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REVEALED: The Inside Stories of the Best (and Worst) Rides at Disney and Beyond

Forget legends. This series is a growing collection of missteps, flops, failures, and "disasters." Embarrassing overlays, broken technologies, and tone-deaf "upgrades" that led to some seriously regrettable rides, attractions, and even parks. We'll explore the before-during-and-after of these unusual and unfortunate stories, see where they went wrong and what can make them right.

  • Backstage Studio Tour: How The Ride Meant to Headline the Disney-MGM Studios Killed It Instead (click)
  • Disaster Transport: The Disney Knockoff Coaster That Changed Cedar Point Forever (click)

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  • Disney’s California Adventure: How Disneyland’s Second Park Crashed, Burned, and was Reborn (click)
  • DisneyQuest: How Disney’s Plans to Bring Its Theme Parks Closer To YOU Crashed and Burned (click)
  • Drachen Fire: The Short Life of Busch Gardens’ Nightmare Franken-Coaster (click)
  • Enchanted Tiki Room: “New Management” Almost Closed This Walt Original (click)
  • Hard Rock Park: The Ambitious Music Park That Went Bankrupt in 150 Days (click)

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  • Journey into YOUR Imagination: The Unimaginable Story Behind the Ride Epcot Fans Hated (click)
  • Journey to Atlantis: How SeaWorld’s Attempt at Disney Dark Ride Storytelling Sank (click)
  • Rocket Rods and Tomorrowland 1998: Why Disney’s Most Disastrous Ride Ever Literally Didn’t Work (click)

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  • Stitch’s Great Escape! The Tragic Tale of Disney’s “Worst Attraction Ever” (click)
  • Superstar Limo: The Disastrous Disney Ride That Lasted Only One Year (click)
  • Walt Disney Studios: How Disney’s Parisian Movie Park Became a Box Office Bomb (click)

In this brand new series, we dissect the true tales of some of the most astounding rides at theme parks around the globe; living legends that exemplify the brilliance, storytelling, and technology of leading parks. We’ll look behind-the-ride to get the full, unabridged story of these modern wonders and examine how their success is all in the details.

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  • The Amazing Adventures of Spider-Man: The Inside Scoop (click)
  • Country Bear Jamboree: From Mineral King to the Magic Kingdom (click)
  • Expedition Everest: Inside Disney’s Most Legendary Peak (click)
  • Frozen Ever After: Epcot's World (Showcase) Changing Dark Ride (click)
  • Indiana Jones Adventure: Behind the Legend of the Forbidden Eye (click)

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  • Journey to the Center of the Earth: Unearthing Disney’s Best Dark Ride Ever (click)
  • Mystic Manor: A Monkey, a Music Box, and an Imagineering Masterpiece (click)
  • Phantom Manor: Paris’ One-of-a-Kind Haunted Mansion (click)
  • Revenge of the Mummy: Universal’s Mummified Marvel (click)

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  • Tower of Terror: Tokyo's One-of-a-Kind Thriller (click)
  • TRON Lightcycle Power Run: Inside The Grid (click)
  • Walt Disney's Carousel of Progress: From the World's Fair to Walt Disney World (click)

This series explores never-built attractions, lands, and theme parks and examines the parks we know and love if things had been done differently. Possibilityland is growing as we explore the in-depth stories behind these never-built attractions that could've changed everything if they'd ended up coming to life.

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  • Beastly Kingdom: The Imagined Land Animal Kingdom Almost Had (click)
  • Discovery Bay: The Inventive Tale of Disneyland’s Lost Land (click)
  • Epcot’s Project – GEMINI: Disney’s Secret Plans to Transform Epcot (click)
  • Muppet Studios: Disney’s Inspirational, Celebrational, Muppetational Never-Built Land (click)

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  • Never-Built "Mountains": Disney's Most Perilous Peaks (click)
  • Possibilityland: A Walk Through the Disneyland That Never Was (click)
  • Tomorrowland 2055: The Future Disneyland Almost Had (And the Failure It Got Instead) (click)
  • Western River Expedition: The Would-Be E-Ticket That Could’ve Changed Magic Kingdom (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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