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    Re: Mine train through natures wonderland bridge?

    ^^ Thanks for explaining.

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    Re: Mine train through natures wonderland bridge?

    Quote Originally Posted by 10-8atDisneyland View Post
    The reason that the netting was put up recently is that there was a further collapse of the structure which exposed some piping which ran just above the mouth of the tunnel. The collapsed tunnel itself didn't look too bad but when the piping got exposed it became bad show. You could see the white pvc and that is the reason for the netting. I'm sure they will eventually get around to fixing it. About a week ago a contractor was doing some trenching on the old mule trail which runs above the tunnel. Perhaps they are going to relocate the piping in preparation for fixing the tunnel.
    Good call!


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    Re: Mine train through natures wonderland bridge?

    Quote Originally Posted by Walt Jr. View Post
    Was the bridge part of the original nature's wonderland bridge?
    Yes, it was.

    (I Think BTMRR has the most tributes to its past attractions)

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    Re: Mine train through natures wonderland bridge?

    Great find disneytim !

    Quote Originally Posted by disneytim View Post
    Here's the bridge as it originally was as part of Nature's Wonderland:


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    Re: Mine train through natures wonderland bridge?

    What a cool looking ride! When did it close?

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    Re: Mine train through natures wonderland bridge?

    Quote Originally Posted by LlamaLover View Post
    What a cool looking ride! When did it close?
    September, 1977.

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    Re: Mine train through natures wonderland bridge?

    Quote Originally Posted by Frogberto View Post
    September, 1977.
    Suck, I was only 2 so it is no wonder that I don't recall this attraction! Thanks Froggy for the info...

    barfownz posted BTMRR had a lot of tributes to past attractions. Can you point some out to me to look for on my next trip?

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    Re: Mine train through natures wonderland bridge?

    Quote Originally Posted by LlamaLover View Post
    ...Thanks Froggy for the info...

    barfownz posted BTMRR had a lot of tributes to past attractions. Can you point some out to me to look for on my next trip?
    This thread: http://www.micechat.com/forums/showthread.php?t=29759

    Has more than you ever want to know about the attraction, but safe to say that the mountain's peak, the old town you go through at the end, the caverns in the attraction, and the old mining equipment all are part of a "tribute" to some of the parts of the old attraction.

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    Re: Mine train through natures wonderland bridge?

    Here's an excerpt from a post I wrote on another site:


    Cascade peak was made for Mine Train thru Nature's Wonderland!
    Another E-TICKET sadly closed down because it had to compete with other ridews like POTC (Rest in peace) and Haunted Mansion (I Do)! Cascade peak was a section in the ride where you could see the the twin sister falls.

    When the ride was closed down, the peak stayed and on the old track circling the falls an old mine train from the ride was placed, looking like it had been hit by a rock slide. It's still there today with some new residents living in it! Prarie Dogs!!!


    In 1998, Pressler tore it down and therefore destroyed a bit of history that could have been left behind for others to see. Fourtunatley, he left the train and thhe two caves from the ride that let in to the peak. Today as you are walking to Big Thunder go past the Mcdonalds cart towards fantasyland and look at the lake! See the cave there! That cave led from the peak through bear country! Another neat fact is that the lake used to have a bunch of animitronic bears in the lake and around the sides of the cave. The other side of the cave is also there. Look for another cave right next to the road! This one is boarded up. If you look on the ground you will also see the original tracks from the ride.


    Thats pretty much whats left other than Rainbow ridge on Big Thunder!

    While by Big thunder Ranch check out the big rockwork at the enterance! They marked the enterance to Balencing Rock canyon. I have yet to check of there is still a balencing rock!

    One last thing. While having lunch at rancho de zocalo, say a little memorial as that spact was originally occupied by Rainbow Caverns.

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    Re: Mine train through natures wonderland bridge?

    Quote Originally Posted by Frogberto View Post
    This thread: http://www.micechat.com/forums/showthread.php?t=29759

    Has more than you ever want to know about the attraction, but safe to say that the mountain's peak, the old town you go through at the end, the caverns in the attraction, and the old mining equipment all are part of a "tribute" to some of the parts of the old attraction.
    Really interesting thread and as you noted in it, amazing at the knowledge depth of Mice Chat! I did not even know this attraction ever existed so it is very interesting to see photos and read about it. I sent the link to my mom to see if my dad remembers it because Frontierland was his favorite part of the park.

    I would have to agree with you Walt Jr. that it is really sad this piece of park history was torn away. Hopefully they will at least remove the tarp and allow it to look "natural" again.

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    Re: Mine train through natures wonderland bridge?

    Actually, the last ride through Nature's Wonderland was on New Year's Day 1977.

    Cascase Peak was taken out in 1998 because the volume of water running over the waterfalls took its toll over the 38 years it was in place, and by that point it was in danger of collapsing too.

    Once again, if voting made a difference, I'd vote for putting the desert and Nature's Wonderland back in.
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    Re: Mine train through natures wonderland bridge?

    I can just barely remember this ride.

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    Re: Mine train through natures wonderland bridge?

    Quote Originally Posted by Frogberto View Post
    September, 1977.
    Quote Originally Posted by NWRREngineer View Post
    Actually, the last ride through Nature's Wonderland was on New Year's Day 1977.
    My sister and I rode the last Mine Train of the day during the Christmas season in 1976 (can't remember the exact date other than after Christmas and before New Year's). We were told by the CM at the time that this was the last Mine Train ride period and that the ride was closing.

    I was going to check Yesterland, but I can't access it from work (go figure).

    Anybody have the definitive closing date?

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    Re: Mine train through natures wonderland bridge?

    I think I am wrong. I was listening to a podcast yesterday that was outlining all the attractions that close, permanently, in September, after the summer rush is over, and figured that since this attraction closed in 1977, that it was probably September 1977. Dldhistory.com lists this as closing in January, 1977. Yesterland.com doesn't show a date. I'd go with the poster above that said January, 1977 - that can be corroborated, at least!

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    Re: Mine train through natures wonderland bridge?

    http://www.islandnet.com/~kpolsson/disland/dl1975.htm
    That's one source - take a look at January 1977

    http://www.keeline.com/MineTrain/NWvBT.html
    This is the one I was originally thinking about when I wrote the previous post.

    BTW -- it's neat to see that Mr. Keeline has updated his site and appears to be finishing up his NW scale model project. I've been loosely keeping track of his work for several years now.
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