Defunct Amusement Park Rides

Mike Matei / March 31st, 2017

James and Mike discuss retired amusement park attractions from Six Flags, Disneyland, Disney World, Universal Studios and others.


  • Moustachio McEvil

    March 31, 2017 at 4:33 am

    Some of these rides were so amazing!

  • Allen Lucas

    March 31, 2017 at 9:42 am

    I have too many memories from my trips to Disney World in 1999 and Universal Orlando in 2004 to talk about!

  • March 31, 2017 at 10:42 am

    Hey can you do a video of some nes sports game because a lot of them where made by ljn.

    • Xen11

      April 1, 2017 at 3:53 am

      Fuck sports games.

      • April 4, 2017 at 6:45 pm

        I’m not a sports fan it’s just because i want new avgn episode.

  • Gregory DeMaria

    March 31, 2017 at 12:17 pm

    Back to the Future the Ride:the Game. The Alpine Slide at Action Park. action Park as a whole. NJ Transit, especially Asbury Park station.

  • Joker83

    March 31, 2017 at 12:47 pm

    Alien Encounter scared the crap out of me when I was a kid. Any ride that uses the seats to goose you TERRIFIED me! Honey I Shrunk the Audience practically ruined my vacation because of this. Because of these rides I became obsessed and OCD about combing over every seat I sat in for the rest of the trip, in case someone tried to blow air on me and make me think it was rats running between my feet or an Alien breathing on my neck.

  • Paulballsftw

    March 31, 2017 at 1:43 pm

    Damn I missed out on that Alien thing. I went in 84 and 90. I loved the Toad Wild Ride and 2000 leagues under the sea. There was an ocupus that attacks the sub. They didn’t even mention that. I do remember the Mission to Mars thing. I only went to Florida but never California. There is probably things that I been on that they didn’t see most likely. It’s so weird that it changes every few years. Hope next time I go back there I see all new things with some old. Can’t wait to go again now.

  • Paulballsftw

    March 31, 2017 at 2:03 pm

    Oh wow Mike been to Canobie Lake Park? That is like an 1 1/2 hours away from me. There was a bunch of parks near me in MA. There was some in NH and RI that I went to as well. When they closed down it sucked cause all those memories can only be a memory now. I wish I had a video camera to record these park rides when I went. Seems like that space ship ride James went on is his memory that not many others experienced. I would think if it was good why didn’t they fix it up or make it better now.

  • March 31, 2017 at 3:57 pm

    Kong 360 is in Hollywood during the studio tour. It is definitely not as good as the original. It’s cool, but you feel a bit detached from it.

  • frostare

    March 31, 2017 at 3:59 pm

    You should make this a series! And visit a derelict place from your past, if you want.

  • Xen11

    April 1, 2017 at 3:53 am

    This is a really great video.
    So vivid with description and memory.
    That Alien ride… your words put me there.

    I’m a huge Back To The Future fan.
    It’s one of those properties that are in my DNA and makes up who I am.
    I got to ride the Back To The Future ride in Orlando ONCE.
    And one time only.
    Then they closed it down.
    THE greatest blunder in Universal Studios Amusement Park history.
    It’s my favorite ride.

    The Simpsons ride that replaced it is now my favorite ride there, but I do prefer Back To The Future by far.
    The 3D (no glasses needed) on the Simpsons ride is extremely impressive.
    I can’t remember if there was 3D in the Back To The Future ride or if it was all 2D screen.

  • April 1, 2017 at 4:45 am

    The rocket is called “Astroliner X10”. You still can find some content of it but the movie with the alien on the rocket i also can’t find. I remember there where differed movies and the one you talk about is really the best one. But be warned: it doesn’t look like you remember it 🙂

  • Pablo1989

    April 1, 2017 at 8:57 am

    I never been in US, but i got friend who live there and told me there was some amusement park ride but was destroyed in hurricane, they got plans to rebuild it but later decline it because of large costs.

  • 4thtroika

    April 2, 2017 at 3:47 pm

    $5,000.00 and it’s yours!

  • Kevin Stermer

    April 2, 2017 at 8:09 pm

    I can’t believe you guys didn’t talk about the JAWS ride. It was closed in Orlando to make room for Harry Potter world. blah.

  • coolguyhino92

    April 3, 2017 at 12:26 am

    Genuinely surprised they didn’t mention the E.T. bike ride.

    • itscmillertime

      April 3, 2017 at 7:27 pm

      It isn’t defunct. Still there.

  • itscmillertime

    April 3, 2017 at 7:25 pm

    Love the shoutout to canobie lake and storyland at the end! I’m from NH and both places are great. That mine ride at canobie is still there and awesome as ever. Also for some strange reason they have 2-3 simpsons arcade games there still operational. Such an awesome park.

    • Cappuccino64

      April 15, 2017 at 2:49 am

      I’ve been watching James’s videos since middle school (something like seven years ago; yeesh) and hearing them talk about a park only a couple miles from where I live is just surreal.

  • giant777squid

    April 4, 2017 at 9:51 pm

    Wow great memories! I too remember that Rocket ride. I think it was at a travelling fair or maybe an amusement park in Maine. Perhaps there were several versions of it using the same video. I remembered the spider legs as being more like tentacles. I’ve been dying to see a video of it online. I absolutely loved it!

  • Daniel

    April 5, 2017 at 7:30 am

    Great list! I remember a lot of those rides. I also remember that rocket ride. Clementon Park was about 20 minutes from my house growing up.

  • Joe

    April 5, 2017 at 2:22 pm

    The 20,000 Leagues ride still exists out in Disneyland, it’s just been repurposed as a Finding Nemo ride. I went on the original and it was pretty corny. They’re fake submarines that you ride in, they’re on a rail and go underwater just far enough that the windows are covered, but they’re never totally submerged. Definitely not a good ride to go on if you’re claustrophobic. The scenery was like what you would find in someone’s aquarium, just mostly junk. A very gimmicky ride. When I was last out in Disneyland the Nemo version was closed for a refurb. The interesting thing about that was that the monorail would go over it and you could see the empty pool area and all of the stuff they were re-painting. My understanding is it’s still basically the same ride, but they project the Finding Nemo story from the Epcot ride over the windows so it looks like the characters exist in the pool.

  • rom hunter

    April 17, 2017 at 4:52 pm

    James, the spacehip ride you talked about is called the Astro-Liner.
    The man who made the films was John Davis (I bet you’ll love his work and late 70’s special effects).
    Here’s one of his Astro-Liner movies:

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