Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride attraction at Disneyland is an enduring classic dark ride that literally takes you to Hell and back. Well, to a version of Hell filled with flashing lights and cardboard cutouts. But before Mr. Toad inhabited this venue he was in residence at Toad Hall in Kenneth Grahame’s The Wind in the Willows (1908). Next he went for a frantic drive in Walt Disney’s animated package film The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad (1949).
This is one amphibian who really gets around!
After you escape Hell you are deposited into the obligatory (not purgatory) gift shop where you can buy souvenirs like this:
Although you could put almost anything in this receptacle, I’m sure it was likely intended to be a candy dish.
There are four images around the perimeter of the dish. Two feature Mr. Toad’s Head in a window, and the other two feature Mr. Toad driving wildly in one of his cherished motor cars. What would Ratty say?
The dish is 4″ across and approximately 2″ high.
FUN FACTS: Disney made a live action adaption of Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride with many of the cast from, of all places, Monty Python! I have it and it is… strange and wonderful. If you like the character and the story, you owe it to yourself to track down a copy. You can use the link to do so.