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PostPosted: Fri Jan 25, 2019 4:10 pm 
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I am trying to figure out some information about an abandoned concept for a Disneyland attraction known as Mickey's Madhouse, which was to have gone in the never-built Dumbo's Circusland:

However, I have precious little information to go on about Mickey's Madhouse, mainly because they give so little information pertaining to it. All I know about it is that it was going to be a thrilling dark ride/roller coaster hybrid based on the 1930s black-and-white Mickey Mouse cartoons and set to rollicking ragtime music. Ward Kimball had designed this ride to be an indoor attraction, through a handful of scenes of old Mickey cartoons (about five or six in all). But that's really about all I know about it.

As for artwork, the only piece of artwork I could find pertaining to Mickey's Madhouse is this shot of the exterior:

I also have some questions based on this. First, was there supposed to be a story based around this attraction, or was it just going to be a bunch of random vignettes? Second and more important, how would classic cartoons like these fit in a circus setting? It seems similar to the Winnie the Pooh ride, which takes the different Pooh stories and blends them into one attraction (and even then, it's most beholden to "Winnie the Pooh and the Blustery Day", which is the only classic Pooh cartoon to feature ALL of the Pooh characters at once).

That type of dynamic is completely fine for an attraction, but I'm not sure how classic Mickey Mouse cartoons would have fit in Dumbo's Circusland, which is themed around one particular setting: namely, the circus.

Can someone please shed some light if they can?

PostPosted: Fri Feb 01, 2019 4:52 am 
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I see that people were able to give you some info on the WDWMagic forum! Someone had posted pics from this article (but here they are bigger):
https://www.retrowdw.com/blogs/kingdom- ... udio-tour/

Here's another sketch:
https://twitter.com/matthewluhn/status/ ... 2761977856

Here are more photos:
https://thekingdominsider.com/update-mi ... y-concept/

This article has some info in the bottom quarter:
http://jimhillmedia.com/editor_in_chief ... e-man.aspx

https://www.worthpoint.com/worthopedia/ ... 1882817985

This article came up in my search, but you need to sign up for a free trial to read it:

This video has information:
https://de-visions.com/detail/5-disney- ... XdDho.html


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