Vegas monorail – Scapa LV http://scapa-lv.org/ Sun, 29 May 2022 20:00:00 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9.3 https://scapa-lv.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/09/icon-4-150x150.png Vegas monorail – Scapa LV http://scapa-lv.org/ 32 32 WSOP Travel Guide: Ride the Las Vegas Strip Monorail https://scapa-lv.org/wsop-travel-guide-ride-the-las-vegas-strip-monorail/ Sun, 29 May 2022 20:00:00 +0000 https://scapa-lv.org/wsop-travel-guide-ride-the-las-vegas-strip-monorail/ To and from 2022 World Series of Poker (WSOP) will be a little more complicated than last year given go from the Rio to the Stripand one mode of transportation you might consider is the monorail. The Rio, love it or hate it, was conveniently located off but close to the Strip, and the parking […]]]>

To and from 2022 World Series of Poker (WSOP) will be a little more complicated than last year given go from the Rio to the Stripand one mode of transportation you might consider is the monorail.

The Rio, love it or hate it, was conveniently located off but close to the Strip, and the parking lot just outside the gates of the WSOP area was spacious enough to replace with a stadium of the Major League Baseball (there were even rumors about it.).

Going forward, those luxuries are gone, but that doesn’t mean attending the WSOP on the bustling Las Vegas Strip will be a nuisance. It just means that players, media and visitors need to make some adjustments in their planning, starting with how they travel to and from Bally’s and Parisnew World Series of Poker host site.

What is the Las Vegas Strip Monorail?

Poker players participating in the 2022 WSOP will be staying across the city in hotels, AirBnBs and of course their homes. And not everyone will have a car to drive to Bally’s, or want to pay the high parking fees (up to $23 per day for those without at least a Caesars Rewards Platinum card).

So how do you avoid these fees and the heavy traffic of the Las Vegas Strip? One option is the monorail, a quick and convenient solution depending on where you are staying.

The monorail is located on the east side of the Strip and runs north to south. Due to the route running behind the casinos facing Koval Lane instead of Las Vegas Boulevard (The Strip), drop-off and pick-up points are at the back of the casinos. Monorail trains arrive approximately every 4-8 minutes with station announcements to keep you informed of the next arrival time.

Monorail map
The Las Vegas Monorail Map

There are seven stops along the route, including one at Bally’s. Starting from the south end of the strip, the first (or last if coming from the north) stops at MGM Grand, followed by Bally’s & Paris, Flamingo, Harrah’s & The Linq, Las Vegas Convention Center, Westgateand Sahara.

The monorail is a convenient and economical way to get around the Strip without having to pay Uber/taxi and parking fees or walk a mile (or more) in the 110 degree summer heat.

For those staying on the Strip but not at one of the hotels near Bally’s, the monorail might just be your best option in terms of expense and convenience.

Cost, hours and discount for locals

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Las Vegas Strip Monorail stop at the MGM Grand.

The monorail costs $5 each way, $13 for 24 hours of unlimited use, $23 for a two-day pass, $36 for a four-day pass, and $56 for a seven-day pass. Children five and under travel free.

There is an important discount available for locals. If you present Nevada ID to the cashier, you can purchase up to two rides per day for $1 each. You must show your ID and provide a phone number at time of purchase. If you need more than two journeys in one day, you will have to pay the normal rate for the additional journeys.

Local discounts can only be purchased from a cashier, which can sometimes be a problem if the employee at the stop you are at is on a break. For everyone else, you can buy your tickets online at lvmonorail.com or at the kiosks available at each train stop.

Monorail costs

Ticket type Price
Single ride $US 5.00
24 hour pass $13.00
2 day pass $23.00
3 day pass $29.00
4 day pass $US 36.00
5 day pass $US 43.00
7 day pass $US 56.00

The monorail hours of operation are quite convenient for poker tournament players, except Mondays – only operates from 7am to midnight. Tuesday through Thursday hours are 7 a.m. to 2 a.m. and 7 a.m. to 3 a.m. Friday through Sunday.

The train runs frequently, so you never have to wait long when you are in a hurry. It only takes a minute or two to get from one stop to another. You could possibly hop on the monorail during dinner break and return to your hotel room to eat, depending on where you’re staying, and step back in time.

