Today's list is of Disneyland Rides and Attractions that were either scrapped, turned into something else, or was just a dream!
The list is so long for Disneyland, Anaheim, Ca., that I will list the other Disneyland Theme Parks cancelled rides and attractions tomorrow...
Atlantis Expedition - A re-theming of the Submarine Voyage in Tomorrowland at Disneyland, in which guests would have been able to use a mechanical arm that extended out into the water from their submarine window to grab at gold coins & gems lining the sea floor. The box-office failure of the 2001 animated film Atlantis: The Lost Empire caused this planned revamp to be scrapped.
Geyser Mountain - A Twilight Zone: Tower of Terror-style ride to be built in Frontierland. Guests riding in a huge drilling machine would be caught in a massive geyser and thrown into the air.
Museum of the Weird - A funhouse-style attraction that would have featured scary, whimsical, and mysterious objects that came alive. Although never built, some elements from the museum would eventually be merged with the Haunted Mansion.
Tim Burton's The Nightmare Before Christmas Ride - A dark ride that was to be built at the character meeting place to the southeast of It's A Small World. Guests would hop into coffin sleds (similar to the vehicles of Peter Pan's Flight) and glide through scenes from the movie. This idea later became the inspiration for The Haunted Mansion Holiday.
Rogues Gallery - A basement walk through wax museum located beneath New Orleans Square, in which guests would have seen wax figure scenes recreating the history of piracy. The area that would have housed the attraction was built, but it was put on hold so Walt Disney and his Imagineers could work on attractions for the 1964-1965 New York World's Fair. The concept eventually evolved into the Pirates of the Caribbean ride.
Pirate Wax Museum - Another planned version of Rogues Gallery. This attraction would have featured famous pirates narrating wax-made scenes. It became the Pirates of the Caribbean when Walt changed the format from a walk through attraction to a boat ride.
Plectu's Fantastic Intergalactic Revue - Planned for the building in which America Sings once resided in Tomorrowland, this attraction would have been an outer-space musical-variety revue featuring a troupe of Audio-Animatronic itinerant alien musicians whose spaceship had landed in Tomorrowland. However, the idea, which was part of the original 'Tomorrowland 2055' plan, eventually was scrapped due to large budgets. The space is now home to Innoventions.
The UFO Show - Armed with air guns, guests would have boarded cars and tried to shoot "eerie, un-human, gremlin-like targets". The attraction would have been housed upstairs over America Sings. It eventually became the inspiration for Buzz Lightyear Astro Blasters.
Nostromo - A high-tech, interactive attraction based on the movie Alien, in which visitors would roll through the darkened corridors of the Nostromo spaceship. Riding inside heavily armored vehicles armed with laser cannons, guests would have been sent on a rescue mission to find the missing members of Nostromo's crew, and to rid the spaceship of the Xenomorph from the film. Eventually, the concept evolved into ExtraTERRORestrial Alien Encounter and then Stitch's Great Escape.
Space Port - A Tomorrowland-based ride that later formed the basis for Space Mountain.
Young Indiana Jones Stunt Spectacular - An elaborate stunt show that was to have been produced in collaboration with George Lucas. This action-packed live extravaganza would have thrust a young Indiana Jones' into a series of adventures and misadventures. The hearse outside of The Haunted Mansion was actually purchased for the show, but the show was eventually scrapped and likely morphed into the Indiana Jones Epic Stunt Spectacular!
The Island at the Top of the World - This attraction, to be housed in Discovery Bay at Disneyland, would have taken guests on a ride aboard the airship Hyperion from the 1974 film The Island at the Top of the World to a lost civilization in the Arctic. The attraction was scrapped due to the box-office failure of the film. However, the airship would eventually be built at Discoveryland in Disneyland Paris.
Fireworks Factory - An interactive shooter ride designed for Discovery Bay, housed inside a fireworks factory, where guests would shoot at skyrockets, pinwheels and other fireworks. A much smaller version was placed in Mickey's Toontown.
Gallery of Illusions - A gallery of illusions designed for Discovery Bay.
