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For years, Theme Park Tourist has been building collections of the definitive in-depth entries on some of the world's most well-known rides and attractions. Here, our full (and always-expanding) collections of detailed stories are ready for exploration! On an early morning, a rainy afternoon, or a snowy evening, set course for the almost-unbelievable stories of some of your favorite (or not-so-favorite) attractions to see the deeply interconnected stories of the industry, engineering, innovation, and imagination unfold.

Below, you'll find libraries dedicated to four of Theme Park Tourist's many in-depth collections: Lost Legends, Disaster Files, Modern Marvels, and Possibilityland, each section organized alphabetically by the name of the featured attraction.

As always, these in-depth features exist for you as spaces to remember, celebrate, and share your thoughts and stories. So settle in and dig in as never before. Have an idea of a story you'd like to have told? Click the profile link above to contact and submit your thoughts. This page is a living library, so bookmark it to return and explore as new features are added and updated.

This series aims to collect and chronicle the in-depth stories behind lost attractions. The hope is that readers can share their own memories and stories about these lost wonders – both good and bad – to help keep the stories alive for future generations of theme park fans who simply can't understand what the big deal was about these classic rides they never had the chance to see.

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  • BODY WARS: The “Inside” Story of the Forgotten E-Ticket That Left Riders Queasy
  • Captain EO: The $17 Million Music Video That Changed Disney World Forever
  • Countdown to Extinction: The (Pre)historic Tale of Animal Kingdom's DINOSAUR
  • Country Bear Jamboree: The Rootin' Tootin' Tale of Disneyland's Lost Hoedown
  • Curse of DarKastle: Inside Busch Gardens' Innovative, Icy Attraction That Melted Too Soon
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  • ExtraTERRORestrial Alien Encounter: The Terrifying True Story of Disney’s "Scariest Attraction Ever"
  • Geauga Lake: The Epic Life and Cataclysmic Closure of the World's Largest Theme Park
  • The Great Movie Ride: Behind the Final Curtain Call for the Disney-MGM Studios
  • Horizons: A Look Back at EPCOT's Capstone Glimpse Into the 21st Century
  • If You Had Wings: The Aviation-Inspired Magic Kingdom Classic that Gave a Generation Wings
  • JAWS: The Lost Universal Legend that Scared a Generation Out of the Water
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  • Space Mountain – De la Terre à la Lune: Launching Disneyland Paris’ Steampunk Peak 
  • STAR TOURS: The Stellar Story Behind the Ride That Changed Disney Parks Forever
  • T2 3-D: Behind the Screens of Universal’s Larger-Than-Life Lost Legend
  • TEST TRACK - History in Motion, Part II: How The Original Test Track Changed Epcot Forever
  • The Timekeeper: From Iwerks to Imagineering, Inside The Evolution of Circlevision
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Flying Saucers and Luigi’s Flying Tires should be a 2-in-1 Disaster File.

In reply to by Sebastian Llaurador (not verified)

I also think Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance should be a Modern Marvel.

I'd love to see Lost Legends (maybe Disaster Files?) on older parks with interesting histories/backgrounds like The World of Sid & Marty Krofft in Atlanta or Dogpatch U.S.A. But between the age of these and lack of resources or photographs (it was an actual policy for the former to not allow photography), it would probably be difficult. And the latter has had a more colorful afterlife than most.

Sorry to reply to myself but I forgot one - Astroworld in Houston. It started as Texas's answer to Disneyland, became one of the pillars of the Six Flags parks, then was shuttered & demolished for VERY short-sighted reasons. It's definitely a Lost Legend.

I recall a couple of other articles that would fit here. One was on River Country, and the other was on Wet n' Wild.

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