Your attention please. The Disneyland Railroad, Mark Twain Riverboat, Columbia Sailing Ship, and the canoes will open to the public again Saturday, July 29, at Disneyland.
All of them were closed for more than a year while Disney rebuilt the Frontierland area to make room for the 14-acres needed for Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge – which will open in 2019 at the park.
As part of the media preview festivities on Friday, John Lasseter brought his steam locomotive, the Marie E, onto the tracks for a trip around the new rail route. The Marie E was once owned by Ollie Johnston, a Disney Legend and one of Walt Disney’s Nine-Old-Men of animation.
Coupled to the Marie E was the Chloe, a steam engine formerly owned by Ward Kimball, another Disney legend, and also one of the Nine-Old-Men. The Chloe now belongs to the Orange Empire Railway Museum in Perris, where a project is underway to restore it to running condition.
Behind the Chloe was a passenger car also once owned by Kimball as part of his Grizzly Flats Railroad. After that train passed on the north end of the Rivers of America, one of the Disneyland Railroad trains came around, pulled by engine No. 1, C.K. Holliday. On board the train were many of the Disney characters such as mm, mm, and many many others.
During that time, the Rivers of America’s route was shortened, and new tracks were laid along a…