Welcome to those of you joining me from THE DISNEY POINT and those of you just hopping aboard. I am the 2nd stop on our Magical Blogorail.
In 1949, Walt and Lilly Disney moved their family to a new home in West Los Angeles. There in his own backyard, six years before he opened Disneyland Park, Walt Disney built his first thrill ride, the Carolwood Pacific Railroad, a 1/8 scale locomotive. Proof positive that Walt, like Peter Pan, never wanted to grow up!
Walt had a life-long love of and deep-ceded connections to the Santa Fe Railroad, so it’s only fitting that he partnered with them to establish his very own line, the Santa Fe & Disneyland Railroad (now Disneyland Railroad), to encircle his Disneyland Park. Walt Disney World Resort has its own version, the Walt Disney World Railroad (WDWRR), which encircles Magic Kingdom Park. The depot greets Guests at the main gate and is one of the Park’s most recognizable landmarks.
The relaxing 20-minute ride takes passengers on a 1.5-mile scenic tour aboard an authentic steam-powered train. It’s the perfect way to preview the Park and see scenes you might otherwise miss.If you don’t want to make a complete circle, the WDWRR is a convenient way to get across the Park, with stops at Frontierland, Fantasyland and Main Street, U.S.A., scheduled to arrive at each station every 4 to 10 minutes at most times throughout the day.
The WDWRR consists of 4 meticulously restored, working narrow-gauge trains that were originally built between 1916 and 1928 and that had been in active service until the middle part of the last century. Each locomotive includes 4 sets of passenger cars. The engines are named as follows:
Walter E. Disney, named after Walt Disney
Lilly Belle, named after Walt’s wife, Lillian
Roy O. Disney, named after Walt’s brother
Roger E. Broggie, named after an original Imagineer who led the railroad project at Walt Disney World Resort
What powers steam engines like the Disneyland Railroad locomotives? Heated water => steam. To demonstrate the power of steam, fill a kettle of water and heat to boiling. When the steam begins to whistle through the spout, hold a toy pinwheel in front of it. The power of the steam will move the pinwheel. [Note: Adult supervision is definitely recommended!]
Here’s how it works:
SCHOOL SUBJECT: Science
SKILL LEVEL: Middle Grades
Thank you for joining me today. Your next stop on the Magical Blogorail Loop is A DISNEY MOM’S THOUGHTS.
Here is the map of our Magical Blogorail should you happen to have to make a stop along the way and want to reboard:
1st Stop ~ The Disney Point
2nd Stop ~ Magical Mouse Schoolhouse
3rd Stop ~ A Disney Mom’s Thoughts
4th Stop ~ My Dreams of Disney
Final Stop ~ Home is Where the Mouse Is