They Havent Gone
I get e-mail asking why attractions are missing from Yesterland.
One answer is that I dont have suitable amateur photographs.
Thats why the old “20,000 Leagues Under the Sea” walk-through and
the original “Golden Horseshoe Revue” (with Wally Boag) are missing from
But often the answer is that the attractions are still vital parts of
In other words, they havent gone to Yesterland.
This page contains actual e-mail (sometimes edited for length)
along with my answers.
, Curator of Yesterland
Date: April 29, 2001
Saw the URL for your site in my local paper and paid you a visit.
Wonderful memories of the cool stuff I saw as a kid.
Dont go to Disneyland anymore; too expensive.
I didnt see any listing for one of my Dads favorites, The Tiki House!
Walt Disneys Enchanted Tiki Room is still enchanting
audiences at Disneyland.
In fact, youll still find the original 1963 show.
The Offenbach segment and some snippets from
other segments were removed to speed up the show.
Ethnic parrots Fritz, Michael, Pierre, and José are your hosts
for a musical show featuring hundreds of singing birds, orchids,
tikis, and other Audio Animatronics.
Theres corny humor and the sound of Aloha.
“Lets all sing like the birdies sing, tweet, tweet-tweet, tweet-tweet...”
By the way, there are also Tiki Rooms at the Magic Kingdom in Florida and at
Tokyo Disneyland, but they have newer showsthe cynical “Under New Management”
in Florida and the 1990s style “Get the Fever!” in Tokyo.
Date: May 3, 2000
My question is this: Recently I acquired a 1961 “Guide to Disneyland.”
In this book, I see a lot of the same things you mention in your website.
One thing, however, I do not seem to see listed in “Yesterland.”
In the 1961 “Guide to Disneyland,” there is a picture of mountain goats with a
caption, “Sure-footed desert mountain sheep are viewed atop a rock
formation in the foreground of DISNEYLANDS GRAND CANYON DIORAMA.”
Does this still exist?
The map in the book places it at the Main Street train station.
Can you help?
The Grand Canyon Diorama is still there.
Take a ride on the Disneyland Railroad, and youll see this 1958 vintage indoor
diorama between the Tomorrowland and Main Street stations.
The beautifully crafted diorama is similar to something you'd see at a natural history
But how many natural history museums have a diorama that's as long as
a football field?
The music is “On The Trail” from the Grand Canyon Suite by Ferde Grofé.
Immediately after the Grand Canyon, youll see the Primeval World dinosaurs from
Walt Disneys Ford Motor Company pavilion at the 1964 New York Worlds Fair.
The dinosaurs move.
Date: May 13, 2001
Your site is wonderful.
I do hope you find the time to update itIm very curious about
Mr. Toads Wild Ride and any other rides which have been discontinued!
Thank you for your site.
Date: May 17, 2000
You are doing a valuable service, keeping these memories alive.
But where is Mr. Toads Wild Ride?
I think its safe to assume youve received many e-mails on this one.
A real controversy started when plans were announced to replace
it with a Winnie the Pooh ride.
Mr. Toads Wild Ride continues to entertain (and scare)
guests at Disneyland,
as it has since the park opened in 1955.
But at the Magic Kingdom in Florida, the Bear of Very Little Brain evicted
the Motorcar-loving Toad in 1998 to make room for
“The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh” ride.
It was a national news story.
Sometimes the press misidentified the park as Disneyland.
The show building in Florida was much larger, containing two
similar (but not identical) Toad tracks that came together in one
That building allowed plenty of room for a Pooh ride and,
not surprisingly, a Pooh gift shop.
When Disneylands Fantasyland was renovated in 1983,
Mr. Toad was redone with up-to-date Imagineering.
So the current Disneyland version is better than its departed
East Coast counterpart ever was.
Date: February 12, 2000
One question, didnt the Mine Train go through a cavern where you saw miners
at work and then there was a cave-in or something like that?
The miners at work are part of the Calico Mine Train at Knotts
Berry Farm, a six-mile drive from Disneyland.
For four decades, those miners have been toiling in the Calico Glory Hole,
and theyre still at it.
Yes, passengers still need to be wary of an explosion.
Date: March 20, 2000
I havent been to Disneyland since I was a kid in the late 60s, but I
recall a boat ride where you go through Monstro the
Whales mouth and see a lot of miniature buildings.
Is that ride still there?
The boat ridethe Storybook Land Canal Boatsis
still there, and is still delightful.
The boats pass lovingly crafted miniature homes, villages, and palaces
from animated Disney classics.
The boats began running in 1955 but the miniature scenery
wasnt added until 1956.
Theres the little English Village from Alice in Wonderland (including
the rabbit hole), the cottage where the Seven Dwarfs lived,
various locales from the story of Cinderella, the village
where Geppetto carved Pinocchio, and a lot more to see.
Living, miniature landscaping adds to the charm.
In 1994, the Sultans Palace from Aladdin appeared where the
miniature Toad Hall previously stood, but Toad Hall returned the
following year in another location.
Date: July 13, 2000
Do you remember the Casey Jones Train ride in Fantasyland?
It was a small circus train ride which rode around the Storybook
I remember riding in the small lions cage car.
I didnt see it in your web page.
The Casey Jr. Circus Train is still chugging around the
bend and up the hill at Disneyland.
The attraction shares a history with the Storybook Land
Both attractions make journeys through Storybook Land, but
the train provides a different perspective.
Date: February 10, 2000
My favorite thing, and the most magical, was Tinker Bell flying off the
Disneyland still has Tinker Bell, the pixie from Peter Pan,
flying off the Matterhorn whenever there a fireworksall
summer long and selected other nights.
Tinker Bells flight now happens during
Disneylands current fireworks show, Remember... Dreams Come True.
© 2007 Werner Weiss — Disclaimers, Copyright, and Trademarks
Updated March 9, 2007.
Photograph of Parrot in Tiki Room: 1997 by Werner Weiss.
Photograph of Toad Hall: 2000 by Werner Weiss.
Photograph of Monstro in Storybook Land: 2000 by Werner Weiss.
Photograph of Casey Jr. Circus Train: by Charles R. Lympany, courtesy of Chris Taylor.