What closed attractions did you have the chance to experience?Following up on Robert Niles' question of what attractions have you NEVER experienced. How about what attractions that no longer exist did you get a chance to experience?
From TH CreativeMy List
Posted May 25, 2011 at 5:41 AM
Mr. Toads Wild Ride (WDW MK)
Kitchen Kabaret (EPCOT)
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From Mike GallagherI'm not much of a Disney guy, but I will say that 20000 Leagues was my favorite ride at MK, and I'm glad to have gotten on it several times.
Posted May 25, 2011 at 6:15 AM
Probably my favorite now-dead-and-gone roller coaster was Drachen Fire at Busch Williamsburg, followed by Hypersonic at Kings Dominion, and Hercules at Dorney.
Since there's a good chance Son Of Beast will never re-open, I'd venture that as my favorite still-standing coaster that I'll probably never ride again.
I realize all of these, with the exception of 20000 Leagues and possibly Drachen Fire, now have bad reputations among the "enthusiast" community. But that doesn't change the rides I had and how I felt about them. I liked them all.
I'm also extremely grateful for my visit to Hard Rock Park in '08. The park's troubles and sad stories have been well documented, here and elsewhere. But I feel very fortunate to have gotten many rides on Led Zeppelin, Life In The Fast Lane, and Nights In White Satin in one glorious day..one of the five single best days I've ever had at a park.
From Kelly MuggletonKongfrontation in USF is one.
Posted May 25, 2011 at 6:45 AM
Back. To. The. Future. I still miss it terribly.
One of my favourite 'extinct' rides was Alien Encounter. It was so good to have something different and 'scary' in the Magic Kingdom.
When we first started going to Florida not many Brits went and I was lucky enough to go on 20,000 Leagues and Mister Toad. I think I remember going on Horizons too as I am sure I voted for the ocean ending.
From Kelly MuggletonJust thought of one - Monster Sound Show at Disney MGM (as-was). That was much better than Sounds Dangerous!
Posted May 25, 2011 at 7:50 AM
From Mike GallagherYeah, I should have included BTTF on my list. Thanks, Kelly. Although I'm a huge Simpsons fan, I haven't been on the ride..don't know if/when I will. Heard it's quite well done. But BTTF was among the best of its genre I ever rode.
Posted May 25, 2011 at 8:01 AM
From Formula 40Back To the Future - Universal Studios Florida
Posted May 25, 2011 at 9:12 AM
Corkscrew Hill - Busch Gardens Williamsburg
Honey I Shrunk the Audience - Epcot
Nickolodeon Studios - Universal Studios Florida (I don't remember exactly where it was, but I was in a show called GUTS).
From Robert NilesDisneyland:
Posted May 25, 2011 at 2:01 PM
Adventures Through Inner Space
Country Bear Jamboree
WDW Magic Kingdom:
Universal Studios Florida:
That's all I remember off the top of my head from the U.S. top 10.
My list of dead theme parks I visited is:
From Anthony MurphyPretty much all I have experienced has mentioned. The two that I miss the most are Cranium Command (great concept) and Food Rocks (cause I like food puns)
Posted May 25, 2011 at 8:07 PM
From Terri PierceUSF:
Posted May 25, 2011 at 9:53 PM
Back to the Future
The originally themed Dueling Dragons
Soon to be:
And Jimmy Neutron
From Kurt LarsonI don't know why, but I really loved Kongfrontation.
Posted May 25, 2011 at 11:18 PM
I genuinely can't explain it.
From Lauren HayhurstKongfrontation was amazing. Whenever there's a really strong smell of bananas (!) my mum always says 'ooh, it's just like the King Kong ride...' It was amazing because it was so unique and integrated. The queuing area was brilliant and really set the ride up... Now that I come to think about it, maybe that's the reason I'm scared to ride cable cars...
Posted May 26, 2011 at 1:05 AM
I also went on 20,000 Leagues when I was ten. We only went on it because Space Mtn was temp closed, and I didn't want to go on, but was really glad we did. All I remember thinking how cool it was to go under water and not get wet.
The sound effects show that was in MGM before Sounds Dangerous was so much better. I was picked as a volunteer to make some of the noises. Also the Alfred Hitchcock thing at Universal was brilliant. I was a volunteer for that too and had to pretend to be in Vertigo, falling off a building (actually just tipping back in a special chair and flailing my limbs around whilst the camera zoomed up and away from me!)
