Disneyland in Anaheim, California, first opened its doors in 1955, and being that it's been operating for 64 years, the park has seen its fair share of changes. Today, we're looking at just a tiny portion of the rides, shows, films, and walk-through attractions that are now extinct from the park.
To narrow things down a little, we won't be looking at attractions that have currently operating counterparts at other Disney resorts across the world. If it is a California exclusive or universally closed attraction, though, it's fair game. With that said, here are ten attractions at Disneyland Park that no longer exist.
10 Monsanto House Of The Future
Though walk-through attractions are much rarer at Disney parks today, there were several of these that made their way to Disneyland at some point in its history. One of these, Monsanto House of the Future, was an attraction that offered guests a tour of a futuristic home filled with modern plastics.
This attraction was rightfully housed in Tomorrowland and operated for ten years from 1957 to 1967. One of the products of the future featured in this exhibit was a little household appliance known as a microwave. The house had over 20 million visitors pass through before its closure and was replaced by the also now extinct Alpine Gardens.
9 Mine Train Through Nature's Wonderland
This railroad attraction, located in Frontierland, took guests on a leisurely ride through nature. Riders would get to view desert and forest areas filled with Audio-Animatronic animals.
The train opened in 1960 as an extension of the Rainbow Caverns Mine Train, which opened in 1956. However, it faced permanent closure as the popularity of thrill rides rose. Disneyland ultimately decided to replace this attraction with the still operating roller coaster, Big Thunder Mountain Railroad.
8 Rocket Rods
The PeopleMover was a relaxing ride in the sky that gave guests an overview of Tomorrowland. However, for a few years beginning in 1998, the original PeopleMover track was actually repurposed for a thrill ride.
This three-minute attraction whipped guests around in 5-seat Rocket Rod vehicles at 35 miles per hour. Unfortunately, the ride faced structural issues as the original track design was not suitable for the newer, heavier vehicles. Because of this, the attraction was soon closed down and replaced by the Buzz Lightyear's Space Ranger Spin ride queue.
7 Flying Saucers
In 1961, Disneyland opened a new Tomorrowland attraction that had guests cruising around on bumper-car-like vehicles. This attraction, known as Flying Saucers, pushed guests around in a style similar to how a puck moves around in an air hockey game.
Though guests found the attraction to be fun, it was expensive to operate and required lots of maintenance. Because the ride capacity was also low, the Flying Saucers were removed in 1966 and replaced by the Tomorrowland Stage.
6 America Sings
This patriotic 1974 show featured a cast of 115 Audio-Animatronic animals that performed a variety of songs throughout America's musical history. It occupied the same rotating theater used for the Carousel of Progress and featured four distinct periods including The Deep South, Headin' West, The Gay '90s, and Modern Times.
America Sings was created to celebrate America's Bicentennial, but once this ended, it made less sense for the attraction to remain in Tomorrowland. It was removed in 1988 and many of the animals were moved to Splash Mountain. Today, the space instead houses the Stars Wars Launch Bay attraction.
5 Rocket To The Moon
This Tomorrowland attraction opened in 1955, several years before the first real moon landing took place. Here, guests were seated in a circular theater filled with screens. Rocket to the Moon was meant to simulate a space launch, though unlike the centrifugal version of Epcot's Mission: SPACE, it was not intense.
Neil Armstrong first walked on the moon as part of Apollo 11 in 1969, and this caused the attraction to quickly age, being that it represented a futuristic reality that had already happened. It was closed down six years after the event took place and replaced by Mission to Mars. Today, the location is occupied by a pizza restaurant
4 Submarine Voyage
This attraction featured submarine-style ride vehicles that journeyed through a body of water filled with sea creatures. The 8-minute journey had guests spotting sea turtles, ocean sunfish, and even mermaids.
The voyage opened in 1959, but closed down in 1998 because the ride was too costly to operate when considering its limited capacity. Though rumors about what would become of the ride circulated around for years, it was eventually replaced by Finding Nemo Submarine Voyage in 2007, which rethemed the original attraction to fit Pixar's fish-filled classic.
3 Adventure Through Inner Space
Have you gotten the sense yet that Tomorrowland has gone through the most retheming of any area in Disneyland? This extinct Tomorrowland dark ride was the first to use Disney's slow-moving Omnimover system. It had guests shrinking down to the size of atoms and journeying through the "inner space."
This ride opened in 1967, replacing the Monsanto Hall Of Chemistry. However, it closed in 1985 and was filled by a more exciting outer space ride: Star Tours.
2 Motor Boat Cruise
This extinct attraction operated out of Fantasyland between 1957 and 1993. It had guests boarding small boats that took them on a relaxing water journey through lush scenery.
As part of the Disney Afternoon event taking place in the park in 1991, the attraction got an update to feature characters from the animated TV series Gummi Glen along the waterway. However, the ride was closed just a couple years after with its funds being redirected toward Mickey's Toontown.
We're finishing out this list by touching on the Skyway attraction, which operated out of Disneyland from 1956 to 1994. Opening in an additional two parks including the Magic Kingdom and Tokyo Disneyland, this gondola lift ride transported guests between Fantasyland and Tomorrowland.
Though the Disneyland attraction gave riders a good view of the park, it was closed in 1994 due to structural issues that had developed. The Skyway's operating budget was instead transferred to Indiana Jones and the Temple of the Forbidden Eye, while the Fantasyland station was replaced by Pooh's Hunny Hunt.