Where to take the monorail

As mentioned, there are seven stops along the route on the east side of Las Vegas Boulevard. This means that if you are staying at a hotel on the west side of the Strip (Luxor, for example), you will need to cross the street and then walk through the nearest casino with a monorail stop to board.

This can be a bit inconvenient for those staying in certain hotels. Take, for example, Mandalay Bay, which is located at the southern end of the Strip on the west side of LVB. In this case, your hike to the nearest monorail stop (MGM Grand) is about half a mile, and even a bit further in actual walking distance once you factor in the pass by MGM Grand to get to the train.

That said, your walk won’t be too long to the monorail from most Strip hotels.

The pickup and drop-off location at Bally’s is quite convenient for those participating in the World Series of Poker. It’ll take you about a five-minute walk to get to the train stop from the Bally convention district, and add a few extra minutes if you’re gambling in the Paris convention district.

The train stop is located downstairs just next to the Bally’s swimming pool entrance.

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Taking the monorail from your hotel to the WSOP is really only practical for those staying on the Strip at hotels within walking distance of Bally’s and Paris. Or, for those who don’t want to move their parked cars for a bite to eat during the dinner break outside of the WSOP zone.

Poker players who have a Caesars Rewards Platinum or better card and a car in Las Vegas better drive and park at Bally’s because it’s free.

Two large car parks and valet services are available to customers:

  • Paris Las Vegas car park — Park here, walk down the path, take the escalator and you will find yourself right next to the Palais des Congrès de Paris (where the main WSOP cage, cash games and day 1 tables are located)
  • Bally car park (located directly behind Bally’s with access from Koval Lane or Flamingo) – Park here, go upstairs to Bally’s Event Center (where all final tables, streaming and TV production are, Day 2 and restart tables)
  • Valet services will also be available at the main hotel entrances of both properties.

How much does parking cost?

Hours Cost
1st hour free
13 hours $15
3 – 24 hours $18
More than 24 hours a day $18
Hotelier $18

Premises with a valid Nevada ID: Rates apply after the first 3 hours, excluding event pricing

Caesars Rewards Platinum, Diamond, Seven Stars: Free

Friday and Saturday rates increase to $23/day for non-renters but remain at $18/day for hotel guests.

Reduced price weekly parking passes for extended stays are available for purchase in the main WSOP cage inside the Champagne Ballroom in Paris for $100a reduction of 40%.

Caesars Rewards credit card: free. Apply for free at the Caesars Rewards Desk inside Caesars Palace or Planet Hollywood.

There are other transportation options to attend the WSOP for those staying on the Strip. First of all, you can always walk and exercise, which is also a great way to clear your mind after a tough poker session. Keep in mind, however, that it’s going to be sunny and scorching outside almost every day in Las Vegas during the series, and there’s very little shade in the desert.

Uber, Lyft, and taxis are available from every hotel, but these are much more expensive and arguably less convenient than the monorail. Another alternative for those staying on the west side of Las Vegas Boulevard is the multiple free trolleys available.

If you’re staying in Mandalay Bay or Luxor, you can avoid transportation costs by taking the free tram from Mandalay (or Luxor) to Excalibur, then walking to Aria/Park MGM (takes about 10 minutes) to get there. take another for free. tram to Bellagio. All you have to do from there is walk through the Bellagio shops and across the driveway to Bally’s to reach the WSOP.

To and from the World Series of Poker is not unique. But there are many options available, so choose the one that best suits your situation.

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Monorail, Express Bus Service, Best Alternatives to NFL Draft https://scapa-lv.org/monorail-express-bus-service-best-alternatives-to-nfl-draft/ Thu, 28 Apr 2022 06:02:36 +0000 https://scapa-lv.org/monorail-express-bus-service-best-alternatives-to-nfl-draft/ LAS VEGAS (KLAS) –– Road closures and many visitors are expected. Driving to and from NFL draft activities is not recommended. Finding alternative transport options will be essential for those planning to attend the festivities. With the complete closures of Las Vegas Boulevard and Flamingo Road around the Bellagio and the fan experience, the Las […]]]>

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) –– Road closures and many visitors are expected. Driving to and from NFL draft activities is not recommended. Finding alternative transport options will be essential for those planning to attend the festivities.

With the complete closures of Las Vegas Boulevard and Flamingo Road around the Bellagio and the fan experience, the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority (LVCVA) has two main alternatives for bringing your car to the area.

