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

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Typically, Disney builds its theme park rides and shows to last. Many of Disneyland's rides, such as Peter Pan's Flight, have been entertaining guests since the park's opening day in 1955. The Magic Kingdom's Space Mountain opened in 1975. Even the Twilight Zone Tower of Terror at Disney's Hollywood Studios has now been around for the best part of 20 years (and it still looks great and functions well). Sometimes, though, new attractions just don't work out. Whether it be for practical, technical or cost reasons, they are removed not long after appearing in the parks. For fans of Disney, simply having experienced one of those short-lived attractions is almost a badge of honor. Here are 10 Disney attractions that operated for a fraction of their expected lifetimes. How many did you manage to ride or see before they disappeared?

10. Discovery River Boats (Disney's Animal Kingdom)

 

When Disney's Animal Kingdom opened in 1998, it featured only a handful of actual rides. One of these was the Discovery River Boats, which were intended to provide transportation from the Safari Village to Asia, offering guests a look at scenery including animatronic dragons and other props from the mythical Beastly Kingdom. Unfortunately, Beastly Kingdom was never actually built - leaving guests to look at bland riverbanks. Those expecting an experience similar to the Magic Kingdom's Jungle Cruise were very disappointed. After six months, the boats were renamed as the Discovery River Taxis, emphasising that they were intended to provide transportation and nothing else. By 1999 the attraction was once again renamed, this time as the Radio Disney River Cruises, with the boats being repainted in bright colors and Radio Disney music piped in. It proved to be just as unpopular, and the ride was closed for good.

9. The Mickey Mouse Club Circus (Disneyland)

Not long after Disneyland opened in 1955, Walt Disney experimented with an on-site circus show. Tied into the new Mickey Mouse Clubtelevision show, it saw two huge circus tents being set up on the edge of Fantasyland. Two 75-minute performances took place every day, featuring acrobats, aerialists, wild animals and Mouseketeers from the show. Unfortunately, guests hadn't come to Disneyland to see a circus show, and it proved to be unpopular compared to Disneyland's other attractions. A series of mishaps - including an incident in which a black panther bit the paw off another animal in front of a live audience - led to the circus being removed after just a few months.

8. Superstar Limo (Disney California Adventure)

Superstar Limo

Disney's California Adventure was built on a relatively shoestring budget, and lacked attractions when it debuted in 2001. The park suffered from poor attendance levels and negative guest feedback - and one of its headline rides, Superstar Limo, is a perfect example of its struggles. Located in the Hollywood Pictures Backlot, it was a dark ride featuring purple "stretch limo" vehicles that carried guests through a cartoon-style recreation of Hollywood. A variety of celebrities appeared in animated form, with the storyline revolving around riders becoming "Hollywood's newest celebrity". Superstar Limo was widely panned by guests and media alike, and was shut after less than a year in operations. It was eventually replaced in 2006 by Monsters, Inc. Mike and Sulley to the Rescue.

7. The Wonderful Wizard of Bras (Disneyland)

Hollywood-Maxell Bras
The store was operated by the Hollywood-Maxwell Brassiere Co.

One of the stores on Disneyland's Main Street USA on its opening day, located right next door to Grandma's Baby Shop, was the Intimate Apparel Store. Yes, in Disney's family theme park female guests could stop in and buy a corset or a bra. While there, they could also watch the amazing Wonderful Wizard of Bras, who took to a rotating stage to deliver a recorded history of undergarments. On one side of the stage was a recreation of 1890s underwear, while the other side hosted "the fashions of today". Elsewhere, a Singer Sewing Machine dating from the 1860s and 3-D boxes showing historic underwear added to the educational experience. Perhaps unsurprisingly, the Wizard of Bras and the store that hosted him were evicted after just six months. The store was absorbed into the Glass and China Shop next door.

6. Journey into Your Imagination (Epcot)

The original version of Journey into Imagination operated at Epcot until 1998, and was one of the most popular attractions at the park. Following its closure, it was overhauled to become Journey into YOUR Imagination. This version of the ride came in for stinging criticism, and only survived for two years before it was itself replaced. It was themed around 3-D movie Honey, I Shrunk the Audience, which was also hosted in the same pavilion, and saw guests passing through numerous areas of the fictitious Imagination Institute.

Journey into ImaginationImage: Disney

Fans of the original ride were furious. What had happened to Dreamfinder and Figment, the icons of Epcot? They demanded the characters' return, and Disney caved. In 2001, the ride was again closed, reopening the following year as Journey into Imagination with Figment, its current incarnation. Figment received a much larger role this time around, appearing in every single show scene. The famous theme tune of the original ride, One Little Spark, was also back. But fans were just as critical of the new version - as can be seen in these reviews from TPT readers.

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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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