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April 4, 2005

Extinct Attractions Club

Listening to the MousePod while I was painting yesterday, I was reminded again what a procrastinator I am. I’ve been meaning, for a while now, to point to the Extinct Attractions Club, I just haven’t done it yet because I wanted to write up a nice little review. And so I was listening to the latest MousePod, and who should I hear interviewed but Dave Oneal, the man behind the EAC. After listening to that, I knew the universe was telling me to get my butt in gear. I had to come here and finally put up that link.

The Extinct Attractions Club is one of those cool things that I wish I could start, but there’s no way I’d be able to do it. What Dave does, with some volunteer help, is produce DVD documentaries about old rides that have closed down at Disneyland. He collects old ride footage from any sources he can, he interviews the Imagineers that build the rides, he finds history tidbits about the attraction, and he edits it all together into a one or two hour long program. Then he slaps it onto a DVD and sells it. At $22 each they’re a tad steep, but there is a volume discount. The proceeds go to the cost of producing new documentaries, and he’s also set up a charity where he pays the back rent for people who are living in the motels near Disneyland and barely managing to make ends meet.

I haven’t ordered any of the videos yet, but I’m willing to recommend them just based on the preview clips they have up on the website. Some of the rides featured include Adventures Thru Inner Space, America Sings, the Peoplemover, and many many more. And they’re not just limited to Disneyland. They also have videos about Epcot, Knott’s Berry Farm, and the 1964 World’s Fair that Walt Disney was hired to build attractions for.

So if you visited Disneyland in the 70s or 80s, and remember all those old rides that aren’t there anymore, you owe it to yourself to relive the past by checking out the Extinct Attractions Club.