From Yesterworld’s YouTube description: Disney’s Theme Parks haven’t always had the presence of Indiana Jones, and the attractions that do exist have a long, complicated history. Today, we take a deep dive into the Indiana Jones attractions that didn’t make the cut – from an extremely ambitious Indiana Jones land at Disneyland, to a continually downgraded mine cart roller coaster at Disneyland Paris!
From Yesterworld’s YouTube description: Explore the history of The Great Movie Ride, Disney MGM Studios most beloved attraction. From concepts that were cancelled, ideas that were unfinished, controversy and legal disputes with MGM vs Disney, and secrets about the attraction that will change your life.
Release Date: 1997
Discovery Channel, 44 Minutes
I remember seeing this on the Discovery Channel when it was new. It always stuck with me and after becoming a fan of the YouTube channels Defunctland and Yesterworld, I wanted to try and track this down to revisit.
Sadly, there is no information about it online. There isn’t even an IMDb page. As I like to list the credits for everything I review, it sucks that I can’t give the proper people the credit they deserve for this cool little documentary that has stuck with me for 22 years.
Seeing it now, it was still a lot of fun and the real high point is where it showcases local, lesser known theme parks throughout the country. The two main ones that we get a peek at here are Bushkill Park and Kennywood, both from Pennsylvania.
What’s extra special about seeing this now, is that since this documentary, Bushkill Park has fallen into disrepair and doesn’t function as a full park anymore. There have been attempts at fixing it but the iconic rides of the past no longer function and have been wrecked by flooding and vandalism. But at the time of this documentary’s production, we got to see a lot of the old attractions in their mostly full glory.
This also goes into the technological advances that Universal Studios and Disney World were bringing into the theme park industry at the time. Some of the “new” rides featured here no longer exist or have evolved but this was a cool time capsule that looks into what was cutting edge in the ’90s.
If you like theme parks and their history, this is a fun watch. I put the whole documentary below and it even has the commercials left in, so its like a real ’90s TV time capsule.
Pairs well with: the YouTube channels Defunctland and Yesterworld.
From Yesterworld’s YouTube description: Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride closed at the Magic Kingdom in 1998, despite a media frenzy and protests, so here we explore the story of how it came to be, the Disneyland original version of Mr. Toad before New Fantasyland, and more Disney history.
From Defunctland’s YouTube description: In this episode of Defunctland, I take a look at the highly requested extinct attraction Kongfrontation, formerly found at Universal Studios Florida.
From Defunctland’s YouTube description: In this special crossover episode of Defunctland, Jack and I explore the history behind Epcot’s extinct simulator, Body Wars.
From Defunctland’s YouTube description: I try to tackle two attractions in this two part Defunctland episode, Disneyland’s Submarine Voyage and Walt Disney World’s 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea: Submarine Voyage.