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6631.6 #23 DL Qual #9 1-2-13 10:03AM
Good morning! This day in Disney history, Jan 2nd, 1977. In Frontierland, the Mine Train Through Nature's Wonderland attraction closes. As your train traveled through Bear Country, Beaver Valley, the Living Desert & Rainbow Caverns, you saw: Mighty waterfalls cascading off Cascade Peak, Industrious beavers building a dam, Brown bears swimming & resting & even one scratching his back on a tree, Saguaro cacti that look strangely human, balancing rocks that may just lose their balance as your train car passes by, Devil’s Paint Pots (bubbling pots of mud in all kinds of colors), Old Unfaithful Geyser shooting water high into the desert air & Colorful, glowing waterfalls inside Rainbow Caverns. Big Thunder Mountain Railroad, replaced the Mine Train in 1979. Do you remember the Mine Train Through Natures Wonderland? What did you think of it?
I remember it from when I was little. We were very scared of the balancing rocks ;) and loved the train ride! - ShariRenee   14185.6 #6 1-2-13 10:18AM Like  Reply
Thank you again! - ShariRenee  14185.6 #6 1-2-13 10:19AM
Good morning sweetheart! Thanks for sharing! Hope you have a great day! - Duchess_SMK  6631.6 #23 1-2-13 10:22AM
Hi!!! Working but checking in here thanks for the memories!! Have a great day too! - ShariRenee  14185.6 #6 1-2-13 10:25AM
I wish, never been but would love to hear from those that have. I listen to the attraction often on MWRadio! Thanks for these😘 - toph   2418.2 #73 1-2-13 10:21AM Like  Reply
Sadly me either. 😔 Hoping someone has a good story for us. Thanks my dear! Miss you! - Duchess_SMK  6631.6 #23 1-2-13 10:43AM
Kind of ironic that BTMR will be closing this month for refurb. Thanks for sharing this event. - aprilinjune4   483.5 #491 1-2-13 10:26AM Like  Reply
🎶It's like rain on your wedding day…😂😜sorry April that's the first thing that came mind. - Miss_E_Mouse  1434.2 #138 1-2-13 10:29AM
I agree it is ironic! Oh how I will miss it! 😢 Lol @. Miss-E-Mouse! Perfect! - Duchess_SMK  6631.6 #23 1-2-13 10:53AM
I wish I could have been around to see some of the original attractions like this one. 😞 - Miss_E_Mouse   1434.2 #138 1-2-13 10:30AM Like  Reply
Same here - Pinman  36.5 #5858 1-2-13 10:42AM
Me too! But hey, we get to see all the new ones! 😉 - Duchess_SMK  6631.6 #23 1-2-13 10:54AM
I do remember that ride! I was only 6 then but I do remember! Especially the falling rocks part, that really stands out in my mind. And here I thought that ride was all a figment of my overactive imagination. Thanks for posting! - TamiLovesDisney   129.8 #3199 1-2-13 10:34AM Like  Reply
I bet that WOULD have been scary! Especially for a 6 year old! And oh yes, it was very real! Thank you for sharing with us! - Duchess_SMK  6631.6 #23 1-2-13 11:08AM
I went on that ride many times when I was growing up and loved it so much! I also remember when you could ride the mules around there, but never got to do that. - leopardditz2000   1284.9 #160 1-2-13 10:39AM Like  Reply
I did ride the mules when I was really small. Dusty but fun, my Dad would take me when he was home from Vietnam. - ShariRenee  14185.6 #6 1-2-13 12:56PM
What special memories for you both! Thanks for sharing with us! - Duchess_SMK  6631.6 #23 1-2-13 3:31PM
This is one of the few closed attractions that I do not remember. I'm sure I must have been on it, since I was 10 yrs old by the time it was closed, but I have no recollection of it. Very cool, though. I wish I could remember. Thank you SMK! - MyPark   1297.9 #155 1-2-13 10:40AM Like  Reply
I would have been around 8 and this does not bring back any memories. Great post. - RadiatorSprings4Ever  3183.6 #52 1-2-13 10:49AM
Awe! I was expecting a good story from you MyPark! ::sigh:: - Duchess_SMK  6631.6 #23 1-2-13 2:50PM
Here ya go... "Once upon a time . . . in a great castle, a Prince's daughter grew up happy and contented, in spite of a jealous stepmother. She was very pretty, with blue eyes and long black hair. Her skin was delicate and fair, and so she was called Snow White." I know.. For a clown fish, I'm not very funny. - MyPark  1297.9 #155 1-2-13 3:09PM
Good morning & Happy New Year Duchess. I so remember this attraction being an old geezer, lol. I have a few old pix and great memories of this and the old Frontierland. Thanks for once taking us back in time. Keep up the great work. - splashphotoCM   885.6 #243 1-2-13 10:42AM Like  Reply
Neat! splash i'd love to see any pics if you'd be so kind to share. - toph  2418.2 #73 1-2-13 10:52AM
