Collectible Disney Pin Series: Dead Rides Part 2
The second part of our Dead Ride Disney pin series spotlights another couple of early Disneyland ride entries in Tomorrowland that have since faded. Interestingly enough, each of these two attractions have found a way to live on in present-day attractions at the Disneyland Resort…
Located in Tomorrowland, America Sings was a rotating theater attraction that featured a ton of audio-animatronic critters entertaining guests with several acts worth of historical american numbers. It contained four musical acts and 40 songs. The rotating theater was ingenious because it created a way for new guests to load and unload the ride during the first and last acts, allowing a high-volume of guests to view the performances.
While the ride waned in popularity and eventually closed for good in 1988, not all of the ride was lost forever. Two of the singing geese were stripped down to robotic form and then re-outfitted as two droids that entertain guests as they line up for the Star Tours ride. Also, many of the critters eventually found a new home on a little ride called Splash Mountain which opened up in 1989. What goes around, comes around indeed!
Check out this video (2 parts) filmed during the last day of the ride back in 1988
Flying Saucers was an incredibly innovative Disney attraction. The concept was a disc that a rider would sit on that would move around a low-friction platform and potential run into other flying saucers bumper car style. The disc would react to riders movements. If a rider leaned forward, the saucer would go forward. If the rider leaned backwards, the sauce would go backwards.
Sounds like fun, right? Perhaps a little familiar as well?
Ultimately, the demise of the ride was the maintenance costs as well as design inefficiencies. Since only one rider was allowed on each saucer, the rider turnover was frustratingly slow. For these reasons, Flying saucers did not make the cut when the Tomorrowland redesign occurred.
In Part 3, we’ll wrap up exploring these seven great attractions!
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