With the changing world we live in, it’s not surprise that not all attractions at the Magic Kingdom can stay forever. Walt Disney once said “We keep moving forward, opening new doors, and doing new things, because we’re curious and curiosity keeps leading us down new paths”. While we love Disney for always innovating and creating, read below 5 Magic Kingdom attractions we miss the most.
5. Skyway: The Skyway was a ski lift / gondola type experience that was located in Fantasyland at Magic Kingdom. This attraction to up to 4 riders in a vehicle and transported you to Fantasyland to Tomorrowland and vice versa. The Skyway opened in Magic Kingdom in 1971. The length of this ride was about four minutes, but it was a nice way to take a short cut and cool off up in the sky while moving between lands. The ride was closed in 1999. The Tomorrowland site of the ride was demolished in 2009 and helped with Space Mountain’s refurbishment. The Fantasyland station was originally demolished for expanded restrooms of Peter Pan’s Flight, but has now been turned into Rapunzel’s tower and a rest area that is ‘Tangled’ themed. Make sure you look for a hidden Pascal here!
4. Mickey’s Toontown Fair: Mickey’s Toontown Fair was another attraction that was located in Fantasyland in Magic Kingdom. It originally opened as an area called ‘Mickey’s Birthdayland in 1988. Soon after, in 1990, the land was changed to Mickey’s Starland. The last change was in 1996 when this area became known as ‘Mickey’s Toontown Fair’. This area had Mickey and Minnie’s country houses, Donald’s boat, Pixie Hollow, Toon Park and the Barnstormer. Toon Park was a fun playground for kids, and the Barnstormer (which is back now) is a fun roller coaster for young ones. Mickey’s Toontown was a fun place to get pictures, meet characters and let your children play. Don’t worry too much, this area is now called Storybook Circus. It’s where you can ride flying Dumbo, ride the Barnstormer and there are new play areas for kids of all ages!
3. Snow White’s Scary Adventure: Snow White’s Scary Adventure was a fun, scary, ride that was located in Fantasyland in Magic Kingdom. This ride was originally took you through the story of Snow White, through her eyes. This attraction was scary for children because of the evil queen and especially the witch with that poison apple! In 1994, Magic Kingdom reopened the ride with appearances of Snow White and made the ride a little less scary. They also made the change of four to six people in the vehicles. This ride was closed permanently in 2012 to make room for the Princess Fairytale Hall. When this attraction first closed, we were sad because it took away the only Snow White attraction at Magic Kingdom. Fortunately, Walt Disney World came through and opened the very popular Seven Dwarfs Mine Train roller coaster. This smooth, family fun roller coaster showcases not only the Seven Dwarfs, but Snow White as well.
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2. Toad’s Wild Ride: Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride first debuted in Fantasyland in 1971. This was another dark ride, scary but not very fast moving. Guests rode miniature 1900’s style motorcars. This ride took you and your guests through Toad Hall and throughout the countryside, coming across some pretty scary characters along the way. The end of this ride was perhaps the scariest, guests were taken to court where the Judge was a large devil and a green dragon made an appearance as well. The ride ended once you were granted reprieve from the demon judge and your car made it’s way to the unloading area. This ride was closed in 1998, and was replaced by ‘The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh’. There are several tributes to Mr. Toad throughout Magic Kingdom, including in the pet cemetery at Haunted Mansion, and paintings inside ‘The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh’ attractions.
1. 20,00 Leagues Under the Sea: Submarine Voyage: 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea: Submarine Voyage was a fun, underwater ride that took you in a submarine to explore the depths of the ocean. This ride originally opened at Disneyland, and then was opened at the Magic Kingdom. At Walt Disney World this ride had fourteen submarines (two were located in the attraction and were in a battles with the infamous Giant Squid). The ride submarines could hold up to twelve passengers. The Submarine Voyage took guests inside submarines and down in a man-made lagoon. Each guest had a porthole window in which they could enjoy underwater animatronics that were used to create marine life. This ride opened in 1971. Unfortunately, due to lagoon infrastructure issues and leaking the ride was closed in 1994. Once demolished, Pooh’s Playful Spot took the aquatic adventures spot, this area was later replaced by the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train. Nearby at Under The Sea: The Voyage of the Little Mermaid ride you can find a large mural commemorating the classic 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea: Submarine Voyage.
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