Two days ago the first of the new Mark VII monorails was delivered to the Disneyland Resort and boy, is she a saucy wench. The first new Disney monorail since the last of the Mark VI’s were delivered to Walt Disney World almost 15 years ago, the new Monorail Red is set to go online in February 2008 according to the L.A. Times. Two other new monorails, blue and orange, will follow in spring and summer.
The new monorail evokes the aesthetics of Bob Gurr’s original designs for Disneyland’s monorail, as seen in the attraction poster on the right. The L.A. Times quoted lead Disney Imagineer Scot Drake as saying the Mark VII design represents a “streamline optimistic vision” of a “fantasy future that never was.” Guess we’ve kinda given up on that future then, eh WDI? Good thing we have no need for sleek and efficient rapid transit today – whew! Silly old people and their silly optimistic views of the future!
Hey, at least they look cool. More pics are up at MiceAge.