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Five curious WDW decisions over the years

RIP Mr. Toad

Here is a rundown of five interesting decisions Walt Disney World officials have made since the resort opened on Oct. 1, 1971.

  • No Pirates of the Caribbean: Apparently, officials thought since Central Florida was so close to the Caribbean, an attraction about pirates in the Caribbean might hit a little too close to home. Good thing they reconsidered.
  • Removing Main Street’s Charm: Remember when Main Street U.S.A. wasn’t a giant strip mall? And, when there was a western half of Center Street?
  • The Birthday Cake Castle: This one generated multitudes of complaints from guests who didn’t want a big pink balloon-like object in the background their family pictures. For the 25th anniversary, Disney transformed Cinderella’s Castle into a giant birthday cake. Yes, a giant birthday cake.
  • Closing Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride: Sept. 7, 1998, is a “Day the Music Died” moment for the Magic Kingdom. Despite the objections of thousands of fans from around the world, Disney shuttered the ride and replaced it with a Winnie the Pooh attraction – and a related store. Yet, Mr. Toad is good enough for Disney merchandise. RIP Mr. Toad.
  • The 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea Site: Allegedly, it cost too much to refurbish this ride in the 1990s, so it remained relatively unchanged for many years and was later used as a character greeting location. It’s not so much the decision to close the ride that is potentially questionable as it is the fact that the attraction’s remnants sat idle for many years. They have since been removed to make way for a massive expansion to Fantasyland.
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