A Walk in the Park: The Disneyland Railroad at Disneyland Park

Joshua Sudock

by , Disneyland Resort Photographer

The Disneyland Railroad was one of the opening-day attractions at Disneyland park on July 17, 1955. Walt Disney held a lifelong passion for trains, one that was further inspired by the encouragement and collections of fellow railroad enthusiasts and Disney Legends Ward Kimball and Ollie Johnston.

More than 60 years later, the Disneyland Railroad continues to carry passengers on a grand circle tour around Walt’s original Magic Kingdom.

In the early morning, Disneyland Railroad technicians and conductors inspect every vehicle and length of track before a new day’s operation.

The beautiful north bank of the Rivers of America creates a rustic scene as guests travel across the elevated trestle.

A steam engine chugs through the jungles of Adventureland, a stretch of line that hasn’t changed much since Walt signed off on the design more than 60 years ago.

For train enthusiasts interested in an in-depth, behind-the-scenes look at the history of the Disneyland Railroad, “The Grand Circle Tour” offers a unique persepective, including the opportunity to board the lavish parlor car, the Lilly Belle.

On your next visit to the Disneyland Resort, be sure to sit back, relax and soak in the views of Disneyland park aboard the Disneyland Railroad!


  • These are FANTASMIC pictures of the trains! Love riding them!

  • I love all of the posts, but is there any chance we’re going to get a live stream soon? It feels like it’s been forever. Our family makes events out of each one. Pretty please!

  • Always a must do when visiting Disneyland.

  • Great pictures, Josh

  • Although we ride the Disney Railroad several times during every visit to DLR, it is our family tradition to also make it our final ride of each trip, before we head home.

    Thank you for these beautiful pictures. I agree with other commenters that I would love to be able to purchase a copy of several of these pictures–especially the first two in the story.

  • Please release high-resolution versions of these! I would love to have all of them as desktop backgrounds.

  • Please tell me Disney is planning to sell the top picture of the CK Holiday passing BTMRR (1st photo in article)!!!!

  • Beautiful pictures! I would love a high rez picture of the train on the trestle passing by Mike Finks’ cabin as a desktop picture.
    Pretty please 🙂

  • It may not be the quickest way around the park, but it sure is the most enjoyable!

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