First: the monorail

The LVCVA is opening parking lots around the convention center for those wishing to take advantage of the monorail stations. The stations are also on Paradise at the Sahara Hotel & Casino, and their routine stops at MGM. The closest stop to the NFL experience is at Bally’s. A 24-hour monorail pass will cost you $13, but a Nevada ID can get you a round-trip ticket for $2.

Second: RTC’s Game Day Express bus service

Regional Transport Commission “Game Day Express” bus service. With pickup locations ranging from Santa Fe Station in the far northwest to Green Valley Ranch in the far southeast – and others in between – all dropping off on Flamingo just to the west from Paradise Road (in front of the Starbucks in the Howard Hughes Center), with the RTC pointing out that you’ll have about a half-mile walk to the Fan Experience. The Game Day Express is $4 for a round-trip ticket.

Full details – opening hours, all RTC pick-up locations and anything else you might want to know about the draft are on 8news.com.

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World of smart cities – 4G and 5G https://scapa-lv.org/world-of-smart-cities-4g-and-5g/ Wed, 23 Mar 2022 16:00:44 +0000 https://scapa-lv.org/world-of-smart-cities-4g-and-5g/ The Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority (LVCVA), which owns and operates the Las Vegas Monorail, is partnering with connectivity provider Boingo to bring next-generation wireless services to the station. Boingo is also launching an Innovation Center in Las Vegas to test how 5G, Wi-Fi 6 and IoT technologies can improve smart cities, entertainment, hospitality, […]]]>

The Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority (LVCVA), which owns and operates the Las Vegas Monorail, is partnering with connectivity provider Boingo to bring next-generation wireless services to the station.

Boingo is also launching an Innovation Center in Las Vegas to test how 5G, Wi-Fi 6 and IoT technologies can improve smart cities, entertainment, hospitality, gaming, commercial real estate, transportation, sports and entertainment. other industries.

Advanced Connectivity

Boingo provides cellular distributed antenna systems (DAS), Wi-Fi and private networks. The new network will allow passengers at the Convention Center station to connect to digital applications and services, including contactless ticketing, mobile entry, cashless payment, mobile boarding passes and badges digital conferencing, as well as social media, streaming services and email. The cover is expected to go live later this year.

The 3.9-mile elevated Las Vegas Monorail is all-electric and offers convenient connections along the Las Vegas Strip, directly connecting passengers to 25,000 hotel rooms, restaurants, shopping, sports and entertainment options.

Las Vegas is home to a thriving tech scene that provides an incredible testing ground to pioneer the future”

With trains arriving every four to eight minutes, passengers can reach the Las Vegas Convention Center (LVCC) from any part of the line in less than 10 minutes.

The 4.6 million square foot LVCC is one of the nation’s busiest convention centers, combining business with more than 150,000 hotel rooms.

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Las Vegas Monorail Station Offers Advanced Passenger Connectivity https://scapa-lv.org/las-vegas-monorail-station-offers-advanced-passenger-connectivity/ Wed, 23 Mar 2022 15:57:04 +0000 https://scapa-lv.org/las-vegas-monorail-station-offers-advanced-passenger-connectivity/ The Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority (LVCVA), which owns and operates the Las Vegas Monorail, is partnering with connectivity provider Boingo to bring next-generation wireless services to the station. Boingo is also launching an Innovation Center in Las Vegas to test how 5G, Wi-Fi 6 and IoT technologies can improve smart cities, entertainment, hospitality, […]]]>

The Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority (LVCVA), which owns and operates the Las Vegas Monorail, is partnering with connectivity provider Boingo to bring next-generation wireless services to the station.

Boingo is also launching an Innovation Center in Las Vegas to test how 5G, Wi-Fi 6 and IoT technologies can improve smart cities, entertainment, hospitality, gaming, commercial real estate, transportation, sports and entertainment. other industries.

Advanced Connectivity

Boingo provides cellular distributed antenna systems (DAS), Wi-Fi and private networks. The new network will allow passengers at the Convention Center station to connect to digital apps and services, including contactless ticketing, mobile entry, cashless payment, mobile boarding passes and badges digital conferencing, as well as social media, streaming services and email. The cover is expected to go live later this year.

The 3.9-mile elevated Las Vegas Monorail is all-electric and offers convenient connections along the Las Vegas Strip, directly connecting passengers to 25,000 hotel rooms, restaurants, shopping, sports and entertainment options.

