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List of Disney attractions that were never built

This is a list of publicly known Disney attractions that were never built, that is, rides and shows of Disney parks that never reached the final building stage. Some of them were fully designed and not built. Others were concepts, sometimes with preliminary artwork. Many were developed as far as it could but funding was either reallocated, consolidated and optimized in the "best possible" return of investment. In other major projects, signs of reuse documentation was evident in some of the parks.

Contents

Theme parksEdit

Name Development Years Description Reference
Walt Disney's Riverfront Square 1963-1965 A planned theme park in St. Louis, Missouri that would have been the second Disney park, after Disneyland. [1]
DisneySea 1990-1991 An oceanic theme park designed to be a part of Port Disney. [2]
WestCOT 1991-1995 A clone of Florida's EPCOT, except in California. [3]
Disney-MGM Studios Europe 1992-1995 The original planned second theme park for Disneyland Paris, which evolved into Walt Disney Studios Park [4][5][6]
Disney's America 1993-1994, 1997 A patriotic park to be located in Haymarket, Virginia. The Walt Disney Company also planned to re-theme Knott's Berry Farm in Buena Park, California. [7][8]

PropertiesEdit

Name Description Reference
National Harbor resort hotel A 500-room hotel to be located at the National Harbor, an attempt at a national convention and visitor area in Maryland. In May 2009, Disney had purchased 11 acres for the hotel for $11 million. In November 2011, they canceled the project. [9]

ResortsEdit

DisneylandEdit

Name Description Reference
Disneyland Resort Hotel A luxurious, 800-room complex that was to be constructed in the style of Coronado's Hotel del Coronado. It was inspired by Disney's Grand Floridian Resort & Spa in Walt Disney World. [10]

Walt Disney WorldEdit

Name Description Reference
Disney's Asian Resort A Thai themed resort to be located where Disney's Grand Floridian Resort & Spa is today. [11]
Disney's Venetian Resort An Italian themed resort to be located between the Contemporary Resort and the Transportation and Ticket Center. [12]
Disney's Persian Resort An Iranian themed resort to be located on Bay Lake north of the Contemporary Resort. [13]
Disney's Mediterranean Resort A Greek themed resort to be located on the Seven Seas Lagoon. [14]

Resort AttractionsEdit

Name Description Reference
Adventure House A walkthrough at Disney's Fort Wilderness Resort & Campground that would’ve ended with a children’s playground. [15]

Theme park landsEdit

DisneylandEdit

Name Development Years Description Reference
Lilliputian Land 1953–1955 A land that was to be located north of Tomorrowland east of Fantasyland. Everything would have been constructed on a greatly reduced scale. [16]
Mythica Unknown A land inspired by Greek and Roman myths and legends. [17]
Tomorrowland 2055 1993–1994 An update and makeover of Tomorrowland with a more Extraterrestrial theme, (2055 is the centennial of Disneyland). However, after Disneyland Paris failed the project was abandoned due to budget cuts. [18]
"Big City USA" 1976–1984 A New York-themed area where Mickey's Toontown now sits; it was to have featured a big Broadway-style theater that presented live stage shows every day. This idea became the inspiration for the American Waterfront at Tokyo DisneySea. [19]
Edison Square 1955–1960 A land that was supposed to be themed to electricity and Thomas Edison. Would have looked like a city in the 1900s that just got electricity. Was supposed to be where the Plaza Inn and Space Mountain currently are. [20]
Hollywood Land 1996 A land that was to have a 1930s-1940s theme with rides adapted from the "Dick Tracy" and "Who Framed Roger Rabbit?" films. A similar land was later built at Disney's California Adventure. [20]
Discovery Bay late 1970s A land that was a tribute to Jules Verne and H.G. Wells. Elements of the plans were later used at Disneyland Paris and Tokyo DisneySea. [21]
Land of Legends late 1970s A land that was dedicated to American Folklore and Tall Tales featuring attractions based on The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, The Ballad of Windwagon Smith, a Paul Bunyan restaurant and Western River Expedition. [22]
Liberty Street 1955–1965 A land that would resemble 1776 Philadelphia and have a small harbor. Was to have its entrance off Main Street to the left of the Disneyland Opera House. A similar land named Liberty Square was later built at the Magic Kingdom in Florida. [23]

