In honor of The Magic Kingdom’s 40th anniversary over the weekend, this week’s list counts down the top 5 former MK attractions. Closed for various reasons, at various points in the last 40 years, these attractions still resonate with many a WDW fan.
#5 Plaza Swan Boats
Going mostly from pictures and reviews of this ride, as its 1983 closing is a bit distant. A relaxing ride through the canals of the MK just seems like a terrific way to enjoy the park, giving this ride the last spot on the list.
#4 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea
I probably remember this ride more for the lines than the actual experience, as it always seemed to take forever to actually get on this ride. Once on though, it was a great trip, leaving the surface of Central Florida and going to the depths of the sea. This ride closed in 1994, without a replacement. I have heard rumors that one of the submarine ships is actually submerged at Castaway Cay for scuba divers and snorkelers to find during their excursions… Can anyone confirm?
#3 If You Had Wings
After watching a video of this on Youtube, I’m slightly afraid that my memory has glorified this ride a bit more than it deserves, but I remember thoroughly enjoying the flight around the world, and the song in particular. Re-themed into If You Could Fly, and then as Delta Dreamflight, the ride was finally closed in 1996 and eventually replaced with Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin, giving all the Disdads a chance to be overly competitive in the most Magical place on earth…
I always loved the ride in the sky across MK park on the Skyway. It afforded great views of the park, and a fun, if longer, way to get from Fantasyland to Tomorrowland, and vice-versa. Or maybe I was just lazy… Either way, an unfortunate accident that cost a maintenance worker his life was the death knell for this attraction in 1999.
#1 Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride
This was a great dark ride, and unique in that it had 2 separate tracks, so you could get 2 different ride experiences from it. Having never seen The Wind in The Willows, Mr. Toad was a completely new story to me, and I only identified with it through this ride. Closed in 1998 to make way for Winnie the Pooh, the new attraction just isn’t the same… Luckily there’s another version of Mr. Toad’s in Disneyland that still exists today.
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