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    What was the Cave of Wonders before Aladdin came out (Story Book Land)?

    I went on this ride for the first time early in January and was able to thrill my niece by telling her of all the lands I visited. More important to me though was trying to figure out if the cave where the Cave of Wonders was at was always there. Was it just a barren tunnel before the ride?
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    Re: What was the Cave of Wonders before Aladdin came out (Story Book Land)?

    Good question! I've always wondered this myself.
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    Re: What was the Cave of Wonders before Aladdin came out (Story Book Land)?

    As far as I can tell, it was just a transition cave.

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    Re: What was the Cave of Wonders before Aladdin came out (Story Book Land)?

    The cave of meh.

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    Re: What was the Cave of Wonders before Aladdin came out (Story Book Land)?

    Not 100% certain here, but I believe it used to be themed to Snow White and the 7 Dwarves. Their mine.

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    Re: What was the Cave of Wonders before Aladdin came out (Story Book Land)?

    Quote Originally Posted by mycroft16 View Post
    Not 100% certain here, but I believe it used to be themed to Snow White and the 7 Dwarves. Their mine.
    I'd believe it, I mean, isn't there jewels in the walls now? it wouldn't have taken much to add the lamp.

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    Re: What was the Cave of Wonders before Aladdin came out (Story Book Land)?

    Quote Originally Posted by FreshBakedDisney View Post
    The cave of meh.
    Hah! I'm going with this. This is the answer.

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    Re: What was the Cave of Wonders before Aladdin came out (Story Book Land)?

    it was a euphemism for a woman's.... PURSE! OH on the ride. My bad.

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    Re: What was the Cave of Wonders before Aladdin came out (Story Book Land)?

    It was the 7 Dwarfs mine. Also, the area where Agrabah currently sits was the original home of Toad Hall.

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    Re: What was the Cave of Wonders before Aladdin came out (Story Book Land)?

    Yup, it was Seven Dwarves' Mine. disneylandfan95 is also correct about the original site of Toad Hall. I remember being upset when they first put Agrabah there, since Toad Hall was completely eliminated from the ride. It was a few years before they put Toad Hall in its current location. Now everything is right again with that ride.

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    Re: What was the Cave of Wonders before Aladdin came out (Story Book Land)?

    The correct answer, according to the original spiel, is the cave was the very same cave Snow White used to escape from the Evil Queen leading her to the cottage of the seven dwarfs. The dwarfs mine has always been next to the cottage since the ride opened in '56. Before the cave of wonders, the cave had nothing in it, just mica-flecked paint. The niches that hold the jewels and genie lamp were cut out of the walls when Agrabah was added.

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    Re: What was the Cave of Wonders before Aladdin came out (Story Book Land)?

    What was in the spot where Prince Eric's Castle is now? I had always thought *nothing* was there before, but in the above graphic it looks like some sort of golden castle.

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    Re: What was the Cave of Wonders before Aladdin came out (Story Book Land)?

    I was wondering the same thing. Aladdin has an entire section of the ride themed to it and The Little Mermaid has the entire last section of the ride.

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    Re: What was the Cave of Wonders before Aladdin came out (Story Book Land)?

    Quote Originally Posted by lightofdarkness View Post
    As far as I can tell, it was just a transition cave.

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    I see they mention what countries the stories come from. Is that to tie into the previous incarnations "canal boats of the world"?
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    Re: What was the Cave of Wonders before Aladdin came out (Story Book Land)?

    Here's a side-by-side of the tunnel from 1958 compared to a recent image. You can even see how much the rock work around the tunnel portal has changed over the years.
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    Quote Originally Posted by monorail91 View Post
    What was in the spot where Prince Eric's Castle is now? I had always thought *nothing* was there before, but in the above graphic it looks like some sort of golden castle.
    I think what you are seeing are some stylized trees where the castle currently sits.
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    Quote Originally Posted by AtomicBear View Post
    I see they mention what countries the stories come from. Is that to tie into the previous incarnations "canal boats of the world"?
    As far as I know, yes. The original idea for Lilliputian Land, and later the Canal Boats of the World, was to have the boats sail by miniature landmarks from around the world. By including the countries of origin of the the fairy tales, they are attempting to stay true to that original plan.

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