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11 Extinct Walt Disney World Rides

Walt Disney World is a constantly changing and growing vacation destination. Walt Disney once said “Disneyland will never be completed. It will continue to grow as long as there is imagination left in the world.” This philosophy has continued to exist in the Walt Disney Company and theme parks in that they are ever changing environments. Over the years, Walt Disney World has seen its fair share of changes, some enhancing previous experiences and some introducing things that are completely new. Unfortunately, when a new attraction is completed, it sometimes takes the place of another leaving the park’s history with some extinct attractions. Here is a look at eleven extinct attractions in Walt Disney World that guests miss!

11. ExtraTERRORestrial Alien Encounter –

This psychological thriller previously existed in the space in the Magic Kingdom’s Tomorrowland that is currently home to Stitch’s Great Adventure. Open from 1995 to 2003, Alien Encounter brought guests into the world of X-S Tech where they were shown several technological demonstrations while waiting in line. Once inside the main theater, guests were seated around a central case and soon found themselves held down by shoulder restraints. The demonstration was supposed to highlight teleportation technology, but due to an error guests soon found themselves trapped in a dark theater with a blood thirsty alien on the loose. Featuring darkness, loud noises, and some scary moments, guests under twelve were advised to not experience the attraction and eventually it was closed to make way for the more family friendly Stitch.

10. Skyway –

This unique mode of transportation used to be available for guests to move from Fantasyland to Tomorrowland in the Magic Kingdom. An opening day attraction, the Skyway existed until 1999 and is missed by many guests. Featuring gondola styled cars which sat several guests at a time, the Skyway took guests high to the sky to enjoy a gentle mode of transportation, breeze, and sweeping views of the park. Once closed, the Tomorrowland station was removed soon after and the Fantasyland station was demolished in 2012 to make room for the Tangled bathroom area.

9. Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride –

This classic dark ride previously inhabited the spot where The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh currently is. Operating from opening day through 1998, the attraction took guests on a whirlwind car ride through the world of Mr. Toad on one of two different tracks. Each experience had guests finding themselves in some close calls as the crazy Mr. Toad manned the wheel. While each track differed slightly, they both ended with Mr. Toad steering onto a railroad track and guests suddenly finding themselves in a scene portraying hell.

8. Mission To Mars –

This attraction existed in the Magic Kingdom from 1975 to 1993 replacing Flight To The Moon and being replaced by the ExtraTERRORestrial Alien Encounter mentioned above. Mission To Mars allowed guests to step into the world of space exploration and watch from a large theater as their spacecraft headed for Mars. Similar to Mission:SPACE currently in Epcot, the adventure didn’t go entirely according to plan and guests would find themselves hurrying back to Earth to escape safely.

7. The Living Seas –

In Epcot, guests can enjoy The Seas With Nemo and Friends which is a pavilion that features an attraction of the same name. Previously the pavilion and attraction were named The Living Seas and they operated from 1986 through 2005. Guests first boarded an elevator and were brought down to the ocean floor to Sea Base Alpha where they boarded SeaCabs and were treated to an underwater tour of the ocean. While The Living Seas no longer exists, guests can still experience exploring the sea with Nemo and his friends.

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6. World of Motion –

This classic attraction operated from Epcot’s opening day in 1982 through 1996 when it was replaced with the original version of Test Track. The World of Motion was sponsored by General Motors and took guests on a journey through the history of transportation. Featuring comical scenes including the world’s first traffic jam, this attraction was a guest favorite and is still missed today.

5. Horizons –

This dark ride in Epcot’s Future World opened in 1982 and operated through 1999 when it was replaced by Mission:SPACE. Horizons took guests on a glimpse into the future of families in the 21st century and showed how new technology would bring new experiences and day to day ways of life. Guests viewed scenes depicting life on farms, in space, and even under the sea and were able to enjoy a finale in which they picked one of the three environments to see an additional glimpse into the future via a video. Horizons became a bit of a cult favorite, and many guests miss it today.

4. Snow White’s Scary Adventures –

This classic dark ride opened with the Magic Kingdom in 1971 and operated through 2012 when it was replaced in Fantasyland with the Princess Fairytale Hall. The attraction took guests into the story of Snow White where they were able to relive the classic tale alongside the princess. Until 1994, Snow White actually did not appear at all in the ride as guests were supposed to experience the story from her first hand point of view. Deemed slightly too scary for small children, Snow White was then added and the attraction was toned down slightly. While the attraction no longer exists today, the dancing Snow White and Dwarfs figures can still be seen at the end of the nearby Seven Dwarfs Mine Train.

3. Food Rocks –

This quirky show existed in Epcot’s The Land Pavilion from 1994 to 2004, replaced Kitchen Kabaret, and was eventually closed to make way for Soarin’. The show featured different types of food singing plays on popular songs to teach guests about good nutrition and eating in a healthy manner. Hosted by Fud Wrapper and featuring songs like “Good Nutrition” by the Peach Boys, the show was humorous and bought in a dose of pop culture.

2. Ellen’s Energy Adventure – 

Not the only attraction to close on August 13, 2017 (see below!), Ellen’s Energy Adventure located in the Universe of Energy closed its doors in Epcot’s Future World. We will miss Ellen DeGeneres and Bill Nye’s quick witted and informative conversations about energy while enjoying the film presentations and slow-moving dark ride through audio-animatronic sets. What’s the come? A Guardians of the Galaxy-themed attraction!

1. The Great Movie Ride – 

Still making our hearts sink, The Great Movie Ride at Hollywood Studios made its last trip through the movies August 13, 2017. This attraction was actually the last operating attraction from Hollywood Studios’ opening day in 1989. With numerous audio-animatronics, theatrical sets, a few live actors, and much more – this attraction took guests through iconic scenes from twelve classic films throughout motion picture history. While we miss The Great Movie Ride, we are loving the new attraction that took it’s place – Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway.

About Caitlin Kane

Caitlin Kane first started visiting Walt Disney World when she was two years old, and despite spending most of that trip quarantined with the chicken pox she managed to fall in love with the place. Visiting WDW every year since, she especially loves learning all about the history and small details of the parks and eating/drinking her way through the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival each fall. When she's not in Disney, Caitlin lives in New York and spends her time counting down the days to her next trip.