And...we're off! We encounter MacBadger, crash through the fireplace, escape a falling suit of armor and (as the black-light effects take over), rush down down a weasel-infested hall, disrupt Mole's dinner, and crash out of the mansion through a glass wall...
On the way to our jail cell, our car tries to escape down a tunnel. Unfortunately for us, it's a train tunnel and there's an oncoming locomotive dead ahead. As its headlight passes over us, we hear a terrible crashing sound...all's dark for a moment. Then....
MORE ABOUT TOAD:
There have been four versions of Mr. Toad's Wild Ride: The Disneyland original, the two tracks at Walt Disney World (so amazingly different from each other they could legitimately be considered two separate rides), and Disneyland's 1983 remodeled version -- the only remaining Mr. Toad's Wild Ride on Earth. I've ridden all four and would rank them in this order:
BEST: A tie between the current Disneyland version and the Cops VS. Weasels side of the Florida Version.
2ND BEST: The old Disneyland verison. It was technically the crudest, but it packed a punch.
LEAST FAVORITE: The Gypsy Camp side of the Walt Disney World version. It was still wonderful, but not as "wild" as the others.
I know someone who would disagree with this list, and I encourage you (if you haven't already) to visit Widen Your World for one of the most amazing articles ever written about Mr. Toad's Wild Ride. The piece pays loving tribute to WDW's version of Toad while perfectly expressing what made the Florida MTWR such a strange and wonderful joy. The author finds DL's version inferior, which--of course--I disagree with, but (and the author points this out) it has much to do with which version you grew up with. The article describes DL's ride as claustrophobic, but I grew up with DL's Toad, so--for me--Mr. Toad's Wild Ride is supposed to feel claustrophobic. I actually found Florida's ride too open; it didn't feel as intense to me. Yet, I completely agree that the Florida Toad had snappier, more colorful set designs with a wonderful cast of background characters designed by Rolly Crump.
Also, check out Dave Land for much sharper interior flash shots.
If you can get to the Walt Disney Family Museum in San Francisco, try to pick up the back-issue of E Ticket Magazine detailing the creation of the 1955 original MTWR, as well as the various changes made to the ride over the years.
Thanks for stopping by and taking a ride to Nowhere In Particular. I promise not to write any more posts about how much I love Mr. Toad's Wild Ride...this week...