Recently I managed to get my hands on a digital copy of The Extinct Attractions Club Presents: The Enchanted Tiki Room, which is basically a fan made documentary on the history of Walt Disney's Enchanted Tiki Room (If you haven't seen it yourself, try to track it down and watch it, it's a really nice documentary.) Anyways, in the documentary, they mention how the Tiki Room was about to hit the chopping block due to unpopularity with people of the late 70's or 80's I believe due to the Polynesian trends of the 60's starting to fade away from history, although I can't recall the exact timeframe. Before the Tiki Room was about to be gone for good, a resurgence in the old ideas and ways of the 50's and 60's occurred in the late 80's to 90's, saving a classic attraction. The Tiki Room stands amongst us today, still entertaining crowds and was even able to reach its 50th birthday recently, as many of us know.
I then watched another one of their documentaries on The Mine Train Through Nature's Wonderland (Which also covered Big Thunder Mountain). The Mine Train is heralded as a great classic as it provides a very relaxing ride with a vast array of visuals ranging from a plethora of animatronic animals, a giant saguaro cactus, balancin' rock canyon, and a beautiful climax of the Rainbow Caverns. However, as time rolled along, guests started to complain that they weren't getting enough out of their tickets from an aging mine train, so the ride was replaced in the late 70's with the thrill packed Big Thunder Mountain Railroad that continues to entertain guests today (Well, I mean that in a past tense sort of way seeing that the ride is still under refurbishment at the moment...)
So we have two very famous and very classic Disney attractions on our hands; Walt Disney's Enchanted Tiki Room and the Mine Train Through Nature's Wonderland. Both hand crafted by the maestro himself, Walt Disney, and still fondly remembered today by many. Yet one is still around for guests of new generations to enjoy while the other one remains a quaint memory of the past, even if its remnants are scattered around the park as reminders to those who remember it. This event shows that even classic rides are still not free of getting the chopping block; the Tiki Room itself was very close to never being seen again!
With the very limited space of the Disneyland Resort, attractions will have to go some time or another in the future to make way for new innovations (Not to be confused with the attraction with the similar name), and as shown above, even some Disney classics that we all know and love are not totally safe from demolition either. A more modern example would have to be the rumor of what's going to happen to the Submarine Lagoon, Autopia, and Innoventions. True, they are just mere husks of their former glory, but they are still there (Finding Nemo still operates the original subs but modified, Innoventions is still the same building that housed The Carousel of Progress and America Sings, and Autopia still retains the original vibe of driving cars down a pre-determined railed path.)
Either way, attractions are going to have to give way to new attractions in the future, it's unavoidable really. Which begs the question...which attractions are sheltered from the chopping block and drawing table, and which attractions are here to stay for generations to come. Now what's my personal take on the subject since I'm the one that is starting this topic? Well...I do think a lot of people will automatically say something like "Pirates of the Caribbean", "Haunted Mansion", "Space Mountain", "Jungle Cruise", etc. And for the most part, I do agree. I don't ever see these attractions leaving us, although we can't forget about the other contenders as well. The dark ride attractions in Fantasyland, especially the original ones in place, I don't think will be leaving as well. And one I know will be in place for the longest of times will be the Disneyland Railroad, which is more of transportation than an attraction, but I am still including it.
Those were a few examples to get this thread rolling. So now I would like to hear, chat, and discuss with you the various attractions that reside in Disneyland currently, and the probability of them being replaced with something else in the future, whether it be near or distant. I dunno, it seemed like a fun idea in my mind.