Web site vows to save Toad
By Dirk Lammers
Tampa Tribune Columnist
Friday, November 7, 1997
Section: Friday Extra
Column: Lost in Space
The news shocked the Net world.
OK, it actually upset a lone Web designer, but we'll mention it anyway.
The Orlando Sentinel reported last month that Disney officials were
considering axing "Mr. Toad's Wild Ride," one of the Magic Kingdom's
original attractions. Its possible replacement: Winnie-the-Pooh.
Within days, the Save Mr. Toad's Wild Ride site at http://www.geocities.com/Hollywood/Set/7073/
was up and running. The author, apparently a Disney traditionalist, notes
that he is not trashing that lovable golden bear, simply hoping that Pooh
can avoid evicting the amiable amphibian.
"While a Winnie-the-Pooh ride has a definite place in Walt Disney World,
Mr. Toad should not have to suffer because of it," the author preaches.
The site offers addresses, telephone numbers and an e-mail link so parkgoers
can try to change Disney officials' minds.
Seeing this site, we here at "Lost in Space" began wondering just how
seriously people take their childhood Disney memories.
We may have found a profound answer at If You Had Wings: A 25th
Anniversary Multipage Memorial.
The site at http://www.inspace.net/~omniluxe/iyhwmain.htm
is the work of a former park employee who wants to preserve the fond
memories of this attraction, which was ... um ... a few steps down from an
The site goes way overboard, which makes it a favorite. Its 13 pages
feature a lengthy description, full walk-through, photographs, a map, even
the "If You Had Wings" lyrics: Wanna buy a sombrero, made of real fine
straw? / How about a nice handbag for pretty mama. Huh?
"Take Flight," the current version of this ride, also is reportedly on the
chopping block. That news probably won't upset the author, who notes it
was never the same after Eastern airlines went bye-bye. He witnessed the
On my first visit, I was overcome with a sense of loss, scarcely able to
believe that a stronghold of so many childhood pleasures was literally
being torn apart."
[If You Had Wings link corrected by me. -JT]
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