Las Vegas is home to a thriving tech scene that provides an incredible testing ground to pioneer the future”

With trains arriving every four to eight minutes, passengers can reach the Las Vegas Convention Center (LVCC) from any part of the line in less than 10 minutes.

The 4.6 million square foot LVCC is one of the nation’s busiest convention centers, combining business with more than 150,000 hotel rooms.

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The forgotten plan to link Edinburgh and Glasgow by high-speed monorail https://scapa-lv.org/the-forgotten-plan-to-link-edinburgh-and-glasgow-by-high-speed-monorail/ Sun, 27 Feb 2022 08:00:00 +0000 https://scapa-lv.org/the-forgotten-plan-to-link-edinburgh-and-glasgow-by-high-speed-monorail/ In January 1902 it was reported in the Glasgow Evening Citizen that a plan was being discussed to deliver a special railway linking Scotland’s two largest cities using “the monorail principle”. According to the newspaper, the promoters of the program intended to run their trains at speeds of up to 187 km/h. READ MORE – […]]]>

In January 1902 it was reported in the Glasgow Evening Citizen that a plan was being discussed to deliver a special railway linking Scotland’s two largest cities using “the monorail principle”.

According to the newspaper, the promoters of the program intended to run their trains at speeds of up to 187 km/h.

READ MORE – Edinburgh special train becomes first to stop at new £20m Scotland station

At these incredible speeds, passengers would be transported the 49 miles between Scotland’s capital and the Empire’s second city in just 25 minutes.

Plans were said to have been prepared and even a route mapped out for the ambitious project, which would aim to run daily trains between the two towns every ten minutes.

It would be an express service, without intermediate stops, and capable of transporting a hundred passengers.

The idea of ​​adopting the monorail system had probably been inspired by the German Wuppertaler Schwebebahn (Wuppertal Suspension Railway), which had been launched the previous year.



The Wuppertal Elevated Railway photographed in 2010. Photo: Wikimedia Commons.

A vision of the future, the Wuppertal Monorail entered the history books as the world’s first elevated electric railway – however, while eyebrows were most certainly raised, the idea fell short to make its way.

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Here in Scotland, news that a monorail project was planned to link Edinburgh and Glasgow was taken with a pinch of salt and ultimately the proposals would be scrapped.

The Edinburgh-Glasgow proposals were reported to be the brainchild of engineer Fritz Bernard Behr, who had built an experimental monorail line in 1886 at Westminster and in 1901 proposed linking Liverpool and Manchester using technology .

However, within days of the fanciful story appearing in the press, the Board of Trade and the Light Railway Commissioners denied any knowledge of what had been reported in the Glasgow newspapers.

A prominent civil engineer says the technology to run trains at such phenomenal speeds without compromising track integrity does not yet exist and that even a train traveling at 80 miles per hour would prove dangerous .

While the feasibility of introducing monorail services in the UK was indeed under consideration, it became apparent that such systems would need to be short-lived and low-speed, operating solely for entertainment purposes.

George Bennie Railplane

The idea of ​​building a similar Edinburgh-Glasgow link using Behr’s monorail principle was resurrected in the 1930s by inventor George Bennie, who designed a ‘rail plane’ capable – it was hoped – of reach speeds of 120 mph.



The railway plane
The ‘Bennie’ rail plane (Image: Getty)

A prototype of the George Bennie Railplane was launched at Milngavie in July 1930, however, a lack of funding eventually saw the project abandoned.

Behr’s 1902 plan to build a monorail link from Edinburgh to Glasgow would never come to fruition, with 25-minute journey times between the two cities remaining a dream to this day – unless you were planning to exceed the speed limit legal on the M8.

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LAS VEGAS MONORAIL ONLY PROVIDES BAND TRANSPORT DURING THE ROCK ‘N’ ROLL LAS VEGAS HALF MARATHON AND 10K https://scapa-lv.org/las-vegas-monorail-only-provides-band-transport-during-the-rock-n-roll-las-vegas-half-marathon-and-10k/ Fri, 18 Feb 2022 22:33:43 +0000 https://scapa-lv.org/las-vegas-monorail-only-provides-band-transport-during-the-rock-n-roll-las-vegas-half-marathon-and-10k/ LA VEGAS – The Las Vegas Monorail will once again be the only transportation option on the Strip available during the 2022 Rock ‘n’ Roll Las Vegas Half Marathon and 10K running on Sunday, February 27. This unique nighttime racing experience allows attendees to take full charge of one of the world’s most iconic streets, […]]]>

LA VEGAS – The Las Vegas Monorail will once again be the only transportation option on the Strip available during the 2022 Rock ‘n’ Roll Las Vegas Half Marathon and 10K running on Sunday, February 27. This unique nighttime racing experience allows attendees to take full charge of one of the world’s most iconic streets, as the only private event to close Las Vegas Blvd.