The part on BTMR where the train goes up is part of the old attraction. As you went up, on either side you could see stalactites & stalagmites dripping water in the water causing the rainbow effect. - splashphotoCM  885.6 #243 1-2-13 10:54AM
I will look for them toph, may have some old 8mm movies. - splashphotoCM  885.6 #243 1-2-13 10:55AM
that is so cool! thank you kindly! - toph  2418.2 #73 1-2-13 11:28AM
Good afternoon and happy new year to you my friend! You're not an old geezer! Lol I'd love to see these too! Thanks as always for your encouragement! - Duchess_SMK  6631.6 #23 1-2-13 2:52PM
I loved this ride but the balancing rocks scared me when I was little. I remember the glowing water inside the caverns...beautiful. Thanks for the memories. - kskating   742.8 #309 1-2-13 10:48AM Like  Reply
Seems a lot of people were scared by those rocks! Lol I bet that water was magical! Thanks for sharing with us! :) - Duchess_SMK  6631.6 #23 1-2-13 2:54PM
Wow. Another fabulously intriguing piece of Disney history. Keep it coming Duchess, you do a brilliant job!! - RapunzelledColey   145.7 #2937 1-2-13 10:55AM Like  Reply
::blushes:: you just made my day! So happy you enjoy my posts! It all just stuff I read and share but I'm flattered regardless! Thank you so much! - Duchess_SMK  6631.6 #23 1-2-13 2:55PM
This is amazing quality content. I am to young to have experienced this but I love the history behind it and would have loved to have seen it. - PrincessAuroraMomma   603.0 #386 1-2-13 10:59AM Like  Reply
Ha ha! You are awesome! I loved seeing this again so I could show my kids I'm not crazy when I remember things that use to be at the park! ;) miss it, but love its replacement. - piratelife4me   1089.2 #200 1-2-13 11:16AM Like  Reply
Thank you! Wish is could have experienced all of the classic Disneyland attractions. - RickChavez   3685.2 #49 1-2-13 11:22AM Like  Reply
I loved this attraction as a kid. I remember the rainbow caverns and the rocks. It was great! - GoofyJoe   1906.6 #104 1-2-13 11:29AM Like  Reply
Ahh memories about this!! Thanks! - Goofy24   174.0 #2478 1-2-13 11:32AM Like  Reply
This is another attraction that was before my time! Interesting info SMK. - LilSterner   5828.4 #25 1-2-13 11:40AM Like  Reply
I wish I had a time machine to go back and enjoy classic DL. - NickDoubleyew   1094.1 #197 1-2-13 11:42AM Like  Reply
I absolutely adored this ride! There was so much visually to take in. The saguaro cacti fascinated me with their almost human form, to the point that on road trips when we would see them I would strive to see a creature in each one. I miss it, but am glad there are reminders of it as you ride BTMRR. - Gia   802.2 #276 1-2-13 12:41PM Like  Reply
Wish I had been able to experience this one. My parents loved it. Thanks for the fabulous info! - RCmom   5235.3 #29 1-2-13 1:00PM Like  Reply
I just don't remember this. We moved to CA via MI in 1975. I visited CA/Disneyland around 73' or 74' so I must have seen or rode it. - HalfCaff   692.9 #337 1-2-13 3:02PM Like  Reply
Walt had such a passion for technology but also loved the old west and nature. Alot of his early film and documentary weres based on nature and even had a tv (don't remember the name).Natures wonderland was the western most border in disneylands early year and had the stage coach ride and mule packs as well with the train.Later the short lived holidayland a seperate picnic area would appear near this area.Today there are a few bits of the old track around the thunderanch/frontierland,some of the saloon/city shops and along the river of America as well. - pikaplaid   7495.2 #16 1-2-13 7:05PM Like  Reply
I do remember this. It was a lot of fun! I remember the balancing rocks. I remember all that bubbling stuff. Years later, I could never remember what ride that was in and why I never saw it again. Or if it had even been at Disneyland or was at Knott's! So glad to know now what and where it was! Thank you! Edited after I read the other responses. I remember tht glowin water. Lots of blues, I remember. Also, the track going up, like on a roller coaster almost, with those stalactites and stalagmites as others mentioned. - MeridaFan   4254.9 #43 1-2-13 7:12PM Like  Reply
Would have been so cool to experience all this! - madsdad   1868.2 #109 1-2-13 7:24PM Like  Reply
I loved this ride too! I especially remember the caverns and the mud pots, all the colors! I like how they gave a nod to this ride in the caverns on BTMR. - adisneyfamily   1092.7 #198 1-2-13 7:32PM Like  Reply