To those just entering ExtinctAttractionLand, welcome! Today we are embarking on a tour of the park, looking at the attractions and places that once stood proudly in Disneyland before it has been removed in the name of progress. Mind you, we will not be able to take in each and every attraction today due to time and space. Instead, we shall embark on some of the highlights. If there is interest, we will take another tour in the future.
The tour begins by walking down Main Street USA and turning right at the hub, heading into Tomorrowland, where we shall embark on Adventure Thru Inner Space. Open from 1967 until 1985 near the entrance of Tomorrowland, this attraction stood where Star Tours 2.0 currently is. Narrated by Paul Frees, this ride took park guests in omni-mover pods through the Mighty Microscope, “shrinking” them until they are able to enter a water molecule, and eventually an oxygen molecule. Guests are then returned to normal size, and are encouraged to experience science exhibits on display from attraction host Monsanto.
Next it’s time for a tour of Tomorrowland, taking a journey onboard the PeopleMover. This constantly moving attraction opened in 1967 and lasted until 1995. Taking guests on a tour of the exterior of Tomorrowland and a tour of Adventures Thru Inner Space/Star Tours 1.o, Space Mountain, and through a “high speed tunnel” and the world of Tron. The ride was shut down in 1995 for the remodel of Tomorowland and the placement of the Rocket Rods, which did not last long at all.
It’s time to leave Tomorrowland via the Skyway to Fantasyland. We’ll have a quick lunch at the Chicken of the Sea Pirate Ship Restaurant before continuing the tour. Also known as Captain Hook’s Galley, this ship stood where the Dumbo elephants were relocated to in 1982. The ship was not able to be relocated as was the original intent due to water damage the ship had received from being in the lagoon since 1955.
After lunch we are off to Bear Country, the western most portion of the park. Opened in 1972, and renamed Critter Country in 1989 with opening of Splash Mountain, we’re going to enjoy a presentation of The Country Bear Jamboree. As we have plenty of time to spare today, we will enjoy three different shows with the bears, the original production, the Country Bear Christmas show that premiered in 1984 and ran each season until the attraction closed in 2001, and the Country Bear Vacation Hoedown that debuted in 1986.
As we wrap up our day in ExtinctAttractionLand, we’ll head back out to Main Street and take a seat on the curb to enjoy the night time entertainment. From our seat we will be able to enjoy the Main Street Electrical Parade as it passes by, and then we’ll enjoy the Remember… Dreams Come True! fireworks show from 2005 celebrating Disneyland’s 50th anniversary. Remember does sometimes still appear in the park on off-season weekends, but for all practical purposes its an extinct attraction (my blog, my rules). This firework show was a virtual tour through the park through audio and pyrotechnics, creating one of the dazzling shows seen in Disneyland.
This is where our tour ends for today. As stated earlier, it is not a complete tour of ExtinctAttractionLand, as many other areas deserve to be explored, from America Sings to the Rainbow Caverns and the Flying Saucers. We’ll make sure to return again soon. I thank you for taking the time to read this today. I ask you would please leave comments. You may contact me directly on Twitter @, and you may also subscribe to be alerted by email when new postings are published. Quest for Vault Disney is now on Facebook. Please visit https://www.facebook.com/groups/questforvaultdisney. Have a great rest of your day. See ya real soon…