Beam Me Up
I have always enjoyed at least one spin per Disney park visit on the
classic Mr. Toad's Wild Ride. Alas, in the Florida park, the ride has been
removed, soon to be replaced by dear Winnie the Pooh and his friends.
This photo (right) was taken as I stood in mourning against the
fence surrounding the former ride. When I got the film developed and
noticed the sunbeams streaming over my shoulders, I realized it was all
going to be okay. I recalled Walt Disney's claim that Disneyland would
never be finished. All of the parks will grow, change, and improve over
the years. Was the sunbeam a trick of the lens, or was Walt reassuring
one of his fans that we'll be able to forever ride a favorite ride one
more time in our dreams?
Drew Edward Hunter
[There was also another article in the magazine (on page 23), entitled
So Long Mr. Toad; Hello Pooh wherein they explain that "stalwart
Mr. Toad" will soon be replaced by Pooh. They also included a picture of
the statue of Mr. Toad that used to hang over The Ride. -JT]
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