32nd Annual Mooning of the Amtrak. An all day event Saturday, July 12, 2014.
What is "The Mooning of the Amtrak"?
The Mooning of the Amtrak is an held every year on the second Saturday of July in the area of Mugs Away Saloon in Laguna Niguel, CA (Orange County). Thousands of people gather to drop their pants or lift their skirts along the fence as the Amtrak trains pass by. The trains are normally packed full this day and even slow down so that the passengers can enjoy the show fully. Over the past couple of years it has turned into much more then just a mooning...now it is a festival similar to a Mardi Gras Celebration. The street is line with all types of vendors, party RVs and hundred of people who come out to be part of this ever growing party. Between trains you may see an impromptu wet t-shirt contest, girls getting naked in blow-up pools and lots of flashing for beads. Be warned, this event is not for the kids or anyone who may be offended by exhibitionism or public nudity.
The mooning takes place along the train track fence across the street from Mugs Away Saloon at 27324 Camino Capistrano, Laguna Niguel, California 92677 (map). To get there exit the I-5 freeway at Avery Parkway (in South Mission Viejo area), make a right and then another immediate right where Avery dead ends at the train tracks, then follow the train tracks until you see all of the crazy people (about 1.2 miles). If you get there early (before 9am or so) you may find parking close to the event or you can drive past the event and park on the north end of the street. If you get there anytime later than that, we recommend you take the first spot you see coming up Camino Capistrano and walk in. If you have a motorcycle, I recommend you bring it...motorcycles can get all the way in and always find parking right in the heart of things. You may also consider bringing along your bicycle and parking down the street and riding in. This is also a great way to cruise up and down the entire length of the mooning and see everything. And there is always the option of taking the train in. The MetroLink (NOT the Amtrak) has a stop about 3/4 miles from the event...the Laguna Niguel - Mission Viejo station. You can easily park and board the train at the Irvine station.
What to Bring?
Oh you would be amazed at the things I have seen people bring to the Mooning of the Amtrak...I have seen stripper poles, swimming pools, foosball tables, full bars, vibrating recliner chairs and just about everything else (check out our Mooning Photo Albums to see some of the wild things people bring. But here are some necessities and tips to make your "Mooning" more pleasurable.
What You Should Bring:
Beverages - Soft drinks, water, beer or whatever. Drinks are available at Mugs Away Saloon, but it will take you an hour to get one and then you can't take it outside. Free shots are normally available along the street for the ladies (you will most likely have to flash a boob or two to get one :)
Food - You can bring along sandwiches or snacks if you like. There are a few people selling hamburgers and hot dogs, but you can't always count on them having any left.
CAMERA - You are definitely going to want to take lots of pictures, but remember to be respectful...if someone doesn't want their picture taken...DON'T TAKE IT! And don't forget to send us your mooning pictures!!!
Sun Screen - It gets really hot there and I'm sure most of your butts aren't used to that much sun!
Beads - It can be kind of like Mardi Gras so if you bring beads you will most likely see some boobs. Or you can do like me and have your wife earn the beads and then you can give them away :)
Chairs - Not only will this provide a much needed break, but it will also help you establish your spot for the day.
What Else You Can Bring:
RV - It has become pretty popular for RVs to get there as early as Wednesday to get a good spot for their camp. It makes for a real comfortable day and usually you can get your own little theme party going at your camp. Just please be respectful and remember to leave lots of room along the fence area for the "mooners". (Note: after the Police incident this year I cannot be sure whether or not RVs will be aloud to come in early for the 2009 Mooning of the Amtrak).
Pets - Pets are welcome and I have seen dogs, snakes, iguanas and parrots at the mooning. Just don't forget to bring along food and PLENTY of WATER for them.
EZ Up/Shelter - If you get there early enough you can set up an EZ Up type shelter for shade in you "camp area".
What You Should NOT Bring:
An Attitude - Everyone here comes to have a good time. If you don't agree with this free spirited event, don't come.
Kids - This is an adult party. We have seen too many people bring the kids along and then get upset when people do things that are inappropriate for kids. Even if you don't mind your kids seeing the adult oriented partying, it makes the rest of uncomfortable when they are there.
Fireworks - Way too many people for fireworks.
Weapons - No explanation needed...Just don't.
Who Puts on The Mooning of The Amtrak Event?
Nobody! No one organizes, sponsors or is responsible for the Mooning of the Amtrak. The event is an open event which grows by word of mouth. It is up to each and every attendee to keep the mooning safe, clean and legal. Please act responsibly and clean up after yourself and this event will continue to be a free & open festival.
History of the Mooning of the Amtrak Train
No one knows for sure how it started, but legend has it that in 1979, at The Mugs Away Saloon, a K.T.Smith told his buddies he'd buy a drink for all who would run outside to the rail road tracks and "moon" the next train, which many did. The mooning tradition prevailed and each and every year since then more and more people show up to drop their pants and moon the passing Amtrak trains. Metrolink commuter trains started weekend operation on this track in Summer 2006 giving the mooners even more opportunities throughout the days to drop their inhibitions (and pants).