Aboard the Lilly Belle

Earlier today we posted on our Facebook page about the Lilly Belle no longer being open to the public at Disneyland. We spent a lot of time shooting footage of it for our short film on the Disneyland Railroad and had perhaps more opportunity than most to enjoy its beauty. Getting to ride…

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Aboard the Lilly Belle

Earlier today we posted on our Facebook page about the Lilly Belle no longer being open to the public at Disneyland. We spent a lot of time shooting footage of it for our short film on the Disneyland Railroad and had perhaps more opportunity than most to enjoy its beauty. Getting to ride around Disneyland in the luxury of the VIP car was a unique experience we’ll never forget. Things change from time to time at Disneyland. Some of those changes are welcome while others are hard to swallow. The idea of limiting the Lilly Belle’s use may not be what any of us want, but it is a return to the original intent for the car. We’re glad that it strayed from that path for a time so that many of us were able to enjoy it. We wanted to share a post highlighting some our favorite moments aboard the Lilly Belle. That way, those of us that had the opportunity can remember and those of us that didn’t can see what it was like. We’re even including the excerpt that features the Lilly Belle from our DLRR video. It was our favorite part!

Aboard the Lilly Belle — Excerpt from All Aboard: The Disneyland Railroad

"https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y_qxginBO3g"

The Lilly Belle Plaque
The Lilly Belle Plaque on the Disneyland Railroad

A Seat on the Lilly Belle
A Seat on the Lilly Belle on the Disneyland Railroad

Sunset Glow Inside the Lilly Belle
Sunset Glow Inside the Lilly Belle on the Disneyland Railroad

Inside the Lilly Belle – Matthew Hansen
Inside the Lilly Belle on the Disneyland Railroad

The Lilly Belle Passes Through the Grand Canyon Diorama
The Lilly Belle Passes Through the Grand Canyon Diorama on the Disneyland Railroad

Did you get a chance to experience a ride on the Lilly Belle? Let us know in the comments below. We’d love to hear your stories!

About Matt Hansen

Matt is a photographer and designer based in San Diego. When he’s not working, he's charting his next adventure over coffee or craft beer.
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4 Comments

  1. We were so lucky to be able to check this off our “bucket list” this past Thanksgiving. What an amazing experience to take a full circle tour around the Park & sit in such lovely furniture that perhaps Walt might have even sat in. Your video & pictures are amazing as usual & will be able to relive that experience over looking at them.

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  2. Beautiful, I wish I’d been able to go inside (maybe Disney will reopen the car up in the future). “Inside the Lilly Belle” is fast becoming one of my favorites. The excerpt was also nicely done. What was the music called? It was so pretty, but also a bit mournful.

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  3. This excerpt did total justice to the “Lilly Belle,” and I very much appreciate the thoughtfulness, care, and creativity that went in the making of the piece.

    In fact, I was so impressed by the choices you made that I hoped to be able to see the rest of the film, but, unfortunately, YouTube says that the video is not available in the U.S.

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    1. Thanks, @mattkorner:disqus. Glad to hear you enjoyed it! I’m sorry for any inconvenience with YouTube. Try this link here: http://toursdepartingdaily.com/all-aboard-disneyland-railroad/

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