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Mine Train Through Nature's Wonderland - 40 Years Ago

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  • Mine Train Through Nature's Wonderland - 40 Years Ago

    On this date 40 years ago, Disneyland retired the Mine Train Through Nature's Wonderland attraction to make way for Big Thunder Mountain Railroad. I never got to experience it first hand because I was only a couple weeks old when it closed. Mine Train Through Nature's Wonderland is a popular discussion here on MiceChat. Rest in peace to an attraction that people like to talk about, even to this day.

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    The beauty of te train is that it offered an opportunity to have a real visual of what we saw on TV or in the films that Disney sent to schools. Just like the 2016 commercials with folks wearing that headgear that gives a real time experince, so did the train give a real time experince. At least to this 8 year old boy. Living in the barren Desert two hours east of Disneyland, the mine train fullfilled something that I would never experince first hand. It was always my first ticket out of the book and what brought the greatest joy, if it had been possible, I would have ridden it over and over. But tickets were of great value and not to be wasted. The discussion isn't about the experince, but the overall feat of creating a slice of the US. the best example for you is seeing the expanse of the mine train woud being using the native american scene on ROA, and spreading it along the entire trip on the Mark twain. Another consideration is the Grand Canyon, it is nothing like the mine train ride and I would support its removal. But it still being there pays homage To Walt Disney wanting to Bring the US to a city that had very little access to the rest of the naiton. Thank you for bringing this date to attention, 40 years from now someone will pause and share about the removal of ROA.

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    • #3
      Originally posted by laferney Road kid View Post
      The beauty of te train is that it offered an opportunity to have a real visual of what we saw on TV or in the films that Disney sent to schools. Just like the 2016 commercials with folks wearing that headgear that gives a real time experince, so did the train give a real time experince. At least to this 8 year old boy. Living in the barren Desert two hours east of Disneyland, the mine train fullfilled something that I would never experince first hand. It was always my first ticket out of the book and what brought the greatest joy, if it had been possible, I would have ridden it over and over. But tickets were of great value and not to be wasted. The discussion isn't about the experince, but the overall feat of creating a slice of the US. the best example for you is seeing the expanse of the mine train woud being using the native american scene on ROA, and spreading it along the entire trip on the Mark twain. Another consideration is the Grand Canyon, it is nothing like the mine train ride and I would support its removal. But it still being there pays homage To Walt Disney wanting to Bring the US to a city that had very little access to the rest of the naiton. Thank you for bringing this date to attention, 40 years from now someone will pause and share about the removal of ROA.
      You're welcome. I'm surprised this wasn't mentioned by anyone earlier today. I would have liked to see the ride as it was, but apparently there is no video of the whole experience on You Tube.

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      • #4
        Good God. Has it been forty years? Doesn't seem that long ago to me. I must REALLY be getting old!

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        • #5
          And next year it will be 30 years since we lost America Sings. They probably should have torn out the Carousel building when they closed America Sings. The building is useless nowadays. Yes Mine Train Thru Nature's Wonderland has been gone 40 years, slightly longer than Space Mountain being open.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by DLHMFAN View Post
            And next year it will be 30 years since we lost America Sings. They probably should have torn out the Carousel building when they closed America Sings. The building is useless nowadays. Yes Mine Train Thru Nature's Wonderland has been gone 40 years, slightly longer than Space Mountain being open.
            I agree, that whole corner of TL is a mess. If nothing else, take the building down and make a better train station.
            Whenever I go on a ride, Im always thinking of whats wrong with the thing and how it can be improved.
            Walt Disney

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            • #7
              Originally posted by DLHMFAN View Post

              You're welcome. I'm surprised this wasn't mentioned by anyone earlier today. I would have liked to see the ride as it was, but apparently there is no video of the whole experience on You Tube.
              There is a video on Youtube of Tony Baxter doing a tribute piece to the MTTNW. It was at a D23 event. The presentation pieces together quite a few films of the ride in the proper order.

              I remember the Mine Train fondly, and as a kit it was also one of my favorites. I have an aerial picture of the ride that shows just how much real estate it took up.
              Never underestimate the power of stupid people in large groups.

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              • #8
                Found the video
                 
                Never underestimate the power of stupid people in large groups.

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                • #9
                  Here's the aerial shot. I think it came from the DHI page. The MTNNW took up lots of real estate. Click image for larger version

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                  • #10
                    I think instead of Star Wars Land, Frontierl and should have expanded and a Mine Train Through Nature's Wonderland ride added.

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                    • #11
                      This is probably the thing I get the most sad about not seeing in the park due to my age. From all the things I have watched about it and the pictures I have seen I know this is something I would have gone crazy over as a kid and would have loved today. I hope that once Tomorrowland is fixed (I pray that is a project in the near future) that Frontierland gets some new life, as it seems to be constantly shrinking.

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                      • #12
                        I can remember when I found out America Sings closed. It was a little before my time. But if I knew then what I know about America Sings, I wouldn't be as upset about the closure. With Mine Train Through Nature's Wonderland, I can't miss what is not there.

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                        • #13
                          Even though I never got to ride it, either, ... I have a fondness for it. I was 12 at the time it shut. In trips to DL pre the Jan 1977 closure ... I always stuck close to my parents .. everywhere we went throughout the park. Not old enough to venture on my own. And they never had the interest to ride this. Big mystery to me. And a loss. Oh well. So instead ... I've studied on it every way possible. Picks, videos, recreations on a small scale. And I await what Disney does ... with rumors of implementing old "Natures Wonderland" elements along the new alignment for the DLRR. Plus any tunnel with a possible recreation of the most famous and most talked about element - Rainbow Caverns.