Walt Disney WorldEdit

Magic KingdomEdit

Name Description Reference
Western River Expedition An area of the park themed after the Western Expansion of the United States. It was to be located in Frontierland, where Splash Mountain and Big Thunder Mountain currently sit. [24]

EpcotEdit

Name Description Reference
Costa Rica Pavilion A Costa Rican-themed area. [25][26]
Equatorial Africa Pavilion An area in the park featuring the countries of Equatorial Africa. It would have featured a large 60-foot treehouse, and a live show with a going title "Heartbeat of Africa" that would have featured elements of the continent's culture. [27]
Iran Pavilion An area in the park featuring Iran. This pavilion was proposed before EPCOT was constructed. It would have featured a dark ride exploring different parts of Persian history and a shopping area based on a bazaar. After the Iranian Revolution saw the upheaval of the Shah of Iran, the concept was scrapped. [27]
Israel Pavilion Advertised on billboards when EPCOT opened, this would have recreated ancient Jerusalem with a courtyard stage and open-air restaurant. It remained unbuilt because of budget problems and security issues regarding the state of Israel. [25][28]
Puerto Rico Pavilion During the projected "Phase II" expansion of EPCOT, the Puerto Rico Pavilion was planned. Disney later said this speculation was false, but it was proven to be under works at one point. [29]
Soviet Union Pavilion During the projected "Phase II" expansion of EPCOT, a Russian-themed Pavilion was planned. It would have been based on the Moscow Kremlin, and dominated by a replica of St. Basil's Cathedral. After the dissolution of the Soviet Union, the concept was scrapped. [27]
Spain Pavilion Also advertised on billboards circa 1986, this pavilion would have featured a boat ride similar to Mexico, with a design blending elements of Barcelona and Madrid. Also planned were a film on Spain's history and a restaurant. [25][30]
Switzerland Pavilion Planned primarily to bring a Matterhorn Bobsleds-style ride to Epcot. [25][31]
United Arab Emirates Pavilion This pavilion would have paid tribute to the Middle East with a magic carpet ride attraction and a show focusing on how the Middle East paved the way for various ways of life and science. [25][32]
Venezuela Pavilion This pavilion would have included a waterfall, a high-rise built into a cliff, and an aerial tram ride. [25][32]

Disney's Hollywood StudiosEdit

Name Development Years Description Reference
Mickey's Movieland Late 1980s An area dedicated to the old fashioned Mickey Mouse shorts and classic movie production. A replica of Disney's original Hyperion Avenue Studio. An area dedicated to the classic Mickey Mouse shorts. Guests would encounter hands-on exhibits demonstrating classic movie production, such as creating Foley sound effects or spinning projectors to see classic Mickey drawings animated.

Elements of this land were lent to The Magic of Disney Animation and The Monster Sound Show, which later evolved into Sounds Dangerous!.

[33]
Muppet Studios 1989–1991 A miniland in the Streets of America area dedicated to the Muppets. Only Muppet*Vision 3D was completed before plans were put on-hold/cancelled after the death of Muppets creator Jim Henson in 1990. Was to feature another attraction, The Great Muppet Movie Ride, and two restaurants: The Swedish Chef's Video Cooking School and The Great Gonzo's Pandemonium Pizza Parlor. A similar land, titled "Muppets Courtyard" is currently at Hollywood Studios, using areas of the former Streets of America. Currently, the only show is Muppet*Vision 3D, there are no rides and the only two restaurants are Mama Melrose Ristorante Italiano[34] and PizzeRizzo.[35] [33]
Roger Rabbit's Hollywood 1989–1992 An extension of Sunset Boulevard based on the 1988 film, Who Framed Roger Rabbit. Would feature a Red Car Trolley line running up the street, dropping guest off at a recreation of Maroon Studios, which would've been featured where Rock 'n' Roller Coaster Starring Aerosmith is located today. The land is known to have included three attractions: Toontown Trolley, Baby Herman's Runaway Baby Buggy, and Benny the Cab (which eventually became Roger Rabbit's Car Toon Spin, and a recreation of the Terminal Bar). Disney and co-creator Steven Spielberg's company, Amblin, were in a legal dispute over the usage of the film/character, and future attractions not already in development were put on-hold. [33]

