6340.7 #18 (DL Qual #7

May 12, 2013 6:49 AM  Disneyland Talk Land
Good morning & Happy Mothers Day to all the MW Mamas! This day in Disney history, May 12th, 1956. The Main Street Horseless Carriage begins operating @ Disneyland. It was the 1st vehicle to run w/out the use of horsepower, & I mean the four-legged kind. At that time, there were three other vehicles in operation, all horse drawn…the Fire Wagon, Street Car, & Surrey. All were designed by Disney legend Bob Gurr, who was responsible for the design of most of the park’s early vehicles, including the Matterhorn Bobsleds, Casey Jr. Circus Train, & the Monorail. The shiny red Horseless Carriage was meticulously designed to look like a car built in 1903. Although the lights & some of the external parts are indeed authentic, it is equipped w/ a modern engine. They are two-cylinder, four-horsepower engines w/ manual transmission & steering. Despite the shudders & shakes they can reach an average speed of 3-5 mph. Have you been on one of these vehicles? What did you think of it?

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So cool! And Happy Mother's Day! Yes I've been on all the Main Street vehicles at one time or another! They certainly add to the charm of Main Street. My favorite has always been the Omnibus on the top level!!! So fun! I love the sounds of the motor and the horn of the cars going down the street. With the music, sights and sounds... That's what Main Street U.S.A. is all about! Thank you SMK! What a great part of Disney history! - IMissDisney  1205.7 #144 8:24AM
Happy Mother's Day to all the MW moms out there! - turkeylegman  890.7 #205 6:53AM
Thank you! :) - Duchess_SMK  6340.7 #18 8:00AM
Thank you - MeridasHair  346.5 #687 8:03AM
Good morning and a happy Mother's Day to you! I am laughing at just 4 hps. 🐴. Yes we have been on them and it is a wonderful way to go down Main Street USA and take in the views. Thank you!!💕 - misschurro  6362.0 #17 6:54AM
Don't you mean 🐴🐴🐴🐴? 😂Happy Mothers Day!! - MissMolly  1355.3 #129 7:42AM
::hip bump:: oh come on that's like lightning! ⚡😂 hope you both have a lovely day! - Duchess_SMK  6340.7 #18 8:02AM
Happy Mother's Day!! - Hendizl  2821.9 #46 6:57AM
Awe! Thanks sweetie! - Duchess_SMK  6340.7 #18 11:41AM
Thank you Duchess_SMK! Happy Mother's Day and wishing all moms a magical day! :) - MsPirateLisaMarie  173.2 #2352 7:03AM
Thank you! Hope you have a wonderful day! - Duchess_SMK  6340.7 #18 11:42AM
We love all the Main Street vehicles! Took a ride in this on one of our recent trips. So much fun! Thank you! Hope you have a great Mother's Day! - MeridaFan  4243.7 #34 7:13AM
I have yet to ride any of them! Today's the day I think! Same to you doll! ((Hugs)) - Duchess_SMK  6340.7 #18 11:43AM
Happy Mothers Day! Wishing you a magical day filled with. No cleaning up Pixie Dust. - MeridasHair  346.5 #687 8:05AM
No cleaning up for this mama today! I'm on my way to DL! Woooohoo! - Duchess_SMK  6340.7 #18 11:45AM
Happy Mother's Day Duchess. Bob Gurr designed magic - E-Ticket  1466.6 #115 8:09AM
Thank you! Indeed he did! - Duchess_SMK  6340.7 #18 10:33PM
Happy Mother's Day to you - LaPearleNoir  1789.6 #94 8:19AM
Thanks doll! Hope yours was extra special! - Duchess_SMK  6340.7 #18 10:34PM
Good morning and a happy Mother's Day to you Duchess and all the MW mamas! I have yet to enjoy a ride on the horseless carriage but I have an idea how I will be getting to the castle today. Thank you - GrumpyPirateDad  1936.2 #86 8:23AM
Oh i lie like a pirate too. The omnibus I've been on that one. Great view from up there, on the top of course. - GrumpyPirateDad  1936.2 #86 8:53AM
