A 'Day of the Dead' altar for the rides and shows we miss most

November 2, 2018, 12:25 PM · To commemorate Day of the Dead, let's honor 10 beloved former theme park attractions on our virtual ofrenda. Please share your memories of these attractions in the comments.

Jaws: The Ride, Universal Studios Florida (still running in Japan)

Back to the Future: The Ride, Universal Studios Florida, Hollywood and Japan

The Great Movie Ride, Disney's Hollywood Studios

Horizons, Epcot

Body Wars, Epcot

Journey into Imagination (the original version), Epcot

World of Motion, Epcot

The ExtraTERRORestrial Alien Encounter, Walt Disney World Magic Kingdom

Country Bear Christmas Special, Walt Disney World Magic Kingdom, Disneyland (still playing in Japan!)

The Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights, Disney's Hollywood Studios

What other attractions would you like to add to the ofrenda?

Replies (30)

November 2, 2018 at 12:29 PM

...gets out a tissue and blows her nose... ;_;

November 2, 2018 at 12:47 PM

Dueling Dragons


Mission to Mars (dating myself with that one)

Drachen Fire

Led Zeppelin: The Ride (and most of HRP for that matter)

November 2, 2018 at 12:58 PM

How about a whole theme park ...
RIP in 1990 to Boardwalk and Baseball ..... a great way to spend 1/2 day away from the Disney area.

I'm torn as to what I miss the most, but equal top are Body Wars, the original Figment ride and the Osborne family lights.

I'll add the waterworks at Sea World to that list as well.

November 2, 2018 at 1:38 PM

Really dating myself here but, Golden Horseshoe Revue at Disneyland - my Dads's favorite show. The Tahitian Terrace dinner and show, another family favorite, my parents always took out-of-town relatives to DLR and made sure they took them to those shows. Country Bear Vacation at DLR!

November 2, 2018 at 1:43 PM

I really miss the Osbourne Family Spectacle of Lights. Especially the beautiful globe with all the angels on it. I loved trying to find the hidden black cat every year.

Big props to the post show scene for Funtastic World of Hanna Barbera. I loved pressing the buttons to add sound effects to the cartoons. My mom bought me a Top Cat shirt that was my favorite.

Also, Journey Into Imagination. I have a picture with 4-year old me and Dreamfinder that is one of my most valued posessions.

Confession time: Sometimes I play the Back to the Future ride video from the bluray disk and shake around in my chair to pretend I'm riding it. Hmmm.....come to think of it, maybe I can put my kids to work shaking the chair for me. :-)

November 2, 2018 at 1:47 PM

Taking out Jaws was an utter disgrace to theme park attractions. Put that one attraction back in and balance would be restored with the sheer volume of screen attractions. It was epic, family friendly and thrilling.

November 2, 2018 at 2:19 PM

Great Movie Ride is the big one for me, Ellen's Universe of Energy is a close second. And RIP forever to the Maelstrom. Disney will never be the same.

November 2, 2018 at 2:24 PM

To add on:

The old animation building at MGM with the Robin Williams-Walter Cronkite films.

Cranium Command

Circle of Life at the Land

The original Living Seas

Universe of Energy

November 2, 2018 at 3:25 PM

Adventure Through Inner Space -- a DisneyLand classic. It was not only amazing to experience the ride, but the view from the queue of people in ride vehicles going into the Mighty Microscope and coming out on tiny on the other side had young me convinced that it really was shrinking people, building up the anticipation throughout the wait and then paying it off with the ride experience itself (amazing narration).

November 2, 2018 at 3:26 PM

EPCOT: The kiosks all over Future World where you pushed a button and an EPCOT Ambassador would appear LIVE on a TV screen to answer your questions and help you.

November 2, 2018 at 3:27 PM

Horizons: The orange smells and just how wonderful it was to enjoy with perfect melding of scenes.

Motion: The nice humor, the great facial expressions, the model city at the end.

Jaws: The great fun of it at night with the shark attacks much more effective.

* Imagination: Just all of it.

November 2, 2018 at 3:30 PM

No tower of terror (Dca) ??

November 2, 2018 at 5:10 PM

Wonder if they’ll bring back Alien Encounter to Not So Scary? Looks like the event has took a hit this year and it might be easy to switch out it with any AAs they have in storage since Stitch is usually closed.

November 2, 2018 at 5:12 PM

I still sorely miss Le Visionarium, the original installation of Timekeeper. It was the attraction that cemented my love of theme parks.

I'd also light a candle for Cinemagique, but it seems that one's getting a reprise (albeit probably only temporarily).

November 2, 2018 at 6:02 PM

Both Robert's original list and most of the comments seem pretty Florida-centric.

Adventure thru Inner Space
Captain Hook's Pirate Ship
Mine Train thru Nature's Wonderland

Knott's Berry Farm:
Haunted Shack
Knott's Bear-y Takes
Wacky Soapbox Racers
Parachute Jump

Magic Mountain:
Log Jammer

November 2, 2018 at 6:23 PM

I went back and looked at some videos of those old Disneyland rides, and as much as I cherish my memory of Adventure Through Inner Space... it does not hold up well.

