How to Ride the Disneyland (California) Monorail

Three Parts:PreparationArrival TimeOn Board/Moving

The iconic Disneyland monorail in California is the country's first daily-running monorail. If you are planning to stay at a nearby Disneyland Hotel or just want a "shortcut" into the park without waiting in the long lines at the main entrance, you may want to consider taking the monorail.

Part 1

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    Research the locations the monorail can be boarded from. The monorail has two stops, Downtown Disney (across from the LEGO store, near Rainforest Cafe) and Tomorrowland Station (inside the Disneyland Park, between the Finding Nemo Submarine Voyage and Autopia's tracks).
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    Prepare to complete a bag check. At Downtown Disney, a bag check is performed.
    • "Selfie sticks", used for cameras, or long stick attachments are prohibited from the park.[1] However, camera handles that you can cover with your palm are acceptable.
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    Have your ticket ready. The Downtown Disney entrance is treated as the main entrance, and you will be required to show an admission ticket or card.
    • If you are experiencing the "Extra Magic Hour" or "Magic Morning", you will also need to show your hotel room key (if applicable) to use the monorail.
    • If you have entered the park earlier that same day, you will need to show your ticket along with a hand stamp.
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    Be prepared for a long wait. The normal wait can be anywhere between 10 and 25 minutes, as peak traffic hours and two hours before closing can result in a longer wait, depending where you are at. Please be advised the monorail may shut down during special events, such as parades and fireworks, so plan your time accordingly.
    • Like the park rides, there will be park employees to control the amount of people riding each monorail. Each depot will have a "waiting area" and a queue line. Remember these are two separate "groups", so the people in the waiting area will be allowed to board the monorail, and thereafter people in the queue line will be able to enter the waiting area after the monorail leaves the station.
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    Walk up to the gates in the waiting area. There's about five to six "sections" at each depot.
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    Wait for the train to arrive at the station. The typical wait for a monorail is about five minutes.

Part 2
Arrival Time

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    Wait for the train to come to a complete halt. Moving trains may injure people. The monorail will keep the gates closed until they are ready to have members board. But just in case their safety systems fail (for some reason), just keep away from the train until the doors open and the exiting people stop exiting.
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    Walk up the train in an orderly fashion. Never run into the monorail.
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    Cross the platform onto the train itself.
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    Prepare to immediately take a seat. All passengers must be seated and stay seated for the entire trip duration.
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    Listen for all announcements, as they are being made. The announcements will signal safety concerns in both English and Spanish.
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    Watch the monorail doors as they close. The train will then begin moving slowly onward (forward).

Part 3
On Board/Moving

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    Listen to the overhead narration in the PA system. It'll explain what part of the journey you're seeing underneath the monorail car.
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    Look down (if it isn't too dark). You'll be surprised at what you see out the window. You'll see most of the exterior portions of the attractions leading up to the station as it circles around the inner portions of the park, and even includes a trip through Disneyland California Adventure Park.
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    Allow the train to come to a complete stop when it arrives at the station. Wait for the instructions and exit the monorail.


  • Round trips on the monorail is not allowed during peak or busy hours. You will be asked to disembark the monorail and go through the line again for re-entry.
  • Keep in mind the monorail operates on park hours and does not run after a certain time.
  • Before boarding the monorail, keep the train color in mind. If you have lost or misplaced an item, you can use it in your statement.
  • If you wish to sit in the front or back cabin, you will need to ask a CM (Cast Member), or if you are lucky, they'll offer a chance to ride in the section. The capacity of each cabin is four people and is not wheelchair nor mobility-accessible.


  • All strollers taken on the monorail needs to be folded prior to boarding.

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