Remember when Who Framed Roger Rabbit was released in theaters in 1988 and wanting so bad to visit Toontown? I know I did. Toontown opened in Disneyland on January 24, 1993, but there was something missing. Roger Rabbit! It wasn’t until a full year later did we see the grand opening of Roger Rabbit’s Car Toon Spin on January 26, 1994. Today we celebrate that momentous occasion that occurred a quarter of a century ago. Here are some attraction fun facts for you to enjoy.
- “DIP” is the chemical used by Judge Doom in the movie to erase toons from existence. It contains one part acetone, one part benzene, and one part turpentine.
2. Marvin Acme’s “Acme Warehouse” from the film is called the “Gag Warehouse,” and the cans of “DIP” in the opening scene of the attraction are real props from the film. One has a dent from where Christopher Lloyd kicked it.
3. There is a total of 17 Audio-Animatronic characters, 59 animated props, and 20 different special effects.
4. This was the only new “dark-ride” to open in Disneyland during the whole decade of the 1990s.
5. Roger Rabbit was such a popular character after the film’s release that there were plans to make Roger a star of his own land behind Main Street, U.S.A. called Hollywood Land.
6. Originally, it was going to be two stories tall with a similar riding system as Haunted Mansion, but they decided to go with a new design, which is what is in use today.
7. Roger Rabbit, Judge Doom, and Baby Herman almost got their own attractions in Disney’s Hollywood Studios, but due to budget cutbacks, they were never made.
8. Unlike all of the other “dark-rides” of its kind, this one has things to look at behind you, instead of just in front, like all of the others because this is the only one where you can be facing any direction in a 360° radius.
This is a 360° ride through.
9. There are several vanity plates hanging on the wall at the end of the queue and as you exit the attraction.
- FAN T C (Fantasy)
- CAP 10 HK (Captain Hook)
- RS2CAT (Aristocat)
- 101 DLMN (101 Dalmatians)
- MR TOAD (Mr. Toad)
- ZPD2DA (Zip-a-dee-doo-dah)
- 2N TOWN (Toontown)
- L MERM8 (The Little Mermaid)
- 1DRLND (Wonderland)
- 1D N PTR (Wendy & Peter Pan)
- BB WOLF (Big Bad Wolf)
- IM L8 (I’m late – The White Rabbit)
- 3 LIL PIGS (Three Little Pigs)
10. On the wall near the attraction operator, there is a framed $1 bill that has Roger Rabbit on it. They are called simoleons.
11. In Baby Herman’s nursery, you can see the silhouette wallpaper pattern of Jessica Rabbit.
12. The voice cast reprised their same roles as in the film:
- Charles Fleischer – Roger Rabbit, Benny the Cab, Greasy, and Psycho
- Kathleen Turner (Romancing the Stone)- Jessica Rabbit
- Jim Cummings (Winnie the Pooh, Tigger, Ray, Razoul, Darkwing Duck)- Baby Herman
- David Lander (Squiggy from the TV show Lavern and Shirley) – Wiseguy
- Fred Newman (Doug, Harry And The Hendersons) – Stupid
- June Foray (Granny from Sylvester and Tweetie) – Wheezy
- Will Ryan – unnamed weasel
13. From September 2000 to July 2001 the attraction was closed so that Disney could add bumpers to the base of each car to prevent anyone from accidentally going under the car. There was a specific incident that caused this to happen, which can be seen HERE.
Who likes to find the Hidden Mickeys?
- While waiting in the queue, you pass a faux alleyway with a can of paint; the swirls form the three circles of Mickey.
- There is a Mickey hidden on the hubcap in the loading area. You have to look around for it because sometimes it moves.
- In the room with buildings, there is a Mickey at the back of the double doors after you crash through them. You have to look back when the doors close to see it. One of the stars is a little Mickey.
- To the left of the attraction entrance, there is a doorknob with eyes. It is the doorknob from the Alice in Wonderland (1951) film. Which, incidentally, was added to the film by the animators as it didn’t exist in the book.
Here is a complete ride through from the 1990s compared to today.