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Western River Railroad

Theme Park Insider Reader Rating: 9 out of 10

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The Western River Railroad is Tokyo's version of the Disneyland Railroad. Instead of circling the entire park, the Western River makes a B-shaped circuit around the Adventureland and Westernland sections of the park.

You start in Adventureland, where you circle around the Jungle Cruise, though you won't see much of it through the thick foliage. From there, you continue along the edge of the park to Westernland, where you make a circuit around the Rivers of America. You'll pass Indian villages and enjoy a fine view of the river before proceeding into Big Thunder Mountain.

Once past the dinosaur bones, you'll be transported back to the Primeval World, to see the dinosaurs while they were alive. After witnessing an epic T-Rex-vs-Stegasaurus battle, it's back to the train depot in Adventureland.


The only downfall is the first perhaps 1/3 of the ride has nothing to look at. You are sandwiched between two huge groves of bamboo with only sound effects coming from the Jungle Cruise. Once you break through to Frontierland, the view is great, and there are a lot of fantastic scenes to enjoy during the ride. The train gives great views of The river, Splash Mountain, Big Thunder Mountain and a special treat that I was not expecting, the dinosaur portion of the diorama at Disneyland. No Grand Canyon however.
I also loved how the station was build above the dock for the Jungle Cruise. It really gave a lot of motion and sense of exploration to Adventureland.

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