UPDATED 1-10-10 (with additional photos and text)
Announcing: A new ongoing series featuring the parts of Disney theme parks we grew up loving, left to rot and decay.
We welcome any photos you may have that fall into this category. We are looking for photos of abandoned rides, ride vehicles props, animatronics, etc.
Don't worry- there will always be a never-ending supply of the 'abandoned'. We all know about the ever more powerful attractions chopping block with a line-up of classic, world-changing, fantastic rides just waiting their turn on this theme park death row. It really warms the heart.
To officially get this series going, we present to you some abandoned animatronic figures from our favorite futuristic adventure, Horizons (a ride abandoned only long enough to pull up the wrecking ball).
Where are they now? These naked animatronics are piled up under The Carousel of Progress. Yep, in the basement of the C.O.P building directly under one of the stages. The Carousel of Progress in it's round building is divided into 6 pie-shaped pieces- one for each of the 4 acts plus 2 small stages for load and unload. Under these stages are pie-shaped maintenance and storage rooms. Remember, the center portion of the building is stationary. Only the outer portion with seating rotates.
One (somewhat) redeeming part of this story is the fact that these figures are not completely abandoned. Their parts are used for the C.O.P family. I imagine some of these pieces are from other attractions. If you think you recognize any of the parts, let us know!
Photo of Horizons dad decorating cake courtesy of Mesa Verde Times. Thank you Hoot and Massimo for identifying some of the above animatronics!
Look for more 'Abandoned Disney' post coming soon.