Disney's Animal KingdomEdit

Name Development Years Description Reference
Beastly Kingdom 1998-2011 A "myths and legends"-themed land planned for Disney's Animal Kingdom. It was replaced by Camp Minnie-Mickey due to budget cuts. Much of the land designated for use by Beastly Kingdom is now used for Pandora–The World of Avatar. [36]


Hong Kong DisneylandEdit

Name Description Reference
Toon Town A much more advanced version than its sisters in the other Disney parks. This area would have featured a roller coaster, an animatronic show, character houses, and character meet-and-greets. It may have become the idea for Toon Studios at Walt Disney Studios Park. [37]
Glacier Bay An ice/winter themed land that was planned to go behind Adventureland and next to Mystic Point. It would have been a clone of the land planned for Tokyo DisneySea but it replaced by Toy Story Land. The section might feature the planned but scrapped ride The Enchanted Snow Palace and other attractions. The idea would most likely be planned for a future expansion of Hong Kong Disneyland in the future along with some planned attractions for future expansions... [38]

AttractionsEdit

DisneylandEdit

Name Description Reference
Indiana Jones and the Lost Expedition Miniland A huge complex designed to house the Indiana Jones Adventure as well as a mine cart roller coaster and part of the Jungle Cruise, with the Disneyland Railroad travelling through the middle. [39]
The Museum of the Weird A planned attraction within an attraction to be included at the beginning of The Haunted Mansion attraction. It was suggested and named by Walt Disney after a sleepless night spent thinking of a way to use all the strange and unusual concepts created for the attraction by Imagineer Rolly Crump. It included a chair that stood up and talked and many other weird things that had been collected from around the world. It was eventually cancelled when The Haunted Mansion attraction was changed from a walk-through attraction to a ride-through attraction. Several of the Museum of the Weirds designs were incorporated into The Haunted Mansion attraction including the wallpaper on the walls of the corridor of doors scene. [40]
The Enchanted Snow Palace A dark ride that was planned for Fantasyland at Disneyland. Marc Davis was instrumental in its design. It was designed as a boat ride on a river of melting ice, past naturalistic scenes of Arctic wildlife, beneath a display of the Northern Lights, and into the realm of the Snow Queen, a fantastical land populated by frost fairies and snow giants. Although eventually scrapped, extensive concept art still exists for this attraction. The concept was inspiration for the Frozen Ever After ride in the Norway Pavilion in World Showcase at Epcot. [41]
Geyser Mountain A Twilight Zone: Tower of Terror-style ride to be built in Frontierland. Guests riding in a huge drilling machine would be caught in a massive geyser and thrown into the air. [42][43]
Fireworks Factory An interactive shooter ride designed for Discovery Bay, housed inside a fireworks factory, where guests would shoot at skyrockets, pinwheels and other fireworks. A much smaller version was placed in Mickey's Toontown. [44]
Lightkeepers A nighttime pageant that was planned for "Tomorrowland 2055". The show would have been about an entire race of god-like alien creatures that created light. They were alleged to come from a far-off mythical galaxy, where light was the source of everything. Created as a possible Main Street Electrical Parade replacement, the idea eventually inspired the short-lived Light Magic nighttime parade. [45]
Duck Bumps A bumper boat ride planned for Fantasyland, to be built against International Street alongside the lagoon. [46]
Dumbo's Storybook Circus A sub-area of Fantasyland where Dumbo the Flying Elephant and the Casey Jr. Circus Train would have been relocated. The idea eventually inspired the Storybook Circus subarea of the Fantasyland expansion at the Magic Kingdom. [47]
Circus Hot Air Balloons Would have bordered Discovery Bay and Dumbo's Storybook Circus [47]
Dumbo's Circus A nutty adventure underneath the big top with Dumbo leading the way. [47]
Mickey's Madhouse A funhouse adventure featuring clowns and such. [47]
Lafitte Island A retooling of Tom Sawyer Island based around pirate Jean Lafitte. Guests would enter Lafitte's crypt in a graveyard across from the Haunted Mansion and travel through a catacomb themed tunnel under the river to the island, which would also feature shipwrecks and Lafitte's treasure vault. Would partially inspire the Pirate's Lair retool [48]
Critter Country 500 A soapbox derby themed dark ride starring the cast of the Country Bear Jamboree that was proposed as a replacement for the show that was rejected in favor of The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh. [49]


