I know I've asked this before but I would really love to know what typically happens with the props when an attraction closed? Do they go away or get recycled?
I don't know if they still do this or not, but, there used to be businesses, in the area, that bought up all the recognizable items and resold them to the public. Since there is more money to be made in resale it wouldn't surprise me if Disney itself went into the Sanford and Son business as well. As far as Archive, that would just be a fancy word for storage until needed. The public wouldn't be involved, however, there again, is another opportunity for a lucrative, up-charge tour. Imagine seeing the entire set of Oz just sitting there.
I don't know, but, I think if a substantial cash payment came my way as a license holder I might be inclined to not care if things show up on ebay or not.Theme Park Connection recieves quite a few signage, costumes, and props but usually nothing from the actual attraction unless its something unusable, like a full size attraction car.
Most of the AAs and specific props are licensed, so don't expect any flowers from Wizard of Oz or a box from the Nostromo to appear- usually the license holders ask for them to be destroyed so they don't end up on Ebay.
I will miss this ride almost as much as Horizons (almost). We were there about 6 weeks after opening back in June of 1989 and I remember waiting in line for 2.5 - 3 hours and it was sooooo worth it. The ride itself has gotten a little stale and most Cast Members don't put the enthusiasm into their performances as they once did but this is/was such an iconic attraction. The way they mixed in the live active with the AA was great.
Also, is theme park connection still in business? I thought their retail location closed earlier this year.
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