Industrial Revolution: Never Built Disney's America Part 8

Industrial Revolution Roller Coaster Disney's America Concept Art

Disney's America would have featured almost all exclusive attractions that could be experienced nowhere else on earth. But none of them was as elaborately planned out and explained to the public as the planned Industrial Revolution dark ride coaster hybrid.

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Disney's America was set to feature lands based on varying time periods of US history but one of the most elaborate attractions would have been set in Enterprise, the land based on the turn of the 20th-century industrial revolution.

The main attraction was set to be a combination of a dark ride and roller coaster set on a minecart through an industrial town and active factory. It was meant to be one of the most intense roller coasters ever designed by Disney.

Industrial Revolution Mine Cart Coaster Disney's America Concept Art

The show scenes would have been a combination of traveling over Peter Pan's Flight style miniatures and passing through full-size displays of active period-accurate factories, including close encounters with active machinery.

The miniatures would see you on a hillside looking down with rockwork bridging the gap between the miniatures and the ride track.

Industrial Revolution Roller Coaster Concept Art Disney's America

This roller coaster would have been unlike anything else Disney had ever designed and it would at the least have been a visually stunning feature of the park, with a large part of the ride located over a reflecting pond. This would have created a ride that was something Disney would not do until Slinky Dog Dash, an outdoor relatively unthemed roller coaster, but still featuring that classic Disney charm that is present in the best Disney rides.

At the same time this ride was designed Disney began adding other attractions on a similar thrill level to their parks. Rock n Roller Coaster and Indiana Jones Temple of Peril would be developed at about the same time, signifying a larger shift in Disney going after the demographic of thrill-seekers for the first time, while still finding a way to incorporate a storyline into more intense coasters.

This ride would never happen, but it remains a part of the legacy of the 1990s that gave us inversions in the Disney Parks for the first time.

Thanks for exploring this attraction with us and be sure to come back next week when we explore the We The People land of Disney's America. Make sure you check out the entire series so far right now by going here.