Vids I Dig 137: Yesterworld: The Original Haunted Mansion You Never Got To Experience – Disneyland’s Ghost House

From Yesterworld’s YouTube description: Explore Disney’s Original and abandoned Haunted Mansion that never was in this deep dive into Disneyland’s Unbuilt Haunted House. The History of the Haunted Mansion goes all the way back to Walt Disney’s initial vision for the Disney park, and we have enough information to take a detailed look at the original versions of the Haunted Mansion.

Vids I Dig 112: Defunctland: The History of ‘Captain EO’

From Defunctland’s YouTube description: Defunctland takes on the troubled 4D, sci-fi, Disney, Francis Ford Coppola, George Lucas, Michael Jackson, and Michael Eisner film, Captian EO.

Vids I Dig 099: Yesterworld: The ‘Indiana Jones’ Land You Never Got to Experience – Disney’s Most Ambitious Attraction

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!

Vids I Dig 087: Yesterworld: The Untold History of The Great Movie Ride – Disney’s Beloved and Abandoned Attraction

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.

Documentary Review: Funhouse (1997)

Release Date: 1997

Discovery Channel, 44 Minutes

Review:

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.

Rating: 7/10
Pairs well with: the YouTube channels Defunctland and Yesterworld.