Disney Stuff - Monorail Stuff

by Chris Barry, contributing writer
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Welcome back to another installment of Disney Stuff.

The collector in me is always on the look out for more stuff to add to my shelves and I recently came across some photos on the Internet that inspired this particular article. They were from the official Disney Parks Blog, a great place on the web to find out what’s coming to the Disney Parks. This was a particular toy that I’m looking forward to acquiring. I’m talking about one of the great true Disney icons…the Disney Monorail. This particular version is a fantastic model of the new Disneyland Mark VII monorail. The Mark VII is certainly new, but to me it has a great retro look to it. I can’t wait to get one of these sets and call it my own. It’s currently available in the parks and on the Disney Store website for about $80.


The new Disneyland Monorail Playset. Photo © Disney.

Which brings me to the title of this month’s Disney Stuff. I realized that I have lots of different versions of the monorail floating around this house. Taking a trip on the Disney Monorail has always been one of my favorite things to do when we visit Walt Disney World. With that said, let’s take a look at my collection of Disney Monorail Stuff.

Let’s start off with the classic monorail toy, the Disney Monorail Playset:


The front of the Monorail Playset. Photo by Chris Barry.

This monorail stays in the box until Christmastime when it circles underneath the tree in our family room. Unlike the newer versions, these cars do not have roofs that open. The ones that you can buy today at Disneyland and Walt Disney World have tops that flip up, allowing you to put the small Disney character figures that are included with the set inside the monorail.


The back of the Monorail Playset. Photo by Chris Barry.

Another classic toy that has been available in the parks for some time now is the Disney Monorail Die Cast Set. This monorail has never left the box and sits proudly in one of my collectible display cases. It’s not that it’s that rare or anything. They are readily available in the parks and on the Disney Store website as well. I just want to keep it in good shape and out of the playing hands of my twin boys. “Some of Daddy’s toys are not really toys, you two. Sorry.”


The Die Cast Monorail. Photo by Chris Barry.


A closer look at the Die Cast Monorail. Photo by Chris Barry.

This remote control monorail was bought at the old World of Disney on 5th Avenue in Manhattan. (I know I’ve said it before, but I really do miss that store.)


One of the remote control monorail cars. Photo by Chris Barry.

I remember walking through the store with my dear friend Robert. When we passed the display with the remote control monorails on them, he noticed they were on sale. He picked them up, held them up to me and said, “For $10.00 how can you not get these for your boys?” Always able to persuade me into a purchase, Robert was correct and these toys have been played with and displayed on my son’s toy shelf ever since. Plus, they were quite a good deal considering they’re currently available on the Disney Store website for $19.95.

Here’s a more rare and unusual piece of monorail stuff. This monorail was part of a set of vehicles that was produced in the year 2000 for Walt Disney World’s celebration of the millennium:


The gold monorail from the Millennium Die-Cast set. Photo by Chris Barry.

There’s the Disney Racers version of the monorail:


The Disney Racers monorail. Photo by Chris Barry.

Here are some monorail pins on my pin board.


Mickey on the monorail. Photo by Chris Barry.


A monorail cast member pin. Photo by Chris Barry.

How about the Monorail Game?


The Disneyland Monorail Game. Photo by Chris Barry.

There’s the monorail from the Disney Collector Packs. My daughter is the only one that has managed to score this one. My sons and I have never been so lucky:


The monorail from the Disney Collector Packs. Photo by Chris Barry.

Here’s the monorail emblazoned on the Walt Disney World 40th Anniversary Mini Attraction Poster Set:


The new home for my tin attraction posters. Photo by Chris Barry.

As you can see, the monorail seems to be pretty prevalent in my collection of Disney collectibles and memorabilia. What I don’t have is some really vintage Disney monorail stuff. On the wish list would certainly be the famous Schuco Disneyland Alweg-Monorail:


The Schuco Disneyland Alweg-Monorail Train Set. Photo courtesy Google Images.

These are great collectibles, but I just saw one in decent condition for $849. That’s going to have to wait a while.

The monorail is a classic Disney icon, as classic an image as Cinderella’s or Sleeping Beauty’s Castle. To me, the monorail is Disney. So, when I see Disney monorail items, I feel a strong sense of need. I have to make them mine. There’s nothing like that silent ride around the Seven Seas Lagoon, or that final approach to Epcot passing over Future World. These toys and collectibles remind me of what I consider to be one of the greatest attractions in all of the Walt Disney World Resort…the Walt Disney World Monorail System.


The monorail glides over the Seven Seas Lagoon. Photo by Chris Barry.

Thanks for reading, let me know if you have any cool Disney Monorail items in your collection and I’ll see you next time with more of that great Disney Stuff.

 

Comments

  1. By Buckimion

    We have a monorail Christmas tree ornament, roughly a foot long that hangs with two loops on each end. Even after nearly 11-12 years of use, the original batteries still work the lights and monorail spiel which are operated by buttons on the top of the train.

  2. By cbarry

    Quote Originally Posted by Buckimion View Post
    We have a monorail Christmas tree ornament, roughly a foot long that hangs with two loops on each end. Even after nearly 11-12 years of use, the original batteries still work the lights and monorail spiel which are operated by buttons on the top of the train.

    Sounds very cool. It sounds pretty big for an ornament. I don't think I've ever seen one.

  3. By Dragonlady53

    We have a monorail playset that we bought in 2000 when we went to WDW and stayed at Fort Wilderness. The kids saw it at the general store and had to have it. We didn't have the car, only our bikes so we had to finangle the very large box on the back of my seven year old son who was so very thrilled to get it. Now it goes under our Christmas tree every year. Still works too!

  4. By Monorail Mike

    Great article Chris. Thanks for writing about my favorite Disney topic!

    Being an engineer, I'm totally fascinated by monorails. So, the Disney Monorail Playset is my favorite toy of all time. I always through it would be fun to drive a monorail... and that's where the engineering kicked in. I added an on-board computer, 2-way radio and traffic control system to the front cab and accurate lighting to the interior and exterior of the monorail. The result is a near-perfect simulation of a real monorail system. It's taken 7 years to develop and I've created a web site to showcase the project: www.monorailsilver.com

    Don't forget to buy one of the window stickers that say "My other car is a monorail" on your next trip.
    -Mike

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