Voyage Thru Time - A slow boat ride designed for Discovery Bay, featuring time travel and dinosaur encounters.
Spark Gap Electric Loop Coaster - A spiraling and dizzy ride designed for Discovery Bay, where the forces of magnetism would be demonstrated to guests.
The Enchanted Snow Palace - A dark ride that was planned for Fantasyland at Disneyland. Marc Davis was instrumental in its design. It was designed as a boat ride on a river of melting ice, past naturalistic scenes of Arctic wildlife, beneath a display of the Northern Lights, and into the realm of the Snow Queen, a fantastical land populated by frost fairies and snow giants. Although eventually scrapped, extensive concept art still exists for this attraction.
Lightkeepers - A nighttime pageant that was planned for "Tomorrowland 2055". The show would have been about an entire race of god-like alien creatures that created light. They were alleged to come from a far-off mythical galaxy, where light was the source of everything. Created as a possible Main Street Electrical Parade replacement, the idea eventually inspired the short-lived Light Magic nighttime parade.
Rock Candy Mountain - This mountain was planned for Disneyland's Fantasyland, but was eventually scrapped due to that the Imagineers considered it to look too sickly and would put off guests. The Storybook Land Canal Boats would have travelled through Rock Candy Mountain, while the Casey Jr. Circus Train would have travelled around it.
Indiana Jones and the Lost Expedition - A huge complex designed to house the Indiana Jones Adventure as well as a mine cart roller coaster and part of the Jungle Cruise, with the Disneyland Railroad travelling through the middle.
Adventures In Science - A history of science exhibit that was planned for Tomorrowland, in which guests would have traveled through a microscope into the history of science. The attraction concept was eventually used for Adventure Thru Inner Space.
Duck Bumps - A bumper boat ride planned for Fantasyland, to be built against International Street alongside the lagoon.
Unnamed Windmill Ride - A ride next to Duck Bumps which would take guests twirling around on a windmill. The concept might have been based on the 1937 Silly Symphonies cartoon The Old Mill.
DINOSAUR/Countdown to Extinction - When the Tomorrowland makeover of 1998 failed with crowds, Imagineers planned to create a version of the popular Animal Kingdom attraction in place of Honey, I Shrunk the Audience and the dioramas.
Dumbo's Circusland - A sub-area of Fantasyland where Dumbo and Casey Jr. would have been relocated. The idea eventually inspired the Storybook Circus subarea of the Fantasyland expansion at the Magic Kingdom.
Circus Hot Air Balloons - Would have bordered Discovery Bay and Dumbo's Circusland.
Dumbo's Circus - A nutty adventure underneath the big top with Dumbo leading the way.
Mickey's Madhouse - A funhouse adventure featuring clowns and such.
Mary Poppins Ride - A Dumbo the Flying Elephant-like ride in Fantasyland.
The Great Movie Ride - A clone was planned for Hollywood Pictures Backlot.
The Little Mermaid - A dark ride to be built where Mickey's Toontown is currently situated. It later evolved into The Little Mermaid: Ariel's Undersea Adventure, an attraction that opened at Disney California Adventure Park in 2011 and at the Magic Kingdom in late 2012.
Dick Tracy's Crime Stoppers - A dark ride planned for Hollywoodland.
Toontown Trolley - A motion simulator that was to be a tour of Toontown with Roger Rabbit.
Baby Herman's Runaway Baby Buggy - A dark ride for Hollywoodland.
Alien Encounter - A ride like the one at the Magic Kingdom.
Rainbow Road to Oz - A ride based on the classic Oz books for Fantasyland.
The Great Animation Machine - A Carousel Theater show that would celebrate classic Disney animated films of the past, with a preview of the newest Disney animated film of the day in the final theater. The upstairs area would be used to demonstrate the animation process, displaying artwork and some of the equipment used in the development of Disney's animated films. Conceived as a possible replacement for America Sings.
Whew!!! That's a lot, huh?!
If I could pick a ride that I wished had fell through it would be the Snow Queen ride!
Which one would you pick?