September 11, 2012

Mr. Toad's Wild Weather Vane

Mr. Toad's Wild Ride Disneyland Weather Vand
Mr. Toad's Wild Ride is one of my favorite attractions at Disneyland. The weather vane high atop Toad Hall gets my vote for the single best little detail in all of the resort.

With one simple silhouette, the artist perfectly captures the spirit of the ride, the character, the Disney film (The Adventures of Ichabod & Mr. Toad) and even the source material, The Wind in the Willows. Most of the tale's riverbank citizens resent the intrusion of noisy machines into their peaceful lives, but J. Thadeus Toad eagerly grabs hold of new thrills and takes off, merrily on his way with no thought of consequences.

Either this vane wistfully represents the passing of a simpler era...

Or it's just a great prop on the only ride that turns a train collision and trip to hell into a jolly good time.


  1. I miss Mr. Toad's Wild Ride at WDW. I'm looking forward to seeing him again at Disneyland. :)

    1. I'm glad I had a chance to ride the WDW version (both tracks) before it went away. It was great, and another example of the two parks having very different versions of the same ride.

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