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Roger Rabbit's Car Toon Spin

Roger Rabbit's Car Toon Spin
Disneyland
Area Mickey's Toontown
Coordinates
Status Operating
Opening date January 24, 1994
Tokyo Disneyland
Area Mickey's Toontown
Status Operating
Opening date April 15, 1996
General statistics
Attraction type Dark ride
Designer Walt Disney Imagineering
Theme Who Framed Roger Rabbit
Vehicle type Spinning toon Taxi Cab
Riders per vehicle 4-6
Duration 3:30 minutes
Audio-animatronics Yes
Must transfer from wheelchair

Roger Rabbit's Car Toon Spin is a dark ride at the Disneyland and Tokyo Disneyland theme parks. The ride is inspired by the 1988 Academy Award-winning film, Who Framed Roger Rabbit. Both versions of the attraction are located in Mickey's Toontown. The Disneyland version opened on January 24, 1994, a year after the Mickey's Toontown area opened, and the Tokyo Disneyland version opened on April 15, 1996.

History

Roger Rabbit was recognized as a lucrative character by Disney after the release of Who Framed Roger Rabbit, and an ambitious set of attractions based on the movie were developed for many Disney theme parks. Roger Rabbit was even set to be the star of his own land, behind Main Street, U.S.A. at Disneyland, called Hollywoodland. Meanwhile, over at the Magic Kingdom, a new land behind Fantasyland was being developed in honor of Mickey Mouse's sixtieth birthday, aptly named Mickey's Birthdayland.

There were also set to be attractions based on Roger Rabbit, Judge Doom, and Baby Herman opening in a major expansion at Disney's Hollywood Studios and Tokyo Disneyland, but after the financial disaster of the Euro Disney Resort, plans were dramatically cut back with only Disneyland and Tokyo Disneyland receiving any Roger Rabbit-themed attractions. In the ride, Marvin Acme's "Acme Warehouse" from the film is called the "Gag Warehouse."

Ride

The loading area in Disneyland, California.

The queue of the ride winds through dark narrow alleys, the Ink & Paint Club, and the weasels' hideout in Toontown where guests can overhear the weasels, Jessica Rabbit, and Baby Herman talking, setting up the plot of the ride. The queue eventually enters the Toontown Cab Company which is the boarding area. Guests board a yellow toon cab named Lenny, who is the twin cousin of Benny the cab. Each cab seats two people, and the cabs are dispatched in groups of two. At the beginning of the ride guests encounter Roger Rabbit and Benny, spinning out in a puddle of "DIP" spilled by the weasels, and the guests' cab drives into the dip as well. At this point, the steering wheel of the cab becomes active, and the cab can then spin around, much like Fantasyland's Mad Tea Party. The attraction's storyline focuses on the weasels' plot to kidnap Jessica and "Dip" Roger and Benny.

At the start of the ride's queue, there are some license plates hanging on the wall which have code-like puns of various Disney things or slogans. They include 2N TOWN (Toontown), BB WOLF (Big Bad Wolf), MR TOAD (Mr. Toad), 1DRLND (Wonderland), 1D N PTR (Wendy & Peter Pan), IM L8 (I'm late - The White Rabbit), CAP 10 HK (Captain Hook), L MERM8 (The Little Mermaid), 101 DLMN (101 Dalmatians), FAN T C (Fantasy), RS2CAT (Aristocat), ZPD2DA (Zip-a-dee-doo-dah), and 3 LIL PIGS (Three Little Pigs).

Ride cast

Japanese Voice

Japanese Sponsor

Incident

  • On September 22, 2000, a four-year-old boy fell out of the Disneyland version of the ride and suffered serious injuries. The victim's family sued and eventually settled out of court. In January 2009, the then 13-year boy died due to complications from those injuries.[1][2]

See also

References

  1. ^ Los Angeles Times article
  2. ^ Boy badly hurt in 2000 Roger Rabbit accident dies.

External links

  • Official website
  • Official Page for attraction at Tokyo Disneyland
  • AllEarsNet - Roger Rabbit's Car Toon Spin
  • Laughing Place - Roger Rabbit's Car Toon Spin
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