November 2, 2018 at 6:44 PM

Robert, I think if ATIS was updated with the latest technology and the concept approached from a current viewpoint it would work fine.

I miss:

from Universal Studios, Hollywood:
The original Glamor Trams
Doomed Glacier Expedition
Parting of the Red Sea

from Knott's Berry Farm:
the whole Roaring 20's & Airfield area.
Knott's Bear-y Tales
Parachute Sky Jump
Haunted Shack

from Disneyland:
the whole Tomorrowland 1967 area
Adventure Thru Inner Space
Mark III Monorails
America Sings
Motor Boat Cruise
Original Fantasyland including Skull Rock Cove and Pirate Ship Restaurant
Mike Fink Keelboats
Mine Train through Nature's Wonderland
Swiss Family Treehouse

Magic Kingdom:
Mickey Mouse Revue
20,000 Leagues Under the Sea
If You Had Wings

EPCOT Center:
Original Universe of Energy
World of Motion
Journey into Imagination
Kitchen Kabaret
Original Living Seas

from Six Flags Magic Mountain:
the original trolls and wizard from the pre-Six Flags area
Magic Pagoda
Metro Monorail

November 2, 2018 at 8:46 PM

How about Knotts Berry Farm Soap Box Racers !!!!

November 2, 2018 at 11:24 PM

I remember having fond memories of Back to the Future but rode it in Japan a few years ago and had all of those fond memories smashed. When riding that thing you quickly realize how far simulators have come since they first came out, it was awful. Very rough and jerky to the point where it was nauseating.

November 3, 2018 at 3:13 AM

20000 Leagues Under the Sea.

November 3, 2018 at 8:57 AM

I drive past the sad remains of Hard Rock Park several times a week.

The site remains overgrown and undeveloped, with most of the buildings still there. With the economy in full force growth mode on the SC coast (one of the fastest growing areas in the country now), I’m pretty certain that had they held on and adapted it would not only be still standing, but probably thriving.

What’s also sad is that the city/county and local businesses were burned so badly by that company, that many are very cynical about having another large scale project like it.

I was hoping to hit that 1.5 billion dollar jackpot. We would be talking about a new project in the works if I had.

November 3, 2018 at 12:15 PM

Circle Vision 360 America the Beautiful in WDW Tomorrowland. One of the greatest attractions I remember as a child. Beats most of the current attractions in that land.

November 3, 2018 at 7:54 PM

99% of attractions that are removed I don't care about as they are removed for good reason, but gotta say I really did like Disaster Transport. As an indoor family coaster it filled a big hole in CP's lineup and even though it was corny as all hell and not taken care of, it was actually a really fun ride. I really hope at some point CP decides to build another big indoor family coaster that can stay open in all weather conditions. BGW took out an awesome family coaster and replaced it with another one, it was kind of a shame to see CP take out two family coasters and replace them with a big B&M and nothing.

Also believe it or not the Togo standup coaster at Canada's Wonderland was my favorite ride there (yes I liked it better than Behemoth), which is odd considering I hated the one at Kings Dominion. Skyliner was smooth and had amazing airtime it was sad to see it go.

November 3, 2018 at 10:19 PM

Might as well mention an under appreciated land: Circus World !

November 4, 2018 at 9:25 AM

I'll say Smurf Mountain and the Haunted River at Kings Dominion(both very underrated attractions that were amazing). I also miss Ghostbusters, Alfred Hitchcock, the Hanna Barbara ride, Earthquake and Twister at Universal Studios Florida. At Epcot, I miss Captain EO(love Michael Jackson). I miss the Backlot Tour at Hollywood Studios as I really loved the behind the scenes aspect of a studios theme park along with Catastrophe Canyon since that resembled the Earthquake ride at Universal Studios Florida. As much as I like New Fantasyland at Magic Kingdom, I will always miss Mickey's Toontown Fair as I loved strolling past the character's houses.

November 5, 2018 at 7:25 AM

I miss the original soarin' video. The new one has unneeded CGI and such super obvious picture distortion that it takes away enjoyment of the ride.

November 5, 2018 at 8:44 AM

If You Had Wings ... Had wings ... Had wings ... Had ...

November 5, 2018 at 1:21 PM

I miss Jungle Cruise...

Wait... What was that? That piece of $$$$ is still open? And they're making a movie about it?

What are my corporate overlords thinking???

November 5, 2018 at 2:22 PM

I know many of the fine people here will agree that JAWS was one of the greatest theme park attractions of all time. And KONGFRONTATION stomps its successor flat (although the new show building IS a lot more impressive). My all time champ for this title would probably be that 1st ballot Hall Of Famer, the aforementioned 20,000 LEAGUES UNDER THE SEA. HORIZONS remains a sentimental favorite of mine, and evidently many others as well. Ditto for MAELSTROM; thanks for the shout out. So while we're at it, "How about EPCOT CENTER circa 1992? All of it? Period?" And then the sound of all those dropped microphones hitting the stage...

November 5, 2018 at 6:36 PM

The Mickey Mouse 90th birthday corporate commercial on ABC last night reminded me of the LOL moment featuring Mickey in the amazing "Back to Neverland" movie from the old Animation Studio tour at then-Disney-MGM Studios.

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