Now, it's all coming back. There was an Earthquake exhibit also at Universal where they staged a quake in a shopping mall. I was a volunteer (always putting my hand up) and had to pretend to be going up an escalator and fall about. That was really cool.
BTTF far surpassed the Simpsons. It's exactly the same ride just with a different, less exciting film to watch as you bump around.
Alien Encounter was also a classic.
From AJ HummelAlmost all of these are in California, as all but one of the parks I have visited outside of California I visited last year and they haven't removed anything yet.
Posted May 26, 2011 at 2:32 AM
Disney California Adventure Park:
Knott's Berry Farm:
Universal Studios Hollywood:
SeaWorld San Deigo:
Six Flags Magic Mountain:
From James RaoOne of my favorite "dead" attractions is the ORIENT EXPRESS at Worlds of Fun. While I am sure it would be a painful, old dog today, it was simply the best thing going when I was a kid.
Posted May 26, 2011 at 3:36 AM
The Orient had several fairly distinctive moments for its day, like a pre-drop "kicker", batwing loops (which they called the Kamikaze Curve back then), and interlocking loops (only Loch Ness at BGE had interlocking loops at the time).
Click HERE to see pictures of the late, great Orient Express.
From Carrie HoodNot to get into it, but if it was in Orlando from '85+ I've been on it. I'm a huge Horizons and Imagination supporter, I've been part of the "Save Disney" complain while working there as well as "Save Figment" and I deny all connections to Horizons (On grounds that Disney may try to nail me hard). On top of Kitchen Kabaret as well as other such things like the original "World of Motion" as "World of Energy" without DeGeneras I might add. I've posted classic pictures of both "Mr. Toad" and "20K" online was well as the original "Small World".. and have done college reports of both attractions (they always say preach what you know, I know my FL parks). We're also forgetting Mickey's Birthday Land as well as Mickeys StarLand.. same thing another name and slightly different shows.
Posted May 26, 2011 at 3:28 AM
There is "Mission to Mars", the "Time Keeper" and "Delta Dreamflight". as well as the half a dozen versions of the TTA (Peoplemover).
MGM Also took out the true "Backstage Tour" and modified it greatly of attitudinal space. The hold "Front spot" homes are now gone including things which has a huge following like "Golden Girls" and "Rocketeer". The "Honey I shrunk the kids" became "Bugs Life" and now "Star Tours" has changed also.
As well as Python from BGT/BGA depending on how you know it. I know over a dozen extinct Seaworld Orlando shows (Key West at SeaWorld, Mission: Bermuda Triangle and half a dozen other shows.. Cylde and Seamore's Hotel... Cylde and Seamore Spooky Kooky Castle, Pets On Stage.. ect).
Heh, I've been around the block far to long and I've gotten far to picky because of it.
Oh well. Long live Horizons!
(BTW: To any female fans.. WDW has a new Dooney and Bourke purse series which is all classic WDW (MK and EPCOT, Original ride posters and characters) which are now available!)
From Andy MilioUniversal Florida:
Posted May 26, 2011 at 4:17 AM
From Ray SchroederThe '64 - '65 New York Worlds Fair. I was 9 and 10 at the time. Seeing It's A Small World, Mr. Lincoln, Carousel of Progress, the dinosaurs in the Ford Pavilion got me hooked on theme parks.
Posted May 31, 2011 at 11:31 AM
From Mike GallagherRay, I too was at the '64 Worlds Fair in Flushing Meadows/Corona Park. But I remember nothing of it..I was still in my Mom's tummy (born in September)
Posted May 31, 2011 at 12:21 PM
From Robert NilesIt occurs to me that a fun twist on this discussion would be to reinterpret what "closed" attraction means. So, for former theme park employees, which attractions have you had a chance to experience when they were closed to ticket-paying guests?
Posted May 31, 2011 at 12:25 PM
To narrow it a bit, let's only count times when you experienced in the attraction when it was running in something other than "normal" operation.
