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Disney World Remembers: Even More Lost Rides And Attractions (VIDEO)

First Posted: 01/17/2012 7:43 am Updated: 09/16/2012 11:14 am

Since the inception of the Disney parks, Disney has been known for the innovations it makes in the area of theme park attractions. Sure, It’s A Small World will always be delightfully low-tech, but rides like Soarin’ have shown how Disney can push the envelope.

Of course, progress comes at a price. And, many much-loved rides and attractions had to go extinct to make way for the newer and more thrilling. We've already taken a look at some classic lost attractions like Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride and 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, which will always be fan favorites, and now we're turning our attention to more obscure amusements. Here are more rides and even TV clips from Walt Disney World in Orlando, Fla. that help us to remember the excitement of yesteryear.

What were your favorite Disney World or Disneyland attractions? Let us know in the comments below!

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  • Walt Disney World 1984 Video Brochure, Magic Kingdom

    Enjoy a retro look at the Walt Disney World of the 1980s. Aside from the awesome hair, fashion and dated cast member uniforms, some lost Disney attractions like 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea and Mission to Mars can be seen. It's also worth a good chuckle to see what the existing rides looked like before their modern refurbs.

  • ExtraTERRORestrial Alien Encounter, Magic Kingdom

    The Alien Encounter attraction in Tomorrowland was a seated theater-type show in which viewers were made to feel as if they were in the presence of an escaped alien, thanks to some awesome special effects. It opened in 1995 in the space previously occupied by Mission to Mars, and was replaced with Stitch's Great Escape!, which opened in 2004.

  • Mission to Mars, Magic Kingdom

    Like Alien Encounter, Mission to Mars took place in a large round theater. In this "spaceship" flat screens on the floor and ceiling were windows into space, and moving seats simulated spacecraft movement. It evolved from the earlier ride Flight to the Moon in 1975, and was designed with the help of NASA. Mission to Mars closed in 1993.

  • Flight To The Moon, Magic Kingdom

    Flight to the Moon, which opened in California's Disneyland in 1955, and was carried over to Disney World. But, by 1969 the moon was less than a novelty, so the destination was changed to Mars in 1975.

  • Delta Dreamflight, Magic Kingdom

    Before there was Buzz Lightyear's Space Ranger Spin, there was Delta Dreamflight, opened in 1989. Guests rode on "<a href="" target="_hplink">omnimovers</a>" through scenes depicting the history and future of aviation. After Delta ceased its sponsorship, the ride was re-branded as Take Flight in 1996. The ride closed in 1998.

  • If You Had Wings, Magic Kingdom

    Delta Dreamflight took the place of another airline-sponsored ride, If You Had Wings. Opened in 1972, it was hosted by Eastern Airlines. Also using the omnimover system, If You Had Wings took passengers through scenes of Eastern Airlines destinations, projected on wall screens enhanced by sets. After Eastern's sponsorship ended, the ride was known as If You Could Fly from 1987 until its closing in 1989.

  • The Magical World of Barbie, EPCOT

    It's best known as home to the Christmas spectacular Candelight Processional, but EPCOT's America Gardens Theater once hosted a true Disney relic: The Magical World of Barbie show. Throughout the spectacle Barbie made - surprise! - a trip around the world. Check out those slick jump rope moves...

  • Kitchen Kabaret, EPCOT

    Kitchen Kabaret was in EPCOT's The Land pavilion on opening day in 1982. It featured a cabaret (what else?) of anamatronic singing foods. The show was meant to promote healthy eating. In 1994 it was replaced with Food Rocks, which was of a similar concept, this time with a rock 'n' roll twist. The acts bore resemblance to real rock acts, with groups like The Refrigerator Police and Pita Gabriel. This incarnation closed around 2003/2004 and was replaced by Soarin'.

  • Horizons, EPCOT

    Horizons opened in 1983 and was an omnimover-based ride in Future World. Riders went on a trip to the future, looking both at historic concepts of the future and modern-day predictions. It closed in 1994, but briefy reopened in 1995 to compensate for the closing and refurbishment of neighboring attractions. Its permanent closing in 1999 roughly coincided with the opening of Test Track. The building was demolished and in 2003 Mission Space opened in a new building on the space.

  • World Of Motion, EPCOT

    While Mission Space took over Horizons' plot, Test Track lives where the World of Motion once was. World of Motion opened with the park in 1982, and was another omnimover ride. The premise was simple: a tour through the history of transportation. Sponsor GM stayed on when in World of Motion was closed in 1996, and Test Track opened in 1999. More changes are afoot, though. A <a href="" target="_hplink">re-imagined Test Track</a>, presented by Chevrolet, will debut this fall.

  • Walt Disney World Information Channel 1987

    This video was played on WDW hotels' information channel in the '80s. Aside from the cool retroness, keep your eyes peeled for some oldies: River Country, Discovery Island and Disney Village. Discovery Island, in the middle of Bay Lake, first opened in as Treasure Island in 1974. In 1977 the name was changed to Discovery Island, and later earned accreditation as a zoo. It was home to a bird show, monkeys, toucans, flamingos, etc., as well as some educational facilities. The island closed in 1999 not long after the opening of Disney's Animal Kingdom. Disney Village was an early incarnation of what's now the megalopolis of Downtown Disney, Pleasure Island and the West Side. It was opened as Walt Disney World Village in 1977. River Country (Ed. note: RIP) can be seen abandoned <a href="" target="_hplink">here</a>.

  • Disney World Of The 1970s, Magic Kingdom

    Go even further back in time, to the decade of the park's opening.


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