On Saturday, two longtime attractions — the Disneyland Railroad and the Rivers of America — will return to the Anaheim theme park.

John Lasseter, principal creative advisor for Walt Disney Imagineering, put on a conductor’s hat and took the newly refurbished train through its first ride around its new tracks Friday.

“Today was a historic day in the history of Disneyland,” Lasseter said. “We got to reopen the Disneyland Railroad by honoring two of the nine old men who inspired Walt Disney’s love of railroads — Ward Kimball and Ollie Johnston.”

Kimball and Johnston, who was a mentor to Lasseter, were among the most iconic Disney animators.

The new train route follows along the north end of the river and crosses a new trestle and is along the riverbank which now boasts five waterfalls. For the first time ever in a Disney-themed park, the train will make a left- hand turn, officials said.

The Mark Twain Riverboat, Sailing Ship Columbia and Davey Crockett Explorer Canoes are once again traveling the Rivers of America attraction.

The nighttime fireworks show, FANTASMIC!, returned July 17 at the Rivers of America.

–City News Service

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