Mr. Toad's Wild Ride with Jasmine from 1313 Harbor - Show Notes!

Check out these show notes alongside this manic episode of Mr Toad's Wild Ride!

We are kindly joined by Jasmine of the 1313 Harbor podcast! She was amazing. 

The Adventures of Ichabod (not Ichabod lol) & Mr Toad, and Mr Toad's Wild Ride were inspired by the story The Wind in the Willows written by Kenneth Grahame in 1908. (The story Andrea only read HALF of!)

The story also inspired a Rankin/Bass version made 1987 where as Andrea put it, "Mr Toad is SAUCY!" There are several locations to find it online, but here is a clip:

Mr Toad here is indeed really damn saucy, and is not afraid to use fighting words.

For those who don't know, The Voyage of the Little Mermaid is a show that is still somehow happening at Hollywood Studios at WDW. 

Mr Toad's Wild Ride was an opening day attraction created by Ken Anderson and Claude Coats. The facade, as we said we really hideous, check it out:

Photo by Charles R. Lympany, 1956, courtesy of Chris Taylor

No joke, this is the same facade as Peter Pan's Flight in WDW:

There are shields around the bend. Before this updated version, it looked a lot more dated like the OG Toad facade.

The facade that we know and love now looks like this:


Photo by Werner Weiss, 2015

Next time you're on the attraction, remember to check out this dude's rumpus:



Photo by Allen Huffman, 2005

This is the "Class of '55" plaque that you can find outside of the attraction now!

The Toady vehicle found outside the attraction now is the original vehicle from opening! Take a seat inside and snap a pic, it's cute af. 

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And, of course the Mr Toad Crest found above the entrance.

Photo by Werner Weiss, 2015

Here is Toad Hall in Disneyland Paris that is similar to the attraction facade, and the inside continues the tudor themed architecture.

Photo by Chris Bales, 2017

This is the house that Andrea was talking about in Brooklyn, NY! It's definitely very similar, and almost believable that this would be Toad's dwelling. I mean, look at those automobile/garage doors, that's exactly what Toad needs!!!


To read more about this house, check it out here

As for the Magic Kingdom version....

The Magic Kingdom version had some differences, and it was VERY CLEAR that Rolly Crump made this attraction.

Like, damn. That screams ROLLY to us!!

AllEars.net summed up this attraction perfectly:
"Rolly designed a two-track ride system that was housed in the same show building, giving riders two noticeably different ride experiences. On track one, passengers traveled through Toad Hall’s library, over a farm, through Town Square, in and out of jail, past a shootout between cops and weasels, down the wrong way of a railroad tunnel, and ultimately, to Hell.

Track two also started riders out in Toad Hall, but through the Trophy Room instead of the library. The journey continued through a gypsy camp, Town Square, Winky’s Tavern, the countryside at night, and their own Hell, also by way of the wrong way of a railroad tunnel."

This is all that remains from the original attraction within the Winnie the Pooh ride, in the flood scene:


If you'd like to ride through the WDW version of Mr Toad's Wild Ride, here is both track one and track two of the attraction!
 


The official website from 1998 was preserved, and you can see it here in true 90's Geocities fashion:

SAVE MR TOAD'S WILD RIDE

Now, to truly melt your mind, here is Mr Toad's pale Caucasian man skin:

WHITE MAN SKIN

We're sorry for scaring you like that. Sincerely! 

Yesterland has a feast for the eyes of photos and info about Mr Toad's Wild Ride in Disneyland, check it out here!

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