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Take audio trip though Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride & other Fantasyland recordings

Fantasyland at Walt Disney World stayed fairly untouched though the mid-1990s, with attractions receiving modest upgrades for capacity but being otherwise left in their original state. Of course, this all changed with the closure of 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea and eventually Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride. But while it existed, it was a wonderful place full of passing aerial trams, flying elephants, and dolls singing about world understanding.

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Ward Kimball and the mystery of Mickey’s Studio Tour

Rumors are staring to spread about the replacement of The Great Movie Ride at Disney’s Hollywood Studios with something named, “The Great Mickey Ride,” purportedly a trackless ride through Mickey Mouse’s film career. This rumor reminded me of an item that went up for auction last year on eBay, a set of drawings purchased from famed animator Ward Kimball’s estate of sketches for a never-realized attraction for the Magic Kingdom and Disneyland that gives a  ...

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Listen to Columbia Harbour House background music from 1994

The Columbia Harbour House is one of the Magic Kingdom’s hidden gems. The location, tucked in the corner at the transition between Liberty Square and Fantasyland (making it the only restaurant or attraction to span two lands), is often overlooked and often makes for a fine place for the weary Magic Kingdom guest to escape the insanity for a few minutes. Especially nice is the 2nd floor room which sits atop the breezeway separating the lands — the intimate window seats provide a  ...

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