Wizard of Oz Ride: Never Built Disneyland

Never Built Disneyland

Dorothy Scarecrow Tin Man and Cowardly Lion In Great Movie Ride Disney's Hollywood Studios Disney World

The Wizard of Oz is one of the most iconic parts of pop culture, and Walt Disney himself loved the classic tales, and wanted to make them a part of his company. To make this a reality he had plans created to bring the characters to Disneyland.

Disney did not have the rights to the iconic film or the original Wizard of Oz story, but they were able to get the rights to many of the subsequent stories in the larger franchise, which allowed them to create their own versions of the iconic characters.

Munchkinland Scene Wizard of Oz Great Movie Ride Disney's Hollywood Studios Disney World

There were plans created for Disney to make their own adaptation in the land of Oz, although this never happened. At the same time, Disney was working on bringing a small Wizard of Oz attraction to Fantasyland.

This attraction would have featured a party in Oz with many of the iconic characters in attendance

Despite it never getting built, this was apparently a passion project of Walt's that he deeply cared for due to his connection to the stories. Unlike many other never built rides it isn't known what happened to cancel this attraction, and Fantasyland never got a reference to the Wizard of Oz.

Disney Parks would later begin referencing not only the Wizard of Oz characters, but the iconic film that they were once unable to use.

Wicked Witch of the West Animatronic Great Movie Ride Disney's Hollywood Studios

One of the most recognizable scenes in the lost Great Movie Ride was the extended Wizard of Oz sequence in Munchkinland, finally bringing Walt Disney's wish to bring the iconic land of Oz into the Disney umbrella.

Be sure to check out the rest of Never Built Disneyland here. Also, come back next week when we look into the never built Lightkeepers parade from Disneyland.