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    Question Favorite rides that were never built, but you wish were built

    It's great when Imagineers come up with great concepts for attractions or rides, and they come to fruition. What sucks is when Imagineers come up with great concepts, but for some reason, they never happen. What are some attractions or rides that never happened, but you wish happened? I'll start.

    Herbie the Love Bug ride: I mentioned this before in another thread, but I'll mention it again. This ride was based on, you guessed it, The Love Bug. It was supposed to go in Fantasyland. The ride vehicles were planned to perform tricks like tipping over, wheelies and splitting apart, just as it happens in the film. This ride looked like it would have been a blast. I wish they'd reconsider the attraction, and put it somewhere in DCA, if there's any room left.

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    Geyser Mountain: This was a a Tower of Terror-like ride. It was planned to go in Frontierland. Basically, we would have gotten trapped in an old mine shaft, shot up then shot back down. I'm sad this never happened!

    I can't seem to find any concept artwork for the attraction.

    Indiana Jones and the Lost Expedition (or what Indy was supposed to be): Probably the biggest disappointment of all... Indiana Jones and the Lost Expedition would have had a HUMONGOUS show building, as it would have housed the Indy attraction we have today, a mine cart coaster ride, a piece of the Jungle Cruise, which was going to pass through AND the Disneyland Railroad was going to pass through this giant! Can you say AMAZING?! Two attractions in one, plus two other attractions passing through it. Undoubtedly, this would have been the best attraction in all of the Disney parks around the world, let alone Disneyland Park. Such a shame this didn't happen.

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    MiceChat covered a really good article on this last year: The Lost Expeditions of Disneyland's Indiana Jones - Blogs - MiceChat



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    Re: Favorite rides that were never built, but you wish were built

    For me it's Marc Davis' Western River Expedition @ WDW. Had it been built I think it would have been a classic right up with Pirates of the Caribbean and the Haunted Mansion.

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    Re: Favorite rides that were never built, but you wish were built

    Indiana Jones Mine Coaster, original concept for Little Mermaid dark ride, Plectu's Fantastic Galactic Revue

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    Re: Favorite rides that were never built, but you wish were built

    WestCot.

    If I had to pick just one ride though, it would for sure be Indiana Jones and the Lost Expedition.

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    Re: Favorite rides that were never built, but you wish were built

    Love the Indy Minecart (I'm hoping they still consider doing it for the third gate) and Herbie the Love Bug(new one for me, thanks!)

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    Re: Favorite rides that were never built, but you wish were built

    The Crocodile Aquarium intended for Fantasyland.
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    Re: Favorite rides that were never built, but you wish were built

    If the original Indy Land concept were built it would, even in this day and age of attractions, still be considered the benchmark for all theme park companies to surpass.
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    Re: Favorite rides that were never built, but you wish were built

    Quote Originally Posted by frollofan View Post
    Indiana Jones Mine Coaster, original concept for Little Mermaid dark ride, Plectu's Fantastic Galactic Revue
    What was the original concept for Little Mermaid ride?

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    Re: Favorite rides that were never built, but you wish were built

    Quote Originally Posted by 999mal View Post
    What was the original concept for Little Mermaid ride?
    I think that they might have been referring to this version:

    The Little Mermaid Ride - YouTube

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    Re: Favorite rides that were never built, but you wish were built

    Quote Originally Posted by mark sharp View Post
    For me it's Marc Davis' Western River Expedition @ WDW. Had it been built I think it would have been a classic right up with Pirates of the Caribbean and the Haunted Mansion.
    Ditto!

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    Re: Favorite rides that were never built, but you wish were built

    The Chinatown street that was proposed, for off of Main Street



    Firework Factory, a shooting gallery, was never built (though there was a Fireworks Factory restaurant at Walt Disney World for a while).



    At one time, a DisneySea type of park was proposed for Long Beach, California.


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    Re: Favorite rides that were never built, but you wish were built

    Actually, another that I would have loved seeing is a proposal I saw for the "new" Tomorrowland in the 90s. It featured a lot of greenery and landscaping. A much more attractive, ecologically sound Tomorrowland. If someone knows what I'm talking about and would like to post pictures, that would be great.

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    Re: Favorite rides that were never built, but you wish were built

    I have to go with Western River Expedition. . . from what I've read about it, that would definitely have been an E-ticket. . .
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    Re: Favorite rides that were never built, but you wish were built

    I am stuck on choosing WestCOT or DisneySEA for Long Beach. Both sound neat and looked beautiful in the horrible quality Concept Drawings.
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    Re: Favorite rides that were never built, but you wish were built

    Indiana Jones hands down. Would have truly been something else.
    Favorite Ride: Tower of Terror

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