There comes a time when some of our favorite Disney attractions must be replaced in order to make room for new Disney magic. Do you know which extinct attractions immediately preceded these Walt Disney World favorites?
I remember walking through Fantasyland, and there it was – an abandoned lagoon. I had never seen a submarine sail through its waters, and I never would. How could what must have once been a fascinating excursion into the deep now sit off-limits, never to be experienced by another guest?
The story of 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea: Submarine Voyage began long before any Disney parks were constructed. In fact, it began many years prior to Walt Disney’s birth. In March of 1869 author Jules Verne introduced the world to the story of Captain Nemo and the Nautilus. The story was serialized in a French publication and ran until June 1870.
Verne’s description of the Nautilus was well ahead of its time, accurately describing many features of modern submarines. Because of this, the story has stood the test of time. In the late 1930s, when many Hollywood film studios were looking to create new Technicolor films based on classic novels, Disney secured the rights to 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea. Unfortunately, the project was put on hold due to World War I. The project was resumed years after the war ended and the completed film released in 1954, just one year prior to the opening of Disneyland.
There are quite a lot of exciting things in the works for Disney’s Animal Kingdom! The first new experience for Animal Kingdom will be the Rivers of Light show which is scheduled to open in Spring 2016. This show will take place in front of the Tree of Life on Discovery River, between Discovery Island and Expedition Everest. Two mystical hosts will come to the river, bringing their gifts of light.
In 1986, Jennings Osborne’s daughter, Breezy, asked her father if they could decorate the family’s Little Rock, Arkansas home with lights for Christmas. Jennings’ first Christmas light display featured about 1,000 sparkling lights. Every year after that the display grew. It even grew so large that the Osborne’s purchase the properties on either side […]
Since opening in 2006, Expedition Everest has been thrilling guests of Disney’s Animal Kingdom. This massive attraction takes guests on an exciting runaway train excursion and even brings them to a close encounter with the mysterious yeti. Let’s take a look at some of the little known facts about one of Animal Kingdom’s top […]
Follow my blog with Bloglovin Visitors to Disney’s Hollywood Studios have been entertained by Kermit, Fozzie, Ms. Piggy, and friends at Muppet*Vision 3D since May of 1991, just two years after the park’s opening. This beloved attraction is filled with the typical Muppet brand of chaos, punny jokes, and cheap 3D tricks. While this attraction […]
Both Sleeping Beauty Castle at Disneyland and Cinderella Castle at Walt Disney World are a magical sight to see. For many park guests, this sight alone lets them know they have finally returned “home” to the Magic Kingdom. For children and adults alike, the Disney castles are a symbol of wishes, magic, imagination, dreams […]
Walt Disney World officially opened 43 years ago on October 1st, 1971. On October 26th, Roy O. Disney, gave the Walt Disney World dedication speech. After Walt’s death in 1966, it was unclear if the Florida Project would become a reality. Walt’s brother Roy took it upon himself to make sure his brother’s dream of […]
When Disney’s Animal Kingdom opened in 1998, the park’s thrilling Dinosaur themed ride quickly become another one of my favorite attractions. Countdown To Extinction, as it was called at the time, took guests back in time in hopes of returning to the present with a live dinosaur. Two years after Animal Kingdom’s opening, Disney released […]
Pirates Of The Caribbean is a very popular attraction at Walt Disney World, especially since the release of the films based on the attraction. But did you know Disney originally had plans to not include this attraction in their Florida park? Though the original Pirates Of The Caribbean was incredibly popular when it opened at […]