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While Disneyland features some of the iconic rides and attractions, sometimes Disney doesn’t built every ride Imagineers design. Here are 11 Disneyland theme park attractions that were never built.
1. Disney’s America. During the early 90s, Disney was looking to expand its theme parks with a new one called America. It would’ve been a completely new theme park with sections dedicated to the Civil War, the Revolutionary War, and the Industrial Revolution. The park was scrapped and Disney decided to create California Adventure instead.
2. Monstro the Whale. It would’ve been a chutes style boat ride and would’ve been featured for Disneyland’s opening day in 1955. The ride was nixed because Disney’s budget was limited.
3. Nostromo. The ride centered on park guests going on a mission to help find the crew of the Nostromo, while the Xenomorph chased them. It was scrapped because it was believed to be too scary.
4. Edison Square. The attraction was meant to be a tribute to Thomas Edison and would’ve resembled a town from the early 1900s. It would’ve appeared as if it was getting electricity for the first time.
5. Baby Herman’s Runaway Baby Buggy. It seems that Baby Herman’s Runaway Baby Buggy was very similar to Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride in Fantastyland. It would’ve been based on the Roger Rabbit short film “Tummy Trouble,” but with the failure of Disneyland Paris, the ride was shut down. Parts of it remain in Roger Rabbit’s Car Toon Spin.
6. Mary Poppins. It would’ve been place inside of Fantastyland and was pretty similar to the Haunted Mansion ride. The Walt Disney Company didn’t give a reason why they decided to not build the ride.
7. Atlantis Expedition. The ride would’ve been very similar to Submarine Voyage, but was ultimately scrapped because the animated film Atlantis: The Lost Empire was a box office bomb. It eventually opened, but re-tooled for Finding Nemo in 2007 instead.
8. Indiana Jones and the Lost Expedition. It was a very large project that would’ve had Indiana Jones Adventure ride and a mine car roller coaster. It would’ve also cut through Jungle Cruise and the Disneyland Railroad making it a bigger attraction. Then-CEO Michael Eisner decided to go with Splash Mountain instead because it would’ve been cheaper to build.
9. Dick Tracy’s Crime Stoppers. The ride would’ve been an interactive shoot’em up with park guests taking dead aim at crime in the streets of 1930s Chicago. It was nixed because the movie Dick Tracy was a box office disappointment.
10. The Nightmare Before Christmas. The ride would’ve been similar to the Haunted Mansion, but including park guests riding in coffins instead of cauldrons. The story behind the ride also would’ve included helping Jack Skellington “save Christmas.” The ride was eventually scrapped because Tim Burton, who owns more than half of the Nightmare Before Christmas character rights, didn’t like the direction of the would-be Disneyland ride.
11. The Enchanted Snow Palace. It was a winter wonderland attraction that would’ve been an icy tour of the kingdom of the Snow Queen. The ride never came about, but with the giant success of Frozen, I wouldn’t be surprised if Disney doesn’t revisit plans to make this ride a reality.