Tokyo Disney Resort is a major attraction on Tokyo Bay which includes two massive theme parks: Tokyo Disneyland and Tokyo DisneySea. Although bus services are available, the most enjoyable and convenient way to visit Tokyo Disney Resort is to travel by train. Visitors can transfer directly from JR Maihama Station to neighboring Resort Gateway Station, and then enjoy a ride on the Disney Resort Line, an automated monorail that runs in a loop around the resort linking all of its major attractions. Last summer, a new six-car train (Resort Liner Type C) began operating on the Disney Resort Line, the first new vehicle to be introduced since the line first opened in 2001. This new train has a two-tone exterior design with white on top and a yellow wave-like pattern flowing beneath.
Inside the train the interior space has been expanded and decorated in the signature Mickey Mouse colors of black, red and yellow. There are long bench seats and hand straps that hang at three different levels so that they can easily be used by the various age groups that flock to this resort.
The new trains have retained the Mickey Mouse shape of the windows, but the windows have been enlarged by 10% to improve the view over the resort’s many attractions. Baggage storage space is provided in the 3rd and 4th cars and barrier-free access has been improved so that those using wheelchairs or pushing baby strollers can more easily use the train.
Each train takes around 13 minutes to make a complete circuit of the four stations on the Disney Resort Line. The four stations are: Resort Gateway Station which is the entry point to the resort; Tokyo Disneyland Station; Bayside Station which serves the resort’s hotels; and Tokyo DisneySea Station.
Five new Type C trains are scheduled to be introduced to the line by 2023, replacing all the former vehicles.
Article by Michael Lambe. Images courtesy of Tokyo Disney Resort Line. All rights reserved.