Hop in a cab and go for a crazy spin with Roger Rabbit! Roger Rabbit's Car Toon Spin is a popular dark ride at Disneyland Park and can also be found at Tokyo Disneyland. During the secret history of this Disney ride, we'll learn about early concepts and ideas for the ride and how it relates to the popularity of the film "Who Framed Roger Rabbit." Buckle up and hold tight for a crazy ride!
The Secret History of Roger Rabbit's Car Toon Spin
Because of the success of the 1988 film "Who Framed Roger Rabbit," Disney hopped on board with placing Roger Rabbit inside the Disney parks. Originally, Disney's Hollywood Studios (then known as MGM Studios) at Walt Disney World Resort would be the park to have a Roger Rabbit ride. The attraction was going to be called Baby Herman's Runaway Baby Buggy. In fact, the park was set to feature a whole section devoted to Roger Rabbit!
As you can guess, plans for this were cancelled; however, Disneyland Park was still to receive a ride based on the wacky character. Joe Lanzisero, who worked on the film "Who Framed Roger Rabbit," also contributed to the Disneyland ride project. Quite a few people had roles in creating Roger Rabbit's Car Toon Spin, including Marcelo Vignali (design lead), Art Verity (dialogue and humor) and Andrea Favilli (exterior design). Roger Rabbit's Car Toon Spin resides in Mickey's ToonTown, but the ride didn't open with the theme park area. Mickey's ToonTown opened first in 1993 with Roger Rabbit's Car Toon Spin opening in January of 1994.
While the attraction is based on "Who Framed Roger Rabbit," the ride doesn't tell the entire story of the film. The goal of the creators of Roger Rabbit's Car Toon Spin was to highlight "the essence," according to Joe Lanzisero. One of my personal favorite parts of the ride is the fact you can actually spin the cab yourself! (I usually have to ride with my dad or Lily because Mommy Frog is not too keen on how much I like to spin.) Not only can you take a spin with Roger Rabbit in Disneyland Park, but you can also experience it at Tokyo Disneyland. The dark ride opened at Tokyo Disneyland a couple of years later in April 1996.
Roger Rabbit's Car Toon Spin Fun Facts
- The ride features 17 Audio-Animatronics, 59 animated props and 20 special effects.
- Take a look at the license plates hanging on the walls of the queue; each of them has to do something with Disney, such as 2N TOWN (Toontown), 101 DLMN (101 Dalmatians) and ZPD2DA (Zip-a-dee-doo-dah).
- The spinning vehicles are based on Benny the Cab!
- The DIP you see on the ride? It's ingredients are acetone, benzine and turpentine!
- Speaking of the DIP, your cab starts spinning right as you hit the DIP on the floor.
- Mickey's Toontown was originally going to be Hollywoodland and was actually going to be behind Main Street, U.S.A!
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