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Magic No More: 22 Lost Rides and Attractions of Disney's Magic Kingdom

10. Mickey's Birthdayland

Opened in: 1988 Closed in: 1990 Replaced by:Mickey's Toontown When Mickey Mouse turned 60 in 1988, Disney decided to install a temporary land at the Magic Kingdom. A recreation of the town of Duckburg, its primary attraction was a birthday-themed meet-and-greet with Mickey and Minnie. It proved to be so popular that it was replaced by the permanent Mickey's Toontown.

9. Penny Arcade

Opened in: 1971 Closed in: 1995 Replaced by:Main Street Emporium The Penny Arcade on Main Street USA was a clone of a Disneyland attraction, featuring a host of vintage arcade machines. Like the Main Street Cinema, it was removed to make way for more retail space.

8. Star Jets

Astro Orbiter

The modern version of Star Jets, the Astro Orbiter. Image © Disney

Opened in: 1974 Closed in: 1994 Replaced by: Astro Orbiter Similar in style to Dumbo The Flying Elephant, the Star Jets was a spinning ride in Tomorrowland. It was remodelled to become Astro Orbiter following its closure in 1994.

7. Timekeeper

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Image: Disney

Opened in: 1994 Closed in: 2006 Replaced by:Monsters, Inc. Laugh Floor A clone of an opening-day attraction at Disneyland Paris, Timekeeper merged audio-animatronic effects with a Circle-Vision movie. It was dubbed into English, with Robin Williams starring as the Timekeeper.

6. Admiral Joe Fowler Riverboat

Opened in: 1971 Closed in:1980 The Admiral Joe Fowler Riverboat chugged around the Rivers of America, and was named after the retired navy admiral who led the construction of Walt Disney World. It was badly damaged in an accident in 1980 and never returned.

5. Legend of the Lion King

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Image © Disney

Opened in: 1994 Closed in: 2002 Replaced by: Mickey's Philharmagic The Festival of the Lion King show at Disney's Animal Kingdom wasn't the first theme park spectacular to be based on the smash-hit animated movie. In 1994, Legend of the Lion King debuted in Fantasyland at the Magic Kingdom. The 500-seat theater - formerly home to the Mickey Mouse Revue and Magic Journeys - accommodated a show that featured fully-articulated puppets. Although it is now gone, one of its main songs, I Just Can't Wait to be King, is part of its replacement: Mickey's Philharmagic.

4. Mr. Toad's Wild Ride

Mr Toad's Wild Ride

Image © Disney

Opened in: 1971 Closed in: 1998 Replaced by: The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh Just as it was at Disneyland back in 1955, Mr Toad's Wild Ride was in place on the opening day of the Magic Kingdom. The classic Disney dark ride was based on the firm's adaptation of The Wind in the Willows, and featured two slightly different rides depending on which boarding area guests queued for. The near-misses with scenery made it hugely popular, but Disney ignored fans' protests and tore it out in September 1998 to make room for The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh.

3. Snow White's Scary Adventures

Snow White's Scary Adventures

Image: Wikipedia

Opened in: 1971 Closed in: 2012 Replaced by: Princess Fairytale Hall Snow White's Scary Adventures opened in 1971 alongside the rest of the Magic Kingdom. Criticised by many parents for being too intense for younger children, it received a major overhaul in 1994 that removed many of the scarier elements. It was removed to make room for the New Fantasyland expansion, although a new Snow White-themed ride, the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train, will open soon. Very similar versions of the ride can still be found at Disneyland, Disneyland Paris and Tokyo Disneyland.

2. Skyway

Skyway

The Magic Kingdom's Skyway was very similar to the Disneyland original.
Image: George Thomas, Flickr

Opened in: 1971 Closed in:1999 The Magic Kingdom's Skyway cable car ride debuted with the rest of the park on October 1, 1971. Like Disneyland's version, it carried guests from Tomorrowland to Fantasyland, and vice-versa. The Magic Kingdom's Skyway outlived its Disneyland counterpart by 5 years, before being removed in 1999. The Fantasyland station was recently demolished to make way for the Tangled meet-and-greet area.

1. 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea: Submarine Voyage

 Submarine VoyageOpened in: 1971 Closed in: 1994 Replaced by:Under the Sea - Journey of the Little Mermaid 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea: Submarine Voyage was not Disney's first attempt at an underwater attraction. Disneyland's own Submarine Voyage ride first debuted in 1959, some 12 years before the Magic Kingdom opened its gates. Naturally, the Imagineers working on the Florida project wanted to create something bigger and better. They expanded the scale of the attraction so that it could accommodate 12 submarines, with the tank sprawling across a large area of Fantasyland. Crucially, they also opted to adopt the 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea theme, providing a storyline instantly recognisable to fans of the book and Disney's 1954 movie adaptation. After more than two decades of entertaining Walt Disney World guests, 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea was closed on September 5, 1994. At the time, Disney claimed that the closure was temporary, but it finally conceded in 1996 that the ride would never reopen. The submarines were dismantled, with many of the parts being auctioned off to collectors.

