Mr. Toad's Wild Ride is one of my favorites at Disneyland, but I was watching The Wind in the Willows the other day and now I'm not sure as to why you go to hell at the end of the ride; it's definitely not in the original cartoon. Any ideas?
I believe I heard that it was not meant to be the story itself, but as if you had the motor-mania and going crazy dream like that. So basically, it's all in your- or his- head. May not be true, but that's how I know it.
The film adaptation departed significantly from the Kenneth Grahame novel since Toad is guilty of stealing the motorcar in the latter and is only framed of the crime in the former. That creative decision Walt Disney made has been criticized as a bastardization by certain academics, but I've always believed that the featurette retains the spirit of the source material, which is mostly a philosophical treatise and is almost incidentally a work of fiction.
The Disneyland interpretation of the chapters describing the exploits of Toad, Ratty, and Mole is, in a way, more in keeping with the novel since the eccentric amphibian is confronted with the vision of his own demise after the train hits him (and us). But, this Hellish nightmare or hallucination is really only that, as is evidenced by the barrister who reappears in the imagined afterlife as a demon to render judgment on our car.