding at the Tomorrowland monorail station, you can commute to the Downtown Disney complex, where it's possible to have a nice lunch without fighting the crowds. For those not interested in lunch, the monorail provides a tranquil trip with a nice view of Downtown Disney, Disney California Adventure theme park, Fantasyland, and Tomorrowland.
The new "Mark VII" monorails, introduced in 2008, have a beautiful, sleek look, but can get quite hot inside (no air conditioning!).
- Open for Early Entry.
We recommend using the monorail to commute to Downtown Disney for a quiet, relaxing lunch away from the crowds and the heat. If you only want to experience the ride, go whenever you wish; the wait to board is usually 15 to 25 minutes except in the 2 hours before closing.
Note that during busier times of the year, if you want to take a round-trip ride, you may be required to disembark and re-queue to return to your destination (they will announce this before you get on).
Unless only one monorail is running or it's raining (the monorails perform less well in the rain), loading is surprisingly quick, with monorails departing every 5 minutes. Ask the cast member at the entrance how many monorails are running if you want to get a better estimate of how long you'll wait.
The monorail may suspend services from one hour before the Disneyland Park's evening fireworks until 45 minutes afterwards, and ceases to bring guests into the park 30 minutes before closing.
Note that the 15-minute duration listed here assumes you take a "round trip" journey from the Tomorrowland Monorail Station. The actual ride time (during which the train is moving) is about 3 minutes from Tomorrowland to Downtown Disney and 5 minutes from Downtown Disney to Tomorrowland
Nice relaxing ride with some interesting views of the park; take the monorail to Downtown Disney for lunch.
Ride Through Video
Other Attractions in Tomorrowland
- Astro Orbitor
- Buzz Lightyear Astro Blasters
- Disneyland Railroad Tomorrowland Station
- Finding Nemo Submarine Voyage
- Jedi Training: Trials of the Temple
- Space Mountain
- Star Tours: The Adventures Continue
- Star Wars Launch Bay
- Star Wars: Path of the Jedi
- Super Hero HQ
Touring Plans with Disneyland Monorail
|Loading speed||Moderate to fast|
|Wait per 100 people ahead||10 minutes|
|Assumes||3 monorails operating|
When to go
During the hot, crowded period of the day (11:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.)
|Opening Date||June 14, 1959|
|Scope and scale||Major Attraction|
|Closures / Refurbishments|
Let us know.