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    Just thought I'd post a few pictures from my recent trip on October 28th-30th. I noticed the Lilly Belle was running as we entered the park so after a quick breakfast at the Blue Ribbon Bakery I went and asked (very politely, by the way) if we could ride. After a brief twenty minute wait spent browsing the interior of the Main Street Railroad Station, we were escorted aboard and welcomed by Andreis, our guide for the Grand Circle Tour:



    What a wonderful experience! Andreis entertained us with stories and anecdotes during our journey and we'd get up and walk around this wonderfully restored carriage at each stop on our "Grand Circle Tour".







    We took my parents, both in their 70's along on this trip and our ride on the Lilly Belle was their absolute favorite part. They enjoyed this even more than the fireworks show later that night!



    All in all it was a wonderful trip back in time and Andreis made it all the more memorable. I can't remember a Grand Circle Tour ever being over this fast before, but before we knew it - it was time to stop being VIP's and go back to being just regular park guests again. Truly it was a marvelous experience and I highly recommend taking the time and putting forth the effort to anyone who has any interest in Railroading History.

    A few tips:
    - The Lilly Belle boards only at the Main Street Station
    - You must take a Grand Circle Tour. Of course, once you're on board you won't want to get off!
    - Ask nicely, after all they don't have to allow you on board - this is a privilege
    - It helps if at least some members of your group are middle-aged to elderly. As Andreis explained, they want people who are old enough to appreciate the history and effort that went in to the restoration. An unescorted group of teenager's has very little chance of being allowed to ride. Sorry if that sounds discriminatory, but that's just the way it is
    - Be prepared to wait. We had about twenty minutes to kill, but I took the opportunity to show my Dad all the neat features of the Main Street Railroad Station
    - Remain seated while the train is in motion, but Andreis had no trouble allowing us to wander around and take pictures while we were stopped
    - Ask questions! Andreis regaled us with a wonderful assortment of stories as we traveled and answered all of our questions

    I hope if you are any sort of railroad buff, or if you just want to experience the Disneyland Railroad in a new and frankly extravagant way, that you'll take the opportunity to ask for a ride on the Lilly Belle!

    Here's my favorite picture from our trip. We spent two more days experiencing just about everything the park had to offer, but we kept coming back to the Lilly Belle whenever we discussed what our favorite thing was!

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    Love the pictures of you and the Lilly Belle!

    Thank you for sharing
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      Fantastic pictures...thanks!
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        Wow, what a treat. Such a special thing you can only do at Disneyland!

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          Thanks for the photos and the great tips, 5hr. If I only knew someone who was middle aged... :whistling:

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            Great TR and pictures
            Nice to hear that still let people on the Lilly Belle




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              WONDERFUL!!!!!!!! I love your photos and tips. My hubby and I are going to DL for our 19th wedding anniversary in 3 weeks, and we hope to get on the Lilly Belle.

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                I'm glad you shared. I will be taking my elderly parents in December and hope to treat them to a trip around Dland on the Lilly Belle as well. I can't wait since I hear nothing but wonderful things about the experience and of course Andreis.
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                  I Rode the Lilly belle from Toontown to Main Street.


                  Of course I was on the Walk in Walt's tour.
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                    What a wonderful experience!

                    Thanks for sharing!

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                      Last summer on my birthday the conductors invited me to board the Lille Belle at the NOS station. It was a dream come true! Now all I have is to get into Club 33.

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                        How awesome! I'm very excited for you...and more than a little jealous!
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                        • #13
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                          But...but...but...if I ride in the Lilly Belle, I might get distracted from the views of the Indy show building!

                          Okay, seriously, thanks for posting. Very cool shots. I'm glad you guys had a wonderful time, and I can't wait to give this luxury a try, too. Although I truly will have trouble deciding what to look at in that particular stretch of track. Not joking.

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                            Re: 5hr Drive's &quot;Lilly Belle&quot; tour

                            Originally posted by awaflyboy View Post
                            Last summer on my birthday the conductors invited me to board the Lille Belle at the NOS station. It was a dream come true! Now all I have is to get into Club 33.
                            I went to Club 33 last November, now it's time for Lilly Belle for me!

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                              Beautiful, thanks for posting those wonderful pictures.

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                              • #16
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                                Thanks- Really nice photos. Our last trip we were able to get on but it was at night so our pictures did not come out quite so good. This trip we will try for the daytime.


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                                  Riding the Lilly Belle in July was the last frontier for me at Disneyland. I've been fortunate enough to do alot of stuff at Disneyland...


                                  ...But the Lilly Belle was out-of-reach. Thanks to Disneyland for including rides on the Lilly Belle as part of the "Year of a Million Dreams".

                                  I used to mock that promotion, but now that I've been a lucky recipient of it... well, I only mock it 1/2 as much.
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                                  • #18
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                                    I'd love to ride the Lily Belle!

                                    It's looks like there was 4 of you. Was there a CM watching you and giving you tips and info while you were riding the caboose?

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                                      Originally posted by Junthor View Post
                                      I Rode the Lilly belle from Toontown to Main Street.


                                      Of course I was on the Walk in Walt's tour.

                                      Awww I wanna do that!

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                                      • #20
                                        Re: 5hr Drive's &quot;Lilly Belle&quot; tour

                                        Originally posted by tif_64 View Post
                                        Awww I wanna do that!
                                        it's a great tour and it's a good time.


                                        I'd recommend it
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