Catastrophe on Disney Train Leads to Emergency Shut-Down; Guests Held on Board

Disneyland Railroad
Credit: Disney

The Disneyland Railroad is an iconic attraction at Disneyland Park, providing guests with a delightful journey around the park aboard a historic steam-powered train. This beloved railroad has been operational since the opening day of Disneyland in 1955 and continues to charm visitors of all ages with its nostalgic allure and scenic route.

As guests board the train at one of its four stations – Main Street Station, New Orleans Square Station, Toontown Depot, and Tomorrowland Station – they are transported back in time to an era when steam trains were a primary mode of transportation. While both Disneyland Resort and Walt Disney World Resort have trains of their own, the Disneyland Railroad holds a special place in the hearts of Disney fans.

Unfortunately, this magical transportation system was less than joyful for fans riding it today. Recent reports have revealed that an incident occurred on board that train, resulting in the removal of certain passengers and the holding of other guests on board the train for thirty minutes.

Related: Walt Disney World Resort Orders Emergency Theme Park Evacuation

Disneyland Train Station

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Drama on Disneyland Resort’s Railroad

The Disneyland Railroad not only serves as a mode of transportation within the park but also as an attraction in itself, offering guests a leisurely ride through various themed lands. Traveling along approximately 1.5 miles of track, passengers can admire the picturesque sights of Frontierland, Fantasyland, and Tomorrowland, as well as catch glimpses of iconic attractions like Tiana’s Bayou Adventure and Big Thunder Mountain Railroad.

Disney fans know that Walt Disney himself loved trains. Walt Disney’s fascination with trains began in his childhood when he constructed a miniature railroad called the Carolwood Pacific Railroad in his backyard. Later on in life, he worked as a news butcher on the Missouri Pacific line.

Walt Disney at Disneyland

Credit: Disney

This early exposure to trains sparked a lifelong interest that influenced many aspects of his life, including the creation of Disneyland. His passion for locomotives led him to incorporate a railroad into Disneyland, which became known as the Disneyland Railroad. Today, the trains stand as a reminder of Walt Disney’s passion, imagination, and success despite his humble beginnings.

While the Disneyland Railroad typically is a peaceful ride for fans, it unfortunately was not as ideal yesterday, June 4, 2024. A report from a guest at the scene describes that an unknown incident resulted in a complete shutdown of the trail for thirty minutes. The guest says:

“Anyone know what happened on the Train at Toon Town just now?

I saw security pull a family off and we had to wait around 30 minutes before moving the train again. Curious what the issue was.”

Anyone know what happened on the Train at Toon Town just now?
byu/flicktheferret inDisneyland

More Train Backlash Amidst Closures

This recent closure is not the only controversy to happen to the Disneyland Railroad. Just last week, fans were dismayed to learn about the closure of the New Orleans Square station on the railroad. In light of the ongoing construction happening to the area on Tiana’s Bayou Adventure and the Haunted Mansion, the area has ceased boarding and unloading in the area.

Now, it seems that troubles on the train have exceeded just this incident. While the specific matter of this recently reported issue is unknown, it seems that Disney security did its best to solve the matter in a timely and effective way.

Overall, the Disneyland Railroad is not just a means of getting from one land to another; it is a magical journey through time and imagination.

With its meticulously maintained trains, scenic route, and rich historical significance, this attraction continues to capture the hearts of guests and stands as a symbol of Walt Disney’s enduring legacy in the world of entertainment and theme parks. Hopefully, the future for this ride will be smoother than it has been this week.

About Eva Miller

Eva was born and raised in the beautiful state of Oregon but has since relocated and lives in New York City. Since she was young, Eva has loved to perform in musicals, especially Disney ones! Through performing, Disney’s music became the soundtrack of her childhood. Today, Eva loves to write about all the exciting happenings for the Walt Disney Company. In her free time, Eva loves to travel, spend time in nature, and go to Broadway shows. Her favorite Disney movie is 'Lilo and Stitch,' and her favorite Park is Disney's Animal Kingdom.

One comment

  1. So what, exactly, was the “Catastrophe”? you never got around to that

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