Extinct Archive

StarJets Tribute

It’s the end of a Disney theme park era: the last StarJets attraction closes today (October 10, 2017). Is a post paying tribute to a spinner attraction that was long-ago retired at Walt Disney World and Disneyland excessive? Eh, probably. At Disney Tourist Blog, something being “unnecessary” has never stopped us from babbling about it,

35 Years of Eccentric Epcot!

Happy 35th Anniversary, EPCOT Center! On this day in 1982, Walt Disney World opened its second park, which remains the most revolutionary theme park of all time. We’ve waxed poetic about the significance of EPCOT Center many times here, so I thought it’d be fun to do in a totally different direction: reflecting on some

Great Movie Ride Tribute

The Great Movie Ride is the last opening day attraction from the Disney-MGM Studios to close, ending its run just short of three decades. As Walt Disney World attractions go, this is one of the more iconic ones to ever close, and is a bitter or bittersweet end, depending upon who you ask. In my

Universe of Energy Tribute

Universe of Energy goes extinct August 13, 2017 with the closure of Ellen’s Energy Adventure, to be replaced by a Guardians of the Galaxy thrill ride that’ll open by 2021. Even as it’s changed over the years, Universe of Energy has been one of Walt Disney World’s remaining lifelines to the original EPCOT Center. Because

Lights of Winter at Epcot

The Lights of Winter at Walt Disney World were a Christmas light display that ran for Holidays Around the World at Epcot. They were a series of archways that covered the gap between Future World and World Showcase with over 30,000 lights that danced to the area’s music loop. (Last updated July 28, 2017.) We

Walt Disney Weird: 45 Years of Zany Magic

Happy 45th Anniversary, Walt Disney World! On this day in 1971, Magic Kingdom opened its gates to guests as the Vacation Kingdom of the World. I thought it’d be fun to reflect on some weirder moments from Magic Kingdom’s 45-year history, especially after the popularity of our Weird Disneyland: 60 Years of Zaniness post. Much like Disneyland, there

Weird Disneyland: 60 Years of Bizarreness

As Disneyland’s 60th Anniversary Diamond Celebration draws to a close, I thought it’d be fun to reflect on some weirder moments from the park’s 61-year history. These are the bizarre, funny, and sometimes downright odd things that Disney has presented in the form of attractions, parades, and entertainment throughout the years. I present this list

#FigmentFriday: The Flight to Imagination

The opening act of the original Journey into Imagination was unlike anything I’ve ever experienced. Shortly after boarding your omnimover ride vehicle, you entered the clouds. There, guests spotted the silhouette of an eclectic blimp-like machine with a vacuum on the front and bagpipe on the rear. We were greeted by the affable voice of

The History of EPCOT Center

Walt Disney World’s EPCOT Center opened on October 1, 1982. This page takes a look at the history of EPCOT Center, featuring photos of many extinct attractions, and more. While EPCOT Center opened in 1982, its history goes back much further. EPCOT (which stands for Experimental Prototype Community of Tomorrow) was a personal vision of Walt