Question About Monorail Playsets.

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  1. Reto

    Reto Baloo's Best Buddy:-)

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    Can't comment on how much your items are worth but I saw the Contemporary resort still being sold at WDW back in November 2010. Didn't look on the price tag though since I already own one.
     
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  3. CandyMandy

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    The attraction connector is worth more than the hotel, since the latter is still in production and is readily available on eBay (probably the most common accessory currently for sale item if you search for "Disney monorail"). Disney stopped selling the connectors years ago and one doesn't see them up for auction very often on eBay, so it could go up to $100 or more if the right collectors see it.
     
  4. garryc2153

    garryc2153 Earning My Ears

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    This is very good detail on what's available. I have most of what you list and a few more....
    Sears Disneyland playset circa 1988 smaller buildings made of plastic and more tuned to younger children than WDW version

    Mickeys house Not officially a monorail playset

    Minnie's house same deal
    Since they have been evicted from WDW due to the expansion of MK I put them with my Disneyland stuff.

    Disneyland 50 anniv Castle lights up with different colors

    Homemade test track - I took a cookie tin painted it silver and put a Cars playset track around it. The attraction die cast cars fit perfectly inside the track
    Epcot fountain I made this from styrofoam rings and a pizza pan. I added water to it using some garden hose and a sump pump in a 5 gal pail underneath

    Made the Matterhorn out of 4 cans of spray foam and paint. it has Mickey planting the 50 anniv flag on top

    Every christmas I take over a whole room in my house and build a 10ft x 20ft display with all domestic parks in it. as close to the real layout of each. I have tons of pics but not sure how to add them
     
  5. tcsta

    tcsta Earning My Ears

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    I'm sure someone here can help you with posting pics. I'd love to see them. Maybe there's an FAQ about it or a sticky somewhere to explain it.
     
  6. wyattsdaddy2

    wyattsdaddy2 Earning My Ears

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    It's Collectitall41 my friend,
    I'd love to see your work! Sign up for a free photo hosting site like Photobucket, Flickr etc and just post your link here
     
  7. CandyMandy

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    Here's a possible and interesting addition. I have come across what I believe is a second, different version of the attraction connectors you mentioned above.

    The one you described is the standard one, sized for the WDW monorial sets. Stock they come included with a modified pylon, one that has a small lip on the side which acts as a footer for the sensor part of the connector (allowing it to sit at just the right height so that a passing train will trip the sensor).

    I now believe there is a second version of this connector that was made specifically to work with the Disneyland mini monorail. The sensor and timer parts are identical to the standard version, but the cables connecting the timer and sensor sections are shorter (too short to allow the timer unit to sit flush on the floor next to a standard WDW version pylon). Clearly, these connector units were made to work with a shorter pylon - which I think is what came with the DL mini monrail.

    Interestingly, I have never seen such an attraction connector for sale anywhere (the one I received came in an estate lot, without its packaging or a pylon).
     
  8. 2boyzmomma

    2boyzmomma Earning My Ears

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    I am just now starting a collection. I didn't know about them (I know) until our first family vacation to WDW this past December. My youngest son, turning 5 in a few weeks, wants the monorail play set for his birthday. I am a little nutty, and if he's going to have one piece of a collection I want to make sure he has everything else to go with it. And this collection is amazing! I love it! He's going to have to share it with me, no question.

    I'm especially excited to get this whole collection for him because he has asked every day if we can go back, if we can live in WDW, and there is no sign of him stopping any time soon! And, this set is all he's wanted for Christmas and birthday. That's pretty focused for a 4 year old who likes everything Disney/Pixar.

    If anyone has any of the following that they would consider selling, please let me know:

    Haunted Mansion
    Grand Floridian
    TTC
    WDW Tree & Light Set
    Astro Orbiter Attraction
    Dumbo Attraction
    Tea Cup Attraction
    Main Street Station
    Wilderness Play set
    Switching Station
    Sorcerer's Hat
    WDW Sign Set
    (I can't remember if they made a Carousel set for the Monorail yet, but if they did please add that as well as any other monorail play sets I may have left off the list).


    Thank you!!!
     
  9. tcsta

    tcsta Earning My Ears

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    Dang, 2boyz. I wish you would have posted this last week. I just sold a lot of this stuff. I would much rather have had it go to someone here :(

    I do still have an unboxed Tree of Life, and a Dumbo that does not work. It could possibly be repaired, but it is not mint. Let me know if you're interested, and I can send pics.

    Check sale history on eBay for these items. Don't fall for some of the Buy It Now prices or some of the prices on Craigslist.

    Couple notes (my opinion only)...

    -Wilderness Lodge is extremely rare and doesn't look much different than a normal Lincoln Log set. Go with Lincoln Logs and craft your own sign

    -The TTC and Switch Station are considered the same thing in terms of monorail toys, unless there's something new I haven't seen yet. Officially it's the Switch Station

    -Don't forget to buy Cinderella Castle :)

    -There is no Carousel playset that I have seen, official monorail toy or otherwise

    -Other interesting items not on your list that you might want...Space Mountain and Polynesian Resort. Both are available new, so the price is much lower than some of the rarer pieces (*cough* Grand Floridian & Switch Station *cough*)
     
  10. PatMcDuck

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    Glad I read this thread, I have to dig around my basement and sell some of this stuff.

