Remember those Disneyland rides and attractions that gradually disappeared?
(KTLA) – The magic of Disneyland seems to stand the test of time even though the park has undergone several renovations since it opened on July 17, 1955. Since then, a few fan-favorite rides and attractions have had facelifts or been cut by the great mice itself.
However, the internet and Disney’s ever-growing fan base won’t let memories of the rides fade, despite the park’s best efforts.
Here are some attractions die-hard Disneyland fans will remember, even if you can’t find them in the park anymore.
Skyway to Tomorrowland and Fantasyland
The skyways were the first such ride to be built in the United States, according to D23, Disney’s official fan club. website.
The attraction was a means for guests to travel from Fantasyland to Tomorrowland or vice versa by “passenger buckets suspended from a 2,400 foot long cable”. Originally, customers could buy return or one-way tickets. This offer was later limited to one-way tickets.
The Skyway to Fantasyland and tomorrowland opened on June 23, 1956 and closed on November 10, 1994.
The popular transportation system located in Tomorrowland opened on July 2, 1967. Guests could take a pleasant and relaxing ride through the futuristic land without enduring the crowds. According Inside the magicWalt Disney thought of this attraction before passing on December 15, 1966. Unfortunately, the ride closed on August 21, 1995.
Rocket Rods, a short ride, replaced the PeopleMover. The ride is still available at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida.
The Autopia saga
The Junior Autopia ride, aimed at young children, was very similar to the current Autopia ride, according to D23. The ride debuted on July 23, 1956, and ended two years later in September 1958, according to the Duchess of Disneyland.
The modern Autopia ride and plaza in front of “It’s A Small World” takes up the space the ride once occupied. After the hype for Junior Autopia died down, it was renamed Fantasyland Autopia. It was later renamed “Rescue Rangers Raceway” to promote the Chip ‘n’ Dale Rescue Rangers TV show, according to Disney Afternoon Wiki.
The ride’s rebranding was not very successful, and the ride eventually closed in the 1990s.
Swiss Family / Tarzan’s Treehouse
The Swiss Family Treehouse is themed after the 1960 film Swiss Family Robinson. Guests could climb the treehouse and see the bedrooms of each family member. This attraction opened on November 18, 1962, but closed on March 8, 1999, to be remarketed for “Tarzan”.
Disneyland still has the tree house but closed it again for renovations during the pandemic. Yet, according to Disney Food Blog.
Before the Finding Nemo underwater journey called the lagoon Tomorrowland, visitors to the park could see mermaids swimming through the waters. They weren’t animatronics either. According to Duchess of Disneylandguests could see real people (dressed as mermaids) swimming in the lagoon.
The mermaids were introduced in the summer of 1959, and visitors to the park could see them basking on the rocks, swimming underwater, and near the submarine.
However, this show was cut short due to the high risk of injury and highly chlorinated water. The mermaids were last seen in the lagoon in the summer of 1967.
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