25 Disneyland Attractions of the Past: From a Lingerie Museum to Phantom Boats

Walt Disney once said “Disneyland will never be completed. It will continue to grow as long as there is imagination left in the world.” And this is an adage that has stayed very true over the course of Disneyland’s existence since it first opened for business back on July 17, 1955.

One of the fascinating things about Disneyland that it is always in a state of flux but never loses its soul or spirit. Rides may come and go, but the true essence of Disneyland stays the same. To pay homage to the Disneyland of yore, we’ve collected 25 attractions that are no longer, from the Intimate Apparel Shop and Museum to the Mule Rides to the Flying Saucers. Check out our tribute to Disneyland’s past right here:

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    Click through for 25 Disneyland attractions that no longer exist!

  • Stagecoach Rides 2 of 25

    Once upon a time visitors could go on a The Rainbow Mountain Stagecoach Ride through Frontierland and through the Living Desert. It opened in 1955 and closed in 1959 to make room for new attractions.

    Photo Source: Disney

  • Miniature Horse Corral 3 of 25

    Yes, there was once a Miniature Horse Corral, a odd attraction that closed in July 1957. And although the miniature horses are long gone, there are still miniature ponies- two of them - that live at the Circle-D Corral at Disneyland.

    Photo Source: Disney History Institute

  • Intimate Apparel Shop 4 of 25

    One of the oddest attractions at Disneyland has got to be the Intimate Apparel Shop, presented by the Hollywood-Maxwell Brassiere Co. of Los Angeles that was on Main Street. Inside one would meet the host, the Wonderful Wizard of Bras.

    "The Hollywood-Maxwell exhibit features the Wonderful Wizard of Bras on a revolving stage, on one side of which is a complete re-creation of the fashions and intimate wear of the 1890's and on the other side a showing of the fashions of today—inner and outer wear." The exhibit included 3-D images of full dresssed women and when you moved your head, you would see them in their underwear.

    As you may have guessed, this did not last long. It only was open for about 6 months.

    Photo Source: Disney History Institute

  • Rocket to the Moon 5 of 25

    Trans World Airlines sponsored the Rocket to the Moon exhibit which opened in 1955. In 1962 Douglas Aircraft took over sponsorship. In 1975 it changed to be Mission to Mars, since Rocket to the Moon ran its course. It closed in 1992 and now houses Pizza Port.

    Photo Source: Disney

  • The Tahitian Terrace 6 of 25

    Where Aladdin's Oasis is now, there was once The Tahitian Terrace, a Polynesian dinner review.

    The restaurant's menu had a explanation of the dining experience saying:

    "Welcome to the wondrous world of Polynesia...the Tahitian Terrace! Here Walt Disney has opened the wide portals to an enchanted island world across the blue Pacific...a world of romance, beauty and exciting entertainment. Towering high above you is an amazing tree, a tre taht grew in less than a year to a height of 35 feet through a secret formula of Walt Disney and his "imagineers"! The branches of this "species Disneydendron" are laden with more than 14,075 hand grafted leaves and fiery-colored flowers that bloom perpetually. Today this tree is Disneyland's second largest of this rare, unnatural species, exceeded only by The Swiss Family Treehouse. Nestled beneath the tumbling waterfall is a matchless stage setting...a stage whose "curtain" is a cascade of wate and whose "footlights" are a leaping flame of the fire burning on the water itself! For your summer evening entertainment, the falls magically draw aside...and out from behind the waters, sarong-clad natives appear to perform the swaying rhythms and amazing rituals of the islands...the hypnotic bare-foot fire walk and thrilling fire-knife dance and the traditional grass-skirted "twist" of Samoa, Tahiti, and Hawaii. (The dedicated student will note how the story-telling technique varies from island to island...here a hip movement, there an entire torso.) Disneyland welcomes you to a unique Polynesian amphitheatre The Tahitian Terrace."

    The restaurant closed in 1993.

    Photo Source: Tiki Central

  • Skyway 7 of 25

    The Skyway transported guests across Disneyland, even going through the Matterhorn, from 1956 to 1994.  The Skyway operated between Fantasyland and Tomorrowland, it was an old and iconic ride but one that personally totally scared me.

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  • Phantom Boats 8 of 25

    The Phantom Boats attraction was in the Tomorrowland Lagoon, which was near where the submarine voyage is now. It opened in 1955, but proved to be problematic; there were 14 boats and each boat needed an operator. The Phantom Boats disappeared in 1956, lasting just one year.

    Photo Source: Disney History Institute

  • People Mover 9 of 25

    The People Mover was a colorful staple in Tomorrowland from 1967-1995. It transported guests on a tour of Tomorrowland. After it's closure, it was replaced by the short lived Rocket Rods.

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  • Rocket Jets 10 of 25

    The Rocket Jets towered over Tomorrowland from July 1967 until January 1997.  The Rocket Jets replaced another rocket ride - the the Astro-Jets that was open in 1956.  Those two rides are long gone, but a third rocket ride - the Astro Orbitor - still runs.

    Photo Source: View Liner Ltd.

