Posted by: Jeremy on August 13, 2019 at 08:00 AM CST
The most sedate attraction at either of the Disney Parks has been converted back into an "E" ticket set through the collaborative magic of Disney and LEGO.
The ultimate family destination just became the ultimate family build! Kids will love to join Disney characters Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Chip, Dale and Goofy for magical adventures with this awesome LEGO train set, featuring a motorized steam-style locomotive with tender, passenger car and a luxurious parlor car, plus an oval track and an iconic Disney Parks-style station building.
The original railway, conceived by Walt Disney himself, opened in 1955 in Anaheim and 1971 in Orlando and regularly treats over ten million park-goers each year to a complete circuit of the park. Disneyphiles will recognise that the brick-built engine is numbered after the Walt E. Disney engine but its livery matches the Roger E. Broggie (named after the mechanical engineer and project manager who oversaw the construction of the Disneyland Railroad) engine. Only time will tell if this was a purposeful design amalgamation by LEGO/Disney or a faux pas.
This set comes with an array of cool details, including app-controlled functionality. Use a smart phone or tablet to drive the locomotive forward, reverse and emit realistic sound effects. Joining up the train cars is simple with the magnetic LEGO couplings, and the panels on the parlor car open for access to its detailed interior complete with table, armchairs, teapot and cup.
And the fun doesn’t end there! Inside the toy train station building there’s an array of intricate brick-built furnishings and details, including draped windows, wall clock, ceiling chandelier and a tower room with a little LEGO surprise!
The included Main Street, USA station is a close facsimile to the one at the front of both Disney parks, which was modeled after a Victorian-style train station in Saratoga Springs, New York. If you don't want to wait for LEGO to release a accompanying sets then look to the retired Lone Ranger theme for inspiration to build the Frontierland station, which was the only other stop on the line when the attraction first opened.
The LEGO® ǀ Disney Train and Station includes 16 curved pieces and 4 straight pieces of track, locomotive, tender, passenger car, parlor car and an iconic station building as well as:
Locomotive features a large red fender, red wheels with working coupling rods, a big smoke stack and a driver’s cab.
Tender contains a LEGO® Powered Up 88009 Hub and a LEGO Powered Up 88011 Train Motor.
Train and sound effects can be controlled via a smart device. Connect via Bluetooth from the LEGO® Powered Up app.
Requires batteries (not included). Please refer to the product packaging for type and quantity.
Passenger car has seating for the LEGO® ǀ Disney minifigures.
Remove the panel on the parlor car to access a rich interior with table, armchairs, teapot and cup.
Station exterior features a detailed facade with balcony, clock and 2 flagged towers.
Station interior features a ticket counter, café corner and an array of brick-built furnishings and details, including draped windows, wall clock, ceiling chandelier and a tower room with a little LEGO® ǀ Disney surprise.
Easily connect the cars with the included LEGO® magnetic couplings.
This LEGO® building toy includes more than 2,900 pieces.
Also included in 71044 Disney Train and Station are five uniquely decorated LEGO® ǀ Disney minifigures with accessories: Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Chip, Dale and Goofy.
If these aren't enough Disney minifigs to make your day, you can populate your growing park with Disney character minifigures from the currently available Collectible Minifigure Series, priced $3.99 each.
The perfect accompaniment to 71040 The Disney Castle, available now for $349.99, all 2955 pieces of Disney Train and Station (71044) set will be released with a price point of US$329.99 / CA$379.99 / DE€329.99 / UK£299.99 / FR€329.99 / DK 2499DKK on August 21st for VIPs and September 1st for the general public, exclusively at LEGO.com. Check your region for local pricing availability.