So, did ya, huh huh did ya ride the horesless carriage to the castle today? I shoulda...::kicks rocks:: hopefully next trip! - Duchess_SMK  6340.7 #18 10:35PM
hahaha Of course not *kicks rocks too I was in DCA with some of my family when you posted the great Boon pic and was hoping to run into you however it took me until 9 or so to drag them to DL thus not only did we not run into you but by then the horseless carriages were not operating either *kicks more rocks..... Hopefully next trip too! - GrumpyPirateDad  1936.2 #86 1:32AM
Happy mothers day Duchess,thanks for all these days in history,ive learned soo much from your posts.keep up the awesome MWing and enjoy your day(hands you a carnation🌸) - bonedaddy909  1444.9 #117 8:52AM
::wipes tear:: that was very sweet! Thank you! So glad you enjoy these! - Duchess_SMK  6340.7 #18 10:35PM
Very cool info! Happy mothers day (if your a mama) - PixiePirateMaid  345.5 #690 10:47AM
I am! Thanks sweetie! Same to you if you are too. ;) - Duchess_SMK  6340.7 #18 10:36PM
Thank you for the informative post. Happy Mother's Day! - RadiatorSprings4Ever  1566.2 #107 10:51AM
Thank you! Hope you had a extra special day! ((Hugs)) - Duchess_SMK  6340.7 #18 10:36PM
Thank u for the great info... Happy Mother's Day :0) - acesdisneygirl  155.3 #2635 11:10AM
You're very welcome! Same to you sweets! - Duchess_SMK  6340.7 #18 10:37PM
Thanks again for the great info! Do you happen to know the name of the motorized vehicle steered by a handle? There are photos of Walt driving it on Main Street with his grand children (I think) - Melody_CM  13474.2 #3 11:22AM
Those vehicles were "Runabouts", and there were 4 built - all electric! - Grindcore  556.2 #365 2:05PM
Thanks! - Melody_CM  13474.2 #3 10:12PM
Thanks grindcore! Xx - Duchess_SMK  6340.7 #18 10:37PM
As always... Love your posts! I learn so much!!! Happy Mothers Day to you and all the MW Moms!!!!! - Boundin  711.6 #272 11:37AM
You're always so kind! Thank you for all you do!! Hope you had a lovely day! - Duchess_SMK  6340.7 #18 10:38PM
Great post! The driver on the right (forget her name) steered-not literally, hah- to the Little Red Wagon. Little did she know what a great tradition she started for us! Now my kids shout out "there's the corn dog lady!" Happy Mothers Day to you :) - DisneyDawn  419.2 #531 2:44PM
*steered us - DisneyDawn  419.2 #531 2:47PM
Teehee! What a funny story! Thanks for sharing! - Duchess_SMK  6340.7 #18 10:39PM
We love riding on the Main Street vehicles! Thanks for all of this great info, very fun to read. Hope you are having a wonderful Mother's Day!! 💐 - MinnieMousewife  914.1 #201 8:00PM
Hope your day was as awesome as you dear! ((Hugs)) - Duchess_SMK  6340.7 #18 10:39PM
Happy Mother's Day! :) - MissAmericaSings  405.9 #553 8:13PM
Thanks sweets! - Duchess_SMK  6340.7 #18 10:40PM
Never been in one my entire life but I'm hoping one day to get a ride! - Goofy24  174.0 #2335 8:27PM
Next trip! :) - Duchess_SMK  6340.7 #18 10:41PM
MW Mamas sounds like a new girl group!!! - secretagentangel  4658.7 #28 10:40PM
Kind of embarrassed to say that I have never taken a ride on any of the Main Street modes of transportation😱 - eviljules  1404.0 #124 10:50PM
That's quite a feet - Melody_CM  13474.2 #3 10:54PM
Lol! I always think we will ... I love seeing the horses and the omnibus ... But we just always seem to walk ;) lol - eviljules  1404.0 #124 11:26PM
I've still never been on a Main Street vehicle.. one day! - Jenniferr  506.7 #418 4:05AM
Main St. Horseless Vehicles are great fun. Hope you had a fun Mother's Day. Thanks for the fun history. - Tealtownfan  1015.6 #184 4:35AM

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