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Recap / Defunctland

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Recap page for the subjects covered in Defunctland.

Theme Parks & Attractions:

  • Disney Theme Parks:
    • ExtraTERRORestrial Alien Encounter (Magic Kingdom)
    • The Sorcerer's Hat (Hollywood Studios)
    • Videopolis (Disneyland) (revised and updated in 2020)
    • Pleasure Island (Walt Disney World Resort)
    • 20,000 Leagues under the Sea: Submarine Voyage
    • America Sings (Disneyland)
    • Body Wars (Epcot)
    • Captain EO
    • Country Bear Christmas Special (Magic Kingdom)
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    • The entrance of California Adventure
    • Superstar Limo (California Adventure) (revised and updated in 2018)
    • Euro Disneyland's failures
    • Space Mountain: De la Terre à la Lune (Disneyland Paris)
    • Disney's America (cancelled Disney park project)
    • DisneyQuest note 
    • Cinderella Castle Mystery Tour (Tokyo Disneyland)
    • Splash Mountain (Tales of the Okefenokee video, with details on Song of the South)
    • The failure of Hong Kong Disneyland
    • Halyx (failed experimental sci-fi rock band that performed at Disneyland) — in a feature length collaboration with Matthew Serrano titled Live from the Space Stage: A Halyx Story
  • Universal Studios:
  • Pretzel Dark Rides
  • Cedar Fair Entertainment
    • Kings Island:
      • Son of Beast
      • Tomb Raider: The Ride
    • Disaster Transport (Cedar Point)
    • Bear Country
  • Action Park
  • Busch Gardens:
    • Drachen Fire
    • Big Bad Wolf
  • Black Hole (Alton Towers, England)
  • Nara Dreamland
  • Six Flags:
    • Astroworld
    • Tales of the Okefenokee (Six Flags Over Georgia), with details on Disney's Song of the South and Splash Mountain
    • Green Lantern: First Flight (Six Flags Magic Mountain)
  • Orient Express (World of Fun, Kansas City)
  • Various theme parks centered around Santa Claus
  • Wonderland Sydney
  • Toys "R" Us Times Square
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  • Submarine Quest (SeaWorld San Diego)
  • Season 3 is about late 19th century and early 20th century predecessors to modern theme parks and fairs:
    • The Ferris Wheel (with details on the history of World's Fairs up to the 1893 Chicago fair, and the life of Walt Disney's father, Elias Disney, who helped construct the wheel)
    • Kansas City's Electric Park (with details on Walt Disney's boyhood)
    • The 1933 Chicago World's Fair
    • The 1938 Disney Studios "Field Day" employee party (with details on the 1941 Disney animators' strike)
    • Beverly Park (with details on the life of park owner and amusement ride designer David Bradley, who was a consultant for Walt Disney during the development of Disneyland)
    • Mickey Mouse Park (a never-built conceptual predecessor to Disneyland)
    • Tomorrowland 1955 (with details on the career of Wernher von Braun)
    • The development of Coney Island and its three original amusement parks; Steeplechase Park, Luna Park, and Dreamland
    • Freedomland USA in New York.
    • The 1964 New York World's Fair (with details on Robert Moses, the fair's director, and his dream of a grand city park)
    • Walt's Epcot (with details on the final days of Walt Disney's life and the opening of Walt Disney World)
    • Adventure Thru Inner Space (with details on Disney’s relationship with the Monsanto chemical company, Monsanto’s involvement with the creation of Agent Orange, and the ride’s later influence on Epcot)


Other subjects:

  • McDonald's Mac Tonight
  • Nickelodeon Hotel
  • Club Disney note 
  • Eastern Airlinesnote 
  • McDonald's and Disneynote 


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