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I was born in 1992 the same year Disneyland Paris was born. I am a true Disney freak, I have collected a room full of Disney Parks memorabilia and I am now studying landscape architecture at Cal Poly SLO, which should come in handy since I want to become an Imagineer. I made this site to share the amazing qualities of The Walt Disney Company for the world's enjoyment.

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Casey Jr. Circus Train

Casey Jr. Circus Train:
The Casey Jr. Circus Train is an opening day attraction of Disneyland on July 17, 1955 and is themed after Walt Disney's 1941 film Dumbo. The ride is located at the back of Fantasyland behind Dumbo The Flying Elephant and is the sister attraction of Storybook Land Canal Boats, (which opened a week later) and while on the ride you see the miniature villages but at a faster pace.
When Walt Disney was in the planning stages of his park he wanted a roller coaster ride based on Casey Jr. going down a Rock Candy Mountain, but due to lack of money and technology at the time (since steel coasters were not yet invented) The ride was change to how it is today. Below is some concept art of the attraction.
There were no miniature villages when the ride first opened there was just dirt with some common weeds   growing in it (as seen in the model below) but when Storybook Canal Boats opened the attraction gained it's beauty. Most of the train cars that you sit on are the leftover seats from King Arthur Carrousel when they added more horses to it and removed the seats.
The host of the ride is the Ring Master from the movie and throughout the ride you listen to Dumbo's Casey Jr. Song. The train consist of seven cars and the ride duration is 3:30 minutes. The attractions top speed is 14 mph and it has one lift hill. The attraction has two trains but usually one works a day. Below are some pictures and a video of the ride.

Casey Jr. Le Petit Train Du Cirque:
Disneyland Paris's version of the attraction is called Casey Jr. Le Petit Du Cirque and is almost the same as Disneyland's but also different. This version of the ride is not a railroad but actually a powered roller coaster without a lift hill. Also this version goes around their Storybook Land but it gives some better views of the miniature villages that you can not see on the canal boats for example you go around the Beast's castle pretty closely.
The attraction has three trains and the ride duration is 2:30 minutes. The ride opened in 1994 two years after Disneyland Paris opened. Below are pictures and a video of this attraction.


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