In addition to ensuring participants have easy access to the race course and all of the weekend’s events and activities, race participants will also be able to take advantage of an exclusive discount on all multi-day passes. Tickets can be purchased here.

The Las Vegas Monorail offers seven stations along the Strip, with the Paris/Bally station being the closest to the Start Line Village, located behind Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino.

Electronically purchased tickets can be downloaded directly to passengers’ mobile devices for added convenience. More information about this option is available at https://www.lvmonorail.com/mobile-ticketing/

The race schedule and locations are as follows:

Thursday February 24

Health & Fitness Expo presented by Resorts World Las Vegas
Location: Resorts World Las Vegas
Time: 3:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Friday February 25

Health & Aptitude Expo presented by Resorts World Las Vegas
Location: Resorts World Las Vegas
Time: 11:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Access to the party for runners and spectators (with runner benefits bracelet)
Location: Jewel Nightclub at Aria Resort & Casino
Time: 10:30 p.m.

Saturday February 26
Health & Fitness Expo presented by Resorts World Las Vegas
Location: Resorts World Las Vegas
Time: 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Saturday 5K
Location: Downtown Las Vegas / Las Vegas Blvd.
Start time: 5:00 p.m.

Saturday night concert and festival (Again Entertainment)
Location: Downtown Las Vegas Event Center
Party: 3 p.m. – 9 p.m.

Access to the party for runners and spectators (with runner’s perks wristband)
Venue: Hakkasan Nightclub at MGM Grand
Time: 10:30 p.m.

Sunday February 27

Half Marathon & 10K
Location: Start Village (located behind Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino)To start up
Time: 4:30 p.m.

Access to the party for runners and spectators (with runner benefits bracelet)
Location: Marquee Nightclub at the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas.
Time: 10:30 p.m.

For more information on the Las Vegas Monorail or where to buy tickets, call 866-4-MONORAIL (866-466-6672) or visit www.LVMonorail.com.

ABOUT THE LAS VEGAS MONORAIL

The Las Vegas Monorail provides a fast and convenient connection along the Las Vegas Strip, connecting passengers to world-class restaurants, shows, shopping, nightclubs, spas, hotels and casinos. Within minutes, monorail riders can cruise the famous Las Vegas Strip in a safe, comfortable, and clean environment without the hassle of traffic or wasted time. Currently, the privately funded Monorail system consists of seven stations: MGM Grand; Bally’s/Paris Las Vegas; Flamingo/Caesars Palace; Harrah’s/The LINQ; Las Vegas Convention Center; Westgate Resort & Casino and SAHARA Las Vegas. Las Vegas’ “green” public transportation choice, the Monorail’s electric trains are zero-emission vehicles. Hours of operation are Mondays, 7 a.m. to midnight; Tuesday to Thursday, 7 a.m. to 2 a.m.; Friday to Sunday, 7 a.m. to 3 a.m. For more information on the Las Vegas Monorail or where to buy tickets, call 866-4-MONORAIL (866-466-6672); visit www.LVMonorail.com.

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12-Mile Secret Monorail Buried Beneath the British County You’ll Probably Never Ride https://scapa-lv.org/12-mile-secret-monorail-buried-beneath-the-british-county-youll-probably-never-ride/ Wed, 16 Feb 2022 08:00:00 +0000 https://scapa-lv.org/12-mile-secret-monorail-buried-beneath-the-british-county-youll-probably-never-ride/ The monorail, which is not open to the public nor is it a fancy escape route for the wealthy, which runs from Elstree to St John’s Wood in Hertfordshire, is owned by the power grid as a railroad inspection iron. The Fata Automation monorail runs underground between Elstree and St Johns Wood in Hertfordshire ( […]]]>

The monorail, which is not open to the public nor is it a fancy escape route for the wealthy, which runs from Elstree to St John’s Wood in Hertfordshire, is owned by the power grid as a railroad inspection iron.

