Palo Alto Daily News

Letters to the Editor

May 14, 1998
Page: 16

Save Mr. Toad

Dear Editor: On Oct. 22, Disney announced plans to close Mr. Toad's Wild Ride at Walt Disney World in favor of a Winnie-the-Pooh ride. On the day after the announcement, an official web site was put up in order to fight back. Every Sunday, groups of supporters protest in front of Toad Hall. With all this, why would Disney want to diminish one of their true masterpieces for a Pooh ride?

Walt Disney told us not to be afraid of change. That's what has led to attractions like Innoventions and Tower of Terror. But, those were not in Fantasyland.

Fantasyland is the most "Walt Disney" area of the park. This "world" symbolizes the true meaning of what people call "Disney Magic." What magic, you say? The magic of people stepping into their favorite Walt Disney animated feature films, sequels and T.V. shows.

The Walt Disney theme parks remind us what a magical tradition it is. It would be a shame to take away some of our history. If Disney want to do away with this attraction, let them. But not before they consider this: why not make an upgrade, as has been done to the Disneyland version? Maybe they could place the Pooh ride somewhere else.

If you are interested in helping to save Toad Hall in Walt Disney World from closing forever, please pay a visit to or e-mail me at

Daniel Mart, Mountain View

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