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Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride in Florida was one of the Magic Kingdom’s opening day attractions on October 1, 1971. Although it was modeled after the Disneyland attraction, it had some unique characteristics that set it apart from its California counterpart. The most obvious was that the Florida incarnation had two separate boarding areas. The vehicles (in the form of multi-colored motorcars) in each one were on separate tracks that followed different paths, so riders would get a slightly different ride, depending on where they boarded. Like its counterpart at Disneyland, it was not a thrill ride, but it was not slow and quiet like most dark rides. The vehicles made sudden turns and would often move at full speed towards an obstacle, which would move out of the way at the last second. At one point, the ones on the different tracks would head directly towards each other, giving the sense of an oncoming collision.

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