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Jun 14, 2013 7:49 AM  Disneyland Talk Land
Good morning and HAPPY FRIDAY!
This day in Disney history, June 14th, 1959: Three major attractions are christened! The first being the ALWEG Monorail Mark I. At this time it ran on a .8 mile track around Tomorrowland. It was the first daily-operating monorail train system in the Western Hemisphere. The German ALWEG company developed a working monorail prototype, which caught Disney’s eye in 1957. He worked out a deal with ALWEG in which his designers would develop a monorail using ALWEG’s basic design as the starting point. Bob Gurr, designed Disneylands' version, a sleek train w/ a rocket-ship nose, stainless steel side panels, & the famous front bubble top. The Disneyland Monorail’s appearance was a completely different from the plain, functional design of ALWEG’s prototype (or ALWEG’s later Seattle Monorail, built for the 1962 Seattle World’s Fair).
The day was celebrated with a dedication ceremony & ribbon cutting that included V.P. Nixon & family.
To watch the ceremony: http://tinyurl.com/2d2mc6b
In June of 1961, the Monorail track was extended to 2 1/2 miles, Disneyland Hotel guests were then able to board the Monorail at the hotel & begin their park visit in Tomorrowland.
Do you like the Monorial? When was the last time you were on it?

Also on this day @ Disneyland, The Matterhorn Bobsleds, open!
Modeled after the Matterhorn, a real mountain in the Swiss Alps it is the 1st roller coaster to use cylindrical rails & urethane wheels (standard in the roller coaster industry today). Built by coaster builder, Arrow Dynamics & WED Imagineering.
Originally a dirt mound created from what was removed to make the moat around Sleeping Beauty Castle. First named Holiday Hill & then Lookout Mountain, Park Operations staff continually had to keep a look out due to its unofficial status as “Lover’s Lane.” The Matterhorn was conceived by Walt during two trips he made to Switzerland. Walt wanted to figure out a way to hide the unsightly Skyway pylon, what better then a 147' high mountain?
Supposedly, Walt sent a postcard featuring the Matterhorn back to the states w/ the edict “Build this.” Walt was discouraged by Joe Fowler when he wanted to “make some snow & have a toboggan ride.” Difficulties in creating the snow & drainage were solved by using steel, wood, plaster, & paint. Disneylands Matterhorn is a 1/100th replica of its Swiss namesake & the tallest structure inside Disneyland. What was Walt’s response when he first saw the completed attraction? Legend has it that he said, “It’s 10' too short.” HA!
It wasn't until 1977/1978 that the Matterhorn was refurbished to add the Yeti (Harold) & instead of being 1 car, 2 cars were joined, which basically doubled the attraction's capacity.
Do you like this attraction? Do you have a favorite side, & why?

In addition, The Submarine Voyage, is officially dedicated (even though it's been open since June 6th). Another E ticket attraction, it cost $2.5 million dollars to create. 38 Riders were able to enter the 8 half-submerged mini-submarines. Each 52' long sub cost about $80,000 to build were each 52 feet long, weighed 94,000 pounds, & could go about 1.7 miles per hour. The Disney-designed subs were built @ the Todd Shipyards in San Pedro, California. The fleet was originally named after the U.S. Navy's atomic submarines: The Nautilus, The Seawolf, The Skate, The Triton, The Ethan Allan, The Patrick Henry, The Skipjack, & the George Washington.
Sitting on small fold-down seats, guests leaned forward to peer out through port holes on either side. The subs moved around a track in the mermaid lagoon and gave the illusion of diving by having bubbles rise around it while the captain intoned commands over the loudspeaker. Guests saw an underwater volcano, lost treasure, a "graveyard of lost ships," the legendary Lost Continent of Atlantis, a treasure chest of gold, mermaids, a sea serpent, and passed under icebergs at the “North Pole” during their 9 minute voyage. "REAL(!)" mermaids actually swam in the lagoon for a brief period.
During the opening ceremonies, there was a water ballet of mermaids.
To take a ride: http://tinyurl.com/km9tqly
Does anyone here remember this attraction?

