Since 1955, Disneyland theme parks have happily provided people of all ages with a source of joy. Fans go to the various parks across the world to see some of their favorite characters, eat exclusive food, and ride the attractions! As time passes, Disney continues to expand and build new experiences for folks to enjoy. Since they don’t have unlimited space, though, they have to make tough decisions figuring out which ones to also shut down. We’re sure some fan-favorites aren’t around anymore, so here’s a list of closed Disney attractions across all of their parks that might jog some nostalgia.
California Adventure’s Twilight Zone Tower Of Terror
One of the most recent closures is the Tower of Terror, which Disney decided to replace with Guardians of the Galaxy: Mission Breakout. It was more than likely a tough decision to make since this was a ride many adored.
The original allure this attraction possessed helped reel in paying customers as it was one of California Adventure’s most popular rides. With Disney opting to put a lot of their eggs in Marvel’s basket, it doesn’t surprise us much this closure took place.
Disneyland’s Honey, I Shrunk The Audience
Honey, I Shrunk the Audience was one of Disneyland’s most innovative attractions at the theme park. Based on the 1989 movie, Honey, I Shrunk the Kids; guests would put on 3D glasses and become smaller versions of themselves.
Technically, this was one of the first 4D attractions, since you would feel the water from the sneezing dogs, and the mice running on the floor (it was just air!). The final showing was on January 3, 2010.
You can tell by taking one look at this picture that this attraction shut down a while ago. Disneyland’s PeopleMover carried parkgoers high above the grounds of Tomorrowland who had to stand on a moving ramp as they boarded the ride.
Once you began gliding above the crowd, beautiful views of the park would soon follow. The PeopleMover had an hourly capacity of 4,885 guests, thanks to its continuous boarding procedure. Sadly, this ride shut down in the mid-’90s.
Disneyland’s Submarine Voyage
Four years after the grand opening, Disneyland opened a Tomorrowland expansion called Submarine Voyage. While inside of the Cold War-style submarines, they used animatronics to simulate underwater life. This gave passengers the feeling of going deeper underwater than they really went.
As a rider, you would see mermaids, sea serpents, shipwrecks, and even sunken cities. It was a famous ride, but operating expenses became too high, so it had to shut down in 1998 permanently.
Disney World’s Body Wars
Disney World once had a futuristic thrill ride called Body Wars. Not to get confused with Star Wars, Body Wars was more about the human anatomy and would “shrink” riders down to cellular size.
At that point, the journey began as you researched the body. You went on a trip through the circulatory system with lasers that stunned white blood cells. What was once one of the most popular attractions, Body Wars eventually closed in 2006 as popularity decreased.
Disney World’s Plaza Swan Boats
Disney World’s Plaza Swan Boat ride opened the same year the theme park did in 1973. Once onboard one of the elegant swan themed boats, you would ride down the canal around Cinderella’s Castle.
Guests would get to go into Adventureland as they rode the attraction, allowing them to go around the Swiss Family Treehouse island. Unfortunately, they only operated this ride seasonally when the parks were at high capacity. That fact, along with other reasons, is why it closed in 1983.
Disney World’s Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride
Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride first opened at Disneyland before getting moved to Disney World in 1971. This ride revolved around one of the main characters from The Wind in the Willows as it took riders on a fast trip on the back of Mr. Toad’s motorcar.
When they moved this attraction to Disney World, it had two tracks sending passengers on somewhat separate journeys. Mr. Toad got the boot in 1998, and Winnie the Pooh would replace it.
Disney World’s ExtraTERRORestrial Alien Encounter
Today, Stitch’s Great Escape occupies this space, but before then it belonged to ExtraTERRORestrial Alien Encounter. They made this attraction in hopes of bringing in older guests.
Whoever was brave enough to endure this experience would have the pleasure of feeling an alien’s breath and drool through special effects. As they sat around a plastic teleportation tube with an alien inside of it, the thing eventually breaks loose, the room gets dark, and madness begins. It closed in 2003.
Disney World’s Snow White’s Scary Adventures
It wasn’t one of the more popular attractions at the Magic Kingdom, but it did provide a breath of fresh air from all the happy-go-lucky experiences. Snow White’s Scary Adventure was a slow-moving ride that was a bit frightening.
Thankfully, it received a friendly update in the ’90s, making it less horrifying. Snow White wasn’t even in the original version, but that changed after updating it as they toned down some of the darker scenes. This attraction closed in 2012.
One of Disneyland’s more relaxing attractions was the Skyway. The aerial ride brought guests between Tomorrowland and Fantasyland in colorful buckets. It lasted for nearly 40 years before complaints came in from the Americans with Disabilities Act.
