There’s 1 ‘Wild’ Ride at Disneyland That Even Freaks Out Employees

For riders who pay close attention to the themes of a ride, Mr. Toad’s Wild ride can be pretty jarring. Luckily, most child passengers don’t realize what exactly is going on (a sinful journey complete with terrorizing townspeople, drunk driving, and a trip to hell). But, even for adults, the ride can leave a lasting impression.

1. Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride

Mr. Toad's Wild Ride

It’s one of the few rides still operating from the park’s opening. | deror_avi/Wikimedia Commons

Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride is one of the few rides that’s still around from the park’s opening in 1955.  It was inspired by The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad, a segment in The Wind in the Willows.  Originally, the ride was intended to be a roller coaster, but it’s still plenty scary — it’s earned the reputation of being one of the most twisted rides at Disney parks.

Next: Hope you don’t mind car crashes.

2. A violent beginning

Mr. Toad's Wild Ride library

Riders start with some chaos in a library. | ThemeParkHD via YouTube

The ride doesn’t exactly ease you in to the experience. Not too long into the ride, passengers crash their motor cars into a library, once in the library, they crash into a fireplace, scattering embers everywhere and narrowly avoiding a falling suit or armor. Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride is not for people who are sensitive to stimulated car crashes, as they are a frequent theme and transition throughout the ride.

Next: A much-needed drink

3. Winkie’s Pub

Mr. Toad's Wild Ride pub

A pub stop seems necessary at this point. | ThemeParkHD via YouTube

After the library crash, riders head to the countryside where they begin to terrorize a farmer and his sheep. From there, riders believe they’re going to crash into the river but instead make a quick right turn to crash into a tower of barrels and explosives. After just missing another collision with a large delivery truck, guests head to Winkie’s Pub for a drink (who wouldn’t need a beer after all that?).

Next: Lady Liberty puts her foot down.

4. Mr. Toad’s final judgement

Mr. Toad's Wild Ride courtroom scene

Everyone is guilty, of course. | ThemeParkHD via YouTube

After a couple cold ones, riders head into the town square where they begin to terrorize more citizens. At this moment, riders can see Lady Liberty peeking at them from beneath a blindfold. As a result, everyone’s ushered into a jury-less courtroom to stand before a judge.

Unsurprisingly, the judge proclaims everyone guilty. From there, the gang heads to what they thinks is a dark prison cell only to find that they’re on railroad tracks. Passengers then abruptly get hit by a train.

Next: The gang goes to Hell

5. Mr. Toad goes to hell

Mr. Toad's Wild Ride hell

Well, this took a turn. | ThemeParkHD via YouTube

What happens when you die? Well, if you’re a Mr. Toad passenger, you go to hell. The judge pronounced you guilty, after all, and Lady Liberty could no longer turn a blind eye. Riders are greeted in hell with a demon who looks an awful lot like the judge, small devils bouncing up and down, and a large dragon who tries to burn riders to a crisp. Luckily, everyone escapes at the last second and the ride ends. Hope you enjoyed your ride in hell.

Next: The ride has some serious fans.

6. Despite its dark nature, the ride still has devout fans

Disneyland crowd

The ride has many fans. | Vamsi/Wikimedia Commons

“All the props to Walt and the Imagineers for ‘going there,’ especially in the ’50s. The Hell scene absolutely works, much the same way the Haunted Mansion works. Walt was willing to yank our chains, throw our expectations in our faces, and scare us a bit,” says one Reddit user.

“Best ride in the park!” says another.

Next: What the ride’s like today

7. The ride today

people visit Disneyland and walk over commemorative bricks with

The ride moved from the Magic Kingdom to Fantasyland. | Meinzahn/iStock/Getty Images

Though it’s been around since the park’s opening in 1955, the ride got a facelift in 1983. It also originally started out in the Magic Kingdom, but is located in Fantasyland today, where it seems right at home with the also-pretty-creepy Alice in Wonderland.

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