Opened in 1955, Disneyland in Anaheim, California has delighted visitors for decades with its eight themed "lands" of rides, shows and attractions. It just isn't possible to forget a first spin on Dumbo, rocketing through darkness on Space Mountain or singing along with those musical pirates before Johnny Depp stole their fame. The skallywag! But with the park constantly updating through the years, some of those classic rides exist only as memories today.
We've rounded up a few of our favorite lost Disneyland rides, to remind us all of the good old days, before animatronic Mickey Mouse heads, and back when you had to walk "five miles through the snow to get to an amusement park!" With no shoes. Or socks.
Take a nostalgic look at the Skyway, Flying Saucers and more. Or for the young'uns out there, check out what you missed out on.
Submarine Voyage [thru liquid space], Tomorrowland
Submarine Voyage invited riders to take a journey under the sea in a mock Navy submarine. And it was, in a word, awesome. Taking a cue from the actual mission of the USS Nautilus (the world's first nuclear submarine), much of the ride simulated a trip under the polar ice cap, or at least attempted to with a lot of plastic. There weren't many changes made to the ride over the years, save a yellow paint job and new names for each vessel in the 80's. And, a troupe of synchronized swimming mermaids did inhabit the ride from 1965-1967. Submarine Voyage was active from 1959 to 1998, and remained empty until 2007 when a new aquatic attraction opened: Finding Nemo Submarine Voyage.
Flying Saucers, Tomorrowland
Dubbed "the bumper cars of the future" the Flying Saucers opened in 1961. The ride worked much like a giant air hockey table. Riders would sit in individual cars that hovered over a flat metal surface thanks to bursts of air from below. The Flying Saucers did not last long as they were difficult to maintain and couldn't accommodate many riders. The ride closed in 1966 and Space Mountain now occupies that space. But, new riders will soon be able to get a taste of the old saucers at Luigi's Flying Tires, part of the new Cars Land opening in 2012.