Mr. Toads Wild Ride is my favorite ride at Disneyland in California. It is taken from the Disney animated movie ‘Ichabod and Mr. Toad.’ I have previously written a short review about this ride. I stated in that review that I would go more in depth. So let me tell you about my favorite parts of the ride.
Mr. Toad has many “scenes” in it This helps make it such a good ride. You quickly go in and out of several rooms as you run from the police in Mr. Toad’s car. My favorite part is right after you leave Toad Hall and crash out of his greenhouse. You go to a dimly lit area. This is one of the best uses of the dark, in dark ride. You can’t see the ceiling. It looks like a dark night outside. Many Disney rides, such as Winnie the Pooh and It’s a Small World, fail at this. Their ceilings are easily noticeable; and if you look up, there goes the magic.
This ride is the only ride to still use the old, cardboard characters. This means that the characters can’t move the same as the Audio-animatronics. It does mean that the characters are brighter, though. It is cool to see the old way, before the mannequin-style animatronics and the more advanced Audio-animatronics. The scene of the countryside has cut-out trees, and several policemen, and a farmer. The first police man’s hand extends toward you as you drive towards him. You then quickly switch course. He has a club in his hand and is dressed like the rest of the policemen, with a old-time police uniform. He also has a bicycle leaning on a fence nearby. As you swerve back away from him, you can, if you have a keen eye, quickly glimpse Ratty’s house. Ratty is one of Mr. Toad’s friends from the movie. If you examine a picture of it, you will see that it appears as in the movie, with a thatched roof, a dock, and tall grass and trees surrounding it. You then are yelled at by a second policeman. He jumps out from behind a tree, and yells “STOP” as you drive away from him. You then pass a police truck and move on under a bridge, with 3 similar-looking police-men on top.
You transition to the next scene, while still outside on the countryside. You pass a farmhouse, again, seen with the keen eye only. You then see farmer yelling at you. He is by a bridge. On the bridge is a cart with sheep in it, pulled by a horse. This is the end of my favorite scenes from Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride.
I hope I have given a good, descriptave overview . There are more to come, as this is by far my favorite ride at Disneyland. Try to look for Ratty’s house, and the farmhouse on your next visit to Disneyland park.