Tokyo Disneyland – Roger Rabbit’s Car Toon Spin

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Roger Rabbit’s Car Toon Spin is a dark ride in Tokyo Disneyland’s Toontown.Guests board yellow cabs called “Lenny” that is capable of spinning (like a tea cup ride) as it maneuvers around colourful and mildly psychedelic scenes.

To be very honest, I’ve never watched Who Framed Roger Rabbit so I don’t know the full story. From what I understand, the weasels from Toon Patrol are pouring green DIP into the streets of Toontown, causing mayhem (and much of the ride’s fun).

There’s no other way to describe the ride – it is wild and crazy. Also, it has a surprisingly elaborately themed queue. Enjoy the photos!

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The queue basically winds around various scenes in Toontown: backstage areas, Baby Herman’s apartment and the DIP factory. It leads back into the Cab company again and the ride begins.

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Like most of Disney’s elaborate attractions, the queue is not just a line. Apart from being very amusing, it also provides little hints of the ride’s story if you pay attention (e.g: the weasels sneaking about). The scenes also features characters talking, but their lines are localized in Japan. One of the scenes in the queue breaks into the ride – I can’t remember where – but it gives guests a glimpse of the madness later.

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Eventually the queue would go through the Dip factory and see how the green substance is being manufactured.

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The loading area, which is brimming with details!

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This is the ride vehicle. Seats two, and the wheel can be used to control spin. I wasn’t able to spin it like the tea cups and it was difficult to actually control the car (intentional?). The moment the ride begins and hits the fluorescent dip (which is essentially a few seconds in), be ready for a crazy ride.

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Surprisingly, I enjoyed this ride a lot. It doesn’t feature high-end animatronics or “3D effects”, but the scenes’ heavy comical look create an immersive cartoon atmosphere. It is a wacky experience that uses simple tricks (mirrors! trompe l’oeil!) to simulate rapid change of perspective and motion. Like a crazy cartoon, you will be moving in all sorts of directions and jump from one scene to another.

Despite the ride being tucked in a corner of the park and not featuring Disney’s most famous characters, this ride was very popular when I visited and there was a VERY long wait. It was so long that I could take so many photos in the queue.

If you’d like to watch a video of the ride, check out Theme Park Review’s recording on YouTube.

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5 Responses to Tokyo Disneyland – Roger Rabbit’s Car Toon Spin

  1. SirEdge January 28, 2014 at 6:45 pm #

    This is an exemplary attraction and glad to see that TDL has well-represented this classic. Personally, the lack of 3D effects is part of its appeal to me.

    • Dejiki January 28, 2014 at 6:53 pm #

      Nothing beats real sets and props!

      • SirEdge January 28, 2014 at 7:04 pm #

        Exactly! Which is why I was tad disappointed with the finale of Mystic Manor. Kinda felt empty since the only tangible things in that room was the Monkey King and that collapsing wall.

  2. MrNomad February 8, 2014 at 7:36 pm #

    Hi Dejiki! First of all, thank you for such an amazing and informative blog! I wanted to ask you regarding the Tokyo Disney. We will be visiting this March and will be staying in Maihama area for 2 days. I only wanted to go to DisneySea on the first day and visit other cities like ropongi/asakusa on the 2nd day. This is my first time in Japan but I have been to walt disney world and disney hongkong. Would you recommend spending 2 whole days in Tokyo Disney? My original plan was just to visit Disney sea only, would you also recommend visiting Tokyo DisneyLand on the second day? (considering ive been to WDW and HKDL) or just spend 2 days entirely in DisneySea?

    Thank you so much! 🙂

    • Dejiki February 8, 2014 at 9:34 pm #

      Hi there! Since you have been to the Magic Kingdom at WDW, you will find Tokyo Disneyland bearing several similarities. While the park has some new attractions (which are applauded as the best rides in the world), the rest of the park is really a copy of WDW and Disneyland, borrowing excellent aspects of both parks from three decades ago. However, Tokyo DisneySea is truly one of its kind in the world. That park’s immense size and variety of attractions often mean requiring more than a day to see and do most of what the park offers.

      I would suggest spending a day at Tokyo DisneySea and save the second day to explore the city as you have not been to Japan before. Alternatively you might want to purchase a single-day Passport to the park first, and then upgrade for a second day (a top-up of 4500 yen per adult). There are terms and conditions for upgrades, you might want to refer to this page for more information: http://www.tokyodisneyresort.jp/en/ticket/multipass/index.html

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