                          I did a huge thread on the 60th Anniversary of the ride ... in case anyone is interested ................

                          https://discuss.micechat.com/forum/d...rns-mine-train






                          MY SIGNATURE:
                          Dear Peoplemover Fans, If you want to see a new attraction that at least mimics the 1967 Peoplemover in a future Tomorrowland remodel, you need to write to the powers-that-be, and let them know. If you don't - Then the next time Tomorrowland is remodeled, you will see a land barren of any "Peoplemover" type attraction.

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by DLHMFAN View Post
                            I can remember when I found out America Sings closed. It was a little before my time. But if I knew then what I know about America Sings, I wouldn't be as upset about the closure. With Mine Train Through Nature's Wonderland, I can't miss what is not there.
                            I'm happy to say .. I was old enough to not only enjoy what is my all time favorite Disney park attraction of all time. It's what got me going with the AP program ... by going as many times as possible since I got wind imagineering was closing it .. to transfer the AAs to Splash Mountain. As it was in construction at the time.

                            I was such a fan ... I made sure I road the very last performance - at Midnight, Sunday April 10, 1988. Front row - Center! With nervous execs .. wondering how wild we were going to get. A very memorable experience for me.
                            MY SIGNATURE:
                            Dear Peoplemover Fans, If you want to see a new attraction that at least mimics the 1967 Peoplemover in a future Tomorrowland remodel, you need to write to the powers-that-be, and let them know. If you don't - Then the next time Tomorrowland is remodeled, you will see a land barren of any "Peoplemover" type attraction.

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                            • #15
                              There's one thing about the Mine Train Through Nature's Wonderland that we can enjoy today along with America Sings is the soundtrack. So in a way, Disneyland's extinct attractions are not totally gone.

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                              • #16
                                Although I rode it, I was too young to really have any real memories of it. Therefore I'd put it on my list of extinct attractions I miss that I (almost) never experienced.

                                I still feel we need more attractions of that calibre in the parks.
                                http://micechat.com/forums/disneylan...oto-heavy.html
                                http://micechat.com/forums/disneylan...ip-report.html
                                http://micechat.com/forums/disneylan...oto-heavy.html
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                                No matter where you go, there you are.

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                                • #17
                                  I don't know why I took this shot. Was I crying over my favorite ride or excited for what it might become. Click image for larger version

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                                  • #18
                                    That's such an awesome photo MRaymond!! You're all very lucky to have experienced Disneyland back then. I wasn't born til 1992 but definitely long for the well thought out attractions from Yesterland. I still have my fingers crossed for the Mine Train tribute to be amazing in the new DLR.

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                                    • #19
                                      Originally posted by Disney Boy View Post
                                      That's such an awesome photo MRaymond!! You're all very lucky to have experienced Disneyland back then. I wasn't born til 1992 but definitely long for the well thought out attractions from Yesterland. I still have my fingers crossed for the Mine Train tribute to be amazing in the new DLR.
                                      I'm not so sure Disney is doing any sort of a "Mine Train Tribute".

                                      There's a teaser poster put on a construction wall .. that says Natures Wonderland via the DLRR. But that could amount to nothing.

                                      So far ... no one has confirmed Disney recreating any of the Natures Thru Wonderland Mine Train elements. Yes .. they are doing water falls cascading immediately behind the DLRR track ... but it's not reminiscent to anything to Cascade Peek. Two completely different designs. Disney hasn't said they are recreating any of the exact elements that made Natures Thru Wonderland famous. I so badly want to see a recreation of Rainbow Caverns. But Disney seems to be damned to put most of their money to SWL .. and to heck with any proper nods to Natures Wonderland.

                                      I want to be wrong. But the Disney of today is so focused on I.P.s that are to be forced marketed in DL... and anything famous from DL's past ... tough tiddies! I'm not a fan of the current regime running the shots.
                                      MY SIGNATURE:
                                      Dear Peoplemover Fans, If you want to see a new attraction that at least mimics the 1967 Peoplemover in a future Tomorrowland remodel, you need to write to the powers-that-be, and let them know. If you don't - Then the next time Tomorrowland is remodeled, you will see a land barren of any "Peoplemover" type attraction.

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                                      • #20
                                        Originally posted by Tomorrowland_1967 View Post

                                        I'm not so sure Disney is doing any sort of a "Mine Train Tribute".

                                        There's a teaser poster put on a construction wall .. that says Natures Wonderland via the DLRR. But that could amount to nothing.

                                        So far ... no one has confirmed Disney recreating any of the Natures Thru Wonderland Mine Train elements. Yes .. they are doing water falls cascading immediately behind the DLRR track ... but it's not reminiscent to anything to Cascade Peek. Two completely different designs. Disney hasn't said they are recreating any of the exact elements that made Natures Thru Wonderland famous. I so badly want to see a recreation of Rainbow Caverns. But Disney seems to be damned to put most of their money to SWL .. and to heck with any proper nods to Natures Wonderland.

                                        I want to be wrong. But the Disney of today is so focused on I.P.s that are to be forced marketed in DL... and anything famous from DL's past ... tough tiddies! I'm not a fan of the current regime running the shots.
                                        Yeah, I've been worrying about this the longer I see no progress on it But, only time will tell maybe there will be a surprise. I want to remain hopeful for as long as I can.

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