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10 Disney Theme Park Attractions That Closed Almost as Soon as They Opened

5. Rocket Rods (Disneyland)

Rocket Rods (2)

Image: Rabit, Wikipedia

In 1998, Disneyland's Tomorrowland underwent a major overhaul, re-emerging as New Tomorrowland. One of the "casualties" of the project was the former PeopleMover attraction, which had been installed to offer guests an overview of the area. Its moderately-paced vehicles were replaced by the Rocket Rods, a high-speed thrill ride that operated on the same track. After boarding a 5-seat Rocket Rod, riders raced around the circuit at a much faster pace than the only WEDway vehicles. Unfortunately, the new attempt to bolt the new attraction onto the existing PeopleMover infrastructure proved to be catastrophic. The unbanked turns weren't suited to high speeds, so the Rocket Rods had to slow down to a crawl on each bend. Tires wore out quickly, and the entire attraction was shuttered in September 2000. It's still standing but not operating today.

4. Tomorrowland Boats (Disneyland)


Installed to pad out Disneyland's opening day line-up, the Tomorrowland Boats were similar to an aquatic version of Autopia. However, the boats' motors frequently overheated, throwing off large volumes of smoke. Eventually, Cast Members had to be assigned to each boat, acting as pilots, and the attraction was renamed as the Phantom Boats. The extra expense of this was too much, though - with 14 employees operating just 14 boats that could carry two to three guests each. The attraction closed in August 1956.

3. Stitch's Supersonic Celebration (Magic Kingdom)

Stitch's Supersonic Celebration

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Stitch's Supersonic Celebration debuted on May 6, 2009 at the Magic Kingdom. Based on the popular alien cartoon character, the show featured a live dance troupe on stage and was centered around "Galaxy Day" - a massive celebration involving "everyone in the galaxy". It saw a broadcast of the Tomorrowland News Network being hijacked by Stitch, with guests learning dance moves from the on-stage dancers. The show proved to be an expensive flop for Disney, lasting less than two months before closing down on June 27. Guests complained about having to queue out in the open in the heat of Florida - and probably appreciated being asked to dance along afterwards even less.

2. The Flying Dragon (Magic Kingdom)

Flying Dragon

Image: Disney

What's that flying overhead? Is it a bird? Is it a plane? Nope - it's a FLYING, FIRE-BREATHING DRAGON. The dragon, which is actually a micro-light aircraft, took to the skies above the Magic Kingdom during the media preview event for the updated New Fantasyland in December 2012. As can be seen in the video below, the aircraft did an impressive job of simulating a "real" dragon: Disney described the stunt as a "special, one-night appearance" for the dragon, and it hasn't become a regular fixture at the park. But could a similar creation make a comeback as part of the debut of Pandora - The World of Avatar over at Disney's Animal Kingdom? We'll have to wait and see.

1. Viewliner (Disneyland)


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When the Mickey Mouse Club Circus closed, something quick and simple was needed to fill the space. Imagineer Bob Gurr suggested adding a miniature railway based on General Motors' futuristic Aerotrain, which ran on an experimental basis between Los Angeles and Las Vegas in 1956. "The fastest miniature train in the world" (as it was billed by Disney) opened in June 1957, featuring two scale replicas of the Aerotrain. They raced through parts of Tomorrowland and Fantasyland, and were designed to represent the future of rail travel (in contrast to the steam locomotives of the Disneyland Railroad). The Viewliner trains were not to last long. On September 15, 1958 they were closed to make room for a major expansion that added the Disneyland Monorail, the Submarine Voyage and the Matterhorn Bobsleds.

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There are 27 comments.

I still miss Figment! I can't imagine why they ever got rid of that whole ride

Figment was THE BEST!

Yes I agree figment wad outstanding my brother even got a tator of figment on his ankle

So truthfully, why hasn't disney brought back the original journey into imagination? Being theme park tourist can't you investigate this story. Would love to hear why.

Went to Epcot last October and rode the new Journey into Imagination. So very sad when I exited the attraction! It is an Abomination of the original!! Who did this to this previously awesome attraction??

I totally agree they should have left the original attraction, the rehab all great they have Figment, the rest of the attraction compares nothing to the original.

Because people were sayong in the comments that it was only in CA.

Does anyone miss Peter pan or Mr toads wild ride? Or am I just getting too old. As a kid just 20 years ago those were two of my favorite especially Peter pan. Im only 30 so it really wasn't that long ago

Come to CA! Plus we have Indian Jones, a better Pirates and Small World!

Peter Pans Flight is still at the magic kingdom.

yes I do I'm 20 and loved Peter pan... oh and king Kong I cried when I saw it was closed because the mummy ride replaced it :(

Part of the reason I love living here in Anaheim. We still have Peter Pan AND Mr. Toad !

WDW still has Peter Pan's Flight. I miss Mr. Toad so much!

Part of the reason I love living here in Anaheim. We still have Peter Pan AND Mr. Toad !

Peter Pan is alive and well in both US parks. Are you thinking of Snow White?

I posted that Peter Pan is still in both US parks and perhaps you were thinking of Snow White, but it ate my comment!

Peter Pan is still at Magic Kingdom in FL...

It gives a back story on how rides are still present and then proceeds to tell which rides are "extinct" why would you say Peter Pan's flight is still going on, when the article never said it wasn't?

Because earlier in the commebt thread people were saying its only in CA.

Just got back from riding Peter Pan's Flight at Magic Kingdom. It has been my favorite ride for 30 years, and to my knowledge, has always been in operation at WDW.

more like stuck in traffic rods

more like stuck in traffic rods

you forgot Alien Encounter in the Magic Kingdom's Tomorrowland section at WDW. I miss that one and the original Journey into Imagination and maybe Horizons at EPCOT.

Alien Encounter was open for more than 8 years. Not exactly closing right after it opened.

I've seen all 3 versions and the original Journey into Imagination is still the best. At least they brought back Figment. I too wish the dragon was still around MK. It would work great at Avatar Land but who knows if I'll get to see that?

While I do agree that the original Journey was superior to the existing attraction, I feel it is far from an abomination.

I never saw the iteration in between that was sans Figment.

I miss Mr Toads wild ride at wdw also miss dreamflight. I liked the first Journey to Imagination.


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