Remembering Lost Attractions on 'Day of the Dead'

November 1, 2022, 12:24 AM · To commemorate Day of the Dead, let's honor seven now-departed theme park attractions on our virtual ofrenda.

And what better attraction to start with on this day of the dead than The Walking Dead at Universal Studios Hollywood? (Each link goes to our review of that attraction, usually posted on their opening day.)

Next up is the coaster that went away to make room for Wonder Woman: Flight of Courage - Green Lantern First Flight at Six Flags Magic Mountain.

Let's remember one of Disney's former afternoon parades - Mickey's Soundsational Parade at Disneyland.

An aerial tram themed to a submarine could never be long for this world. Pour one out for Submarine Quest at SeaWorld San Diego.

Speaking of boat rides that actually were boat rides, here was one of Universal's - Madagascar: A Crate Adventure at Universal Studios Singapore.

Now how about what was perhaps the least-seen version of one of Disney's most popular nighttime spectaculars? World of Color Villainous! at Disney California Adventure

Finally, a list of departed theme park attractions can end only with a disaster. Literally. It's Disaster! at Universal Studios Florida

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Replies (9)

November 1, 2022 at 6:38 AM

Disaster wasn't perfect, but it had a great sense of humor. (As did, Graveyard Revue). I really miss it now that the space is occupied by F&F Supercharged. **shudder**

November 1, 2022 at 8:14 AM

It's a shame the classic "Ride the Movies" attractions have been lost. Disaster was a fun effects spectacular, but IMHO was inferior to Twister (and Backdraft at USH). I don't hate F&F as much as others, and actually think it's an improvement over the slow loading, no one has a great seat, 1-trick pony that was Disaster. The renovation that added Christopher Walken (with some clever new technology that's now widely used in Universal attractions) was pure genius to extend the attraction's lifespan a few extra years.

I always thought it was cool for a theme park to have a full-time haunted attraction, and USH seemed to be the perfect park to maintain one given the plethora of acting talent and horror effects designers in the area. Personally, I'm not that into Walking Dead (preferred the previous House of Horrors), but the attraction offered something very different than the rest of the park.

Sea World's Submarine Quest was a completely ridiculous concept borne from budget cuts and a complete lack of creativity. It wasn't even a submarine ride (like Finding Nemo Subs or Deep Sea Adventure at nearby Legoland), and played guests for fools. It was a kiddie ride marketed towards adults, and was a sign of things to come from a company more interested in marketing something new than something good. The Rocket Rods of Sea World that couldn't even get out of their own way.

November 1, 2022 at 10:07 AM

The permanent Walking Dead attraction was a great compromise to the long, long, long running series of mazes at Horror Nights in Hollywood, and eventually on both coasts. The permanent sets and enclosed location made for an improved, even refreshing experience.

I still hear Soundsational when I close my eyes, sometimes. Fine parade! Good parade, even! But I'm haunted by it.

November 1, 2022 at 10:16 AM

Jeffrey H, add me to the disaster fan list. christopher walken was sooooo good and the final film with audience participants was hilarious. loved it! like kong, F&F is good for the 9-13 y/o demographic.

November 1, 2022 at 2:42 PM

I love the Mummy at USF, but I have fond remembrances of Kongfrontation! before it. As for Disaster, I seem to have completely missed that iteration. I remember Earthquake the Ride. Was it basically a reskin or were any fresh elements other than pre-show added?

November 1, 2022 at 4:08 PM

Christopher Walken and the Rock really added some charm to Disaster. The ride itself was identical (with a fun video added at the end of the action) to Earthquake which was an opening day attraction but the preshow was a lot more lively. Jaws, Twister, Terminator 2:3-D, Kongfrontation... man you could have a whole section devoted to USF, mostly because of...

Back to the Future. I miss that ride dearly. I credit it for starting my love of theme parks.

Shoutout to E.T. at USH, Twilight Zone and Aladdin show at DCA, and Wild Arctic ("A herd of caribou!") at Sea World as well.

November 1, 2022 at 5:10 PM

Marvel Mania Restaurant - USH (So ahead of it's time, it would be a huge hit now)

Aladdin - DCA

House of horrors - USH

StarCade - Disneyland

November 1, 2022 at 7:27 PM

I miss the Peoplemover at Disneyland. The ride was more scenic and less flat than its counterpart at Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom, and it lost its theme park life to make way for that classic “so bad it’s mediocre” (even as a hard-core Disney fan I can’t bring myself to say it was good) passed on attraction Rocket Rods.

November 2, 2022 at 1:16 AM

Aside from so many classic attractions from EPCOT and such, shout out to the old Animation Building at the Studios, that was so fun.

A few from Six Flags Great America in Great Wolf and ShockWave.

And join in the fun on Disaster, that was a delight and a shame removed.

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