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I love your history posts and all the comments that go along with them. Thank you for doing this. - Twitterpated  267.4 #1145 12:08AM
Thank you for the great infomationπŸ˜ƒ - E-Ticket  1434.7 #106 7:57AM
πŸ‘‹ Good morning sir! You're welcome! - Duchess_SMK  6197.6 #17 8:39AM
Haha @ Walt saying "it's 10 feet too short". All the great pioneers seem to be perfectionists and he was no exception. - missmimi90  2002.9 #73 8:05AM
Exactly! πŸ˜‚πŸ‘ - Duchess_SMK  6197.6 #17 8:50AM
Thanks for the great post, Duchess! I just watched the video and "took a dive" on the submarines...that sea serpent was hilarious! Seeing that old video brought back memories, for sure. :) - GheeButtersnaps  377.6 #569 8:13AM
::giggles:: right?! So funny! So glad you enjoyed your trip down memory lane! Hope you have a great day! - Duchess_SMK  6197.6 #17 8:58AM
Happy friday to you too,thanks for these great days in history.I have to admit that ive never riden the Monorail though,its on my to-do list.And i need to try the left side of the matterhorn,the right side has one hard turn that feels like my pants rip everytime:( lol - bonedaddy909  1354.8 #117 8:17AM
You're so welcome! ::gasps:: WHAT?! You must try the monorail at LEAST once! Try to sit up front! So cool! Teehee, ripped pants at DL could be nice on a hot day, cool breeze like AC? ::giggles:: - Duchess_SMK  6197.6 #17 9:37AM
Love it ! I know Walt also thought the Castle should have been bigger. It would not surprise me if John Lassiter try's to modernize both. Scrub the Autotopia and on that big footprint build a new ultra modern BIGGER Matterhorn. Then, build the most stunning new castle that would truly stand out as thee nicest of all Disney parks. If Walt was alive that would have been done already. - polo33  65.7 #4159 8:26AM
Ha! Now THOSE are some GRAND ideas! I could see Lassiter doing something like that in one of his movies! Teehee - Duchess_SMK  6197.6 #17 11:11AM
Morning!πŸ˜ƒ Good read hon, loved going on a Sub ride this morning! - piratelife4me  1013.7 #175 8:46AM
Thanks doll! Glad you enjoyed your journey! Xx - Duchess_SMK  6197.6 #17 11:12AM
Thanks for this wonderful information. I did ride the original subs and as a little kid I really thought we were under water. - kskating  656.0 #287 9:14AM
You're so welcome! Teehee, such a great Disney magic! - Duchess_SMK  6197.6 #17 2:37PM
Wonderful history thank you! πŸ‘ - EmEJohnson  176.7 #2247 9:17AM
My pleasure! - Duchess_SMK  6197.6 #17 2:37PM
Good morning! Awesome info! We love riding on the Monorail, so much fun! I haven't been on the Matterhorn since the refurb, I think it will kill my back. I remember riding on the old subs with my family many times. 😊 - MinnieMousewife  895.9 #193 9:19AM
Hi sweets! I've only gone on the new sleds once and I'll admit I miss the cuddle seats! I have a bad back and I miss using hubby's belly as a cushion! Lol you're right about the front of the monorail the best seat in the house! - Duchess_SMK  6197.6 #17 2:39PM
Such amazing history. Thank you for taking the time to share all this history. I look forward to reading it everyday. - Tinkerbellmom4  416.3 #506 9:21AM
You're so welcome! I'm glad you like these! This one took a few hours of research so it means a lot for you to tell me you like them! :) - Duchess_SMK  6197.6 #17 2:40PM
Great History today. I love those rides! The sub not so much. I still have not been able to calm myself enough to go on. Closest I got was the observation deck and even that was very uncomfortable......one day.... - mini_MINNIE  1134.9 #152 9:24AM
I don't know why but I never rode the original subs.... I rode the Monorail last week. Love that I could hop on and ride to DTD for dinner then hop back on and get right back in DL. Great info! Thank you. - HalfCaff  464.0 #444 9:27AM
Wow great info for three great attractions! The Matterhorn was a very big deal for me and we knew we were finally there when we saw the snowy peaks and it was the tallest thing in the park. We couldn't contain our excitement anymore and my parents let us scream and yell and jump up and down in the car (no seat belts then) It was a thrilling ride that everyone loved! I have a home video that captured the real mermaids in the lagoon, I think I'll share it on the official TBT in the lounge, it was very cool to see them and of course I thought they were real!! Thanks so much for stirring up so many great memories today!! πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’– - adisneyfamily  920.5 #187 9:30AM
Good morning. Happy Friday! I enjoy riding the monorail it is fun to leave today and arrive in Tomorrowland. I ride often but have not been on since last week. The Matterhorn is cool... Hehe. The Matterhorn Bobsleds are always a must, Yeti are a big deal if you get a chance to see one you have to, you just have to. TIP: for the new sleds be sure to load your team into the sled biggest to smallest front to back it makes quite the difference (credit to ScubaSteve028 for first reporting this this tip... I think) I always forget which side is faster but I would choose that one if I remembered. Not the original submarine voyage but one of the few things I actually remember from childhood is 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea with my dearly departed Grandmother Adams. Did anyone else see a dog in the sub window? Awesome job putting this fleet of information together. Thank you Duchess. - GrumpyPirateDad  1847.9 #84 9:36AM
Sweet memory, I miss that one too! I did see the puppy!πŸ˜‚ - piratelife4me  1013.7 #175 9:43AM
Great reading! Thanks! :) - ElSuperRaton  4469.1 #25 10:47AM
As a former Disney Submariner, thank you for posting! - BombFrogFormerCM  899.4 #192 11:01AM
Love all three of these attractions. I don't remember a lot from when I was little. I was Disney deprived. I do remember the subs and the City of Atlantis. Last week was the first time we got to ride in the front of the Monorail with the driver. And the Matterhorn is awesome except it gives me a headache sometimes. I still ride it - RadiatorSprings4Ever  1262.4 #130 11:02AM
That is a lot of openings. Thank you for sharing. Love all your history facts. - aprilinjune4  483.5 #416 1:30PM
All kinds of great history today! thank you :) That is pretty funny what Walt said about the Matterhorn. We thoroughly enjoy riding on the monorail- Front seat is the very best birds eye view of this magical place. - HandMeAChurroImmaFaint  5740.0 #18 1:33PM
Awesome post about the monorail. A trip to the park is never complete for me without a ride on it. I especially like riding up front as you pass through the grand and also as your circle the Matterhorn. Last trip was just recently and the next trip will be in a couple months. Until then I will just have to play with the monorail playset I have at home. Thanks for all the great information in your posts. I love the history of the park as much as I love the park itself. I always enjoy reading your posts. One thing I do miss about the monorail is the monorail cafe at the disneyland hotel. I remember eating breakfast with the family there before beginning the day. Hope everyone has an amazing Friday! - junglecruise80  30.5 #5664 1:50PM
Great post with amazing info as always! Gets my day started off right :D - DisneyDawn  419.2 #501 1:53PM
What a very historic day at Disneyland! - BaseballMickey_CM  7257.3 #9 1:53PM
Great day in Disney history for sure!!! - PixiePirateMaid  332.5 #693 5:31PM
I did most of my Bobsled riding in the single car days. And yes, I remember those mermaids in the lagoon, and the underwater volcano. I enjoyed it all very much. Thank you, Duchess! Fun memories here! - MeridaFan  3634.7 #37 8:46PM
Thanks For The Great Info - gonzofam  303.5 #850 11:43PM

