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Disneyland Park Welcomes Back the Disneyland Railroad and Classic Attractions July 29, with Stunning New Views Along the Rivers of America

Mark Twain Riverboat, Sailing Ship Columbia, Davy Crockett Explorer Canoes and ‘Fantasmic!’ Return to Add More Fun for Summer 2017

DISNEYLAND RAILORAD RETURNS -- John Lasseter, Principal Creative Advisor for Walt Disney Imagineering, brought his train, the Marie E, for a special trip around Disneyland park in celebration of the railroa's return to daily operation. The Marie E was previously owned by Lasseter's mentor and famous Disney animator, Ollie Johnston. The iconic Disneyland Railroad, reopening July 29, now features a path along the north end of the river where it crosses a new trestle and hugs the riverbank which now features five majestic waterfalls.(Joshua Sudock/Disneyland Resort)

Guests visiting the Disneyland Resort this summer will enjoy the magical mix of nostalgia, nighttime entertainment and new attractions that make the Resort a guest favorite year after year.

The Disneyland Railroad, an original Disneyland attraction and park icon, re-opens July 29, 2017. This fan-favorite attraction now travels a new scenic route along the north bank of the Rivers of America, where it traverses stunning new rockwork and waterfalls providing guests with breathtaking views along both sides of the train.  Guests also will enjoy this new landscape from the water as they welcome the return of the popular watercraft – Mark Twain Riverboat, Sailing Ship Columbia and Davy Crockett Explorer Canoes.

SAILING SHIP COLUMBIA (ANAHEIM, Calif.) – The Sailing Ship Columbia explores the Rivers of America at Disneyland park. The 110-foot-long, fully rigged ship recreates the grand pioneering adventures of the famous vessel that discovered the Columbia River and became the first American ship to circumnavigate the globe. Guests enjoy marveling at the towering 84-foot mainmast and inspecting the merchant ship’s 10 cannons and two deck-mounted swivel guns, used to thwart the attacks of pirates. (Paul Hiffmeyer/ Disneyland Resort )

Kim Irvine, art director for the Rivers of America project, envisioned what it will be like for guests: “It’s hard to believe that right here, smack dab in the middle of bustling freeways and high-rises, you can enjoy a relaxing ride on an open-air train car and sail on a ship or canoe down a rolling river, surrounded by towering pine and oak trees with sightings of deer, elk, moose and beautiful waterfalls.”

Another classic, Fantasmic!,” re-opened July 17 on the Rivers of America, telling the story of Mickey Mouse and his vivid imagination, Guests cheered as they welcomed back this nighttime spectacular’s classic theme song and the engaging storyline that has been treasured for 25 years. And explorers celebrated the re-opening of Pirate’s Lair on Tom Sawyer Island in June.

“Fantasmic! – which tells the story of Mickey Mouse and his vivid imagination, returns to the Rivers of America with sensational adventures guests have treasured for 25 years. Mickey’s exploration now features new scenes with characters from “Aladdin,” “Tangled,” “The Lion King” and “Pirates of the Caribbean.” “Fantasmic! also utilizes new mist screens and innovative, state-of-the-art projection technology to create brighter and more vibrant visuals than ever before. (Joshua Sudock/Disneyland Resort)

At Disneyland Park

Once again, guests will enter Walt Disney’s original Magic Kingdom to the sounds of train whistles and chugging engines, a familiar part of the Disneyland Railroad. The steam-powered locomotives, among the few still operating today, take guests on relaxing and entertaining tour through the park. And, for the first time, engineers guide the trains on a left-hand turn in the park after they venture over a trestle that closely hugs a dramatic new shoreline along the Rivers of America in Frontierland.

A gorgeous new Columbia Gorge section highlighted by five new picturesque waterfalls is the backdrop as guests enjoy their journey aboard one of Walt Disney’s favorite attractions.  Landscapes inspired by four of America’s majestic rivers – the Mississippi, the Columbia, the Missouri and the Rio Grande – are carefully recreated, complete with indigenous rock formations, natural forests and wildlife, and the waterfalls.

CLASSIC DISNEYLAND PARK ATTRACTIONS RETURN (ANAHEIM, Calif.) – A gorgeous new Columbia Gorge section is the backdrop as guests enjoy their journey aboard the Disneyland Railroad, one of the original Disneyland attractions. Guests also enjoy this new landscape, including five spectacular waterfalls, from the Mark Twain Riverboat, Sailing Ship Columbia and Davy Crockett Explorer Canoes. (Joshua Sudock/Disneyland Resort)

The sounds will be as entertaining as all the sights as guests listen to singing birds, eagle cries, the whinny of an Indian Chief’s horse, a Riverboat captain’s voice, an emotional score and more. As the tour continues, conductors narrate the trip with stops at Mickey’s Toontown, Tomorrowland, Main Street, U.S.A., and New Orleans Square.

Just before pulling into the Main Street Station, guests are transported to a new place and new time as they view dioramas of the Grand Canyon and Primeval World. Updated for the first time since opening in 1958, the Grand Canyon section creates a dramatic experience with refurbished flora and fauna, some fun surprises and the orchestral Grand Canyon Suite by Ferde Grofé. In the Primeval World, newly painted sets, dinosaurs and creatures blend with new effects and lighting.

For nighttime entertainment, “Fantasmic!” returns this summer featuring new scenes with characters from “Aladdin,” “Tangled,” “The Lion King” and “Pirates of the Caribbean.” One dazzling sequence finds Aladdin and Jasmine discovering “A Whole New World” as they float on their flying carpet over a bed of fog on the Rivers of America. The sensational “Fantasmic!” adventures come alive with new mist screens and innovative projection mapping technology to create visuals that are brighter and more vibrant than ever before.

Limited-Time Only Opportunities

While guests are enjoying the return of the popular Rivers of America entertainment, they are making sure to experience the family fun that will soon be gone.

The Main Street Electrical Parade continues nightly performances at Disneyland, through August 20, with favorite scenes such as Cinderella’s ball, the appearance (and disappearance) of Elliot, the smoke-breathing, tail-wagging “Pete’s Dragon,” and the glittering “To Honor America” finale.

And at Disney California Adventure Park, guests are screaming with thrills on the new Guardians of the Galaxy: Mission: BREAKOUT! attraction while they “Hero Up” and take in all of the excitement of Summer of Heroes.  This epic celebration, which brings Super Heroes to life like never before in Hollywood Land, runs through Sept. 10, 2017.

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Written by Brandon Hawkins

Brandon has been visiting the parks since he was two years old. He has visited Disneyland, Walt Disney World, and Disneyland Paris multiple times. With a passion for everything Disney, Brandon gives followers up to date news from around the Walt Disney Company adding personal stories along the way. Brandon previously hosted The Happiest Podcast on Earth for three successful seasons.

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