This raised some bittersweet memories, not only of the ride, but of the Toad-Ins. Those meetings of protest were some of the earliest meets of the Disney online fan community and were a lot of fun. Here is a picture from the very last one. I was 16!
Fan-based "Toad-Ins" began in late October 1997 to protest the decision to close WDW's Mr. Toad's Wild Ride. Fans with green shirts began camping out in front of the attraction, and letters were sent to Disney asking it to spare the beloved attraction. To no avial. The attraction closed permanently on September 7, 1998.