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When you see pictures of Disneyland rides that are gone forever, you might imagine what it would be like to ride the People Mover or the Skyway. Maybe you’ve even petitioned Disney to bring them back (Disneyland purists love a good petition or Twitter war about keeping things as is).
When I first began The Happiest Blog on Earth in 2013, I never thought some of the attractions currently at Disneyland would be gone forever in just a short period of 5 years.
I’ve come to learn, things are always changing at Disneyland Resort and I have so many wonderful memories of Disneyland rides from just 2013 until now that are gone forever, I wanted a place to pay respects and reminisce.
Disneyland Rides are Gone Forever: California Screamin’ (California Adventure)
California Screamin’ 2/8/01-1/7/18. California Screamin’ as we know it is gone forever and so is Neil Patrick Harris (tears). This sign and entrance greeted us in what once was Paradise Pier at California Adventure Park and closed January 2018. Keep reading to see what’s in its place.
Once you made your way to the attraction under the stripped awnings, you boarded one of the cars below.
On your way up, guests lined up along the railing to watch…
This attraction is now known as Incredicoaster which debuts as part of the new Pixar Pier in California Adventure on June 23, 2018.
Disneyland Rides are Gone Forever: Flik’s Flyers (California Adventure)
Flik’s Flyers has a special place in my heart. It was the first attraction our entire family of five rode together at California Adventure. I had of course been there before, but it was the first ride we took as a complete family at California Adventure when my baby was still a “baby” and I captured her hand-up excitement, along with her siblings’ amazement in this picture.
This is forever one of my favorite pictures of our kids at Disneyland Resort.
Disneyland Rides are Gone Forever: Francis’ Ladybug Boogie (California Adventure)
I have to admit, this one never gave me much of a thrill. It’s even on my what not to ride list because it’s so similar to other resort attractions. I won’t be sad about this one flying away forever. This ride will close with the rest of “a bug’s land” in summer 2018.
Disneyland Rides are Gone Forever: Heimlich’s Chew Chew Train (California Adventure)
Quick! This ride hasn’t closed yet but is set to close “end of summer 2018” to make room for a new Superhero-themed land. Heimlich’s Chew Chew Train opened October 7, 2002 and has treated even the smallest of guests to sights, sounds and smells of goodness in “a bug’s land”.
Board the friendly caterpillar from the Pixar movie, A Bug’s Life and explore what Heimlich is eating next.
Good by Heimlich, we will miss you!
Disneyland Rides are Gone Forever: It’s Tough to Be a Bug (California Adventure)
This 4-D attraction closed in California Adventure without any warning, and when Disney announced the new Superhero-themed land, they told us that it’s tough to be a bug would not be reopening.
Disneyland Rides are Gone Forever: Princess Dot Puddle Park (California Adventure)
This one will be missed for sure! Parents around Southern California are devastated that this cool off area will be closing soon. The cool water splash pad came as a welcome relief on hot days at Disneyland Resort.
Disneyland Rides are Gone Forever: Tuck & Roll’s Drive ‘Em Buggies (California Adventure)
This is another ride I won’t miss in “a bug’s land”, as they weren’t your traditional bumper cars. Lines that looked short could eat up an afternoon and then you all have to move and drive in one direction. I’m definitely okay to say bye to this attraction.
Disneyland Rides are Gone Forever: King Triton’s Carousel (California Adventure)
King Triton’s Carousel 2/8/01-3/5/18. King Triton’s Carousel is gone forever. In its place will be Jessie’s Critter Carousel (expected 2019) at Pixar Pier.
Disneyland Rides are Gone Forever: Mickey’s Fun Wheel (California Adventure)
Mickey’s Fun Wheel 5/4/09-1/7/18. This is the second facelift for this attraction. What began as an oringial attraction at California Adventure known as the Sun Wheel, morphed into Mickey’s Fun Wheel in 2009. Mickey’s face and the swinging gondolas remain, just with a fresh Pixar look and a new name as Pixar’s Pal-A-Round.
Disneyland Rides are Gone Forever: Soarin’ Over California (California Adventure)
Soarin’ Over California 2/8/01-6/17/16. Many California Adventure Park enthusiasts say Disney is erasing “California” from California Adventure, and others speculate we will see a complete renaming of the park in a few years. This attraction used to highlight California landscapes from above, but now takes you on a journey around the globe in Soarin’ Around the World.
Disneyland Rides are Gone Forever: Tower of Terror (California Adventure)
Tower of Terror 2004-1/2/17. I almost get choked up with this attraction that’s gone forever. The theming, the look, the feel—everything about this attraction was so spot on. Check out this article looking back on the grand opening of Tower of Terror at California Adventure and you’ll get a feel why so many fans freaked out when they announced it’s change.
Tower of Terror is now the attraction that will anchor the new Superhero-themed land in California Adventure, Guardians of the Galaxy-Mission: Breakout!.
Disneyland Restaurants are Gone Forever
We’ve covered attractions, but I also wanted to give a quick nod to some dining establishments that are gone forever since I began writing The Happiest Blog on Earth.
- Aladdin’s Oasis in Adventureland which will be transformed into “The Tropical Hideaway” although no opening date has been set.
- Cove Bar closed in 2018 and will open June 23, 2018 as Lamplight Lounge in the new Pixar Pier area.
- Ariel’s grotto closed in 2018 and will open June 23, 2018 as Lamplight Lounge in the new Pixar Pier area.
I know, there’s plenty more attractions that were done and gone before I began this website, feel free to list your favorite in the comment section. Things are always changing at Disneyland Resort and while we miss what once was, I can’t wait to see what’s to come!
Disneyland expert who also loves the beach, flip flops and pink nail polish.