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  • What ride is this??? 1960-1966

    What is this ride just to the right of Storybook Land Canal Boats??? Apparently this was sometime between 1960-1966

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    (Image from Insider article: https://www.insider.com/what-disney-...orn-bobsleds-3)
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    Ryborg

  • #2
    That is the midget autopia https://www.yesterland.com/midgetautopia.html

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    • #3
      Originally posted by vitesse10 View Post
      Thanks! It's really cool to see this high above view fro the Matterhorn and get a perspective of the entire track. I have bounced back and froth between the photos to get an idea of where the photographs were each taken from -- fun stuff.

      It's also kind of interesting to see where the boats are stored for the storybook land canal. That back stage area has a roof now I believe.
      Ryborg

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      • #4
        Originally posted by ryborg View Post

        Thanks! It's really cool to see this high above view fro the Matterhorn and get a perspective of the entire track. I have bounced back and froth between the photos to get an idea of where the photographs were each taken from -- fun stuff.

        It's also kind of interesting to see where the boats are stored for the storybook land canal. That back stage area has a roof now I believe.

        No problem, i love aerial shots from the past. This area was changed in 66, i believe, when the Small World mall area was put in.

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        • #5
          This is either 1959 the same time the Matterhorn Bobsleds opened or Early 1960. There is no Skull Rock in the pic, which opened in December 1960

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          • #6
            Originally posted by vitesse10 View Post
            Bingo. It was the consolation prize for those of us too short to reach the bottom of the Autopia sign, and was still a fun ride after we "graduated." There was a bit of thrill when your car headed straight for the closed barn and it looked like you'd crash, but the doors opened at the last second. You'd sometimes see dads, uncles and older siblings riding along with a young driver and acting like "We're gonna crash!" -- and laughing as they came out the other side. A simple ride that didn't lack Disney detail, from the track layout and landscaping to the props inside the barn.
            "Disneyland is often called a magic kingdom because
            it combines fantasy and history, adventure and learning,
            together with every variety of recreation and fun,
            designed to appeal to everyone."

            - Walt Disney

            "Disneyland is all about turning movies into rides."
            - Michael Eisner

            "It's very symbiotic."
            - Bob Chapek

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            • #7
              Originally posted by Mr Wiggins View Post

              Bingo. It was the consolation prize for those of us too short to reach the bottom of the Autopia sign, and was still a fun ride after we "graduated." There was a bit of thrill when your car headed straight for the closed barn and it looked like you'd crash, but the doors opened at the last second. You'd sometimes see dads, uncles and older siblings riding along with a young driver and acting like "We're gonna crash!" -- and laughing as they came out the other side. A simple ride that didn't lack Disney detail, from the track layout and landscaping to the props inside the barn.
              *Information
              Walt Disney Hometown Museum-Marceline, Missouri

              In 2015, the museum launched a project to recreate the midget autopia attraction
              that had operated in the Walt Disney Municipal Park south of town.
              Soaring like an EAGLE !

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              • #8
                Midget Autopia 3.0 https://www.yesterland.com/autopia3.html

                https://www.kickstarter.com/projects...t-autopia-ride
                “Not the least hard thing to bear when they go from us, these quiet friends, is that they carry away with them
                so many years of our own lives.”


                DL Trips: '58, '59, '61, '65, '66, '67, '68x2, '69x2, '70x2, '71x2, '73x2, '74x2, '75x2, '76x2, '77, '78,x2, '79x2, '80x2, '81, '82, '83, '88, '89x3, '90x2, '91, '93, '94, '95x2, '96, '97, '98x4, '99, '00, '01, '02, '03, '04, '05, '06, '07x2, '08, '09x2, '10, '11, '13
                WDW Trips: '81
                EPCOT Trips: '93
                Tokyo DL Trips: '86

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by Mr Wiggins View Post

                  Bingo. It was the consolation prize for those of us too short to reach the bottom of the Autopia sign, and was still a fun ride after we "graduated." There was a bit of thrill when your car headed straight for the closed barn and it looked like you'd crash, but the doors opened at the last second. You'd sometimes see dads, uncles and older siblings riding along with a young driver and acting like "We're gonna crash!" -- and laughing as they came out the other side. A simple ride that didn't lack Disney detail, from the track layout and landscaping to the props inside the barn.
                  Love that!

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