Present-day Magic Kingdom looks very different from the Magic Kingdom I visited as a kid. Some of my favorite childhood rides no longer exist. Was anyone else a fan of 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride, or the Skyway? I really miss those rides! There are many amazing attractions today, but you can’t beat these oldies! It’s even pretty amazing to see just how the buildings, decor, and landscape have changed over time. Here are 10 ways that Magic Kingdom has transformed into the park it is today:
1. Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride (retired attraction)
Did you know you can find Mr. Toad’s headstone at the cemetery on the left after you exit the Haunted Mansion? It’s a subtle nod to this retired attraction.
2. Skyway (retired attraction)
This ride was our go-to way to get to the other side of the park.
3. 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea (retired attraction)
This attraction used to be the first one we would do each visit!
4. Jungle Cruise (decor changed)
Notice the colored canopies? How neat!
5. Dreamflight Sponsored by Delta (retired attraction)
This was such a cool ride!
6. Mike Fink Keel Boats (retired attraction)
Who else enjoyed the boat rides?
7. Snow White’s Scary Adventures (retired attraction)
I’m still perplexed as to why this ride was shut down. I didn’t think it was scary!
8. Mickey’s ToonTown Fair (replaced with the new Fantasyland addition)
I really looked forward to visiting Mickey and Minnie at their houses! It was always a must-do for my family!
9. WEDway PeopleMover (name change)
Does anyone remember when it was called this name before it was renamed to the Tomorrowland Transit Authority PeopleMover?
10. Swan Boat Ride (retired attraction)
There used to be a boat that would travel the waters surrounding Cinderella’s Castle!