Extinct Archive

Lights of Winter at Epcot

Lights of Winter was a Christmas light display that ran for Epcot’s Holidays Around the World at Walt Disney World. They were a series of archways that covered the walkway between Future World and World Showcase with over 30,000 lights that danced to the area’s music loop. This offers our photo tribute plus rumors about

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

Weird Disneyland History & Funny Stories

In Disneyland’s ~65-year history, there 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 not to mock Disneyland’s past, but to celebrate it. I think things like those here are fascinating for a few reasons. First,

Tom’s Top 7: EPCOT GOATs

The EPCOT Center of the mid-1980s through mid-1990s is my favorite theme park of all-time. As much as I praise Tokyo DisneySea (and consider it the modern analogue), I would take the EPCOT of my youth any day if I could choose. Part of that is the prospect of revisiting childhood nostalgia. Another part is

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,

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

Walt Disney Weird: Zany Moments in History

Happy Anniversary, Walt Disney World! On October 1, 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 history, especially after the popularity of our Weird Disneyland: 60 Years of Zaniness post. Much like Disneyland, there

#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