The Original
Tomorrowland Railroad Station

Santa Fe & Yesterland Railroad
Adults 50 cents
Children 35 cents

“E” Ticket

It’s 1959 here at Yesterland. There’s a new railroad station, the Tomorrowland Station, which just opened in 1958.

Tomorrowland Station at Disneyland

Conveniently located ticket booth

You need a ticket to ride the train. If you have a ticket book, have your “E” coupon ready. Yes, the Santa Fe & Yesterland Railroad is one of the attractions that takes the new top ticket, introduced in June 1959.

Out of “E” coupons? Or perhaps you entered the park with a general admission ticket instead of a ticket book? That’s not a problem. There’s a ticket booth in front of the station. Cash is welcome.

Tomorrowland Station at Disneyland

The train arrives at the Yester Tomorrowland Station.

Board the train for a journey around the park. You can get off at another station, but to get your money’s worth, you’ll probably want to make the full circle.

Shortly after your train leaves the station, you’ll enter the Grand Canyon Diorama. It opened in 1958, and it’s longer than a football field.

Do you want to see dinosaurs from the train too? Then you’ll have to wait until 1966. For now, enjoy a view of a backstage parking lot after you exit from the Grand Canyon Diorama.

Disneyland’s Tomorrowland Station was built in April 1958 as the fourth station of the Santa Fe & Disneyland Railroad.

Tomorrowland Station at Disneyland

No Tomorrowland station yet in 1956

Disneyland opened with just two train stations and two trains in 1955. The Passenger Train provided full-circle, nonstop rides from Main Street Station. The Freight Train did the same from Frontierland Station. In 1956, the original Fantasyland Depot was added, and the trains began stopping at each station.

Tomorrowland Station at Disneyland

Tomorrowland station on the 1964 souvenir map of Disneyland

The Tomorrowland Railroad Station did not change much for more than four decades. The New Tomorrowland of 1967 did not touch the station. The ticket booth disappeared when tickets were no longer needed. The Santa Fe logo disappeared when the Atchison, Topeka, and Santa Fe Railway dropped its sponsorship in 1974.

Tomorrowland Station at Disneyland

Tomorrowland station in 1995

The photo from 1995 could just as easily be a photo from earlier decades, except for changes in the colors.

Tomorrowland Station at Disneyland

Tomorrowland station in 2007

The station received a new look as part of the New Tomorrowland of 1998. Actually, the change involved little more than a new sign and new lights. Otherwise, it’s still the station from 1958.

Tomorrowland Station at Disneyland

Under the Tomorrowland Station canopy in 2007

The steel beams that support the structure have large, round holes in them. Such holes in beams were a popular architectural feature of the 1950s.

The old-fashioned lights look out-of-place on the structure from the 1950s. If the lights were supposed to give the station a Jules Verne look, the result was unsuccessful.

Tomorrowland Station at Disneyland

Tomorrowland Station at night in 2009

The short-lived Viewliner (1957-1958) streamlined train attraction had a very similar station, complete with the same type of beams with round holes. With the Viewliner ending service in 1958 and Tomorrowland Station debuting in 1958, does that mean the Viewliner station was moved a short distance to become the new Tomorrowland Station of the Santa Fe & Disneyland Railroad?

The answer is “No” according to Steve DeGaetano (author of Welcome Aboard the Disneyland Railroad!). In a MiceChat thread, Steve wrote, “Tomorrowland Station is a different station than the Viewliner station. The two stations existed simultaneously for a short period, and both can be seen in certain photos of Tomorrowland. However, the mistake is an easy one to make: They were both virtually identical in design.”

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Updated April 27, 2012.

Photo of Tomorrowland Station with ticket booth: 1959 by Roger J. Runck, courtesy of Robin Runck.
Photo of train arriving at Tomorrowland Station: 1959 by Roger J. Runck, courtesy of Robin Runck.
Photo of Tomorrowland construction and Skyway: 1956 courtesy of Ron Yungul.
Detail from Disneyland souvenir map © 1964 Walt Disney Productions.
Photo of Tomorrowland Station: 1995 by Chris Bales.
Photo of Tomorrowland Station with new sign: 2007 by “Jonnyboyca” from Wikimedia Commons (public domain image).
Photo of Tomorrowland Station structure: 2007 by Allen Huffman.
Photo of Tomorrowland Station at night: 2009 by Allen Huffman.