From Jorge ArnoldsonMy list of now-closed rides: Back to the Future, Jimmy Neutron, and Hanna Barbara at USF, Millionaire at DHS, Tiki Room Under New Management and Snow White at MK, most of the rides at Freestyle Music Park, Blue's Clues walkthrough at KD, Body Wars and Cranium Command at Epcot
Posted May 31, 2011 at 12:50 PM
My list of now rethemed rides (if they count): Many of the children's rides at KD when it was owned by Paramount
From James JosipMaybe one of you guys can help me with this. I am sure I have seen the Golden Girls House on the studio tour at WDW years ago, but on each trip since, it isn't there. Did I make it up or was it taken down?
Posted May 31, 2011 at 6:59 PM
From Robert NilesIt's gone. The residential street was cleared to make way for Lights, Motors, Action.
Posted May 31, 2011 at 7:31 PM
From Tony DudaI was lucky enough to catch the last year or 2 the Osborne Family Lights were on Residential Street before being demolished. They looked nicer on 'real' houses even if the walking was more regimented. I also was lucky to have taken the backstage tour before that was decimated.
Posted May 31, 2011 at 10:22 PM
From Tim OdomOff the top of my head:
Posted June 1, 2011 at 12:30 PM
ExtraTERRORestrial Alien Encounter (Magic Kingdom)
Original Living Seas (EPCOT)
Original Star Tours (DHS and DL)
And most of the the old, and very closed and soon to be torn down for condos, Rocky Point Amusement Park in Rhode Island. I say most cause in the heady days of the 80's, I was petrified of coasters. But I did most everything else.
From Melissa DonahueMany of you have already covered the WDW rides that I would also mention, but what about these?
Posted June 1, 2011 at 3:16 PM
The Big Dipper – Geauga Lake
From Heather OlsonMr. Toads Wild Ride - MK
Posted June 28, 2011 at 6:58 PM
20,000 Leagues Under the Sea - MK
Alien Encounter - MK
Original Journey into Imagination - EPCOT
Earthquake - USF
Alfred Hitchock The Birds - USF
Kongfrontation - USF
Back To The Future- USF
The original Pirates of the Caribbean - MK
Monster Sound Show - DHS
Honey I Shrunk the Audience - EPCOT
Nickelodeon Studios - USF
Mission to Mars - MK
Superstar Television - DHS
The original Dueling Dragons - USF
Carousel of Progress - MK
Hanna Barbera - USF
Who Wants to be a Millionaire - DHS
From Manny BarronTechnically it still exist, in Japan, but Back to the Future the ride was awesome. Always the highlight of my theme park vacation. Can't they devote one half of the Simpsons building to BTTF and the other to the Simpsons? I miss being a time travel volunteer.
Posted June 28, 2011 at 7:18 PM
From Ben PopeThis ride isn't officially closed yet, Jimmy Neutron's Nicktoon Blast.
Posted June 28, 2011 at 7:34 PM
From Albino PygmyMr. Toads Wild Ride (WDW MK)
Posted June 28, 2011 at 8:39 PM
20,000 Leagues Under the Sea (WDW MK)
Magic Kingdom Skyway (WDW MK)
Delta Dreamflight (WDW MK)
Alien Encounter (WDW MK)
Timekeeper (WDW MK)
Too many things in Temporary Toontown-land (Starland, Birthdayland, etc)
Kitchen Kabaret (EPCOT)
Who Wants to Be a Millionaire (DHS)
Countdown to Extinction (AK)
From Frank Czuri"Lost rides" probably Coney Island's BOBSLED and TORNADO are the two of my "most missed rides." All West View's coasters to that. Hoping to try KNobels if they ever open it.
Posted July 26, 2011 at 11:22 PM
From Mark FairleighUniversal Studios:
Posted July 27, 2011 at 6:33 AM
Back to the Future
The Funtastic World of Hanna Barbera
Extreme Ghostbusters show
Wild Wild Wild West Stunt Show
From Zack McDonaldTexas Cyclone at Astroworld, my dad said that I rode the tame version, he rode it when it had PTC trains that used a chain to hold the lap bars in place. He says from 1976-1985 it had the greatest first drop of any coaster.
Posted July 27, 2011 at 11:47 AM
From Flavio de SouzaI will state the ones I really miss:
Posted July 27, 2011 at 1:42 PM
Mr. Toads Wild Ride (WDW MK); the ride I most loved in Fantasyland!
I also loved the music from Carrousel of Progress that played in 80's in Mk and was now subtituted by the original 60's theme.
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