Monday, September 22, 2008

The Monorail

Tokyo Disneyland's monorail circles the entire resort and has four stations. There is a station at both of the theme parks, Tokyo Disneyland and Tokyo DisneySea, there is one at Ikspiari, which is their "Downtown Disney", and the fourth one, Bayside Station, is located behind the park and services the Tokyo Disney Resort "Good Neighbor Hotels"

The photo above shows the Tokyo Disneyland monorail station. This station is located just outside the park entrance, across from the ticket booths. Part of the old parking lot is visible through the archway. This is where the Tokyo Disneyland Hotel now stands....it just opened in July of 2008. The photo below is a more recent shot and was taken from inside the monorail station looking out at the hotel which was still under construction at the time.

The picture below shows the monorail just as it is about to enter Bayside Station. The Tokyo Bay Hilton is visible in the distance.

From the ground looking up, the monorail's windows look pretty small....almost like portholes, but these monorails are quite large (compare the size of the windows to the doors on the exterior shot above).

As you can see, the windows appear much larger from the inside. Notice the height of the cars which allows for passengers to stand up and the cool handstraps/rings that are provided to hold onto.


4 comments:

Biblioadonis aka George said...

Great pictures!

I have really enjoyed seeing the posts about TDL over the past few weeks.

TokyoMagic! said...

Thanks, George! I really appreciate the feedback!!!

... But It Wasn't Always That Way! said...

The station is beautiful! The train, eh, looks like a giant preschool toy.

TokyoMagic! said...

BIWATW, I get what you're saying, but for the Japanese, it's more about function. They have had real transportation like this for years, so the monorail isn't an attraction for them....it's a real mode of transportation to get around the resort. I forgot to mention that the Ikspiari monorail station is adjacent to the Japan Railway line, so it's just a continuation of their public transportation. In fact, I believe the government actually owns, or at least regulates the Tokyo Disney Resort monorail system.