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Extinct Opening Day Attractions We Wish Were Still at Walt Disney World and WDW Trivia Contest

Hello and welcome to The WDW Radio Show – Your Walt Disney World Information Station. I am your host, Lou Mongello, and this is show #280 for the week of June 24, 2012.

We’re going to turn back the clock this week and visit Walt Disney World on opening day, October 1, 1971. With a recent, renewed sense of nostalgia in the Disney Parks and among Disney enthusiasts, we’re going to look at the Extinct Attractions We Wish Were Still in Walt Disney World. From some of your favorites to a few you may not remember, we’ll discuss some lost attractions, shows, shops, restaurants and entertainment on this Wayback Machine segment.

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30 thoughts on “WDW Radio # 280 – Extinct Opening Day Attractions We Wish Were Still at Walt Disney World”

  1. Robert Walunas says:

    The Original Journey into Immagination

  2. Jonathan says:

    I agree with both you guys, I so miss 20,000 leagues. I recently went to Disneyland for the first time and the Nemo subs were fun, but no WDW subs.

  3. Aaron says:

    I remember the Main Street Rhythm Rascals, with Ralf Reynolds on the washboard. Great group of dixieland musicians

  4. Ali says:

    I miss when 4 for a Dollar used to sing before the Beauty and the Beast show at Hollywood Studios. I love the actual show, but their performance was one of the main reasons I loved going!

  5. Ali says:

    (even though it wasn’t an opening day attraction)

  6. Paul C says:

    For me it’s not even in the park. It was the Disney radio information station that you would pick up on the highway coming towards WDW.

  7. Kate says:

    I love that the first thing they discussed was the House of Magic! I was there all the time as a kid and when I went there once and it wasn’t there, I was SO diappointed. Good to know other people miss it just as much!

  8. Dave says:

    Ryan, get a new microphone or a mic stand or stop playing with the mic! I like what you have to say, but the fumbling noise is so distracting!

    As for what I’d like to see back…I’m not sure, only because I have this awesome memory of 20k the very first time I rode it when I was 8 or 9, I was just blown away. The next visit, I was a teenager and so excited to ride it, only to be terribly disappointed in it because I was looking through more adult eyes. “This is what I thought was so cool?” So, in a way, I’m happy with the memories I have, as romanticized as it may be. I would only wish to experience anything that I didn’t have a chance to see originally.

  9. Jennifer Archer says:

    i would bring back the “cowboy” gang that did a show in frontierland. i loved that show when i visit wdw when i was a kid. it was one of the memories i remember most. i have pictures of myself with the gang and i just love those pictures. great times!

  10. Michelle says:

    I miss the Skyway to Fantasyland.

  11. Janet Wilks says:

    I agree with you about so much, especially regarding the live entertainment. I have felt something has been missing and now realize that the spontaneous entertainment that you describe is what it made the difference. I also miss Diamond Horseshoe Review and Skyway.

    One thing I especially miss, though not in a park, and perhaps was later on, was the Baton Rouge Lounge on the Empress Lily at DTD when the talented John Charles performed. I always felt he was a hidden treasure – and it was free!! He later moved to the DHR. Do you remember him?

  12. Tony says:

    I really miss the Penny Arcade. Thanks for talking about it in the show!

  13. Brian Courtemanche says:

    The House of Magic. I cheered in the car when you brought it up. I was so pleased to hear that first up on the podcast. That place had an aura of sinister gentility about it that was straight out of a Ray Bradbury novel. I loved all the monster masks on the walls, the plaster skulls, the black lights, the parlor tricks, the vendors doing illusions at the counter, even the gothic wallpaper. It was like a bit of the Haunted Mansion on Main Street. I really miss how the merchandise on Main Street (and throughout the entire resort, including the hotels) was unique to that area. It totally added to the immersion and theming, helping you suspend your disbelief and enjoy the illusion of being in another time and place.

    I also sorely miss 20,000 Leauges Under the Sea, especially experiencing that attraction at night. You would hear the subs hissing, smell the oily-diesel smell of the subs, hear the nautical music coming over the speakers, all the ironworks of the queue, the volcanic coral rocks…the subs would come gliding and hissing into the dock like some primeval sea beast, glistening and dark, with that one big green lamp like a huge eye glowing in the darkness, reflecting off the water.