The Fata Automation monorail runs underground between Elstree and St Johns Wood in Hertfordshire

Hidden under one of Britain’s southern counties is a secret 12-mile-long monorail that you’ll probably never get the chance to ride.

Not open to the public, nor a fancy escape route for the wealthy, the monorail is owned by the power grid as an inspection railroad.

Completed in November 2005, the private underground monorail service connects Elstree to St John’s Wood.

The system sits 25 meters below ground and connects two 400 kV substations at each location, Herts Live reported.

According to an article written by transport enthusiast IanVisits, the substation needed to meet London’s massive electricity demand.

Construction began in April 2001 for the tunnel, which is three meters wide – not much smaller than a tube tunnel.







A monorail train along the Wupper River and old factories in Germany (stock image)
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It was constructed using drilling machinery, from Elstree the shafts dipped south and were backed by sand and gravel, but as the tunnel deepened it became London Clay.

This tunnel can support a second cable circuit but at the moment there is only one installed.

In order to inspect the tunnel, Fata Automation provided four remote-controlled cable inspection vehicles.

The vehicles are designed to inspect the national grid remotely using infrared cameras, controlled by people at desks with monitors to enable them to work.

The London Underground is world famous, everyone knows that, but there are actually secret tunnels all over the network.

Tunnels used for telecommunications, gas, electricity, sewage and water.

These often require substations, which is why this particular tunnel is needed.

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How the Disneyland Monorail Changed Transportation Forever https://scapa-lv.org/how-the-disneyland-monorail-changed-transportation-forever/ Sun, 06 Feb 2022 08:00:00 +0000 https://scapa-lv.org/how-the-disneyland-monorail-changed-transportation-forever/ You’ve probably seen it gliding over Disneyland and you’ve probably felt the sound of the near-silent machine as it sped past you at 30 mph. Perhaps you turned your back, forgetting that there was an elevated railway track nearby, only to jump at the sound of the monorail horn. But unless you’re staying at a […]]]>

You’ve probably seen it gliding over Disneyland and you’ve probably felt the sound of the near-silent machine as it sped past you at 30 mph. Perhaps you turned your back, forgetting that there was an elevated railway track nearby, only to jump at the sound of the monorail horn.

But unless you’re staying at a Disneyland hotel, you probably don’t get many opportunities to ride the monorail.

Today, it is primarily a vehicle for transporting people staying at the Disneyland Hotel, Grand Californian, or Paradise Pier from the Downtown Disney end to Disneyland Park.


But when it opened, the monorail had a totally different purpose. And just like Disneyland, it was the first of its kind in America.

The Disneyland monorail debuted in 1959, four years after the park opened. It was the very first monorail to operate in the country, according to WDW Magazine, and the first in the world to operate daily. At that time, the only other similar train was in Germany, and it was a prototype designed by the company that built the Disneyland version. When it opened, it was so big that then-Vice President Nixon came to its opening and gave a speech.

That Disneyland had the nation’s first monorail system isn’t much of a surprise, given that Walt Disney’s two most fervent interests were trains and dreaming of future technologies. And just as Disney was fascinated by the idea of ​​an electric train running on a single track, he expected his guests to be too.

When it opened, the Disneyland Monorail was purely an entertainment attraction, and it was significantly different than it is today.

The monorail circles Disneyland Park on February 25, 2020.

David McNew/Getty Images

This first monorail, called Mark I, opened as an e-ticket advertised as “the highway in the sky”. It ran in a 0.8-mile loop that circled Tomorrowland, giving guests a top-down view of that land’s attractions; many of which, like Rocket to the Moon and Monsanto’s Hall of Chemistry, are no longer in the park. The wonder of the design, which still uses electric propulsion and rubber wheels, is that the massive train is virtually silent (except, of course, for that bony horn).

The park added a stop at the Disneyland Hotel in 1961 and extended the trail to the 2.5-mile stretch it is today. By then, the bubble at the front of the wagon — the one you might have been lucky enough to ride in before the pandemic — was large enough to accommodate a family. The train in service today, which will soon close for refurbishment, is the Mark VII.

When first implemented, the Disneyland monorail system was quickly recognized for its efficiency and speed in moving large numbers of people. The Imagineers incorporated the transportation system into their new designs for the “Florida Project” that became Walt Disney World.

