Riding the Lilly Belle on the Disneyland Railroad
Between The Magic Castle and Club 33, my trip to Disneyland was filled with exclusives (and there’s actually one other place I visited that I am sworn to secrecy that I can’t reveal what it is). And today’s post is no exception, but despite it’s exclusivity, the opportunity to experience it is available to everyone.
What is the Disneyland Railroad Lilly Belle Car?
Attached to the end of one of the Disneyland Train C. K. Holiday is a very special passenger car, the Lilly Belle. The Lilly Belle is named after Walt’s wife, Lillian, who also had a hand in decorating the car. What’s so special about the car? To begin, it’s an original car from Disneyland’s opening in 1955. Back then, it wasn’t as lavishly decorated as it is today – that didn’t happen until 1974. After a painstaking restoration, the Lilly Belle emerged as a distinct addition to the Disneyland Railroad to serve VIP’s and other special guests. If you’re lucky enough, you too can ride the Lilly Belle.
How to Ride the Lilly Belle
If you’d like to ride the Lilly Belle on your next trip, here’s what you need to know…
- Arrive at the park before it opens and proceed directly to the 2nd floor of the Disneyland Railroad Station.
- Wait outside, in line, until you hear the official park opening announcement.
- When the Railroad Cast Members arrive, ask who is taking the reservations for the Lilly Belle Car (if it is available).
- Arrive early for your scheduled departure time.
- The Lilly Belle does not operate everyday, nor is it available all day long. Only a few trips are available each day.
- Guests must reserve their ride with a Disneyland Cast Member and must also be escorted in the car with a Cast Member (Club 33 members can ride at anytime, unescorted).
- Rides are round-trip from the Main Street Train Station.
- The escorting Cast Member will share the history of the car while you travel.
Photos of the Lilly Belle Interior
The Lilly Belle is a beautiful car, if not a bit lavish and (slightly) gaudy. But it’s a period which, which gives it an excuse. Here are a few photos.
Lillian’s favorite color is red and as such, the entire car is decorated in it.
Many of the original pieces are still on display, unprotected, available for all to enjoy.
At the end of the car is a photo of Walt & Lillian
At the conclusion of your trip, passengers are given a ticket, which is then punched – making your trip official. It is similar in design to the original.
Have you ever ridden the Lilly Belle? What did you think? Share by commenting.
I’ll see you out there…!