    I know I have a few of the attractions, like astro-orbiter. Are these usable out of the box, or you need one of those attraction connectors to make them work? I don't know, because I don't think I ever tried to hook them up, just bought them. I have the first 2 monorails, red and black, Contemporary, Spaceship Earth, and extra track packs.

    It was great fun running them under the tree, but that was the only time I used them. OT, but I have that talking monorail refrigerator magnet, and I love it. (still talking on the original battery!)


    Edit, never mind, I have the attraction connector, in a separate little box, but my Astro Orbiter might need some TLC, lol. I love this stuff, may have to keep it after all!
     
  11. tcsta

    tcsta Earning My Ears

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    The attractions are usable out of the box. They have an on-off switch on the side toward the bottom. Most are in the shape of a plastic gold Cinderella Castle I believe. The problem is, many of the internals fail quickly. The motors and gears are the best qualtity. I've heard cases where the attractions failed out of the box :(
     
  12. Mindibellcm

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    Hi. I have had a couple of these sets sitting in my attic for several years and when we moved back in August, I told my husband I was selling them. They have been sitting in the corner of my room and I am finally online trying to figure out what they are worth. I was going to list them on ebay but would rather them go to another Disney fan. We bought them with the thought of doing a monorail theme in our son's room but we never got that far and as far as I know these have never been out of the box.

    I have Dumbo and the Astro Orbiter.

    I also have a few from Paradise Pier set but need to see what they are. PM if you are interested. If not I will work on posting on ebay.

    Does anyone know where I can find out what they are worth?

    Mindi
     
  13. PatMcDuck

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    I think the only place to see what they are worth, is past Ebay sales. They are only "worth" what people will pay for them, of course. If they are really worth a lot, the auction will go up. But I would not list it low, in case not enough people see it. (People looking for stuff like this, usually get notified as soon as a matching item is listed). Just watch your keywords!

    I may list mine, I thought I had Dumbo, but I don't see it in my basement. I will have to test the Astro-Orbitor, and that connection thing, and even the monorails. And put the other stuff together, to make sure everything is in order. (Sounds like fun!)
     
  14. HPCrazy

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    I'm so happy there is a topic for this! I've been a collector of the monorail items since 2003 in which I've purchased my very first monorail playset when we stayed at the Contemporary. Since then, I've been hooked and now have the following in my collection:

    -H-O scale Main Street Station (retired)
    -Contemporary Resort model
    -Polynesian Resort model
    -Disney Resort sign set (retired)
    -Monorail yellow (my first set, no longer works and since retired)
    -Monorail black
    -Monorail blue (my first set with the removable roofs and the small characters)
    -Walt Disney's Caroline Pacific (H-O scale train set replica of Walt's personal train)
    -Miniature WDW Parking Tram set

    I'm also hoping to maybe dive in and purchase the Sleeping Beauty's Castle playset from the Disney Store since it pretty much looks like the Anaheim castle. I'm not too impressed with the Cinderella Castle playset as it doesn't look entirely like the actual building. I hope they also bring back some of the other retired playsets as they have shown me it's possible with the reintroduction of the Polynesian. I'm "hoping" they'll bring back the Grand Floridian so I can also add that to my monorail line.

    Here are some pics of my Christmas display from 2012 featuring most of my items with the exception of Monorail yellow:

    http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=3084316
     
  15. 94princesscnh

    94princesscnh Earning My Ears

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    I also love to collect. I have test track, space mountain, Main Street and a bunch of other things really I jut need gf and some of the rides. I think Disney is probably going to bring them back slowly one at a time. Since they just brought out the Polynesian at Christmas time.
     
  16. HPCrazy

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    I definitely hope you're right about that. I'd love to have the Grand Floridian to "complete" my monorail line but I'm just not willing to pay eBay prices to snatch one up. I also wish they'd bring back some of the other items like the original Spaceship Earth, Astro Orbitor, Dumbo, H-O train, etc.
     
  17. 94princesscnh

    94princesscnh Earning My Ears

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    Well they do have space mountain now. You can buy it online at the Disney store. I really hope they bring all of those back to because those are the ones I need to complete my set.
     
  18. Borishack

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    The one other accessory no one seems to have mentioned is the 1990s issued Disney HO scale Test track race set that was sourced by Lifelike. It is relatively rare (does not show up on ebay very often). Has two cars that are close to the originals, as well as accessories (hot/cold tunnel, lots of signage). Interestingly, one can scour the scores of videos on youtube of elaborate Disney monorail playset displays but you will never see one employing this set.

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  19. AdamSC

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    We just got back from a holiday trip to the WDW…

    On Saturday, I pulled an old monorail set out of the basement and set it up (I have the black monorail and the switching station, but not enough track to make it too fun..)

    The girls (7 and 12) loved it!

    I went looking for new pieces and found the ridiculous prices on eBay (sometimes 3 times retail - same item on sale at the Disney store)

    Bought a couple of items from the Disney store.

    If anyone is interested in selling some pieces, I am willing to buy. I am not really a collector, I just want them to set them up and play with my kids. So it is not important that they are perfect or in the box, just playable. PM me if you are interested.
     
  20. AdamSC

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    Tcsta- tried to respond to your pm, but my post count is to low and it won't let me send. Sorry
     
  21. tcsta

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    Adam - Check your PM's
     

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