The Lost World
A Tribute to the Lost Rides and Shows of Walt Disney World
One of my favorite shows was the Kitchen Kabaret in the Land
It featured a very well produced show, with some corny jokes, but good
music. The show featured more of a 40's music theme, with all of the
food taking various singing parts. Around 1993, they replaced it with
Food Rocks, which has more of a contemporary music theme, and has no
real plot or purpose. At least the Kitchen Kabaret had a good message
to give, but I find Food Rocks to be completely pointless.
Disney World has had a wonderful tradition of many great parades coming
down Main Street at all times of the day.... Main Street Electric Parade
......Need I say more. But, my favorite parade was the Mickey Mania parade,
which just ended its run before the 25th Anniversary parade began. It had
great music, good fun, and it was a genuinely exciting parade. I loved the
music to the parade, and can remember walking through Tomorrowland singing,
"Yo Mickey, Kick it, You've got the ticket........M-O-U-S-E...." Even today
every once in a while I'll break out into it just for the heck of
But there have been other parades, like their 15th Anniversary parade.
That was a really good parade also. It had a great theme song, the refrain
of which had a great message, "15 years and we're having a party.....the
party's just begun." I can't remember the other parade they had inbetween
of that one and the 20th anniversary parade. But I really remember that
the Surprise Celebration parade (the 20th anniversary parade) was really
exciting. Actually, I think they handled their 20th better than their 25th.
I haven't been down there to tell how the 25th is, but from what I've seen,
it doesn't look all that exciting. The 20th anniversary had all types of
different exciting things going on. I remember the feeling of excitement
I had hearing them count down "10 9 8......3 2 1...SURPRISE," and I really
was surprised. The parade's theme wasn't that catchy, but it was fun, and
made for a really exciting experience. Another great element of the 20th
anniversary was the air show they held every day over the World Showcase.
Every day, mini-gliders flew high in the sky, along with kites, and fireworks,
and this during the middle of the day. It all culminated with the blowing up
of gigantic baloons around all the countries, each wearing the clothing of
that specific country. That celebration was wonderful
But, another great and entirely entertaining parade was their Alladin parade
in the Disney-Mgm Studios. It was very funny, and had a very satarical
feel to it, which was a change of pace from their normal parades. Some of
the elements that helped to make it different from some of the other parades
were the spitting camels, and Jafar walking up the street with Iago in
his trash can, sweeping up after the parade. That was funny. And that
just about covers all of the parades that I can remember.
Way before Mickey's Toontown, a number of shows came in Mickey's Birthdayland
and Mickey's Starland. The Birthdayland show wasn't that great, but at
least it had all of the farmiliar characters...Mickey, Minnie, Donald, Goofy,
and Pluto. The one that came after that was Mickey's Character Carnivale,
and this was where they began going downhill. From here on out, the show
featured characters from the Disney Afternoon, and Mickey, and it turned
into just a 20 minute advertisement for the Disney Afternoon. I am so
glad that they finally decided to add Toontown to the park, because that
land needed something, and I mean SOMETHING.
I've heard different stories about this restaurant. The Oddessy restaurant
lies right in between of the ride formerly known as The World of Motion,
and the Mexico pavillion. When I was there last, it was closed down,
and it seemed like it would remained closed forever. But, I have heard that
they are either going to overhaul it, or it has been opened up because
that area is now lacking in viable attractions with the closing down
of the World of Motion. Anyway, a show took place at the high point of the
restaurant every day. It was very short and involved all of the typical
characters singing and dancing around a very small stage.
The high point of the show was when the characters came dancing around the
tables and waved hello to all the little kids and gave them hugs. The show
had many different incarnations, but when I was there it was known as
Mickey's Kitchen Celebration, and it will be sorely missed in that area if
they do decide not to reopen the restaurant, with the show in tact. It was
nice, and it was never crowded, and it was a genuinely nice break during
the hot afternoon.
The saddest story that can be told is that of The Universe of Energy.