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There are 23 comments.

Remember a lot of these rides....brings back back memories.

I have been saddened by the slow commercializations of Magic Kingdom. We always loved strolling down Main Street, visiting the Penny Arcade, the Cinema and the Magic Shop. Now Main Street is one big shopping area. We have traveled to Disney World less often because of these changes all over the parks.

I agree, though at Magic Kingdom, there have been some wonderful improvements in the other themed lands. Main Street, USA is a sad thing. Character Meets and stores, not to mention Starbucks! (Not a staple of Marcelline, logically.) It's almost like they're not trying anymore.

I too miss those three!! We were just there a couple weeks ago and I tried unsuccessfully to explain the concept of the Penny Arcade to my daughter. My brother and I loved it so much.

What about Adventures Through Inner Space, People Mover, and America Sings? Those should have made the list!

Those are Disneyland attractions. This article is a list of closed Magic Kingdom attractions at Walt Disney World.

Carousel of Progress. They need a retro land. I'd. Go! !!!

Great Idea. Retro Land. That would be perfect. Disney if you are listening.

Peoplemover still exists! Pretty sure they call it blueline though.

It's the Tomorrowland Transit Authority now. Still one of my favorite and "must do" rides!

For reference, number 2 isn't entirely correct..

They built a Rapunzel/Tangled tower there, but it isn't a meet and greet, they're Rapunzel themed bathrooms.

I'm STILL not over the removal of Mr. Toad's Wild Ride and Snow White's Scary Adventure.

If You had wings had a wonderful sense of Nostalgia, but the Buzz Lightyear ride is a lot more fun.

The peoplemover is still there. so is the carousel of progress.

and i agree with the commercialization of main street. like disney doesnt make enough money in the other shops...

Though I miss some of these attractions, the only one I really have a problem with is the turning of Main Street into one large shop. I think it was detrimental to Main Street to lose the arcade, movie theater and other shops. But obviously people must not have been spending enough to justify it.

What about Circlevision sponsored by Monsanto? Or was it called something else?

I cant believe that so much has changed since I was going as a baby its just so sad it makes me want to cry :-( disney was a magical place that brought kids to smile and be happy. What ever there dream was it came true....... now a days that is fading away more and more each day well I hope they at least bring back the country bears and

I just came back from Disney World two days ago and I can assure you the Country Bears Jamboree is still there; my daughter insisted on watching it multiple times!

Y'all forgot one important attraction: the SpectroMagic parade!

I really lament what has happened here. Although i loved the extra terrestrial encounter, what i really do not like is how it has become character central. I loved the Diamond Horseshoe review, the keel boats and canoes, how main street had more appropriate shops and remember when Liberty Square had fife and drum bands and they sold antiques? I miss old school Disney

Me too. This is why disney no longer means much more to me than other theme attractions. It was the unique edutainment that made it soecial. The toonfestation and shop expansions selling the same stuff that can be foundnin so many other shops? No thanks

Of all the comments, I agree with that the destruction of Main Street is the most disappointing. Mom would want to go shopping, my Dad would go to the Magic Shop, and we kids would go to the penny arcade and the old movie shorts. If it wasn't for the magic shop keeping my Dad entertained, he'd want to get out of there rather than let Mom shop. And same with us kids. There was something for everyone. Now Main Street is nothing but clothes (and a couple other things). It's one of the same things that is killing shopping malls: A lack of diversity.

I was sad when Mr. Toad closed, but at least the Pooh ride was an excellent replacement. It's just too bad they didn't come up with a way to have both, since on peak attendance days they really need some additional ride capacity.

And maybe the slower boat type rides are not popular any more, but I confess I prefer a few things with a slower pace. Especially if I can get off my feet for a little bit.

That having been said, they have added some real gems over the years, especially in Frontierland. Thunder Mountain Railroad is great as is Splash Mountain. Neither of those were there when I first began going there.

It's been a while since I've been. The last time I went the park was so crowded and the lines so long that it wasn't as fun as I thought it would be.

Very interesting article, it's always fun to read about how Disney has changed since it opened. That being said, the article itself needs formatting help. Spacing is all over the place and it's kind of hard to read!

I really miss If You Had Wings. I love Buzz, but the other was my childhood fave. Mission to Mars was a better hit than any of the others that appeared there.

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