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    Re: Rainbow Ridge train...

    Quote Originally Posted by Barbossa
    Wow! Does anybody have any of those DVDs? Just wondering if they are any good?
    I have the haunted mansion vol 1 set and that is a great DVD.

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    Re: Rainbow Ridge train...

    I have the Nature's Wonderland DVD. It's not bad... there is a full ride-through with the canned naration spiel (done by Dallas McKennon), and the footage is entirely built out of home movies that have been spliced together.

    It clearly shows everything the train did, from starting out at Rainbow Ridge, going through Beaver Valley, going through Cascade Peak and the waterfalls, going across Bear Creek, past the battling elk, through the natural arch bridge and down into the Saguaro cactus forest, around the geysers and through the teetering rocks before finishing up through Rainbow Caverns. The only part I was disappointed about was that there still isn't any color footage of the inside of Rainbow Caverns.

    But I've heard that the latest edition of the DVD includes some great interviews with those who actually worked on the ride. I haven't ordered it yet; waiting until after Christmas.

    I'd say it's highly worth it if you're really interested in finding out more about this neat old ride.
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    Re: Rainbow Ridge train...

    Another look at the Mine Train on the cover of Disney News, Spring 1966:


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    Re: Rainbow Ridge train...

    It's wide open, ever since the major winds last year....right by the jumping fish.
    Here are some photos of the damage that was done by the winds:
    http://www.dldhistory.com/gallery.as...653&Current=36

    And Photos Of Rainbow Caverns Mine Train:

    http://www.dldhistory.com/gallery.as...&Page=7&ID=503


    Mine Train Through Natures Wonderland:

    http://www.dldhistory.com/gallery.as...&Page=7&ID=490
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    Re: Rainbow Ridge train...

    Nice thanks for those photos.

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    Re: Rainbow Ridge train...

    The Nature's Wonderland version was fun but not overly detailed except for the caverns. I never thought it felt at all "special" because the robotics were simple and you could experience a full-sized slow train ride at the DLRR.

    Big Thunder is much more unique, although I kind of miss having a ride I could go on.

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    Re: Rainbow Ridge train...

    I also think cascade peak should have been left there, but the waterfalls on it continued to roar until they took their toll on the mountain and wore the whole front rock off. The problem was solved with a bulldozer.
    Last edited by FantasyWatersDude; 12-02-2005 at 09:39 PM.


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    Re: Rainbow Ridge train...

    Quote Originally Posted by dldhistory
    Here are some photos of the damage that was done by the winds:
    http://www.dldhistory.com/gallery.as...653&Current=36

    And Photos Of Rainbow Caverns Mine Train:

    http://www.dldhistory.com/gallery.as...&Page=7&ID=503


    Mine Train Through Natures Wonderland:

    http://www.dldhistory.com/gallery.as...&Page=7&ID=490

    Dang! i never relized how big it was! I never knew it went through tom sawyer Island. Als0 in the hole over the pond that is there, do you suppose all the track and crystals and waterfalls are still in there?


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    Re: Rainbow Ridge train...

    I think the ride should be revived in DCA. I did hear that in the original plans a train ride was supposed to be in it. They were going to use a restored Shay geared-type steam locomotive as the motive power to tie in with California's logging industry. If they want to improve DCA this is where the ride should go.

    Here's what a Shay locomotive looks like:
    Last edited by Barbossa; 12-02-2005 at 09:15 PM.

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    Re: Rainbow Ridge train...

    Quote Originally Posted by fantasywatersfreak
    I also think cascade peak should have been left there, but the waterfalls on it continued to roar until they took their toll on the mountain and wore the whole front rock off. The problem was solved with a bulldozer.
    Shame. I wish they still had it. Right now.

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    Re: Rainbow Ridge train...

    It was one of my favorites when I was a kid--I especially loved the geysers and the caverns. The waters appeared to phosphorescent. I think they used black light.

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    Re: Rainbow Ridge train...

    I never had a chance to ride the mine train, and I'm nostalgic about it anyway. That's not normal, is it?

    It didn't cross to Tom Sawyer's Island, though, fantasywatersfreak. And the caverns were on the opposite end of the ride. You can see a fascinating map of the area here: http://www.keeline.com/MineTrain/nw.gif.


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    Cool Re: Rainbow Ridge train...

    Mine Train was one of my favorite rides from childhood. Rainbow Caverns was the best part, especially the eerie chorus (sounding mostly like escapees from the original Star Trek TV series), which served to accentuate the "mystery" of the day-glo neon-colored waterfalls and pools. But hey... it worked. And was never quite long enough.

    Simple AA critters... yawn. But how can you not love black light splendor and turbo-charged air conditioning, especially after a hot summer ride through the Living Desert?

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