The Universe of Energy was exciting, interesting, and loud. Sure, it
wasn't that great during a rainstorm, and it sometimes left you stranded
in the dark with a very loud Space Shuttle exploding into space on the
screen, leaving you begging God that you'll still be able to hear upon
exiting the ride. But, it didn't need to be replaced. Well, ok....
technically, it wasn't replaced, but simply modified. But, look at
who they modified it with.....Ellen. What in the name of God does she
know about energy. Oh, wait, I know...She knows how to make everyone lose
their energy as they wait for this utterly HORRIBLE RIDE TO END. Sorry,
now that I've gotten that off my chest.....
My favorite ride of all time in the park formerly known as Epcot Center was
Horizons, which for now is open until the Test Track is ready, and then
it will close down permanently, unfortunately, to make way for their new
space pavillion. Horizons,
featured some wonderful special effects, including the opening walk through
showing you cities of the future, and the ending of the ride, which feautred
you choosing which passage way you wanted to take back to the future.
One of my favorite scenes, which actually scared me when I was very young,
was the gigantic Imax screens that you passed by as you hung from your car,
which featured different computer animations and video. The kicker was
that as you moved along, your sense of motion was fooled and you actually
felt like you were moving along with the action on the screen. It scared the
crap out of me when I was a kid. I though I was going to be pulled into the
Is it just me, or did MGM have another Muppet Show at one time called Meet the
Muppets. It was housed in the theater that now houses Voyage of the Little
Mermaid, and while it wasn't that good, it was a first step in introducing
the Muppets to Disney World. After Mermaid opened up, it moved to a special
stage built near Muppetvision 4-d, where it played for another year or so.
Then it closed for good. It featured live action Muppet characters, rather
than a screen or robot show, and had a few songs, but nothing really special
Another one of my favorites was always the World of Motion. I mean doesn't
Epcot have enough thrill rides now. It can use a nice, leisurely paced
ride like the World of Motion. Not that the Test Track doesn't sound cool.
The World of Motion consisted of one innovation that was great. You boarded
your cars, similar to those used in Spaceship Earth, and then you were taken
outside the building, and lifted up and around into the actual ride. From
then on, a history of motion was given, culminating with you being led off
to the post show area. There, there were two great shows, "Bird and the
Robot," and a show about future engines that GM was designing. Unfortunately,
I doubt that we'll see those coming back once the Test Track opens up.
When MGM first opened, their studio tour was about thirty minutes longer, and
it took you everywhere. It took you into the sound studios, post production
pre production, etc. They stopped that, at first, because Pee-wee Herman
was the announcer for it, and at that time he was involved in a scandal.
It was expected that part of the tour would reopen later with another taped
host, but it never did. It was a big loss too, because it really made you
feel like MGM was a real working studio, and not just another theme park.
Tomorrowland was probably the last place in Disney World to retain a 70's
flair, which I felt added to the flavor. It was as though we were looking
at the future from the eyes of the past.
I used to love strolling through tomorrowland, looking up at the tall white
structures, and eating at my favorite place of all, the Tomorrowland Terrace,
which, Thank God, was still open on my last visit. The Terrace is adjacent
to the theater which formerly housed America The Beautiful, and Main Street.
It is a great place to watch the parades and the fireworks. But, that is
better said in my Disney Memories section.
One of the shows that I don't remember, probably because it was pulled out
years before I was born, was the Mickey Mouse Review, which basically
consisted of audio-animatronic versions of our favorite characters doing
what they do best.
If I remember correctly, the Mickey Mouse Review was supposedly housed in
the theater that currently houses The Legend of the Lion King. That holds
a lot of history. I seem to remember going to see a Mickey Mouse show there
when I was very young, that had the characters live, rather than using
robots. Then for a while, it remained empty, used for changing clothes, and
storage. Then they opened up a 3-d theater there, and showed Magic Journeys,
originally presented in Epcot's Journey into Imagination, for a while.
That was a great show because the theater was so big, and because the pre-show
was a 3-d Donald Duck cartoon.
Also, not that it is dearly missed, but Captain Eo was a very well produced
film, and proved to be vastly more visually stunning than Honey, I Shrunk the
Audience. Its problem came with the star of the show, Michael Jackson. When
the show first hit Imagination (and the Space Mountain theater in Disneyland)
it was quite popular. But this was before Jackson went through multiple legal
proceedings concerning his fascination with younger people (I shall leave it at
that) But, also, Jackson is quite feminine, and was a somewhat unbelievable
spaceship captain. Had it not been for Jackson, it could have been a hit.
But, Disney and George Lucas decided that they wanted to cash in on Jackson's
popularity, and to create a musical sci-fi piece. Captain Eo replaced Magic Journeys in the Magic Eye Theater
in Journey into Imagination, and was itself replaced by the 3-d Honey Movie.
Both movies involve(d) a 4-d type of experience, with the audience
participating in the fun.
What about the Mission to Mars, that was a great ride....
I really enjoyed it because it was somewhat of a simulator without being
a simulator. It had a screen on the top and on the bottom, and while not
that exciting, it did feature possibly the most well known unknown audio
animatronic character ever. What do I mean by that? Well, I'm sure all
of you have seen Star Wars, and you all recognize the name Wedge, but
what did Wedge do. He is an unknown character to Star Wars, like Mr.
Tom Morrow is a unknown character to Tomorrowland, and all of Disney World.
There are two places you can still hear Mr. Tom Morrow's name mentioned.
He's mentioned on the ride formerly known as the WEDway Peoplemover, and
he is mentioned every once in a while in the pre-show of the Alien Encounter,
which by the way is the building that once housed the Mission to Mars.
Some of my favorite shows are the Circle Vision 360 shows. One of the better
ones was America the Beautiful, the second 360 movie to be housed in the
It was your standard Circle Vision movie, with some of the most beautiful
scenery ever. But, I have to admit, Timekeeper is so much more better.
I love the ending when you drive through futuristic Paris.
The last thing that I want to discuss is the Communicore. I loved the
communicores so much more than Innoventions. I think that while Innoventions
is interesting, it is too dark, and only serves to advertise for their
sponsors. Sure, there were advertisements in the Communicores, but they
weren't as blatant as they are in Innoventions. One of my favorite sections
was the ATT, pictured below,
because it had a guy that spoke to you on a screen that could tell you
about where you lived and pop up pictures behind him based on popular landmarks
that you're close to.
(Added 7/24/97)What about 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, which has been closed indefinately
at Walt Disney World. That was an exciting ride, and I can remember as a
kid, being led down into this submarine, and I really believed that we
were going under, as I looked out through my little Porthole. Aaah, memories.
(Added 7/24/97)firstname.lastname@example.org reminded me, not only of the above
attraction, but of my favorite place in the entire park, which was closed
down by my last visit. That place was the Main Street Magic Shop. It
was incredible, and I can remember spending twenties at a time, just buying
little rinky-dink magic tricks and books on how to do a million and one
tricks with one deck of cards. They, of course, replaced it with a store
that sells sports clothing and clothing like Polo Shirts and Pants with the Mickey
logo. I'd like to know what kind of weed the guy was smoking that suggested that
the Magic Shop be pulled out, and, I hope he was fired long ago. Wait, I bet you
he was the same guy responsible for the renovation of Epcot.
This one will be put down as perhaps the strangest lost anything to be found
on my page. Diznee39@aol.com, wrote to me the other day, and requested that
I mention one of his favorite guys, the Tomorrowland Terrace Synthesizer Man.
He was a guy that used to play music, and take requests, back when the only
night club action that could be found in Walt Disney World (other than the
Contemporary) was to be found in Tomorrowland.
In the spot where Discovery Island now lies was Treasure Island.
Similar to Discovery Island in almost every way, this attraction would have
been themed more towards the famous Disney film of the samd title, had it
ever gotten off land. But, a bird sanctuary was a much better choice.
By the way, Discovery Island is a nice break in between of your trip to
Disney World. It is almost never crowded, and is a nice place to spend
an hour or two.
I know that I've missed a lot, so please help me out. I need info first
and foremost on the night show that was at Epcot before Illuminations.
Second, I need info on the 360 show that preceeded America The Beautiful.
Anything that I've missed, please write me.
Special Thanks to:
email@example.com --for reminding me that the name of the Muppets live show
was Meet the Muppets
firstname.lastname@example.org --for 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea and the Magic Shop
Diznee39@aol.com --for the Tomorrowland Terrace Synthesizer Guy