Remembering Lost Attractions on “Day of the Dead”

1 November 2022, 00:24 · To commemorate Day of the Dead, let’s pay homage to seven now-defunct theme park attractions on our virtual site offered.

And what better attraction to start this Day of the Dead than The Walking Dead at Universal Studios Hollywood? (Each link leads to our review of that attraction, usually posted the day it opens.)

Then the roller coaster disappeared to make way for Wonder Woman: Flight of Courage – Green Lantern First Flight at Six Flags Magic Mountain.

Let’s remember one of Disney’s old afternoon parades – Mickey’s Soundsational Parade at Disneyland.

A submarine-themed aerial tramway could never be long for this world. Pour one for Submarine Quest at SeaWorld San Diego.

Speaking of boat rides that were actually boat rides, here’s one of Universal’s – Madagascar: A Crate Adventure at Universal Studios Singapore.

Now, how about what was perhaps the least viewed version of one of Disney’s most popular nighttime shows? Wicked color world! at Disney California Adventure

Finally, a list of missing theme park attractions can only end in disaster. Literally. It’s Disaster! at Universal Studios Florida

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Answers (9)

November 1, 2022 at 06:38

The disaster wasn’t perfect, but he had a great sense of humor. (As did, Graveyard Revue). I really miss it now that the space is taken up by F&F Supercharged. **shudder**

November 1, 2022 at 8:14 a.m.

It’s a shame that the classic “Ride the Movies” attractions were lost. Disaster was a spectacular fun effect, but IMHO was inferior to Twister (and Backdraft to USH). I don’t hate F&F as much as the others, and I actually think it’s an improvement over slow loading, no one has a good seat, 1 trick pony which was a disaster. The renovation that added Christopher Walken (along with smart new technology that is now widely used in Universal attractions) was pure genius in extending the life of the attraction for a few more years.

I’ve always thought it was cool for a theme park to have a full-time haunted attraction, and USH seemed like the perfect park to maintain one given the plethora of acting talent and designers at horror effects in the area. Personally, I’m not a Walking Dead fan (I preferred the old House of Horrors), but the attraction offered something very different from the rest of the park.

Sea World’s Submarine Quest was a completely ridiculous concept born out of budget cuts and a complete lack of creativity. It wasn’t even a submarine ride (like Finding Nemo Subs or Deep Sea Adventure at nearby Legoland), and played guests for fools. It was a kiddie ride marketed to adults, and it was a sign of things to come from a company more interested in marketing something new than something good. Sea World’s Rocket Rods that couldn’t even get out of their own way.

November 1, 2022 at 10:07 a.m.

The permanent Walking Dead attraction was a great compromise for the long, long, long series of mazes at Horror Nights in Hollywood, and eventually on both coasts. The permanent sets and enclosed location made for an enhanced, even refreshing experience.

I still hear Soundsational when I close my eyes sometimes. Beautiful parade! Good parade, even! But I’m haunted by it.

November 1, 2022 at 10:16 am

Jeffrey H, add me to the list of disaster fans. christopher walken was so good and the final movie with audience participants was hilarious. loved it! like kong, F&F is suitable for ages 9-13.

November 1, 2022 at 2:42 PM

I love the mummy at USF, but I have fond memories of Kongfrontation! before that. As for Disaster, I seem to have completely missed this iteration. I remember Earthquake the Ride. Was it basically a reskin or were new elements other than the pre-show added?

November 1, 2022 at 4:08 PM

Christopher Walken and the Rock really added charm to Disaster. The ride itself was identical (with a fun video added at the end of the action) to Earthquake which was an opening day attraction, but the pre-show was much livelier. Jaws, Twister, Terminator 2:3-D, Kongfrontation… you might have an entire section devoted to USF, mainly because of…

Back to the future. I miss this trip very much. I credit him with starting my love of theme parks.

Dedication to ET at USH, Twilight Zone and Aladdin’s show at DCA, and Wild Arctic (“A herd of caribou!”) at Sea World as well.

November 1, 2022 at 5:10 PM

Marvel Mania Restaurant – USH (So ahead of its time, would be a huge hit now)

Aladdin – DCA

House of Horrors – USH

StarCade – Disneyland

November 1, 2022 at 7:27 PM

I miss the Peoplemover at Disneyland. The ride was more scenic and less flat than its counterpart in Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom, and it lost its theme park life to make way for this “so bad it’s mediocre” classic (even as a fan Disney stalwart, can’t bring myself to say it was good) forwarded the Rocket Rods attraction.

November 2, 2022 at 01:16

Aside from so many classic attractions from EPCOT and the like, kudos to the old animation studios building, it was so much fun.

A few of Six Flags Great America in Great Wolf and ShockWave.

And join in the fun on Disaster, it was a delight and a shame removed.

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