Dear Disney: Please Don’t Close These Five Underrated Attractions

We all know change is hard. In order for newer, bigger, better attractions to open, sometimes this means closing those that have run their course — but that doesn’t make it any easier.

Snow White’s Scary Adventures

On some level, we understand why Snow White’s Scary Adventures, Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride, and The Great Movie Ride had to close — but that doesn’t make us any less sad!

Singin’ in the Rain scene from the Great Movie Ride

With all of the exciting changes happening in Walt Disney World — from the reimagining of Epcot to Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge — we can’t help but wonder if the upcoming changes (and more in the future) will affect some of our favorite attractions. These attractions may not be the headliners, but they are ones we hold near and dear to our hearts! So we plead…

Dear Disney, please do not close these 5 attractions!

1. Muppet Vision 3-D

Muppet Vision 3-D

Muppet Vision 3-D rarely has a line and has barely changed since its debut in 1991, but we can’t help but love it! The pre-show is hilarious, thanks in large part to all of the hilarious props around the room. The show itself is also a treat, with classic Muppet gags and humor — not to mention the animatronics of Statler and Waldorf that heckle Kermit and his friends.

Muppet Vision 3-D is located very near the future entrance to Galaxy’s Edge so we fear if they ever choose to expand the Star Wars land, that could mean goodbye to Miss Piggy, Sam Eagle, and Rizzo. But for now the Muppets are safe — and we hope it stays that way!

2. Carousel of Progress

Carousel of Progress

First designed for the 1964-65 New York World’s Fair, Carousel of Progress follows a family through the 20th century, as they discuss how technology and progress influence their lives.

The animatronics may not be revolutionary any more, but they were certainly groundbreaking when they debuted. Not to mention the fact that Walt himself worked on the original version, and it’s the longest running stage show in American history. While there is hardly a wait now, this attraction is chock full of history and subtle humor for the adults.

Carousel of Progress is a national treasure and I will personally riot if it closes. (OK, maybe that is a bit dramatic, but you get my point!)

3. Primeval Whirl 

Primeval Whirl

Sure, it looks like a kiddie right, yet it has a taller height requirement than Expedition Everest. But this ride packs a big punch! Every time I ride it, I find myself laughing and giggling and simply enjoying myself.

Additionally, when you learn the backstory of Dinoland, and Chester and Hester’s in general, it actually has a very detailed and ornate history.

Long story short, Chester and Hester owned a gas station in Diggs County, where ironically some big dinosaur bones were found! They realized quickly that selling dinosaur knick-knacks and hosting a dinosaur-themed carnival would be way more profitable than the gas station. You can read all about the story of Dinoland here — trust me, it’s a great read!

4. Living with the Land

Living with the Land

Sure, learning about plants and aquaculture on a slow-moving boat ride sounds more like a science field trip than a theme park ride, but Living with the Land is truly a treat! You get an u-close and personal look at some of Epcot’s greenhouses — and chances are if you eat vegetables during your Disney trip (especially in Epcot) you’re eating plants grown in the Land. That is pretty darn amazing!

Living with the Land is educational yet fun, and the statistics are mindboggling. We will be really sad if they ever take this one out — we know Epcot is going through a transformation, but please, leave the Land alone!

5. Beauty and the Beast — Live on Stage!

Beauty and the Beast — Live on Stage

Beauty and the Beast is one of the most beloved Disney animated classics of all time, and the stage show has been at Hollywood Studios since 1991. In fact, the stage show is the only attraction to ever debut the same day as the film it’s based on.

While 28 years is a very long run time for a show, we would be really sad to see this one go! The costumes, the music, the live performances — I love it all! And, even though I’ve seen it dozens of times, I still tear up at the end. Now, if Disney feels the need to upgrade the show, with perhaps new costumes or presentation of the Enchanted Objects, I am all for it. But I hope there isn’t a day any time soon when the Tale as Old as Time isn’t playing on Sunset Boulevard!

What non-headliner Disney attraction do you hope never closes? Let us know in the comments!

 

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Molly is a lifelong Disney enthusiast, and former Walt Disney World Guest Relations Cast Member and tour guide. Her Walt Disney World favorites include Festival of the Lion King, Big Thunder Mountain Railroad, Fantasmic!, Mickey-shaped pretzels and rice krispie treats, and anything with Buzz Lightyear! She lives in Orlando with her husband (who she met in Guest Relations) and their two rescue dogs, Kronk and Cruella de Vil (Ella for short!)

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11 Replies to “Dear Disney: Please Don’t Close These Five Underrated Attractions”

  1. Please keep the Country Bear Jamboree (Walt’s Last Laugh)! I’m all good for updating old vignettes, but closing the attraction permantently would be a serious cultural loss.

  2. Peter Pan Flight.

    I agree about Muppet 3d. It is a must do attraction whenever we visit the Studios

    I think Indiana Jones will eventually be endangered, since it is labor intensive, and some of the cast members have to have specialty training.

    I would say the Land would be endangered but not sure what else they could put there without destroying the green houseds

  3. Primeval Whirl and Muppet Vision 3-D both need to go. Primeval Whirl is just plain bad, and Muppet Vision is stale and outdated. It would break my heart to lose the others on this list, though!

    1. SACRILEGE! the muppets NEED to remain forever! i wish they would upgrade the tech and sound to digital, it would help it look a lot better

  4. I agree on all of these except Primevil Whirl (spelling intentional). While I actually quite like Dino-land, and Chester and Hester’s, I have had nothing but terrible experiences on that ride. It’s the only ride at Disney that has ever actually injured me! A friend lost a phone trying to keep herself from hitting her head! It’s TERRIBLE.

    That said, the rest of your suggestions are all always on my must do list! I’d also add the Peoplemover. I have yet to introduce someone to it who didn’t love it!

  5. Yeah I’m with you on Carousel of Progress and Living with the Land.

    The rest… not so much.

    After they took out the Great Movie Ride, the soul of Hollywood Studios was dead. No other closures could make it worse.

  6. Love Living with the Land, it is old style Epcot. My one tiny Carousel of Progress request is modern clothing for the last vignette. They are in early 90s acid washed jeans with scrunch socks and an ugly dad sweater. How hard is it to change their clothing?