Disney characters visit classic Disneyland attractions in new cartoons
October 7, 2017, 3:29 PM ·
Disney's latest online Mickey Mouse cartoon sends Mickey and Minnie on a trip through a classic — and long-closed — Disneyland attraction.
The short is filled with callbacks that will amuse long-time Disneyland fans who remember the old Mine Train Through Nature's Wonderland ride, which was replaced by Big Thunder Mountain Railroad in the late 1970s. Granted, that timing makes the target audience for this nostalgia trip the parents or even grandparents of the young kids toward whom Disney typically aims its Mickey cartoons. But it's still a typically Mickey slapstick adventure that anyone can enjoy.
Frontierland's Rainbow Cavern Mine Train opened one year after Disneyland, in 1956, and was revamped and expanded into Mine Train Through Nature's Wonderland in 1960. In addition to the caverns, the ride included show scenes for Balancing Rocks and the multi-colored Devil's Paint Pots geysers, which also are referenced in the new Mickey Mouse short.
The old attraction was designed as a tie-in to Disney's True-Life Adventures short film series, so, yep, Disney was doing IP in its theme parks since the beginning. You are watching an online video referencing a theme park attraction that referenced an old short film series. It's the Media Circle of Life.
Disney's also referencing another classic Disneyland attraction on its Disney XD channel, with a new series of stop-motion promos that premiered today. The ghosts of the Haunted Mansion are co-starring with characters from the Disney XD series "Big Hero 6 The Series," "DuckTales," and "Star vs. The Forces of Evil" in three new shorts. Take a look: