Four weeks ago, I spent part of my Goose Hunting Break at DisneyWorld in Orlando, Florida. While I didn’t write much about my recent trip to DisneyWorld, I have to say that I have been reading a lot of Disney history since coming back.
While doing my research before the trip, I watched one of the “Abandoned” mini-documentaries by Bright Sun Films. They have been quite addictive and after my trip, I started watching more. If you’ve been to DisneyWorld as a child – this was my fourth trip, but my first as an adult – old memories definitely start popping up as you recognize old rides and attractions that no longer exist.
While I haven’t watched all of them yet, here are my favourite videos. Enjoy!
- Horizons – I actually remember this ride and the futuristic ideas were iconic for its time. But why did such an amazing and innovative ride shut down? Well, it’s always more interesting when Disney tries to hide the real reason … Sadly, it’s now the ride that I hate. Or the ride that has caused a 4-year-old to die from a heart attack, as well as a 49-year-old woman to die the next day.
- Disney’s Discovery Island – The island that gave birth to Animal Kingdom. I never knew about this place, but it would have been pretty awesome to check out the island when it was abandoned!
- Wonders of Life – I forgot about Body Wars, but I definitely went on the ride inside Horizons! Bit miffed that I didn’t get to go inside the building as it’s not entirely abandoned, but is now a seasonally-active building. We lined up at Epcot to go in for the annual Flower and Garden Show and as we were waiting for a free ticket, we happened to have just missed out on the last set. ARGH!!!
If you’re still hungry for more Disney facts, check out D23*.
*The site is named after the year 1923 , the year that Walt Disney moved to California and is the same year that the Disney Company started.