Tiggerific Tuesday Trivia – the Monorail!

Tron Monorail

Hello everyone, and welcome to another edition of the Tiggerific Tuesday Trivia blog hop!  Along with my friends Jodi from Magical Mouse Schoolhouse, Jenn from Disney Babies Blog, and Heidi from Heidi’s Head, I’m Mike, here to share a little bit of Disney Trivia with you!  Do you have a blog and a trivia tidbit to share with us?  If you do, then why not add it into the hop?  You can do so at the link at the bottom of this post!

Today’s trivia comes from The Walt Disney World Trivia Book, Volume 2, by Lou Mongello.  Here’s the trivia question:

Q:  About how many miles do the monorail tracks cover?

A. 14.7
B. 5.9
C. 29
D. 33

This seems like an easy question, but what do I know?  My guess — and trust me, this is a guess, I haven’t looked in the back of the book for the answer yet, is A. 14.7.  Am I right or wrong?

I guessed right!  Here is what it says in the answer section:

A. 14.7

From early morning until long after the theme parks close, the WDW monorail system transports Guests between the transportation hub and three resort hotels as well as between the Magic Kingdom and Epcot.  If you add up all the trips the monorails have made over the 14.7 mile (23.7 km) track since 1971, the mileage logged would be equal to more then 25 round trips to the moon — even taking into consideration that the original monorail route was a bit shorter (it was expanded in 1981 in preparation for the opening of Epcot).  The original fleet was retired and replaced in 1990.

Of course, the monorail has gone through some changes over the years, with perhaps the most striking change coming when they closed down the monorail earlier in the evening so that maintenance could be done on the units nightly.  This created quite an uproar, but to a large extent, I believe that has died down some.

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Disneyland Monorail Watch with Original Case

“Please stand clear of the doors” From the Highway in the Sky to the Monorail Watch on your wrist, along comes a once-in-a-lifetime find! I love it when something like this pops up when I’m not expecting it. I was at a junky flea market the other day, and in the back of a lonely display case, was this:
Walt Disney Signature Series (?)
Leatherette case
Mint condition with plastic still on crystal and back
The Disneyland Monorail Watch
Genuine Leather band
A trip through time and the Mark series of Monorails
Monorails were around in the late 1800’s, but Disneyland didn’t get one until 1959 when Walt Disney decided to completely renovate Tomorrowland. So along with the Matterhorn and 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea came North America’s first functioning Monorail system.
Artwork created by a Disney Artist, but it doesn’t indicate which
Hidden Mickey clasp
I’ve both Googled and searched eBay for this watch without success. So I can’t, as yet, provide any more information about it.
But what a find! For this Monorail enthusiast, this is the Holy Grail of watch finds. So far, I’ve left it in its original case and haven’t worn it. I’m saving that thrill for a special occasion!
Now please be seated or hold onto the rails. This post will be leaving shortly for a tour around the Magic Kingdom… of fandom!