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    Fate of Old Ride Vehicles (Long Post!)

    I guess this is an admission to a somewhat "morbid" fascination: what happens to all those poor old ride vehicles? I'm thinking of all those Skyway buckets (both the first and second versions), Peoplemover cars, and that seemingly infinite train of Atomobiles from Adventure Thru Inner Space.

    Are they chopped up, melted down or recycled? Maybe. Set out to rot in the desert sun like all those "ghost airships" of retired aircraft? I wonder. Or, are they just unceremoniously dumped, intact, in some landfill somewhere? Actually, in the case of the Atomobiles, I think I read that they were buried in Mexico!

    Well, I guess what strikes me about the "landfill theory" are two things: first, just the logistics of actually disposing all of that stuff someplace intrigues me; and second, and perhaps more strong, is the utter sadness of such a "interment". I know, there are millions of dead automobiles that have "passed on" -- stripped of any viable parts, crushed and melted down. That's honorable I suppose.

    I think I saw where one of the Peoplemover cars actually did make it to a happy retirement in someone's backyard; maybe a nostalgic Imagineer has adopted some other orphan of "progress". I always imagined an Atomobile as a keen "loveseat" (albeit with some retrofitted cushioning) in a living room! And, I've seen a few things auctioned off, such as some Space Mountain rockets.

    Still, I can just imagine that forlorn yellow Skyway bucket out there somewhere, sighing with a legion of happy memories, or that blue Atomobile still resonating in a "mysterious darkness" behond the limits of "normal magnification"; and that's to say nothing of the Peoplemover cars: perhaps their speakers yet crackle, reminding no one, save a curious crow or spider, to "remain seated at all times".

    Alas, this is neither rant, nor query. Simply a rumination, perhaps an elegy.

    I feel better now!

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    Re: Fate of Old Ride Vehicles (Long Post!)

    Man I would kill for an Indiana Jones retired vehicle....If there ever is one! Great post
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    Re: Fate of Old Ride Vehicles (Long Post!)

    A old rocket jet, PM vehicle and (I think) a Skyway bucket are in the gift shop after the exit of BLAB. The rocket jet is a rack and the PM vehicle is the counter.
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    Re: Fate of Old Ride Vehicles (Long Post!)

    Quote Originally Posted by DisneyDude2006 View Post
    Man I would kill for an Indiana Jones retired vehicle....If there ever is one! Great post
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    Re: Fate of Old Ride Vehicles (Long Post!)

    Landfill = buried treasure, for me at least if they dumped them there. Imagine a whole ride's worth of vehice in one. Nostalgic jackpot! I would die happy if I found such a pocket of history in a land fill.

    The Indy transport would be something quite nice to have. Maybe someone could convert it into a real car and drive it around.
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    LoL
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    Re: Fate of Old Ride Vehicles (Long Post!)

    There used to be a member here who was able to acquire an older Space Mountain rocket during the refurb. It was won on Ebay. He had it in his avatar.
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    wow, lucky guy
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    Re: Fate of Old Ride Vehicles (Long Post!)

    i would love to get my hands on a doombuggie
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    Re: Fate of Old Ride Vehicles (Long Post!)

    EBay = Where DisneyLand strtegically and painfully milks more from you
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    Re: Fate of Old Ride Vehicles (Long Post!)

    www.mousesurplus.com and disneyauctions are two places it goes and ebay as well.

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    Re: Fate of Old Ride Vehicles (Long Post!)

    http://stores.ebay.com/Mouse-Surplus

    http://www.mousesurplus.com/

    Link to a fun article about salavaging old Disney rides and props fpr Mouse Surplus. Some interesting pictures of how Disney treats this stuf once they've got no use for it. http://www.crazedfanboy.com/spotlight/salvage.html
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    Re: Fate of Old Ride Vehicles (Long Post!)

    The "Eat" Ticket commissary backstage is made to look as if it is a warehouse where all of this stuff is stored, and the effect is really striking.

    I'd like to see Disney put the defunct parts of Disneyland on display at the Disneyland Hotel in a similar way.

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    Re: Fate of Old Ride Vehicles (Long Post!)

    Interesting stuff about the "Eat" ticket. I have never head of this! I have a seat from Alien Encounter that I bought from Mouse Surplus:


    I cleaned it (it was FILTHY) and then put a couple coats of spray paint on it:


    I don't know what to with it now, so I just have it leaning against the wall (next to a seat back from Pittsburgh's 3 Rivers Stadium.)

    Anyone have a suggestion for a good way to display it?
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    Re: Fate of Old Ride Vehicles (Long Post!)

    I have heard the subs from WDW are corroding away on the property except one thats at Castaway Key. One of the giftshops at DL had a peoplemover and Skyway Bucket hanging from the ceiling but I dont believe they were still there over Thanksgiving. I have seen several things on Ebay including several cars from Mr. Toads Wild ride (WDW), Space Mountian rockets as mentioned, a ship from the Peter Pan ride, a couple of boats, I want to say one from Small World and one from Pirates of the Caribbean, and a Monorail Red segment. There is rumor that they might bring back the PM at DL so it makes me wonder if the ride vehicles are sitting in storage somewhere.

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