Don’t Mind Us, Just Crying in the Club Because We’ll NEVER Get To Experience This at Disney World Again

Disney World is always changing, and that’s one of the things we love about it.

Cinderella Castle

However, that doesn’t mean we’re not a little sad to say goodbye to our favorite rides, restaurants, and experiences. Yes, those things closing means we get NEW things, but still…it’s so hard to say goodbye. So we have quite a few experiences we’ll be sad that are no longer with us.

The Great Movie Ride

We’re not going to throw any shade at Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway because we actually DO love that ride, but we’re still sad that The Great Movie Ride had to go away to make room for it. The Great Movie Ride took us through some of our favorite movie scenes, including Alien, Mary Poppins, Raiders of the Lost Ark, The Wizard of Oz, and more.

The Great Movie Ride

We get that Disney wanted to add some IP into Hollywood Studios, but we’re still sad we’ll never be able to ride The Great Movie Ride again.

Writer’s Stop

One of our favorite quiet spots in Hollywood Studios was Writer’s Stop, which was a book and coffee shop. Yes, there used to be an actual bookshop in Disney World. The spot was even used for author and celebrity signings during park events. However, it closed in 2016.

Writer’s Stop

What’s there now? The spot where Writer’s Stop once stood is now BaseLine Tap House, so we can’t be too mad about it. Still, we’ll remember Writer’s Stop fondly.

Adventurer’s Club

Before Disney Springs was Disney Springs, it was Downtown Disney. Before that, though, it was Pleasure Island and it had several cool nightclubs and spots for adults to enjoy. One of those spots was the Adventurer’s Club, which had a backstory about how a certain gentleman named Mr. Pleasure, was forced to relocate all his souvenirs and relics from his home because his wife disliked them. So he created the Adventurer’s Club to house all his artifacts and then invited all his fellow explorer buddies to join him at this private retreat.

The Adventurers Club

The Adventurer’s Club, which closed with the rest of Pleasure Island in 2008, was one of the most unique spots in all of Disney World, and Disney has not yet created something akin to it since, and that’s a shame.

World of Motion

Okay, we’re showing our age, but we miss World of Motion, which was an opening day attraction in EPCOT. The ride featured Omnimover vehicles that moved through scenes about the history of transportation. It closed in 1996 to make way for Test Track.

A scene from the World of Motion attraction at EPCOT. [The Walt Disney Company]
Interestingly enough, though, Test Track will soon be getting some updates, and Disney has mentioned that the new version of the ride will take some inspiration from World of Motion. So maybe it’s gone, but we’ll get to experience at least part of it again.

Journey Into Imagination

We have a feeling that a lot of our readers will agree with us when we say that Journey Into Imagination (the original ride) will always be the best version of the ride. It opened in 1983 and although Figment was a part of the ride even then, it also had Dreamfinder, a magical man on a Dream Mobile that could collect dreams and ideas to create new things. It was MAGIC.

Dreamfinder

Eventually, the ride was reimagined as Journey into YOUR Imagination in 2001 and then later Journey Into Imagination With Figment, but Dreamfinder was forgotten in both incarnations of the ride. We miss Dreamfinder, Disney. Please bring him back.

Horizons

If you mention Horizons to an old-school EPCOT fan, you’ll get a smile and a trip down memory lane, whether you want it or not. This was the definitive EPCOT ride and took visitors through “past visions of the future” and the overall future of humanity and how technology would affect that future.

Horizons

The much-beloved Horizons closed in 1999 and was torn down, making way for what is now Misson: SPACE. We may never forgive Disney for that.

The Timekeeper

The Timekeeper dates back to 1992 and was a Circle-Vision 360° that also used animatronics, including the Timekeeper, a robot voiced by none other than Robin Williams. The Timekeeper sent a Circumvisial Photodroid (aka Nine-Eyed) through time, often accidentally landing it in other — and often dangerous — time periods, resulting in hijinks. The attraction even included H.G. Wells and Jules Verne.

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This incredible attraction and experience, which was in Magic Kingdom’s Tomorrowland, ended up closing in 2006 to make way for Monsters, Inc. Laugh Floor and we’re still not over it.

Maelstrom

No hate to the Frozen fans who love Frozen Ever After, but we’re still not over Anna and Elsa taking over what was previously Maelstrom. Granted, the ride mechanics were basically the same, but the experience was entirely different. Instead of Arendelle, Maelstrom took riders to the world of Viking gods, spirits, and trolls (including a nasty three-headed troll), as well as through a series of Norway adventures.

Maelstrom

The ride was meant to embody Norway’s spirit. It was eerie, dark, and fun. Sorry, Elsa, we’ll never let it go.

The Studio Backlot Tour

When Hollywood Studios opened in 1989, one of its premier attractions was The Studio Backlot Tour, which was a two-hour walking and tram tour that took visitors through a working Hollywood studio. There was a visit to a costuming department, several sets, and Catastrophe Canyon, which showcased some rather explosive effects.

Water falling, oil trucks exploding, your tram rocking and rolling … it was all part of Catastrophe Canyon during the Backlot Tour at the Disney/MGM Studios. [The Walt Disney Company]
That was just part of the tour, though. After, guests could walk through a section with water effects, followed by a special effects soundstage, followed by working soundstages. This was the epitome of Hollywood Studios as an actual working movie studio, but that ended in 2014.

Alien: ExtraTERRORestrial Experience

We know this one might be controversial, but if you know, you know. Alien: ExtraTERRORestrial Experience was an experience so terrifying that many questioned why something so horrifying would be allowed in Magic Kingdom. The experience involved being strapped into chairs in a theater-in-the-round while scientists inadvertently teleported a scary alien into the room by mistake, but at least it was contained…until it’s wasn’t. The alien escapes, the lights go out, and it runs amok through the crowd. The special effects were so good that you could hear the alien running around the room, but you could also feel it breathing down your neck.

Guests in shoulder restraints “enjoy” a showing of the ExtraTERRORestrial showing in Tomorrowland at the Magic Kingdom. [The Walt Disney Company]
So many folks thought it was a little too scary, and the attraction closed in 1994 to  make way for Stitch’s Great Escape (which was horrifying, too, in its own way). Now that building sits empty and we have to remember what once was the scariest — and yet most fun — attractions in Disney World.

See what we’ve been missing out on? Of course, Disney has always been about moving forward and keeping the parks fresh and new. We get that but sometimes we still really miss these classic attractions, restaurants, and experiences.

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4 Replies to “Don’t Mind Us, Just Crying in the Club Because We’ll NEVER Get To Experience This at Disney World Again”

  1. My wife and I thoroughly enjoyed the old Tiki Room show in Magic Kingdom every year; when Disney “improved” it several years ago, we went once and that was it. It used to be so good.

  2. My son was chosen for the Pearl Harbor reenactment scene right before it closed and it was when most of us had flip phones. Unfortunately I didn’t have a way to record the scene and so wish I had. Good times!

  3. The Wonders of Life pavilion at EPCOT was my favorite place! It had so many cool things there…shame it didn’t stay open.

  4. I feel lucky because I experienced every one of these, including the hideous birthday cake castle (well, at the time I thought it was pretty cool!).
    I wish they would have kept the Great Movie Ride. It did need major updates. We last went on it in 2014 when we took a trip out there from California. Admittedly at the time the younger kids just didn’t get most of the movies and that was the issue with it being so outdated.
    Time Keeeper was good, but Alien Encounter (the original) was fantastic but very frightening to kids – I loved it!
    Horizons….. Just the best and I loved World of Motion and of course the OG Journey Into The Imagination with Dreamfinder!