Walt Disney WorldEdit

Disney's Animal KingdomEdit

Name Description Reference
Dragon Tower A dragon-themed roller coaster planned for Beastly Kingdom. Laid-off Imagineers took the idea to Universal, where it became Dueling Dragons. [25]
Quest for the Unicorn A hedge maze planned for Beastly Kingdom. Laid-off Imagineers took the idea to Universal, where it became The Flying Unicorn. [25]
Fantasia Gardens A boat ride designed for Beastly Kingdom featuring the mythical animals in Fantasia. The current Fantasia Gardens is a miniature golf course located near the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin resorts. [25]
The Excavator A wooden runaway mine car roller coaster through an abandoned dinosaur dig, planned for Dinoland USA, but due to Budget cuts, it was replaced by Primeval Whirl. [25]

Disney's Hollywood StudiosEdit

Name Description Reference
Baby Herman's Runaway Baby Buggy A Fantasyland-style dark ride based on Baby Herman, a character from Who Framed Roger Rabbit. Riders would have been riding in giant baby carriages, going through scenes of the Roger Rabbit cartoon Tummy Trouble, but as Baby Hermans stunt double, which would have involved, bouncing over hospital beds, and whizzing around the wards of St. Nowhere Hospital. [25]
Benny the Cab Ride A dark ride based on Who Framed Roger Rabbit that eventually became Roger Rabbit's Car Toon Spin at Disneyland and Tokyo Disneyland. [25]
Dick Tracy's Crime Stoppers An enhanced motion vehicle ride through the streets of Chicago based on the 1990 film Dick Tracy. [25]
The Great Muppet Movie Ride A "misguided" tour through movie history, given Muppet-style. The ride could be part of a planned Disney's The Muppets themed area called Muppet Studios, along with Jim Henson's Muppet Vision 3D. [25]
Toontown Trolley A madcap adventure that would have flight simulators surrounded by animated screens to take guests on a "hare-raising" trolley ride through a zany cartoon world with Roger Rabbit at the helm. [25]
Villain ride A 3D adventure where guests would have been menaced by three-dimensional recreations of Disney's most famous fiends before the forces of good finally came to their rescue. A possible replacement for The Great Movie Ride. [25]

EpcotEdit

Name Description Reference
Simulated Bullet Train Ride A unique variation on Disney's CircleVision 360 show. Guests would have found themselves standing aboard a vibrating recreation of the passenger compartment of a Japanese bullet train. Looking out through the oversized faux windows in this passenger car, they would have been treated to a high-speed travelogue as some of Japan's most beautiful scenery whizzed by the windows. The attraction was planned for the Japan Pavilion at Epcot. [25]
Godzilla Bullet Train Ride Similar to both the Mt. Fuji and Bullet Train ideas, in this case having the bullet train run afoul of Godzilla in Tokyo Bay, followed by a race to safety. This ride would be planned for the Japan Pavilion at Epcot. This ride inspired Expedition Everest at Animal Kingdom [25]
Bobsled Ride A roller coaster, similar to Disneyland's Matterhorn, planned to be built inside a mountain behind the failed Switzerland pavilion. It went through two different iterations before being scrapped. [50]
Time Racers A high-tech thrill ride about fast-forwarding through history that was to replace Spaceship Earth. [25]
Rhine River Cruise Ride A cruise down Germany's most famous rivers, including the Rhine, the Tauber, the Ruhr and the Isar. Detailed miniatures of famous landmarks would also be seen, including one of the Cologne Cathedral. The ride entrance and the building that would have housed it are still visible at the Germany pavilion. [25]
Thames River Cruise Ride Designed as part of the UK pavilion, this full-scale water ride would visit key London landmarks. Concept art from 1986 shows the Tower of London, Big Ben, and the Houses of Parliament. [51]

Magic KingdomEdit

Name Description Reference
Western River Expedition A Pirates of the Caribbean-style ride through the Wild West. This was first proposed for Walt Disney's Riverfront Square. The land proposed for the ride is now used by Big Thunder Mountain Railroad. [52]

RestaurantsEdit

Disney's Hollywood StudiosEdit

Name Description Reference
Copperfield Magic Underground Based on David Copperfield, the famous stage magician. It was also considered for Downtown Disney. [53]
Gonzo's Pandemonium Pizza Parlor Muppet-themed restaurant; the Great Gonzo and Rizzo the Rat's version of a pizza parlor. [54]


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