Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride is a theme park attraction and dark ride at the Disneyland Park. It is loosely based on Disney’s adaptation of Kenneth Grahame’s The Wind in the Willows (1908), and one of two segments comprising the animated package film The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad (1949). The ride was was an Opening Day attraction from July of 1955.
To commemorate the 65th Anniversary of the opening of Disneyland, Funko Pop! released five vinyl figures that featured various characters, some linked to attractions by name. The one I am featuring today needs no further introduction:
This is only a figure with no real connection to the attraction that is linked to him. There is no backing card to depict the ride vehicles or a scene from the Dark Ride. Pity.
You can see that Captain Hook and Peter Pan are not labeled as coming from Peter Pan’s Flight, the Dark Ride, but Donald Duck and Mickey Mouse are linked to the Matterhorn, for some reason. It doesn’t appear that a lot of thought went into this series of Pop! figures. It seems a bit hit and miss?
Love those eyes! I paid only $8.00 CAN on sale for this figure (regular price is $12.99 CAN). Now let’s have a closer look at the figure itself:
I think Mr. Toad is overlooked as a Disney character. Many only know him from the attraction in Disneyland, and because his ride was removed from Walt Disney World, many others have forgotten him.
But if you revisit the 1949 animated film where he first appeared to Disney fans, I know you will fall in love with this little mischievous amphibian with the penchant for Motor Cars! “Beep Beep!”
The Castle Logo was fun to find on the flap. It’s a shame that Disneyland was closed for it’s 65th Anniversary in 2020. But Disney released the commemorative merchandise anyway, and I for one am glad they did!
I have one other piece of the Disneyland Resort 65th Anniversary collection. It’s a Funko Mini and features Mickey on the Matterhorn. Check it out!