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LEGEND LIBRARY: Inside the Best (and Worst) Theme Park Rides Ever Created

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)
  • Carousel of Progress: From the World's Fair to Walt Disney World (click)
  • Country Bear Jamboree: From Mineral King to the Magic Kingdom (click)
  • DINOSAUR: Behind the Prehistoric Pandemonium (click)

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  • Enchanted Tiki Room: Walt Disney's Tropical Serenade (click)
  • Expedition Everest: Inside Disney’s Most Legendary Peak (click)
  • Frozen Ever After: Epcot's World (Showcase) Changing Dark Ride (click)

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  • Indiana Jones Adventure: Behind the Legend of the Forbidden Eye (click)
  • 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)

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  • Phantom Manor: Paris’ One-of-a-Kind Haunted Mansion (click)
  • Radiator Springs Racers: The Road to the Ride that Saved California Adventure (click)
  • Revenge of the Mummy: Universal’s Mummified Marvel (click)
  • Tower of Terror: Tokyo's One-of-a-Kind Thriller (click)
  • TRON Lightcycle Power Run: Inside The Grid (click)

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)
  • DisneyQuest: How Disney’s Plans to Bring Its Theme Parks Closer To YOU Crashed and Burned (click)

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  • Disney California Adventure: How Disneyland's Second Gate Crashed, Burned, and was Reborn
    • Part I – 2001 - 2012 (click)
    • Part II – 2012 - Today (click)
  • Drachen Fire: The Short Life of Busch Gardens’ Nightmare Franken-Coaster (click)
  • Enchanted Tiki Room: “New Management” Almost Closed This Walt Original (click)
  • Europe in the Air: Grounding Busch Gardens' Soarin' Simulator (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)

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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