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    Re: What DL ride was open for the shortest amount of time.

    This would be a great question for Werner Weiss in the Yesterland forum. He might know the answer.
    Anything listed on the park maps as an attraction is fair game for inclusion in the Rally.
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    Re: What DL ride was open for the shortest amount of time.

    Wasn't it the Phantom Boats?

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    Re: What DL ride was open for the shortest amount of time.

    Quote Originally Posted by jawnjarvis View Post
    Phantom Boats last for quite a while. for the 35th anniversary of Disneyland they even dressed it up for Saturday Morning Cartoon "The Gummi Bears".
    That wasn't the Phantom Boats that was the Motorboat Cruise. Phantom Boats were in Tomorrowland and closed in '56
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    Re: What DL ride was open for the shortest amount of time.

    Quote Originally Posted by mcow1 View Post
    That wasn't the Phantom Boats that was the Motorboat Cruise. Phantom Boats were in Tomorrowland and closed in '56
    ABSOLUTELY correct!

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    Re: What DL ride was open for the shortest amount of time.

    http://www.yesterland.com/spaceman.html

    Phantom Boats closed in 1955.
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    Re: What DL ride was open for the shortest amount of time.

    The Phantom Boats in the Tomorrowland Lagoon opened in August of 1955 and closed in Janurary of 1956. They reopened for the summer of 1956 though - so I dont know how that factors into this discussion. They were open for a grand total of 8 months.

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    Re: What DL ride was open for the shortest amount of time.

    I'm going to say either the Phantom Boats or The Viewliner.
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    Re: What DL ride was open for the shortest amount of time.

    Oo, time to dust off my Disneyland attraction chronology. Haven't looked at this thing in a while...

    The Tomorrowland Boats were renamed the Phantom Boats in December of '55, and removed sometime the following year. I've heard Viewliner cited as the shortest lived attraction, with a lifespan of less than a year. It's definitely one of those two, though I don't have the closing date for Phantom Boats.

    As for the others, Tomorrowland didn't see a huge number of closures until 1966, when the entire land closed to be transformed the following year.

    Flying Saucers operated from 1961-1966.

    Rocket Rods operated from 1998-2000.

    Other attractions coming in with short lifespans: Mickey Mouse Club Circus ('55-'56), Junior Autopia ('56-'58), Babes in Toyland Opera House Exhibit ('61-'63), The Walt Disney Story ('73-'75, when it was drastically changed to reincorporate Mr. Lincoln), and Toy Story Funhouse ('96, intended as a temporary attraction). Otherwise, pretty much everything in the park was or has been around for at least five years (not counting things that just opened like Buzz).

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    Re: What DL ride was open for the shortest amount of time.

    I actually have read that the Flying Saucers was the attraction that was open for the smallest amount of time.
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    Re: What DL ride was open for the shortest amount of time.

    Quote Originally Posted by Disneytwins View Post
    I actually have read that the Flying Saucers was the attraction that was open for the smallest amount of time.
    Nope, 1961-1966. It was fairly popular, but they needed room for the Tomorrowland Stage and Space Mountain. (Yes, Space Mountain didn't open until 1977. It was intended for the '67 renovation.)

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    Re: What DL ride was open for the shortest amount of time.

    The viewliner was open for 15 months from June 1957 until Sept 1958. So if you dont count the time inbetween, the Phantom Boats and Viewliner were open for about the same length of time. If you count the closure in the winter of 1956, then the shortest time open goes to the Phantom Boats.

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    Re: What DL ride was open for the shortest amount of time.

    Quote Originally Posted by aerinpegadrak View Post
    I've heard Viewliner cited as the shortest lived attraction, with a lifespan of less than a year.
    Actually, almost 15 months.

    Looks like Phantom Boats is set to take the prize.

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    Re: What DL ride was open for the shortest amount of time.

    Phantom Boats orrrrr...
    Canal Boats of the World (mud banks of the world)
    Before storybookland

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    Re: What DL ride was open for the shortest amount of time.

    It's either the Phantom Boats or possibly even the original Conestoga Wagons in Frontierland. Both attractions closed by the end of the park's first summer, lasting only a few months, but I'm not sure which one closed first.

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    Re: What DL ride was open for the shortest amount of time.

    Quote Originally Posted by mrfantasmic View Post
    Phantom Boats orrrrr...
    Canal Boats of the World (mud banks of the world)
    Before storybookland
    Didn't they keep the exact same flume and battery operated boats from "Canal Boats" and just theme the canal banks into "Storybook Land" over the winter? I would consider the two rides the same from a longevity standpoint.

    IIRC the "Phantom Boats" equipment was plagued by engine fires and other serious breakdowns and derails, they had to engineer totally new boats for "Motorboat Cruise". And they built a different location with an improved underwater guide rail.

    New equipment with vastly changed design and systems, new location - so I would break the continuity link between 'old ride' and 'new ride' and give the Short Run Prize to Phantom Boats.

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    Just because an answer is in "The Official Book Of Answers" at City Hall does NOT necessarily mean it's The Gospel Truth. It's 'The Answers According to Disney', which may well be heavily sanitized or even occasionally flat out made up because what they came up with sounds far better than the truth.

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