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unFORECAST for the week of September 29, 2015
Mickey's Halloween Party has an interesting effect on crowd levels. This week, Disneyland will close early on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday to host the party. Disneyland Park crowds are usually lighter on party days (with the exception of Friday). Last weekend was very busy, while this Monday was not. Looking back at MouseWait's Historical Crowd Index (available in our MagicPlan iOS Calendar), this week last year averaged in the low 60s (approx 60% capacity). Important note when comparing last year's Crowd Index: we've seen larger crowds on average this year due to the 60th Celebration activities. To get a real-time look at crowd levels, check the MouseWait App for Crowd Index averages and wait times. Have a great week! - Admin Sep 29, 2015 11:33AM

We have always noticed that Saturdays are better than Sundays! We always come on the weekend and say we want to leave at dinner time on Sunday, but always leave by 11-12 because there are so many people. We love Saturday!! - 1Princess3Princes  558.8 #346 5:39PM
I agree. I think it has to do with most passes being blocked - PoohSizedGuy  18.6 #7243 11:53PM
Saturday's rule! One of the perks of a premium pass!  - snappy  409.2 #520 7:32AM
I love these posts!  I do have a question/request/suggestion...is there a way to only show the 3-4 most recent posts?  It's a lot to scroll through. @@Admin - TiggersAndTinks  164.0 #2458 5:08AM
I second this. The info is great to have, but it's too long.  - 1HitchhikingGhost  242.0 #1413 5:04PM
Can't wait, 7 days!!!!  - varela2892  15.7 #7929 2:53PM
I'm glad Saturday's are good we are going tomorrow ! - vanessav87  5.4 #16700 3:45PM

MONTHLY WAIT TIME LEADERS REAL-TIME: Thank you to everyone who enters accurate wait times--you earn MouseRank Points, Credits, worldwide fame, and wealth beyond your wildest dreams when you enter wait times at the Park (ok maybe not the last two things). Please remember to ONLY enter wait times that you have verified in person, this improves our algorithm substantially, thanks!

