Today we end our look at the history of Disney Parks monorails with the current model of the Disneyland Monorail, the Mark VII. As you can see from the image above, Walt Disney Imagineering designed the Mark VII to have several similarities to the Mark III version – especially the nose cones that were seen on those classic trains.
In addition to the nose cone, another change with this model was a new seat configuration that allowed guests to sit facing the windows, to better enjoy the elevated view of the Disneyland Resort from the comfort of their seats.
Monorail red debuted at the Disneyland Resort on July 3, 2008, as the first Mark VII train. Monorail blue then began transporting guests later that summer and the last train, monorail orange, went into operation in April 2009.
In 2012, the Mark VII has shared the beam way with Manny, Mandy & Mona Monorails to celebrate of the grand opening of Cars Land at Disney California Adventure park. These new friends took up temporary residence above Disneyland Resort for the remainder of the year to welcome Lightning McQueen, Mater and the rest of their friends from Radiator Springs.
We hope you’ve enjoyed this look back at monorails through the years – and be sure to check back next month as we celebrate the 55th anniversary of the Disneyland Monorail.
Read more about the history of the Disneyland and Walt Disney World Monorails in the posts below:
- The History of the Disneyland Monorail: Mark I, 1959-1961
- The History of the Disneyland Monorail: Mark II, 1961-1969
- The History of the Disneyland Monorail: Mark III, 1969-1987
- The History of the Walt Disney World Monorail: Mark IV, 1971-1989
- The History of the Disneyland Monorail: Mark V, 1986-2008
- The History of the Walt Disney World Monorail: Mark VI, 1989-Present
Before we depart, tell us – If you could go back in time and experience any of the Monorail models, which would it be and why? Leave your answer in the comments!