(KTLA) – The magic of Disneyland seems to have stood the test of time, although the park has undergone several renovations since it opened on July 17, 1955. Since then, a number of popular rides and attractions have seen facelifts or been canceled—the big mouse himself.
However, the internet and Disney’s ever-growing fan base are keeping memories of the rides alive, despite the park’s best efforts.
Here are a few Disneyland attractions that hardcore fans will remember even if you can’t find them in the park.
Skyway to Tomorrowland and Fantasyland
According to D23, the Disney Fan Club’s official website, the Skyways were the first rides of their kind to be built in the United States.
The attraction was that guests could travel from Fantasyland to Tomorrowland or vice versa using “passenger buckets suspended from a 2,400-foot cable.” Originally, guests could buy round-trip or one-way tickets. This offer was later limited to one-way tickets.
The Skyway to Fantasyland and Tomorrowland opened on June 23, 1956 and closed on November 10, 1994.
The People Mover
The popular transportation system at Tomorrowland opened on July 2, 1967. Guests were able to have a nice, relaxing ride through the futuristic land without having to endure the crowds. According to Inside the Magic, Walt Disney thought of this attraction before he died on December 15, 1966. Unfortunately, the ride was closed on August 21, 1995.
Rocket Rods, a short-lived ride, replaced the PeopleMover. The ride is still available at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida.
The Autopia Saga
The Junior Autopia ride, marketed for young children, was very similar to today’s Autopia ride, according to D23. The ride debuted on July 23, 1956 and closed two years later in September 1958, according to the Duchess of Disneyland.
The modern Autopia ride and plaza in front of It’s A Small World take up the space the ride once had. After the hype surrounding Junior Autopia died down, it was renamed Fantasyland Autopia. According to the Disney Afternoon Wiki, it was later renamed “Rescue Rangers Raceway” to promote the Chip ‘n’ Dale Rescue Rangers television show.
Renaming the ride was not a huge success and the ride eventually closed in the 1990s.
Swiss family/Tarzan’s tree house
The Swiss family tree house was themed after the 1960 Swiss family film Robinson. Guests could climb the tree house and see each family member’s room. This attraction opened on November 18, 1962 but closed on March 8, 1999 to be remarketed for “Tarzan”.
Disneyland still has the tree house but closed it again for renovations during the pandemic. Still, according to Disney Food Blog, there were rumors that the tree house was being adapted into the hit film Encanto.
Before the Finding Nemo Submarine Voyage called Tomorrowland Lagoon home, park guests could see mermaids swimming in the water. They weren’t animatronics either. According to the Duchess of Disneyland, guests were able to see real people (dressed up as mermaids) swimming in the lagoon.
The mermaids were introduced in the summer of 1959 and park visitors could see them lounging on the rocks, swimming underwater and at the submarine.
Due to the high risk of injury and the heavily chlorinated water, this spectacle was short-lived. The mermaids were last seen in the lagoon in the summer of 1967.
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