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Do You Remember These 9 Short-Lived Disney Attractions?

We thought we’d chat about a bit of Disney historical past immediately. Truthfully, I really like doing a ton of research to study issues I didn’t know a lot about in terms of Disney or to brush up on info I had forgotten.

Sleeping Magnificence Citadel at Disneyland is the centerpiece of Fantasyland, and one of the recognizable buildings on the planet. (Joshua Sudock/Disneyland Resort)

This week I assumed we’d take a look at a number of short-lived and sometimes forgotten Disney points of interest!

1. Lucky the Dinosaur

Lucky the Dinosaur was the first audio-animatronics determine to stroll on his own.  He stood 9-feet tall and is 12-feet lengthy. It took Imagineers FIVE years to create him.

When walking around the park, he would work together with friends whereas pulling a flower cart. And, get this — he might even give an autograph by signing together with his mouth!

Fortunate the Dinosaur

In line with the Disney Parks Blog, Lucky made his debut at The Natural History Museum of Los Angeles on August 28, 2003. He then appeared in Disney California Journey, where he was playtested! He additionally made appearances in Animal Kingdom in Walt Disney World from June to August in 2005 and in Hong Kong Disneyland in September 2005.

Sadly, Fortunate is not in the parks, however he does sometimes make appearances in the Backstage Magic Tour for Adventures by Disney visitors!

2. The Jungle Guide: Alive With Magic

The Jungle Guide: Alive With Magic was a place-holder show created in only 40 days. The present was shortly created so Disney would have a nighttime show as they finalized Animal Kingdom’s Rivers of Mild nighttime show.

The show had a number of similarities to Rivers of Mild as a result of it also used water screens and other water features.  It was launched on April 22, 2016, a few month after Disney’s live-action movie The Jungle Ebook  hit theaters. It featured basic songs from the film and displayed film scenes on water, very similar to Fantasmic! There have been additionally reside performers on the water who sang and danced.

The show closed on September 5, 2016, to make method for the present Animal Kingdom nighttime show, Rivers of Mild.

Jungle Guide: Alive With Magic

3. The Mickey Mouse Club Circus

I discovered this as I used to be researching previous short-lived points of interest. I had never heard of it, but upon reading I used to be intrigued! The Mickey Mouse Membership Circus befell on the planet’s largest striped circus tent and was a present crammed with circus acts and animals. And guess who else was in the show? Jimmy Dodd, Roy Williams, and some other Mouseketeers!

Based on a 1955 Disneyland information submit, The Mickey Mouse Membership Circus boasted, “a menagerie of more than 80 animals, a talent roster of over 70 performers picked by Walt personally from the best circus talent available in the world.”


The show lasted about 75 minutes and had 12 major acts. These acts included Professor George Keller’s superb Feline Fantastics, with jungle animals including lions, pumas, ocelots, leopards, and tigers. After the professor’s act, clowns took to the stage and carried out an aerial ballet. Educated ponies, canine, and seals carried out subsequent, then Kinko the Clown and his miniature auto. The sixth act had performing camels and llamas. Lastly, Ted DeWayne’s Troupe of acrobats and gymnasts would take the stage.

Through the trapeze act, performers would gown as Tinker Bell and Peter Pan, the lights can be turned out and they might glow!


The present was truly a vacation offering, so the finale introduced friends with a bit Disney Christmas magic. The grand finale was referred to as the “March of the Toys.”These “living toys” have been Mickey Mouse, Minnie, Donald Duck, Pluto, and Goofy, and a bunch of other Walt Disney stars. They’d parade around in a machine-like type as a Christmas tree would grow from the center ring, rising to satisfy a glowing star, excessive within the tent. Then, jingle bells would announce the appearance of Santa Clause who’d arrive by sleigh to close the manufacturing.

The present debuted at Disneyland on November 24, 1955, and closed on January 8, 1956. I actually want I might have experienced this present! Have been you capable of see the show or do you keep in mind hearing about it? In that case, let us know and share footage, we’d LOVE to see!

four. Celebrity Limo

Celebrity Limo was a darkish experience attraction at Hollywood Footage Backlot at Disney’s California Journey. The attraction opened February eight, 2001, but was not even open for a yr because it closed on January 11, 2002.

The experience was purported to reenact a high-speed chase between friends and the paparazzi. This concept was in manufacturing in the course of the tragic crash dying of Princess Diana in 1997. Realizing this may now be perceived as an attraction in poor taste, Disney recreated their concept.

The attraction ended up taking visitors on a wild experience in a purple limousine via Tinsel City. It featured colourful signs, superstar caricatures, and cartoonish Hollywood landmarks. A number of of the celebrities included Cher, Tim Allen, Drew Carey, and Whoopi Goldberg. But the journey didn’t really impress friends. As an alternative, many youngsters have been terrified and adults have been merely bored.

The attraction was later replaced by Monsters, Inc. Mike & Sulley To The Rescue. And — enjoyable reality — for budget-saving causes, Disney reused quite a lot of the prevailing Celebrity Limo animatronics within the Mosters, Inc. attraction!

Celebrity Limo

5. Goosebumps HorrorLand Fright Present and FunHouse

Goosebumps was a HUGE deal in the 1990s. Youngsters liked reading the books and watching the show, subsequently, Disney thought they’d deliver a few of that spooky fun to the parks. They did this by creating the Goosebumps HorrorLand Fright Show and FunHouse at Disney-MGM Studios, now Hollywood Studios, in 1997.

