Disney’s America was a planned theme park that was to have been built by The Walt Disney Company in Haymarket, Virginia in the early 1990s. The park was to have been dedicated to the history of the United States; however, amid opposition from citizen’s groups, the project was canceled in 1994.
The concept was revived in 1997 as a potential re-theming of Knott’s Berry Farm in Buena Park, California, when the Knott family offered its amusement park for sale. However, the Knott family refused to sell its park to Disney, largely due to concerns over what Disney would do to the property, and the project was canceled again.
The plans made for Disney’s America were pretty extensive. There would have been different themed areas, each devoted to a different period of United States history. Some attractions were even in the planning stages. Here is what we know about what could have been.
Crossroads USA (1840s)
This would have been a village set in the Civil War era that served as the hub of Disney’s America. The entrance would have taken attendees under an 1840s train trestle.
Native America (1600-1810)
Thankfully, plans were in place to celebrate the culture that lived far before Europeans arrived. Native America would have recreated Pochatan Native American village, largely because of the Pocahontas movie. It would have represented multiple Mid-Atlantic tribes with exhibits, arts and crafts and, most excitingly, a Lewis and Clark Expedition. That would have been a whitewater raft ride, and it inspired both Kali River Rapids and Grizzly River Run at other Disney parks.
Presidents’s Square (1750-1800)
A celebration of the founding fathers.
Civil War Fort (1850-1870)
A recreation of an American factory town that would have celebrated the technology’s that come out of the United States.
State Fair (1930-1945)
A recreation of 1930’s Coney Island with attractions including a 60-foot Ferris wheel and wooden roller coaster. It would serve as inspiration for the Paradise Pier area of California Adventure.
Family Farm (1930-1945)
This would have been the recreation of a farm from the area that offered attendees the chance to get a sense of what food production was like back then, even giving them the chance to make homemade ice cream and milk a cow.
Victory Field (1940-1945)
An area themed after an airfield with airplane exhibits from different periods that showed what life was like for American soldiers in the two world wars.
Source: Ultra Facts