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  • [Question] help me help my gf pilot the mark twain and ride on the tender car or even the lilly

    I have heard many rumors and stories of how to get into the wheel house of the mark twain, how to ride on the tender car in the DLRR and how to maybe even get into the Lilly Belle.

    NOrmally I would not try to knock so much out at once but we do not think we shall be able to visit at all for 2 years after this weekend due to school commitments. If any one can offer any REAL advice please do so. I want ths trip to be as magical as possible for my fiance. thank you

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    Re: help me help my gf pilot the mark twain and ride on the tender car or even the li

    I can only really comment on the Mark Twain Wheel House. It is very easy. Just ask the Cast Member who is assisting people with the loading if you can ride in the wheel house. He/she will say yes and point you in the right direction or say someone else is already riding in it during this trip. You would then have the option of waiting for the next trip. When we did it, we lucked out and got right on. You can have up to four people ride in the wheel house with the pilot.

    From what I've read here, you just need to ask a CM at the main street station to ride the tender car or Lilly Belle. Do it early in the day since you may need a reservation for a later ride.

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    • #3
      Re: help me help my gf pilot the mark twain and ride on the tender car or even the li

      The way we have manged riding the Lilly Belle, was asking at main street station if time was available, and having them direct us to waiting on the bench near the office, and then loading our party with a conductor CM who travels with you in the car for the full circuit. I have also ridden the tender position with my daughter by asking at main street, being directed to wait, and than being escorted to the front of the train. Both trips are round trip only. I would do this first thing into the park to see if it would be a possibility for you.
      Last edited by Acpisme; 06-11-2013, 05:20 PM.
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      • #4
        Re: help me help my gf pilot the mark twain and ride on the tender car or even the li

        That's about the size of it. They do limit the runs of the Lilly Belle based on weather. Not if it's raining, too hot, or too cold. I'm not sure of the restrictions on the tender, but I'm sure there are some. I'd head up to Main Street Station as your first stop of the day, right around opening time, since they do fill up fast.
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        • #5
          Re: help me help my gf pilot the mark twain and ride on the tender car or even the li

          For tender rides, they only offer them on certain trains and cannot do it if the train needs to refuel, release steam or get more water on that trip as those things require access to where you would be sitting. They sometimes do not do them if the weather is too hot as it gets pretty warm sitting there. If the weather is good and you ask first thing in the morning, you will get a tender ride at some point. The bad news is that unlike the Lilly Belle where you get a reservation to come back, for the tender ride you have to sit and wait until the correct train comes by and is available- if you leave you lose your spot.

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          • #6
            Re: help me help my gf pilot the mark twain and ride on the tender car or even the li

            I went to the main st train station at park opening and asked about the Lily Belle, the CM at the station took care of us and got us on the waiting list and we came back later. It was it great experience! I highly recommend it. The CM who was in the car with us was really knowledgeable and fun.

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            • #7
              Re: help me help my gf pilot the mark twain and ride on the tender car or even the li

              The info for the wheelhouse and Lilly belle are both good...you only easily do both in one day, jus ask at Main Street first thing so you can get a spot for a later time. It's been a couple of weeks since I have been, but last I heard they were not doing tender rides, indefinitely. I was trying to go for the trifecta as well but everytime I asked (many time over several weeks in May) they said they were not doing them, and wouldn't be doing them again as far as they knew. If you re able to get on, let me know!
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              • #8
                Re: help me help my gf pilot the mark twain and ride on the tender car or even the li

                Sad to hear that, although I can see why. The tender ride seat had little protection for the person/people sitting on it. Still was an incredible experience to talk with the fireman and engineer while doing the ride. Learned I was a train nut because of it!
                “Here you leave today and enter the world of yesterday, tomorrow, and fantasy.”

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                • #9
                  Re: help me help my gf pilot the mark twain and ride on the tender car or even the li

                  Originally posted by Acpisme View Post
                  Sad to hear that, although I can see why. The tender ride seat had little protection for the person/people sitting on it. Still was an incredible experience to talk with the fireman and engineer while doing the ride. Learned I was a train nut because of it!
                  we DID get to the mark twain wheelhouse, the lilly belle and the extra graveyard at the haunted mansion

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                  • #10
                    Re: help me help my gf pilot the mark twain and ride on the tender car or even the li

                    Originally posted by gtsouthard View Post
                    we DID get to the mark twain wheelhouse, the lilly belle and the extra graveyard at the haunted mansion
                    Sounds like yo did well! So they still aren't giving tender rides then?
                    Follow me on Instagram: @disneylovingnurse :ap:

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                    • #11
                      Re: help me help my gf pilot the mark twain and ride on the tender car or even the li

                      We saw people riding on the tender last week

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                      • #12
                        Re: help me help my gf pilot the mark twain and ride on the tender car or even the li

                        Originally posted by CassiefRN View Post
                        Sounds like yo did well! So they still aren't giving tender rides then?
                        they said that they would probably not be doing it much longer, since Im not ever going back to disneyland I wont be able to confrim or deny if thats true.

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                        • #13
                          Re: help me help my gf pilot the mark twain and ride on the tender car or even the li

                          Don't forget to ask to ride in the Cab of the Monorail too.
                          Same thing, just ask a cast member.
                          Have fun.

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                          • #14
                            Re: help me help my gf pilot the mark twain and ride on the tender car or even the li

                            Originally posted by Jetlife View Post
                            Don't forget to ask to ride in the Cab of the Monorail too.
                            Same thing, just ask a cast member.
                            Have fun.
                            again, Im not going back. I had a REALLY bad experience at disneyland. Im not ever going back

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                            • #15
                              Re: help me help my gf pilot the mark twain and ride on the tender car or even the li

                              Understood, but people could still post in this thread so that other folks who will be going back (or for the first time) could find out how to do these things.

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