The Goosebumps HorrorLand Fright Show was a magic present during which Amaz-O the Magician would use youngsters from the viewers to carry out magic tips. Through the show, issues would go awry, and Amaz-O would lose the youngsters for a bit. A couple of Goosebumps characters would seem through the show, together with Slappy, Curly the Skeleton, Cuddles the Hampster, and the Lord High Executioner. Toward the top of the present, the youngsters would come out with masks on and scare away the scary monsters. Amaz-O would additionally reveal that he is truly the Executioner at the finish of the present as nicely. He would then immediate individuals to go to the FunHouse.

The FunHouse was actually just a mirror-filled maze that dumped everybody into a Goosebumps present store. Visitors have been fairly underwhelmed with both points of interest early on, which triggered Disney to make a number of modifications. They dropped FunHouse from the identify and revamped the maze a bit to make it tougher. Additionally they added the Goosebumps characters to the maze!

Throughout this time, Scholastic noticed a serious lower in Goosebumps gross sales. R.L. Stein also ended the original collection and began a new one, so this might have played into why the expertise was so short-lived. Goosebumps simply simply wasn’t as in style by the point Disney introduced the present.

Goosebumps HorrorLand and FunHouse opened on October 9, 1997, and closed on November 1, 1998.

6. Discovery River Boats

The Discovery River Boats have been an opening-day attraction at Disney’s Animal Kingdom. And when the park initially opened, the River Boats offered a brief cruise by means of the waterways of Animal Kingdom.

The boats appeared pretty doomed from the beginning, although. At the early forged member openings in March 1998, the strains have been greater than an hour long as friends waited to board the boats. And naturally, once the park opened, the strains grew even longer. Friends have been VERY disenchanted after ready in such an extended line to seek out that the attraction was nothing greater than a 10-minute boat experience that went in a circle and had nothing to take a look at. Individuals have been doubtless expecting an attraction like Jungle Cruise, so it merely didn’t reside up.

Disney did make a number of modifications to try to improve the Discovery River Boats’ likability. They added animal handlers who put on a show and tell, however this did little.

When this didn’t work, Disney closed the attraction for a refurbishment. It eventually reopened as a Radio Disney River Cruise attraction with Radio Disney DJs as part of the experience. This fastened nothing and the attraction closed for good in 1999.

It was rumored that when Asia opened, the boats can be a way of transportation from one a part of the park to the opposite (just like the boats in Epcot’s World Showcase). We wish this might have occurred as a result of we expect it will have been a HUGE success.

Discovery River Boats

7. Journey into the Jungle E-book

Journey into the Jungle Guide was additionally an opening-day attraction in Disney’s Animal Kingdom in April 1998. The 30-minute show was staged 10 occasions day by day on the Theater in the Wild, a 1,500-seat amphitheater overlooking Discovery River close to DinoLand U.S.A. That is where the Finding Nemo — The Musical present is at present.

Journey Into The Jungle Ebook

This was a hilarious and weird stage production that employed a new breed of hum-animals, highly cellular costumed characters combining human performers and revolutionary puppetry. You might see the performers’ faces, which resulted in animals of fantasy that conveyed life-like realism and emotion. Many of those character costumes might double as other set pieces as properly, like a bush for example. The performer would instantly reveal themselves as dancing animals. A number of the costumes additionally contained two or extra performers through the use of front and puppet rear sections.

The music and characters from the film stepped proper out of what seemed to be an enormous, multi-plane image e-book on stage. The show followed the basic Jungle Guide story of Mowgli, Baloo, and Bagheera. It also included musical highlights like Bare Requirements and I Want To Be Like You.

Journey Into The Jungle Guide

8. Goofy’s Nation Dancin’ Jamboree

Goofy’s Nation Dancin’ Jamboree opened on July 1, 2003, and was performed within the Diamond Horseshoe at Magic Kingdom. The present began with a musical quantity from the host Sarah Jo. She would introduce Goofy, who would come out all decked out in country-western attire. The 2 would perform a music or two, after which they might introduce the remainder of the forged, who included Chip and Dale, Woody, Jessie, and Bullseye. The characters would interact with friends, while Goofy and Sarah Jo led quite a lot of nation line dances, together with the Electric Slide and a variation of the Hen Dance, to tunes resembling Cotton-Eyed Joe.

The show ended with all of the characters gathering onstage for a grand finale the place they might pose for one final group shot earlier than exiting. The present remained open until October 1, 2004.

Goofy’s Country Dancin’ Jamboree

9. Tiana’s Showboat Jubilee

Tiana’s Showboat Jubilee premiered at Disneyland on Friday, November 6, 2009, and was a celebration that featured The Princess and the Frog forged in a jazzy procession by way of New Orleans Square. This celebration would work its approach to the Mark Twain Riverboat, where the present would proceed.  A stay jazz band would play because the forged carried out musical numbers from the film.

Tiana’s Showboat Jubilee

Dancers dressed in Mardi Gras colours carried parasols and led the procession. They have been followed by Princess Tiana and Prince Naveen, the jazz band, and extra dancers who handed out Mardi Gras beads.

We’re pretty positive this was a present that was imagined to run for a limited time to create hype for the discharge of The Princess and the Frog film, as it additionally had a limited run within the Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World.

The show led to Disneyland on January 3, 2010.

Tiana’s Showboat Jubilee

Have been you capable of experience any of those short-lived points of interest? In case you have been please tell us about your expertise and share your pictures with us within the feedback under! We’d love to hear all about it!

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