While 60 feet in the air, the gondola traveled at four miles per hour. Skyway provided a much-needed break for visitors, as it gave them a break from standing and walking around all day. What a pleasant memory.
Disneyland’s Caverns Mine Train
Those familiar with Big Thunder Mountain Railroad probably know about the roots of that coaster. In 1956, Thunder Mountain started as Rainbow Caverns Mine Train. A few years after opening, they upgraded it and renamed it the Mine Train Through Nature’s Wonderland.
Passengers got to see numerous landscapes, ponds, and animals during this ride, so it was a nice change of pace for those at the park. Sadly, it came to an end in 1977.
Disney World’s Maelstrom
Walt Disney Imagineering designed Maelstrom and opened it on July 5, 1988. It was a log flume dark ride that showcased the culture of Norway since the ’80s, featuring things like trolls and polar bears.
When this attraction closed in 2014, people grew angry. They complained that Maelstrom represented everything Disney World stood for: celebrating other cultures. A Frozen ride replaced it, which is something you can’t argue with since that movie was such a hit.
Tokyo Disneyland’s Mickey Mouse Revue
The Mickey Mouse Revue attraction was at Disney World and Tokyo Disneyland and opened in 1971. Those who wanted to see it got to see Mickey Mouse play conductor as he led various members of the Disney family in his orchestra.
There was Winnie the Pooh, Scrooge McDuck, Dumbo, and many apart of this star-studded attraction. They performed songs such as “I’m wishing” from Snow White, and “Who’s Afraid of the Big Bad Wolf?” from The Three Little Pigs. It would close in 1980.
Disney World’s Legend Of The Lion King
If you couldn’t get enough of Lion King, you could always go watch the retelling of the story with life-sized puppets back in the day. The Legend of the Lion King opened in 1994, and Disney called the figures “Humanimals.”
Viewers would witness Rafiki host, as he told the story of Simba’s life. It was very similar to the movie, with only a few differences. Disney would close this attraction in 2002 in favor of the 4D short film, Mickey’s PhilharMagic.
California Adventure’s It’s Tough To Be A Bug
Are there any A Bug’s Life fans out there? Not that long ago, California Adventure shut down It’s Tough to Be A Bug to replace it with another Marvel attraction (Web Slingers: A Spider-Man Adventure).
Located inside the Tree of Life, visitors got the opportunity to watch a 3D film based on A Bug’s Life. They opened this experience in 2001, but Spider-Man forced it to close in 2018. Nature lovers probably weren’t too happy with this closure.
Disney World’s The American Idol Experience
Imagine getting the chance to audition for American Idol by merely visiting Disney World. Up until 2014, that was the case for those who dared to audition with park producers early in the morning.
If selected, you would compete during a live show in front of random park attendees. If you made it that far, you would get a makeup and hair transformation to look your best, as well as a vocal coach. Overall winners won a pass to cut the line during auditions for the real TV show.
Disney World’s The Barnstormer
Disney World once had a junior roller coaster dedicated to the hilarious character, Goofy. The Barnstormer opened on October 1, 1996, in Goofy’s Wiseacre Farm, located in Mickey’s Toontown Fair.
The premise of the ride was an airplane class taught by Goofy. Naturally, anything instructed by Goofy can’t go right, even if he tries his hardest (he’s maybe succeeded a few times). That’s why the image you see shows a plane crashed into another object. This attraction closed in 2011.
Tomorrowland never stood a chance. Innoventions was a two-story exhibit located at Disneyland in California. For 17 years, this attraction focused on near-futuristic technologies, which wasn’t such a bad way to utilize this space.
Some felt the tech inside should have got upgraded more often, but that’s probably what helped lead to its demise. After opening in 1998, it finally closed on March 31, 2015. This was a staple in Tomorrowland that saddened many when it shut down.
Disneyland’s Adventure Through Inner Space
Now we’re starting to feel bad for Tomorrowland, but Disney has much bigger plans ahead. Adventure Through Inner Space was an attraction that simulated riders shrinking smaller than the size of an atom.
Once in your seat, the voice of a scientist exclaimed, “I am the first person to make this fabulous journey. Suspended in the timelessness of inner space are the thought waves of my first impressions. They will be our only source of contact once you have passed beyond the limits of normal Magnification.” Adventure Through Inner Space closed in 1985.
California Adventure’s Soarin’ Over California
One of Disneyland’s California Adventure’s main attractions, Soarin’ Over California, was a flight motion simulator that showed you the highlights of California. It first opened in 2005 and would go on a decade-plus run before seeing a change.
On June 15, 2016, Soarin’ Over California shut down to allow the improvement to take over. Disney upgraded it to Soarin’ Around the World, which was pretty much the same thing, except you went across the globe.