Today, the Disneyland Railroad and Rivers of America are temporarily shuttered, as work begins, in earnest, on the transformative Star Wars-themed land at Disneyland. And as a special treat, Disney Parks Blog has unveiled new concept art for the Rivers of America Waterfront and Disneyland Railroad and it looks great.
The biggest thing you’ll notice in this artist’s rendering—which comes directly from Walt Disney Imagineering—is that the riverbank will feature an elevated trestle, with the railroad traveling over the Rivers of America. (We love the new waterfalls.)
Since opening in 1955, the Disneyland Railroad has gone through numerous changes. Two trains used to pass each other using parallel tracks, which no longer happens. In 1958 the Grand Canyon diorama was added, and in 1966 it was expanded to include the Primeval World diorama, left over from the 1964 World’s Fair attraction, Ford Magic Skyway. There was track expansion for New Orleans Square and it’s a small world. Fantasyland and Tomorrowland station stops were added. It was down for a year while Splash Mountain was built (the track runs through the mountain). A little over a decade ago, it was closed for over a year and the track was completely modernized.
But this change will undoubtedly be the biggest alteration to the Disneyland Railroad in the history of the park. It is a giant and welcome change, bringing a whole new perspective to that side of Disneyland. We can’t wait to see the Rivers of America from up on that trestle. The redo should bring an entirely new dimension to a classic attraction.