Category Archives: Attraction Closures

Gone But Not Forgotten: Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride

All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them – Walt Disney As one of the Magic Kingdom’s opening day attractions, Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride was modeled after the Disneyland version with one difference; two separate boarding areas which allowed the vehicles to travel on separate tracks. This created a slightly different ride and scenes to pas through depending on the boarding location. If bo

Gone But Not Forgotten: Alien Encounter

“The way to get started is to quit talking and begin doing.” – Walt Disney On June 20, 1995, ExtraTerrorestrial Alien Encounter opened as a part of the Magic Kingdom’s New Tomorrowland. It was touted as an intense experience and warned that children under of age of 12 should not partake. Guests were first lead to the ‘Tomorrowland Interplanetary Convention Center’ where they learned they were going to

Hurricane Irma Costs Disney Big Bucks

Back in September, as the entire state of Florida was bracing for Hurricane Irma, Disney made the decision to close the parks but kept their resorts opened for many who were fleeing their homes. Even with the resort revenue, Hurricane Irma cost Disney $100 million in operating income. From lower attendance, park closures, cancelled and shortened cruises, and damage/clean up from the storm, this is a big hit for the

Gone But Not Forgotten: If You Had Wings

There’s a great big hunk of world down there with no fence around it – Lady and the Tramp Before Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin, the space was occupied by If you had wings, sponsored by Eastern Airlines. This ride, after viewing a preshow, took riders on a ‘take-off’ experience where the vehicle went out on an inclined plane and ‘flew’ past birds, other planes, and past different world locations t

Top Attractions We Miss At The Magic Kingdom

One thing that’s a constant at Walt Disney World is change. Although most of the changes are good, there are things that we miss. Here are the top 10 rides/attractions that we miss at Magic Kingdom. 1. Mr. Toads Wild Ride 2. 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea 3. Alien Encounter 4. Snow White’s Scary Adventure 5. Spectromagic 6. Magic Kingdom Welcome Show 7. Skyway 8. Mickey’s Toontown Fair  9. Dream Along with Mic

Breaking News: Making way for The NBA Experience: DisneyQuest at Disney Springs to Close July 3

From Thomas Smith, Editorial Content Director, Disney Parks and posted on the Disney Parks Blog. Our multi-year transformation of Disney Springs is continuing, and as you know, we’re bringing new experiences to the West Side Neighborhood, including The NBA Experience at Walt Disney World Resort. Today, we wanted to share an update that to make way for this basketball-themed experience, the West Side area will

Mission to Mars: The Ride That Inspired the Movie That Inspired the Ride

From the Disney Insider If there’s one film that exemplifies the Disney theme-park-attraction-to-major-motion-picture conversion, it’s Pirates of the Caribbean: Curse of the Black Pearl. Released in the summer of 2003, the movie was a surprise smash and went on to spawn a hugely successful franchise (the fifth film, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales will be released on July 7, 2017). But there w