I'm sure most Disney fans know the original idea for Casey Jr. Circus Train to be a thrill ride. It was, for a day, but it kept breaking down, and they just closed it for the day. Two weeks later, it reopened as the Casey Jr. we know today, because problems kept it from being a thrill ride at the time.
However, the question I want to ask and discuss is this: would you want the original idea to be executed and make Casey Jr. Circus Train into a fun thrill ride for the whole family? What would you do to make this happen? What would you change, and how would you incorporate the thrill ride into the concept of Casey Jr. from Dumbo?
I, myself, have grown to love the Casey Jr. we currently have, however, I think it could be really fun and unique to create a thrill ride out of it. I've heard from Imagineering books that the orginal concept for the StorybookLand Canal boats was also a thrill ride, where there would be a drop, similar to splash mountain, but you would come out of the whale's mouth. I think one thrill ride for Storybookland and one slower ride would be nice. I'd choose Storybookland Canal Boats to stay as it is, becuase I like the facts and different things you hear, like how Walt planted some of the little trees himself. Casey Jr. Circus Train could easily be a thrill ride, especially with a more stressed "I think I can" segment of the ride.