When Disney World opened in 1971, its monorail was a day-one feature, though it doesn’t enter any parks. This train looped around the Lagoon of the Seven Seas, traveling at 40 mph and making stops at the gates of Magic Kingdom and its ticket center across the lake, Disney’s Polynesian Resort and Disney’s Contemporary Resort. However, it runs directly through the contemporary, inside the building, so that guests can look out of their room windows into the hotel’s central atrium and see a train passing a few feet away.

The Disney Monorail.

The Disney Monorail.

Disney Parks

A second monorail, connecting Magic Kingdom and EPCOT, opened in 1982 when Disney World’s futuristic second park opened. A third is an express from the Magic Kingdom ticket center to the park. It was so widely recognized – not only as an icon of the park but as an innovation in transportation – that elevated monorail trains began to appear in other locations that needed to move large groups of people quickly over short distances. If you ever needed to take a tram from one airport terminal to another, you probably have Walt Disney to thank. Orlando International Airport, the closest to Disney World, even calls its trams “people movers” like the Tomorrowland ride which is still in Florida but not Disneyland.

In 1986, the American Society of Mechanical Engineers recognized the influence of the Disneyland Monorail on future technology, designating the rail system as a National Historic Mechanical Engineering Landmark, according to Frommer’s. The society called the monorail a “historically significant work” and a reminder of “where we have been, where we are, and where we are going on the divergent paths of discovery.”

Even though I take Anaheim’s side in the Sharks and the Jets-style debate among Disney lovers about whether Walt Disney World or Disneyland is the better resort, I have to be honest: for me, the WDW monorail is the more exciting attraction. But, just as I like Disneyland more because it was my first park (among many other reasons that I’ll happily detail if we meet at Trader Sam’s), I like the Disney World monorail more because it was my first monorail.

The first time I saw it, I was going to dinner at one of the Contemporary’s restaurants, and I looked up at the towering glass pyramid above me, only to see a train pass by. through the building. It was a moment where I felt a version of Walt Disney’s excitement about what the future might be, the one that inspired not just the Carousel of Progress and the rest of Tomorrowland, but the planned experimental community of tomorrow which eventually became EPCOT. The next day I rode this elevated train: I may have made it to the park with the giant dome (the one we were supposed to have at Disneyland soon after), but I felt like I was riding in the future.

EPCOT has its own monorail connecting the park to Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom

EPCOT has its own monorail connecting the park to Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom

Gilles BASSIGNAC/Gamma-Rapho via Getty Images

So the first time I did that little ride between Earl of Sandwich and Autopia at Disneyland, when I finally rode it a few years later, it was a little less exciting. Every time I use it to get to Downtown Disney, I remember that experience from the first time I rode the Disney World monorail and through that retro-futuristic hotel.

(An interesting note: Nixon and the Disney Monorail crossed paths at another significant point in history. The then-President involved in the Watergate scandal gave his famous “I’m not a crook” speech. at the Contemporary in 1973.)

The Disneyland monorail is scheduled to close Feb. 14 to March 6 for renovations, as part of Downtown Disney’s renovation that has already closed Earl of Sandwich.

When I ride the monorail after it reopens, as I do every time, I will think of what visitors to the park might have felt in 1955 when riding it: as if they were experiencing a marvel of technology, imagined by a dreamer, heading directly into Disney’s “big big beautiful tomorrow”.



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Disneyland will close the monorail, reopening uncertain https://scapa-lv.org/disneyland-will-close-the-monorail-reopening-uncertain/ Mon, 10 Jan 2022 13:11:43 +0000 https://scapa-lv.org/disneyland-will-close-the-monorail-reopening-uncertain/ Disneyland will close its monorail later this month for what the company calls a renovation with no announced reopening date. The move comes just 3 months after the monorail reopened after a 19-month renovation. Disney officials have not made any announcements about the upcoming closure, which begins Jan. 24, instead including it in its list […]]]>

Disneyland will close its monorail later this month for what the company calls a renovation with no announced reopening date.

The move comes just 3 months after the monorail reopened after a 19-month renovation.

Disney officials have not made any announcements about the upcoming closure, which begins Jan. 24, instead including it in its list of attractions that are closed or will be in the coming weeks.

