Mr. Toad's Wild Ride

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    Mr. Toad's Wild Ride Ride at Disneyland California

    Scene from Mr. Toad's Wild Ride
    ••• Scene from Mr. Toad's Wild Ride. Loren Javier/Flickr/(CC BY-ND 2.0

    The Mr. Toad ride is based on the hapless character from The Wind in the Willows. Riders accompany J. Thaddeus Toad, Esq., a poor driver who takes his passengers on a wild trip through scenes from the stories. Of all the rides at Disneyland, Mr. Toad (along with Roger Rabbit) is the most like being inside a cartoon.

    Mr. Toad is going "nowhere in particular" and that's probably a good thing because he may not survive his drive through the English countryside. Riders get a glimpse of the toad's lavish mansion Toad Hall before they set off. It's not long before they're skidding through the house, crashing through walls and out a window. You'll avoid hitting a sheepherder and his flock (but just barely).

    Then things get even worse. Police are in pursuit. You're wondering why you ever got into the vehicle with the demented toad. And that's before you crash through a scaffolding and ignite an explosion. Arrested and sentenced, you have to find a way to...MORE escape.

    What You Need to Know About Mr. Toad

    We polled 248 of our readers to find out what they think about Mr. Toad. 85% of them said It's a must-do or ride it if you have time.

    • Location: Mr. Toad is in Fantasyland.
    • Rating: ★★★
    • Restrictions: No height restrictions. Children under age seven years must be accompanied by a person age 14 years or older.
    • Ride Time: 2 minutes
    • Recommended for:  Good for families, but may be a bit too much for very small children
    • Fun Factor: Medium
    • Wait Factor: Medium
    • Fear Factor: Low for most people over age five. Timid little ones who don't like noise and confusion should probably pass on taking a ride with Mr. Toad
    • Herky-Jerky Factor: Low in general, but there are a few sharp turns, which could aggravate neck and back problems.
    • Nausea Factor: Low
    • Seating:  Ride vehicles look like miniature versions of Mr. Toad's car, an early 1900's-era horseless carriage. Each one has one row and a steering wheel (which does not work)
    • Accessibility: Wheelchairs and ECVs should enter through the exit. You'll have to transfer into the ride's cars. More about visiting Disneyland in a wheelchair or ECV
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    How to Have More Fun on Mr. Toad's Wild Ride

    Sample Ride Vehicle for Mr Toad's Wild Ride
    ••• Sample Ride Vehicle for Mr Toad's Wild Ride. ©Betsy Malloy Photography
    • One of the final scenes is a fiery version of hell with puppet devils. You know your kids - skip it if this will scare them.
    • This ride uses some strobe lighting effects. Avoid it if this is a problem for you.
    • If you have time, check the titles of the books in the library, which include "For Whom the Toads Croak."
    • Touringplans.com says Mr. Toad is "at the technological basement of the Disney attraction mix." Don't go there expecting amazing modern effects.
    • On days when the fireworks show is running, this ride closes early

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    Fun Facts About Mr. Toad's Wild Ride

    Scene from Mr. Toad's Wild Ride
    ••• Scene from Mr. Toad's Wild Ride. Loren Javier/Flickr/CC BY-ND 2.0

    Mr. Toad is one of the original Disneyland attractions that were in the park on opening day in 1955.

    Mr. Toad is one of the Disneyland rides that you won't find anywhere else. Florida's Magic Kingdom had a Mr. Toad ride when it opened, but it closed in 1998. Disneyland Paris has a restaurant name Toad Hall in Fantasyland, but no ride.

    Every voice in the film is done by the same person: Corey Burton.

    The ride vehicles are named after Mr. Toad and his friends:  Toady, Badger, Cyril, Moley, Ratty, Weasel, and Winkie. 

    According to a former cast member writing at Hidden Mickeys, they call the fiery scene The Inferno Room. He says: "You think we're allowed to say "Hell?""

    In case you're curious, the motto in Mr. Toad's family crest reads Toadi Acceleratio Semper Absurda which means "speeding with Toad is always absurd." And once you've been on the ride, you'll probably agree.

    Go wild taking photos of yourself and your friends in the ride vehicle...MORE parked outside the ride.

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