1. Winnie111286

2. Coaster

3. OhanaPhoto

4. grumpypapa

5. sawman911

6. Tom

7. luvmygreenarmyman

8. Mauleficent

9. NikkiSea

10. nanciec



14 more days and I shall be entering in wait times for the first time( I was slow and shy to post). Well actually it will be 15 days. The first  day we check in and go to Trader Sam's. πŸ˜‰ - varela2892  15.7 #7929 7:14AM
Wow! I'm on the list 😊 - disneymom1  255.4 #1254 10:17PM
Been in the Midwest much of August. Nice to see wait time warriors have been out there walking and working! - Melody_CM  7608.1 #8 7:25AM
Hope you're having fun!! - secretagentangel  2423.7 #53 11:37PM


1. Winnie111286

2. Coaster

3. OhanaPhoto

4. grumpypapa

5. sawman911

6. Sonja

7. DarthTinkerbell

8. luxkitty

9. Tom

10. luvmygreenarmyman


Wow I've never made a list before. Thanks - disneybob49  340.4 #667 9:59AM
I love Disneyland! - Melody_CM  7608.1 #8 11:30PM
The link never works for me to see the list. It always just take me back to the top of the lounge. Any ideas? - Quiweez  119.4 #3184 9:52AM
Woohoo!  I made a MW list!!!   - luvmygreenarmyman  474.7 #427 10:36PM

Here are the recent wait time leaders:

August: Melody_CM 726.93
July: MelodyMouse 417.38
May: MelodyMouse 640.08
April: WARLOCK 228.33
March: HARR_E 290.27
February: jacdanfan 251.32
January: ShariRenee 246.23
December: MelodyMouse 303.05
November: MelodyMouse 410.98
October: jacdanfan 189.98

 Everyone for making   - Boundin  620.9 #311 10:21PM
That's awesome but like me a lot of ppl can't enter wait times I can't ever open or connect while in the park  - mickeyat78  1875.0 #81 5:39AM
Wow. Sorry to hear that. I'm on ATT and sometimes can't connect, tho it is rare - Melody_CM  7608.1 #8 8:12PM
Does ATT have personal space for power . I know that's not the correct name. Look in settings.  - suzieq65  97.5 #3554 2:46PM
great job! It's the wait times that brought me to this app. Thank you - Kimo  192.3 #2041 8:16PM
The mysterious disappearing month of June! - Melody_CM  7608.1 #8 12:13PM
No one updated times in June - philliprocks  1202.9 #139 8:05AM

Here are the overall MouseRank leaders for the past 6 months:

August 2015: Melody_CM 740.2
July 2015: Winnie111286 463.58
May 2015: MelodyMouse 679.4
April 2015: Fantasmicfan1 466.89
March 2015: HARR_E 423.38
February 2015: Winnie111286 364.36

! - PumpkinweenieVelinee  2583.8 #47 7:16AM
- MowgliLovesBaloo  65.2 #0 5:18PM
- Melis  20.6 #0 5:53PM
- boomom  329.8 #706 4:47PM

Credits Hall of Fame. This real-time list honors the top Credits purchasers by showing the total number of Credits purchased. These MouseWaiters play an integral part in helping us maintain and innovate. Thank you to everyone who buys Credits in the MW iOS app, TRIVILATOR, and Goat Effect!

1. jacdanfan

2. secretagentangel


4. leopardditz2000

5. DisneyGrandma

6. debbiev

7. DisLUVney

8. MeridaFan

9. splurtian

10. Melody_CM


  Well done and congratulations.  Now I know how some people have so many stickers.  Keep up the good work:-) - beentoall  282.6 #0 2:55AM
And they share - suzieq65  97.5 #3554 9:06PM
#10 needs a pic bad! - DarthFairy  247.5 #1341 12:42PM
@DisLUVney, lol weren't we just talking about this haha - MinnieTinker  550.5 #357 8:58PM
I can't help myself....help me. πŸ˜‚ - DisLUVney  616.8 #312 9:23PM
Wow wow wow!!! - stanvoodoo  24.7 #6257 10:52PM

Easily manage the social side of MouseWait for Disneyland and Disney World with our new mousetopia app for iOS. Post to the DL or WDW side, use your Stickers, and utilize our new MouseWait Messenger. Optimized for iOS 8 and the iPhone 6! See what's new here

Download VOYAGEERS to your device today! Discover the VOYAGEERS Society, and the magical Main Street Realm in this action packed adventure for kids of ALL ages! Also available on iBooks and Kobo. Follow the VOYAGEERS on Facebook for more info and behind the scenes exclusives.

