If there's one regrettable aspect of 1982's New Fantasyland, it's the removal of Skull Rock, along with the Pirate Ship Restaurant of course. The original plans called for sailing over to the Small World Promenade, landing in a brand new Skull Rock Grotto. Unfortunately that plan became a victim of the two great evils - time and budget. So Skull Rock and the Pirate Ship instead sailed away to...
Skull Rock was demolished long before I would have a chance to see it, but my mom remembers it very well. Its removal is sad indeed, but I'm worried that if it were to return, it would end up on Tom Sawyer Island, in which case we would have another page to add to Yesterland.
Skull rock definitely added better theming. I so wish I could have remembered this. The only memory I have is the Fantasyland theatre.
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I am 38 years old. I remember quite a bit about the old Fantasyland, but I always have to rack my brains to remember this one. Maybe that's why they removed it, because it wasn't important to me! LOL
No, maybe because it was I was little and it scared me. I kind of sort of remember it but not too much. I think I remember the skull but that's about it. I wish I could remember more of it but oh well...
I never had a chance to see Skull Rock with the Pirate Ship, either.
How about getting rid of that horrendous line of carts, near the
old Motorboat area, and Placing Skull Rock, Ship and Restaurant
over there, and get a new attraction in that area at the same time,
perhaps DL's 5th mountain???!!!!
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Re: Dec. 22, 2006: Skull Rock
Lunching on a pirate ship and gazing out at Skull Rock was easily one of my favorite things to do each visit as a kid. I still miss seeing it each time I walk through Fantasyland but still see it in memories and dreams. Thanks!
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Disney seems to have a thing with speed ramps and waterfalls. There used to be tons of both throughout the park but now the only places you can even find a waterfall is inside Thunder Mountain. The Matterhorn's waterfalls have been reduced to a trickle and several waterfalls have been taken out like Cascade Peak, Skull Rock, Tahitian Terrace, Schweitzer Falls (it's been reduced), and to a lesser extent the Swiss Family Robinson Treehouse. There's no waterfalls that I can think of over at DCA. The beautiful area with the water going over the rocks might count, but it's not like the free-falling waterfalls over at Disneyland. Disney just doesn't have any sense of grandeur anymore...at least not without filling up a 9-figure budget.
I love the article though. I was about 3 when this was demolished so technically I did see the old Skull Rock, although I cannot remember anything about it. For some reason I always feel like I miss the area even though I have absolutely no recollection of it. I guess it's all my previous memories from Disneyland that combine and "project" nostalgia from my own experiences. I'd imagine the experiences of the Disney from the 1980's are fairly similar all the way through the 1960's. Nothing really significant ever happened to Disney in this time so I bet being a child of the 80's was a lot like being a child of the 60's when it comes to Disneyland memories.