Adventures Thru Inner Space
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Miss you, Backdraft! The top 10 theme park rides we loved and lost

Adventures Thru Inner Space (1967-1985) at Disneyland: This ride, sponsored by the chemical company Monsanto, was a favorite of Disneyland visitors. It “shrunk” guests through a giant microscope to microscopic level. The ride was removed to make room for the Star Tours attraction. (Werner Weiss /
Monsanto House of the Future (1957-1967) at Disneyland: This ride, also sponsored by Monsanto, gave guests a tour of an expected house of the future, including advancements such as fiberglass components and, gasp, microwave ovens. (Disneyland)
Back to the Future (1993-2007) at Universal Studios Hollywood: This ride, based on the movies starring Michael J. Fox, was replaced by the Simpsons Ride. (Universal Studios)
PeopleMover (1967-1995) at Disneyland: The attraction was a small train that carried Disneyland visitors on elevated tracks around Tomorrowland. (Disneyland)
Skyway (1956-1994) at Disneyland: This was a gondola ride that carried Disneyland guests on an aerial cable system through the Matterhorn mountain. The openings in the mountain have since been closed. (Los Angeles Times)
Backdraft (1992-2010) at Universal Studios Hollywood: This was a special-effects attraction, based on the 1991 movie by the same name. It was removed to make room for Transformers: The Ride 3D. (Universal Studios)
E.T. Adventure (1991-2003) at Universal Studios Hollywood: The ride was based on the 1982 movie but was closed to make room for Revenge of the Mummy: The Ride, based on the movie series. (Universal Studios)
Carousel of Progress (1967-1973) at Disneyland: This attraction used animatronics to illustrate the progress made in an everyday home. (Alex Gallardo / Los Angeles Times)
Flying Saucers (1961-1966) at Disneyland: Guests rode personal flying saucers on a cushion of air. A newer version of the attraction opened this year at Cars Land, called Luigi’s Flying Tires. (Disneyland)
Log Jammer (1971-2011) at Six Flags Magic Mountain: This water flume ride was removed to make room for Six Flags’ newest roller coaster, Full Throttle. (Six Flags Magic Mountain)