What never was, and could always be.
After the striking blue-and-white facility was canceled in the early 1970s, Walt Disney World got an offer of help from a highly unusual source.
In the 1970s, Disney tried to built The Venetian Resort. In the 1990s, Disney tried to build the Grande Venezia Resort. Both times, it scrapped the idea.
Announced in 1976, long before Epcot had been built, the ride would have taken guests on a Small World-style journey through Germany and the Swiss Alps.
If Walt had got his way, the second Disney destination would have been in the midwest: Walt Disney’s Riverfront Square.
Scheduled to open in 1974, the complex would have sat on the site now occupied by the Grand Floridian.
Among the other scrapped lands are Spain, Denmark, Costa Rica, Switzerland, Venezuela, the Philippines, and Equatorial Africa.
The original plan was to build a Beastly Kingdom section of Animal Kingdom, with a massive suspended rollercoaster themed around a dragon.