A look back at some of the rides of Disney that are gone but not forgotten

Have you ever been to a theme park then returned a number of years later to find that your favorite ride has been replaced by something newer, more technologically advanced, and something that’s supposedly better?  Well, you’re not the only one.  As time has gone by, sure, many classic rides have stood the test of time, say for example, the classic Disney Ride, It’s A Small World. But there are some unfortunate rides that get renovated into something entirely different if not taken down all together.  So here’s a countdown of some of the coolest Disney rides that may be gone but not forgotten.

1.) The ExtraTERRORestrial Alien Encounter, Tomorrow Land, Magic Kingdom            June 20,1995-October 12, 2003

The first one on the list is Disney’s ExtraTERRORestrial Alien Encounter, a live theatre experience with built in moving chairs, booming sounds, and special effects.  The ride’s premise is simple: a captured alien escapes and visitors are left strapped in their chairs in the dark as it prowls throughout the room.  The ride was closed in 2003 to make way for the more kid friendly Lilo’s Great Escape.

For a video of this former attraction: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P2XkRn_pAQI

2.)Body Wars, Epcot, Disney World, October 19, 1989-June 2001

Body Wars was a simulator ride at the Wonders of Life Pavilion in Epcot.  Visitors would be “shrunk” to the size of tiny molecules in order to journey through the inside of the human body in order to stop an evil splinter that had penetrated the skin.  An interesting fact is that this ride was directed by Leonard Nimoy(aka Spock from Star Trek)

For a video of this former attraction:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jpm5luDr17o

3.)Adventure Thru Inner Space, Tomorrowland, Disneyland, 1967-1985

This one is a bit older of an attraction.  It first opened in 1967 and like Body Wars it also “shrunk” it’s visitors, but this time so they could explore the atom.  This ride used atommobiles to take visitors on the ride through the atom and the ride’s narration was voiced by Paul Frees who’s voice can still be heard on Disney’s Haunted Mansion ride.  It was closed in 1985 to make way for Star Wars ride, Star Tours.

For a video about the ride: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ctQMV81NIiw

4.)World of Motion, Epcot, 1982-1996

This ride gave disney visitors a history of travel starting with cavemen inventing the wheel up through the modern era of cars.  The ride close in 1996 to make way for Test Track.

For a video of the ride: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GUBxWlni1Dw

5.)Horizons, Epcot, 1983-1999

As visitors rode on Horizons they were shown visions of the future thus perceived from the era of science fiction writeer Jules Verne.  The ride was closed in 1999 to make way for Mission: SPACE.

For a video of the ride: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mbuA4m4QZQY

6.)Submarine Voyage, Disneyland, 1959-1998

The submarine ride vehicles for this ride were designed to look like navy nuclear submarines.  There were, however in fact boats as visitors were seated at an area below sea level and were able to look out at different underwater displays and fish.  The ride really still lives on now as Finding Nemo Submarine Voyage.

For a video of the ride: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gX91iV8iVZc

7.)Mission To Mars, Tomorrowland, Disneyland, 1975-1992

This attraction launched visitors into outer space and onward towards Mars.  It’s very similar to Disney’s Mission: SPACE.

For a video of the ride: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TE9n6owrMZ0

8.)If You Had Wings, Magic Kingdom, Disneyworld, 1972-1987

This dark ride took visitors to certain destinations throughout the Carribean and still lives on in the form of Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin.

For a video of the ride: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2Vmfc8aVW-U


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