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Thursday, June 13, 2019

Differences Between the Mister Rogers' and Daniel Tiger Rides at Idlewild - Pt.2


This is part 5 of a 7-part series on Idlewild Park's former Mister Rogers' Neighborhood attraction. Read the other parts of my series on the ride here: Part 1; Part 2; Part 3Part 4Part 6 and Part 7

 Numerous transitional changes were made to Idlewild's trolley ride when the theme changed from Mister Rogers to Daniel Tiger in 2015. Come along (to the Hug-N-Song?) as we take a look at more comparison shots of the two rides. (You can click on every thumbnail for a larger image.)
Before
After
The Museum-Go-Round was kept. However, a major opportunity was lost to make the building spin again. This may just be my opinion, but I feel the new decorations just don't look "right" compared to the old scene's décor.

 The next scene would be the Platypus Mound, but this was one of two scenes (the other being Courtney's Factory) that was completely removed. Unlike the aforementioned tableau, however, this scene was ripped out entirely, leaving only a patch of mulch.
Before
The clock provides one of the most interesting actions in the ride's switch. The old character it was home to, after all, gave the new ride its new name! For this scene, though, the clock was replaced with a smaller version that is more true to the modern show. I wonder if the pieces of the old clock are still backstage somewhere.
After

Before
After
The Castle Playground scene is another stop that bears no resemblance to the ride's former incarnation. The old version had a shorter duration and was home to Anna Platypus and Prince Tuesday; the new scene is significantly longer in length (most likely due to the two removed scenes) and now has Mr. McFeely as its figure.

Tomorrow we'll take a look at comparisons on the final scene of the ride - the infamous "Hug-N-Song." 

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