Like normal I am late to the party. Reading it now - Tealtownfan  1015.6 #174 3:13PM
Got it! More than halfway thru it! It's a lot of fun!!!πŸ‘πŸ‘βœ¨βœ¨ - TinkerSchelle  1801.9 #86 10:53PM
  - mckelfam  39.5 #5051 3:09PM
Weeeeee - MommyandBash  277.3 #1036 10:29PM

Here are the Top 10 MouseWaiters of All-Time:

1. Coaster

2. Dave

3. jacdanfan

4. Plumiegirl

5. Tom

6. goofygal

7. uscdisneyteacher

8. Melody_CM

9. BaseballMickey_CM

10. CobbPR

Such great people on this list, many who doSo much for the app. 😍😍 - secretagentangel  2423.7 #53 2:09PM
Yay! Thank you! - Song  1868.2 #82 8:50AM


Innoventions reopens as Star Wars Launch Bay November 16
it's a small world Oct 12-Nov 5
Big Thunder Ranch and Barbecue will close permanently Jan 10
Fantasmic! Jan 10-TBA
Disneyland Railroad Jan 10-TBA
Mark Twain Riverboat Jan 10-TBA
Sailing Ship Columbia Jan 10-TBA
Season of the Force-Hyperspace Mountain begins November 16


Luigi's Rollickin Roadsters opens early 2016
It's Tough to be a Bug Sept 8-17

Were visiting during the diamond celebration.  I'm so excited because all of our favorite rides will be open! - Dsc1983  16.2 #7785 10:53PM
Awesome! Can't wait! - PrincessDaisy  323.9 #738 8:33AM
Hey! Space Moutain will be down November 10th as per the Disneyland website. Any ideas why or when it will open? Were scheduled to be down there on the 12th! TIA✨ - Tinkertoes83  26.5 #6018 8:04PM
They are redoing the ride with a Star Wars theme  - hatboxmermaid  0.0 #0 9:47PM
Should be back online nov 16 - quote  126.0 #0 11:55AM
Oh πŸ˜’. Thank you for the updates!  - Tinkertoes83  26.5 #6018 8:22PM
Does anyone know how long it will be down for? My kids and I are going for the first time Nov 13-1710th? - walker05  0.3 #90454 4:43PM

Here are the upcoming MouseWait Events. You can post your event on mobile here, and on the web here. Thanks!

1. POTC/ Jungle Cruise Meet Up
Oct 10, 2015 07:00pm

2. Hugs!
Oct 11, 2015 12:00pm

3. 6th MouseWait Birthday Bash
Oct 11, 2015 02:00pm

We have our weekly MW sticker meetup at La Brea bakery at 4 pm in Downtown Disney! Lots of fun for newcomers and all and a great way to meet new people! Then we go to the MW spot we've held in DL to watch PTN and fireworks! Everyone is welcome! - secretagentangel  2423.7 #53 6:10PM
On Tuesday nights, duh!!!πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜© - secretagentangel  2423.7 #53 10:47PM
Thank You - suzieq65  97.5 #3554 6:20PM
We will be there in November - makeitbluesaysmerriwether  48.9 #4657 9:58AM
Every Tuesday? - DayDreamsOfDisneyland  4.7 #18784 10:46PM
Every Tuesday as of right now we meet in DL after La Brea eats., I'll post on Sunday, but there are one or two Tuesday's coming up with MHP we'll have to move to another night!  - secretagentangel  2423.7 #53 11:29PM
I'm gonna have a crowding meetup Presidents' Day weekend! Post to come!  - TinkerSchelle  1801.9 #86 5:42PM
I'll crowd with you  - LaPearleNoir  1639.6 #96 2:27PM
I ❀️ crowding meetups - bonedaddy909  1354.8 #117 12:29PM
Would love to come! - susanann  8.9 #11129 6:15PM
What day works best for you guys bonedaddy909 and susanann and LaPearleNoir? - TinkerSchelle  1801.9 #86 1:21PM
Any day Friday theough Monday works for me! - susanann  8.9 #11129 2:12PM
Friday thru Sunday for UsπŸ˜ƒ.....Wait a minute😳what the heck is a crowding meetup and what would we be crowding into??πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚ - bonedaddy909  1354.8 #117 7:09PM
I am going 10/31! - 714jen  9.3 #10897 12:18AM
We'll be there 10/31 - kimm84  56.8 #4376 6:23PM

Our new Walt Disney World App for iOS is here! MagicSearch, upNEXT, new Lounge, and tons of other upgrades. Go get it here. You can see all of the new features and how tos here

thanks admin - Fantasmicfan1  1396.7 #112 9:42PM
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