  • Adventure Thru Inner Space 11 of 25

    The Adventure Thru Inner Space presented Monsanto ran from 1967 to 1985. In the ride, visitors were transported through the Monsanto Mighty Microscope and given the feeling that they had been shrunken down and were experiencing atoms and molecules. 

    In its place now stands the popular Star Tours ride.

    Photo Source: View Liner Ltd.

  • Monsanto House of the Future 12 of 25

    This house is seriously cool, the Monsanto House of the Future was stationed in Tomorrowland from 1957 to 1967. The fiberglass house was developed by Monsanto, Disney imagineers and MIT.  Disney has since brought the concept back with Innoventions Dream Home that is in Tomorrowland.

    Photo Source: Disney

  • Flying Saucers 13 of 25

    The Flying Saucers were a featured attraction in Tomorrowland and existed from 1961 until 1967 making way for the Tomorrowland Stage, which turned into the Magic Eye Theater (where Captain EO is playing now).  The Flying Saucers were an inspiration for Luigi's Flying Tires that now are delighting guests at Cars Land in California Adventure.

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  • Submarine Voyage 14 of 25

    Before Nemo took over, the Submarines took a very different voyage that included mermaids and underwater treasure.  The ride initially opened in 1959 and reopened in 2007 as Finding Nemo Submarine Voyage.

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  • Mine Train Through Nature’s Wonderland 15 of 25

    Running from 1960 to 1979, the Mine Train Through Nature's Wonderland featured the Rainbow Caverns, animatronic animals and the Living Desert.  In its place now stands the Big Thunder Mountain Railroad.

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  • Mike Fink Keel Boats 16 of 25

    The Mike Fink Keel Boats consisted of two boats - the Gullywhumper and the Bertha Mae (pictured above). They were free floating boats that sailed in the Rivers of America around Tom Sawyer's Island. Visitors could sit on top of the boats or inside, which had TV screen showing episodes of Walt Disney's Davy Crockett.

    The boats sailed from 1971 until 2001.

    Photo Source: Disneyland Postcards

  • Holidayland 17 of 25

    Holidayland existed from 1957 to 1961 and was located around where the Haunted Mansion is now. It consisted of nine acres that could be rented out by groups and for special events. There were play structures for the kids, picnic lunches (with bottomless mugs of beer for the adults),  a baseball diamond and horseshoe pits. But Holidayland was expensive to rent and only was being booked on weekends so it was closed and the land was used for other Disney magic.

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  • Motor Boat Cruise 18 of 25

    The Motor Boat Cruise operated from 1957 to 1993 and was located between Fantasyland and Tomorrowland where, "guest pilot their own boats through whitewater rapids and rock-filled currents on this winding, swiftly-moving stream." From 1991 to 1993 it was rebranded to include odes to Disney's Adventures of the Gummi Bears, right before it closed.

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  • 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea 19 of 25

    This exhibit paid homage to the Disney Oscar-winning film, 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea. It included a collection of props from the film and was open from 1955 to 1966. It was a last minute addition to Tomorrowland, since the area wasn't finished, Walt Disney erected this to fill out the area, but visitors flocked to the walk-thru exhibit and it stayed there for eleven years.

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  • Rainbow Ridge Pack Mules 20 of 25

    Yes, once upon a time you could go on a mule ride in Disneyland. From the park's opening in 1955 until 1973, the mule rides through "Nature's Wonderland" was a staple. The area is now where Big Thunder Mountain Railroad and Big Thunder Ranch are now housed.

    Photo Source: Disney

  • Fishing at Disneyland 21 of 25

    At one time (in the early days of Disneyland) one could head to a fishing pier on Tom Sawyer's Island called Catfish Cove and go fishing for live fish. Fishing poles and live bait were there for visitors use and guests could fish to their heart's content AND bring home the fish they caught. 

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  • Flight Circle 22 of 25

    Back in the '50's, one of the popular spots in Tomorrowland was Flight Circle, where visitors could race model airplanes. It was in operation from 1958 to 1965.

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  • Circle-Vision 360 23 of 25

    The Circle-Vision 360 technology that Disney created was showed off in the Circarama which was renamed Circle-Vision then called the World Premiere Circle-Vision theater. The first film shown there was America the Beautiful. It closed in 1997. But it could be coming back! At D23 in 2011, Disney Parks President George Kalogridis hinted that it could be making a return.  And in the above image, check out the amazing Mary Blair mural!

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  • America Sings 24 of 25

    The very patriotic America Sings ran from 1974 to 1988.  The attraction was housed in the lower part of the Carousel Theater in Torrowland (where Innovations is today). America Sings featured a large singing cast of audio-animatronics animals and ditties such as "Yankee Doodle," "Pop Goes the Weasel," and "Home on the Range."

    Photo Source: Disney Parks Blog

  • Tobaco Shop 25 of 25

    Yes, at one time you could not just buy cigarettes and cigars at Disneyland but you could smoke them anywhere you wanted. The Tobacco Shop on Main Street - which was sandwiched between the Magic Shop and the Main Street Cinema featured "tobacco and smoking accessories from around the world." The shop was one of the first on Main Street and stayed open until 1991. Now it is home to a music and DVD store, but the Cigar Store Indian is still there out front as a reminder to it's smokey past.

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