Saturday, January 25, 2014

Monorail Line in the Dream and Magic Kingdom

EMU, set number 1, heads to Bayside Station on the Disney Resort Line
 
Tokyo Disney Resort is located in Urayasu City, Chiba Prefecture, about 10km east of downtown Tokyo area. It is an enigma why they call it "Tokyo" Disney Resort when it is located in Chiba Prefecture.

Jokes aside, Tokyo Disney Resort is always crowded with tourists from around the world. The first facility, Tokyo Disneyland, was opened in 1983. The second facility, Tokyo Disney Sea, was, then, added in 2001. Currently, this resort is composed of the two major amusement facilities and several official hotels located on the coast of Tokyo Bay.

Preferable means of transportation in the large resort area is the monorail line, the Disney Resort Line, that was opened in 2001. The route is a looped single track with a 1,500-volt DC system running through several key areas in the resort, such as two amusement facilities, the hotel areas, and JR East Maihama Station. It is 5 km long with four stations. Automatic platform gates, to prevent passengers from falling off the platform edge, are equipped in all stations.

The trains run counterclockwise throughout the day and cover the entire route in about 12 minutes. The operation interval is 4 to 13 minutes. Using ATO (automatic train operation) system, driverless operation is conducted; meanwhile, a conductor is on board for door operation and guide announcements to passengers.

The Disney Resort Line... it is the main transportation artery in the dream and magic kingdom.

To be continued...

 
Resort Gateway Station on the Disney Resort Line
 
More informaton about the Disney Resort Line (in Japanese):