Extinct Attractions in Magic Kingdom

Published: May 2, 2024

Splash Mountain
Splash Mountain in Frontierland in Magic Kingdom

Here’s a list of rides, attractions, shows, and restaurants that no longer exist at Disney World’s Magic Kingdom, along with descriptions, opening and closing dates, and reasons for closure:

  1. 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea: Submarine Voyage
    • Opening Date: October 14, 1971
    • Closing Date: September 5, 1994
    • Description: This attraction allowed guests to board submarines and embark on an underwater adventure inspired by Jules Verne’s novel “20,000 Leagues Under the Sea.” Guests encountered sea creatures and explored a mysterious underwater world.
    • Reason for Closure: The attraction closed due to high maintenance costs and low ridership.
  2. Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride
    • Opening Date: October 1, 1971
    • Closing Date: September 7, 1998
    • Description: Guests rode in Toad’s motorcar and experienced a wild journey through the English countryside, encountering various scenes and characters from Disney’s “The Wind in the Willows.”
    • Reason for Closure: The attraction was replaced by The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh to better fit the park’s themes.
  3. Snow White’s Scary Adventures
    • Opening Date: October 1, 1971
    • Closing Date: May 31, 2012
    • Description: This dark ride took guests through scenes from Disney’s “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs,” including encounters with the Evil Queen and the Seven Dwarfs.
    • Reason for Closure: The ride was reimagined and reopened as “Snow White’s Enchanted Wish” with updated technology and storytelling elements.
  4. The Timekeeper
    • Opening Date: November 21, 1994
    • Closing Date: February 26, 2006
    • Description: This 360-degree film experience, hosted by the Timekeeper (voiced by Robin Williams), took guests on a journey through time and space, visiting historical moments and futuristic landscapes.
    • Reason for Closure: The attraction closed due to declining popularity and the desire to introduce new experiences.
  5. Skyway
    • Opening Date: October 1, 1971
    • Closing Date: November 9, 1999
    • Description: Guests rode in gondolas suspended in the air, offering panoramic views of Magic Kingdom as they traveled between Fantasyland and Tomorrowland.
    • Reason for Closure: The Skyway closed for safety reasons and to make way for new attractions and developments.
  6. The Enchanted Tiki Room (Under New Management)
    • Opening Date: April 5, 1998
    • Closing Date: January 12, 2011
    • Description: This version of the classic Enchanted Tiki Room featured new characters, including Iago from “Aladdin” and Zazu from “The Lion King,” who took over the show and added comedic elements.
    • Reason for Closure: The attraction reverted to its original format as the “Enchanted Tiki Room” due to guest feedback and a desire to return to its classic roots.
  7. Stitch’s Great Escape!
    • Opening Date: November 16, 2004
    • Closing Date: January 6, 2018
    • Description: Guests experienced an interactive show where they were “captured” by Experiment 626 (Stitch) and experienced his mischievous antics in a sensory-enhanced theater.
    • Reason for Closure: The attraction closed permanently due to low guest satisfaction and operational challenges.
  8. Tomorrowland Speedway (Original Version)
    • Opening Date: October 1, 1971
    • Closing Date: January 2, 2019
    • Description: Guests drove gas-powered cars on a track through Tomorrowland, simulating a futuristic race experience.
    • Reason for Closure: The attraction underwent renovations and reopened as the “Tomorrowland Speedway” with updated theming and environmentally friendly electric cars.

Splash Mountain also closed in 2023 to make room for “Tiana’s Bayou Adventure” which is expected to open in the Summer of 2024.

These attractions and experiences, while no longer available at Magic Kingdom, hold a nostalgic place in Disney’s history and showcase the park’s evolution over the years.