    Heck, I even miss flying Easter Airlines out of Boston down to Orlando. They had their own terminal at Logan, and when you’d get on the plane, the little paper napkins would have an Eastern Logo and the old WDW logo, as they were the official airline of WDW back then. When you saw those napkins, you knew you were on your way! And you’d get cool Eastern Airlines plastic wings with pins to affix them to your shirt (not cheap “stick ‘um” backing).

    Wow…lots of memories…amazing how they flood back! Cheers, and thanks for the podcast…a wonderful trip down memory lane!

  14. Walter h (inkwelltomahawk) says:

    Safari club arcade http://www.omniluxe.net/wyw/safari.htm
    And all of the magic stores.

  15. Greg says:

    Definitely 20,000 leagues!

  16. Blackjack Joe says:

    I didn’t make my first trip to WDW until 2003, so I can’t say that I miss any opening-day attraction. It, there are several attractions that came later that were extinct by my first trip that I wish I could have seen. Alien Encounter, Horizons, and World of Motion come to mind, as well as the first version of Journey Through Imagination. I realize they’re not all Magic Kingdom attractions.

  17. Stacey Bearden says:

    I didn’t get to go to Disney until 1978 however, I was there the fall before they removed the skyway, and was lucky enough to ride 20,000 Leages under the sea. I miss them both very much!

  18. Nora says:

    Definitely 20,000 Leagues. My first trip was in late 1974, and I’m still going!

  19. Matt Browning says:

    I still miss Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride. Hope to make it to California next year to experience their version.

  20. Chrystal Hilton says:

    Snow Whites Scary Adventure ๐Ÿ™

  21. Kurt Cogle says:

    I do miss Mr. Toads Wild and 20,000 Leagues.
    My first trip down with my family 1974 and a women passed out in line for 20,000 Leagues and she was passed over head to the back of line to the paramedics.
    That was a weird time.

  22. Lori DiAndrea says:

    I miss Mr. Toad but I would be most excited if they brought back the original Journey Into Imagination! The new versions just don’t cut it! Loved the article on Figment and the Dreamfinder in Celebrations Magazine by the way!

  23. George says:

    I’m not sure, counselor, if this was there on opening day, but I remember a shop *in* the castle that sold medieval knights stuff like real swords. I got a small plastic figurine of a full set of armor there that I had for quite a while (but alas no more). I know it’s probably cliche, but I was hoping you guys would mention it. It’s another example of shops selling things that would be out of place today.

  24. DAR35 says:

    I wasn’t born yet during opening day, in fact my first trip wasn’t until 1978 as a 4 year old. But I’d bring back Toad, the original Pirates, the new one is good, it’s just not as good. EPCOT, the original Journey, World of Motion and Horizons.

  25. Kris Banas says:

    Mr. Toad for sure! Not that I don’t just love Pooh…bu Mr. Toad was just so cool. Also, Skyway, and 20,000.

  26. Adam says:

    I miss Mr. Toads Wild Ride, I remember riding it as a kid and I want to ride it again so bad, it just sucks that its gone, also the skyway to fantasyland, they just remind me of my childhood and I wish they were still around.

  27. DizDreamin says:

    20k Leagues frightened me when I rode it as a 4 y/o in 1979 or 80…but it was ‘meh’ to me when I rode it as a teen. Still, it was well done and regret my kids will never experience it.

    Thanks for mentioning the Welch’s drinks!! OMG I remember loving those things, but couldn’t remember where they were from! Now I know! ๐Ÿ™‚

  28. Nora says:

    One that I never got to visit, but have done many research on is River Country!!If any of you got to go to the first Disney water park, please give me some info on what it was like!!!

  29. joe Disney Flood says:

    the Swan boat ride!!!!

  30. Chuck Zitta says:

    I’d have to say 20,000 Leagues and Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride would be the two opening day attractions I miss most. First experienced both out at Disneyland in 1973. For an 8 year old boy, both were pretty cool attractions to experience. Especially the subs!

    Miss all the old shops you mention in your show as well. All the old west and Indian items you discuss are memories I still hold close to my heart. And though these memories have slowly deteriorated over the years, it would be nice to refresh the old noggin with photos, etc.

    Thanks again, for another walk down memory lane, Lou and Ryan!!!