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    As I gain nowledge of the lay of the land here micechat I wanted to share something I thought was especially cool. The fact that although we have endured many changes and many disrespectful managers that seem to poo on the magic of Walt...some things remain. The longer these things remain the harder it will be for new managers to change. I understand frustrations at the park...I get it. I too feel as though there have been many egregious ideas that became reality due to mismanagement. But i like to celebrate the positives and I appreciate every single one of your opinions on this subject. I don't mean to discredit anyone. All opinions are valid and it doesn't matter if I agree or disagree because to quote a long time Micechatter-to each their own. But one thing I think we can all agree on is that Walt's original park was magic personified. He didn't give up when oswald was stolen from him and instead we got Mickey (thank you UB Iwerks). But I digress...I love all of these rides. The original '55-'65 that are still here. Please comment on your ideas or memories of these iconic and irreplaceable rides/attractions. I did omit one thing, just so ya'll can call me out for not knowing my stuff.

    July 17, 1955: Autopia
    July 17, 1955: Disneyland Band
    July 17, 1955: Disneyland Railroad
    July 17, 1955: Jungle Cruise
    July 17, 1955: King Arthur Carrousel
    July 17, 1955: Mad Tea Party
    July 17, 1955: Main Street Cinema
    July 17, 1955: Mark Twain Riverboat
    July 17, 1955: Mr. Toad's Wild Ride
    July 17, 1955: Peter Pan's Flight
    July 17, 1955: Snow White’s Enchanted Wish(scary adventures)
    July 17, 1955: Storybook Land Canal Boats
    July 31, 1955: Casey Jr. Circus Train
    Aug. 16, 1955: Dumbo the Flying Elephant
    June 16, 1956: Pirate's Lair on Tom Sawyer Island
    July 4, 1956: Davy Crockett's Explorer Canoes
    July 12, 1957: Frontierland Shootin' Exposition
    June 14, 1958: Alice in Wonderland
    June 14, 1958: Sailing Ship Columbia(got a feeling its gonna be a restaurant soon)
    June 14, 1959: Disneyland Monorail
    June 14, 1959: Matterhorn Bobsleds
    July 23, 1963: Enchanted Tiki Room
    July 18, 1965: The Disneyland Story Presenting Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln

    Mr Toad's is my favorite...mostly because it seems like Ken Anderson and Claude Coats had never seen the original cartoon before designing the ride.

  • #2
    Originally posted by disneywarcrafts View Post
    ...Mr Toad's is my favorite...mostly because it seems like Ken Anderson and Claude Coats had never seen the original cartoon before designing the ride.
    They both worked on the film - Anderson on Story, Coats on Color and Styling:

    https://superlogos.fandom.com/wiki/T..._film)_Credits


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    • #3
      So many timeless classics on the list. I enjoy hearing about the older iterations of some of these rides (especially Alice. I heard it was terrifying back in the day!)

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      • #4
        Toad's my favorite just for being so charming.

        I often use it as an example of how to do low budget correctly. There are so many more expensive darkrides around the world that fail in ways Toad doesn't. I think it really demonstrates how simply planning out viewing angles and basic animation can keep simple flats engaging. Meanwhile other companies farm out 3D statue rides with minimum movement and no real thought to what you'll face when you round the corner.

        Toad is brilliant and in many ways my favorite Fantasyland ride.
        "We all have sparks, imagination! it's how our minds... create creations!"

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        • #5
          There really is no attraction that has never been modified, correct?

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          • #6
            Originally posted by Bob Weaver View Post
            There really is no attraction that has never been modified, correct?
            Grand Canyon Diorama and Primeval World?

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            • #7
              Originally posted by Bob Weaver View Post
              There really is no attraction that has never been modified, correct?
              Maybe the Casey Jr. Circus Train. The Storybook Canal village it overlooks has changed quite a bit, but I believe the train track itself is the same as 1955.

              Originally posted by merlinjones View Post

              Grand Canyon Diorama and Primeval World?
              They added a cool lightning effect to Primeval World, but that's about it.
              Brian the Pooh

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              • #8
                Originally posted by disneywarcrafts View Post
                June 16, 1956: Pirate's Lair on Tom Sawyer Island
                In 1956, it was just "Tom Sawyer Island." "Pirates Error" wasn't added until decades later.

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                • #9
                  I think in addition to the effect of the lightning hitting the tree stump in the Grand Canyon, they added the rainbow in the background. In the Primeval World, I believe the animation of the volcano erupting in the background is newish. Also, has that pterodactyl right near the train always been there?
                  Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn't do than by the ones you did. So throw off the bowlines, Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream.
                  Mark Twain

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by sailor310 View Post
                    Also, has that pterodactyl right near the train always been there?
                    Yes.

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by Right Down Broadway View Post
                      In 1956, it was just "Tom Sawyer Island." "Pirates Error" wasn't added until decades later.
                      2007, the attraction was re themed and expanded as Pirate's Lair on Tom Sawyer Island

                      IMO
                      I like it better as "Tom Sawyer Island."

                      I miss Fort Wilderness is an original 1956 feature of Tom Sawyer Island.
                      Previously a guest-accessible feature of the island, Fort Wilderness was closed
                      after the island re-opened from a refurbishment in 2003.
                      In 2007 Disney demolished the original 1956 Fort Wilderness due to long-neglected termite
                      and weather damage....I also find it Sad

                      Soaring like an EAGLE !

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