Sunday, April 17, 2022

The Monorail Game- Version One

 Last week I shared my Monorail Game from the early 60's. I decided (after writing that post) that it might be fun to have the original version. So, I checked out eBay and I found a copy that said it was missing the game pieces. Because of that flaw, it was a great price, so I snatched it up!

Now, when you collect board games, you tend to get odds and ends of other games (it's amazing what people just scoop into the boxes when they're putting the games away). So, I have a drawer full of lost dice, markers, pawns, even little buildings. I say all of this to point out that it was pretty easy to replace the missing pieces with ones that, while maybe not exactly like the originals, are period correct and functional.

So, let's dive in here, shall we?

Let's start with the box top. As you can see, unlike the sleek, midcentury modern look of the second edition, this one is decidedly more like the 1956 games. Of course these attractions didn't open until 1959, so when was this one made? Well, it seems that this version was designed in 1959, and copyrighted in 1960. The art came slightly before the attractions, so it isn't exact, even though the game came out after the attractions. Got it? My head hurts.

The sides of the box are all the same.

Here is the sticker on the back of the board. This art is actually pretty. An interesting aside on the Disneyland logo font: there was an item that someone posted on a Facebook page with this rather different font. As people do on Facebook, everybody jumped in with their two cents about if it was a genuine Disney item or not. Some "experts" swore that Disney never used this font and, therefore, it was a fake. This game begs to differ...

And here is the board. Although I love the simplicity of the Blue Box board, this one is just plain fun! There are a lot more attractions featured, although they don't have the same ones as the second edition. Interestingly, this version makes it clear that what the game refers to as "Casey Jr." is actually the Disneyland Railroad. This seems to be a common mistake.

The board with my "new" wooden pieces. The player markers are from a 1950s Clue game; therefore, say "hello" to Col. Mustard, Ms. Peacock, Mr. Green and Mrs. White. The Casey Jr. token is from a large number of multicolored wooden pieces that went to...something else. The red die was actually in this game (there were two), and the green die was from my orphan piece drawer.

Here are the instructions! They are identical to the second version, but written on the inside of the box top.

So now my early Disneyland game collection is complete! I think. There is always the chance that somewhere out there there is a rare, forgotten game just waiting to be discovered!

You know what we call that? 


Until next time, keep searching for treasure!


  1. Boy(!), it's quite evident why they eventually had to add the center rail to the Autopia. Those crazy kids are circling the Matterhorn!

  2. It was Mrs. White in the train station with a stale churro!

    Wow, that box art is full of vrooooom. And I think that's the Dinsey Extra Wiggly font.

    1. You know, a Disney Clue might actually be fun!
      I thought that was the Uncle Wiggly font. Just shows you what I know!

    2. I meant DisneyLAND Clue. They already have a Haunted Mansion version. I just might have one around here somewhere.... ;-)

    3. I remember seeing the HM Clue in a gift shop at WDW. A Disneyland Clue would be fun, too!

  3. Yeah, I hear they got banned for a year for that little stunt!
    It's also interesting that the subs could, apparently, fly...

  4. I have a repro copy of this game. I love the graphics, even if they are a little (or a lot) off model. Don't hate me, but I kind of like it more than the later "Blue Box" edition.

    Some observations:

    - The Monorail Station is apparently co-located with the Fantasyland Station, which is apparently serviced by Casey Jr., which is apparently a non-cartoonish 2-4-0. "The Disneyland Railroad is now departing Conflation Station on a non-stop, grand circle tour of an approximation of Walt Disney's magic kingdom. ALL ABOARD!"

    - There's a reason Casey Jr. doesn't use the Disneyland RR's track in real life - HE'S GOING THE WRONG WAY!!! (Besides - he's also the wrong gauge. And smells of elderberries.)

    - What is that Victorian structure along the tracks in the lower right-hand corner of the board supposed to be? The platform suggests "train station," but why would there be a Victorian train station in Tomorrowland? Is that some Bizarro World version of the Dominguez House?

    - The Disneyland Drain is apparently right next to that whatever-it-is building. They really have a serious erosion problem there. No wonder they put the Grand Canyon diorama in that spot.

    - Why are there cabeese parked on Main Street? Or are those horseless horse-drawn carriages? Checks off two attractions at once!

    - Of course submarines can fly! Didn't you ever see the color episodes of Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea?

    I think the repro version may be smaller than the original edition. The box feels a little small. The instructions are reproduced pretty faithfully, with some typsetting changes, an updated Parker Brothers logo, and a Walt Disney Parks and Resorts address in place of the Parker Brothers one. It still says "Questions on this game will be answered gladly if proper postage is enclosed." I am sorely tempted to test that theory, but stamps are expensive these days. And then I'd have to find an envelope. And learn how to write. Just not worth the effort.

    I think the board is more fun than the game itself. We played it a few times when the kids were much younger (they are 18 & 21 now), and my wife and I played it again in the depths of COVID, but it's more of a "look at game" than something worthy of heavy rotation on game night. Still glad I have it, though. And glad that you do, too.

    1. Can I get an express from Conflation Station to Conjunction Junction?

  5. Few people know that this is actually a perfect representation of what they actually built...before the great earthquake of 1955... Fewer people actually believe it.
    Chuck, I didn't even notice the Victorian Whatsit. I kind of like it! That IS a lot of drainage. It must be spring allergies (insert rim shot).
    Great, Melissa, now I have the song stuck in my head... "...hookin' up words and phrases and clauses..."

  6. Of all the Disneyland board games, this Monorail game was always at the top of my list! I never did find one that was 100% complete AND in "mint" condition. I also know myself, and once I start with the board games, I'd have to get more. Don't I collect enough stuff already?! ;-)

    1. It really is a sickness. Heck, just writing these posts "forced" me to buy two more! I've never been too concerned about the "mint condition" part. I figure "pretty good condition" is good enough- and a lot cheaper!
      I like your collections every bit as much as my games, though. Your "boxes" are legendary!


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