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The Secret Attraction Histories Disney and Universal Don't Want You To Know

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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  • 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea: Why Disney Sank the Magic Kingdom Classic (click)
  • Adventure! Unearthing the Secrets Buried in COSI's Valley of the Unknown (coming soon)
  • Adventure Thru Inner Space: The Retro Disneyland Dark Ride that Inspired EPCOT Center (click)
  • The Adventurer's Club: Legends of Downtown Disney's Living Theater Experience (click)
  • Back to the Future – The Ride: How a Journey to the Past Created Universal Orlando's Future (click)
  • Big Bad Wolf: The Swinging Suspended Coaster that Terrorized Busch Gardens (click)

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  • BODY WARS: The “Inside” Story of the Forgotten E-Ticket That Left Riders Queasy (click)
  • Captain EO: The $17 Million Music Video That Changed Disney World Forever (click)
  • Curse of DarKastle: Inside The Frozen Favorite That Melted Too Soon (click)
  • ExtraTERRORestrial Alien Encounter: The Terrifying True Story of Disney’s Scariest Attraction Ever (click)
  • Geauga Lake: Why the World’s Largest Theme Park was Abandoned (click)

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  • The Great Movie Ride: Inside the Final Curtain Call for the Disney-MGM Studios (click)
  • Horizons: A Look Back at EPCOT Center’s Lost View of the Future (click)
  • If You Had Wings: The Magic Kingdom Classic that Gave a Generation Wings (click)
  • JAWS: The Lost Universal Legend that Scared a Generation Out of the Water (click)

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  • Journey into Imagination: The Tragic Tale of Disney’s Lost Masterpiece (click)
  • Kitchen Kabaret: The Nutrition Facts on EPCOT Center’s Animatronic “Dinner Show” (click)
  • KONGFRONTATION: The Complete Story of Universal’s Legendary Lost King (click)
  • Lost Continent: How Disney Accidentally Designed and Destroyed Universal’s Lost Land (click)

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  • Maelstrom: The Stormy Tale of Epcot’s Lost Norwegian Adventure (click)
  • Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride: Disney Fans Fought to Save This Whacky Ride… And Lost (click
  • The Peoplemover and the Fall of Walt's Tomorrowland (click)
  • Snow White’s Scary Adventures: The Spooky Story of the Missing Magic Kingdom Classic (click
  • Soarin’ Over California: How California Adventure’s One Soarin’ Success Spread Around the World (click)
  • Son of Beast: The Fall of the Tallest, Fastest, Only Looping Wooden Coaster on Earth (click)

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  • Space Mountain – De la Terre à la Lune: Launching Disneyland Paris’ Steampunk Peak (click)
  • STAR TOURS: The Stellar Story Behind the Ride That Changed Disney Parks Forever (click)
  • T2 3-D: Behind the Screens of Universal’s Larger-Than-Life Lost Legend (click)
  • History in Motion, Part II: How the Original TEST TRACK Changed Epcot Forever (click)

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  • The Timekeeper: How Disney Turned Walt's 1950s Tech into an International "Sci-Fi Double Feature" (click)
  • TOMB RAIDER: The Ride – How One of America’s Best Themed Rides Was Buried (click)
  • The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror: Why Disney Created (and Condemned) California’s Toppled Tower (click)
  • Universe of Energy: Behind the Extinction of the Last EPCOT Center Classic (click)
  • History in Motion, Part I: Epcot’s Legendary Lost Classic World of Motion (click)
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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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