Walt Disney was once quoted as saying “Disneyland will never be completed. It will continue to grow as long as there is imagination left in the world”. The same holds true to Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida. It is constantly changing, evolving and growing. The only downside to this is that most of the time when a new attraction opens an older one must close. The following are my top 10 attractions the I wish weren’t closed.
10. Imagination (early 90’s edition)
Although Imagination attraction is still open in Epcots Future World it is quite different from the original. I do enjoy the new edition however the original holds a special place in my heart. The first scene with Dreamfinder and Figment flying around in the Dream Catcher was absolutely amazing. I had the entire audio memorized. The rest of the attraction was so colorful and wonderfully themed. Put that all together with the original song “One Little Spark” (written by the Sherman Brothers of course) and you had yourself one imaginative ride through the world of Imagination!
Dreamflight, once located in the space where Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger spin now resides, was one of the most relaxing attractions at Walt Disney World. If not for the amazing scenes throughout I would have fallen asleep riding this one. It just had such a calming feel and the music was very soothing. I truly miss this attraction. It was always a “go to “ selection for my family on a hot crowded summer day.
8. Maelstrom in World Showcase Norway
I was so glad I got to ride this wonderful boat attraction before it closed. I can remember when it first opened and how cool it was seeing the Viking ship peering over the top of the waterfall looking as if it were going to go over with all the guests on board. This was such an awesome effect and adding to the mystique of the attraction. The actual ride was short but sweet. The short film about Norway after the ride was also very good although I think we only watched it once. After watching it the first time my family and I would always sprint across the theater to the exit. I guess we were afraid if the doors shut we would be stuck.
7. 20,000 Leagues under the Sea
I can remember when I first saw this attraction as a young child and how blown away I was. The look of the submarines was just like the movie! Then I realized that you could get inside and travel 20,000 leagues under the sea and I was hooked. Looking out my portal and seeing all the amazing sea creatures and eventually the terrifying giant squid was so awesome. It is an attraction that is missed indeed.
6. Backlot Studio tour
This attraction is only recently closed but I already miss it. It was such an amazing trip through the backlots of tv and movies and eventually staring in a role in the infamous Catastrophe Canyon!
Horizons, formerly in Epcot’s Future World was a one of a kind attraction with its sideways riding Omnimover. It was somewhat similar to the Carousel of Progress. It took guests on a journey into the future and showed humans relationship with land, sear, air, and space. This attraction had some amazing detailed scenes and I will never forget the orange grove scene where the wonderful aroma of fresh oranges overloaded our senses!
4. Mr Toad’s Wild Ride
Mr Toad was a terrible driver as we saw in the cartoon The Wind in the Willows. We got to experience this first hand while riding the attraction Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride. With all the crazy twists and turns all throughout the attraction eventually ending up a place where the heat runs high! This was such a classic Disney dark ride and one of my favorite attractions at Walt Disney World.
3. Buckets over Tomorrowland and Fantasyland
The Buckets over Tomorrowland and Fantasyland was such a great attraction and wonderful way to get across the Magic Kingdom. I always loved the transition part. We would wave to the lonely cast member who was there to make sure your Bucket made it to the next track. The Buckets also gave some of the best views of the Magic Kingdom that you could get no where else.
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2. Davy Crockett Canoes
This attraction was a great way to get a mid afternoon workout and see Frontierland from a different perspective. The paddling would always be a little off. I can remember the cast members being so involved in the story that it always made it such an enjoyable attraction.
1. World of Motion
I would have to say that World of Motion formerly in Epcots Future World is my top attraction at Walt Disney World I wish weren’t closed. I loved everything about this attraction. The extravagant, highly detailed scenes. The style of Omnimover. The track itself, especially the beginning when it went outside for a short half loop then back inside. The music, written by the famous Sherman Brothers. If I could have only 1 attraction back at Walt Disney World I would have to choose World of Motion. It is truly missed.
Walt Disney World will continue to grow and evolve for years to come. These are exciting times to be a Disney fan. Fortunately with technology today we have access to many videos and pictures of Walt Disney World of old and all the former attractions that are now closed. This is a great way to keep the memories alive of all of the former great attractions that were closed to make way for even greater attractions.
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