The monorail is a staple of the park, having opened in 1959 as the first daily operating monorail in the Western Hemisphere. It started as a way to get guests to and from the park to the Disneyland hotel while giving them a view from above on parts of the theme park.

The monorail serves as an alternate entrance to Disneyland for customers with pre-purchased tickets who wish to skip the main entrance.

The trip includes 2.5 miles of track and takes 13 minutes to complete the round trip.

The monorail is one of the many attractions being renovated in the park. Splash Mountain is also closing this month with no reopening date given, but that’s not the major change in theme from Song of the South to Princess and the Frog. This plan remains in the development phase.

Other attractions with unknown reopening dates are Mark Twain Riverboat and Sailing Ship Columbia.

The Haunted Mansion will be closed until January 20 as it changes from its holiday theme to its regular character. The same goes for It’s a Small World, which will close from January 24 to February 3.

For more information on Disney parks and media, check out all of our Disney coverage.

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🌱 $ 1 monorail for NYE + Casino security team arrest shooter https://scapa-lv.org/%f0%9f%8c%b1-1-monorail-for-nye-casino-security-team-arrest-shooter/ Sat, 18 Dec 2021 03:50:00 +0000 https://scapa-lv.org/%f0%9f%8c%b1-1-monorail-for-nye-casino-security-team-arrest-shooter/ Hey, Las Vegas! Here’s everything you need to know to get a good start this Saturday. Here’s everything going on in Las Vegas today. First of all, the weather forecast for the day: Cool with lots of sun. High: 53 Low: 32. Here are the 4 best stories of today in Las Vegas: Heading to […]]]>


Hey, Las Vegas! Here’s everything you need to know to get a good start this Saturday. Here’s everything going on in Las Vegas today.


First of all, the weather forecast for the day:

Cool with lots of sun. High: 53 Low: 32.


Here are the 4 best stories of today in Las Vegas:

  1. Heading to town for New Years Eve? Ride the Las Vegas monorail all weekend for just $ 1 each way. One-way tickets at $ 1 are available at all stations except the Convention Center from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. on December 31 with a valid Nevada ID card. The monorail will also be run for 44 hours straight, from 7 a.m. on Friday, December 31 until 3 a.m. on Sunday, January 2, 2022. (FOX5 Las Vegas)
  2. With the increase in COVID-19 cases, some Las Vegas area hospitals are approaching capacity limits. Statewide, about 81% of inpatient beds and 85% of intensive care beds in hospitals were occupied as of Dec. 16, according to data from Nevada health officials. While some Vegas facilities are only 50 or 60 percent occupied, others, like Centennial Hills Hospital Medical Center and Sunrise Hospital and Medical Center are at or near 100 percent of capacity. (Las Vegas Patch)
  3. Vegas casino security team is credited with quickly apprehending gunman and avoiding further violence. According to the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department, there has been a disruption at the Santa Fe train station casino between a security guard and a man. The man shot and injured the guard, but other security officers the guards moved quickly to lock up the gunman before being arrested by the police. (KTNV Las Vegas)
  4. Fancy some local shopping this holiday season? The city of Las Vegas has given its recommendations for some of the best local shops and restaurants in townYes. (Press Releases Office)

Today in Las Vegas:

  • Book Café Chat At the Summerlin Library (10:30 a.m.)
  • Vitalant Community Blood Drive At the Library of Western Sahara (11h00)
  • The Nutcracker 2021 At the Summerlin Library (7:00 p.m.)

From my notebook:

  • The U.S. National Weather Service predicts relatively calm and cool weather in Las Vegas this weekend which will provide great hiking conditions. Temperatures in most places will range from the upper 40s to the lower 60s with lots of sun. (Facebook)
  • The Las Vegas Valley Water District reminds residents not to risk their outdoor water lines freezing and bursting. Follow them tips for protecting your home’s pipes this winter. (Facebook)
  • US Bank has partnered with the Las Vegas Chamber of Commerce to announce its “22 in 22” program, where 22 New Business Owners and Entrepreneurs to Receive Free Vegas Chamber Membership in 2022. (Facebook)

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Nicole fallon-peek

About me: Nicole Fallon-Peek is a graduate journalist and writer in Media, Culture and Communication from New York University. She has been a freelance journalist, editor, editor and editorial director for various B2B media. She is currently the co-owner and operator of the content creation agency Lightning Media Partners.


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