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!