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!
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.
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.
Eventually the queue would go through the Dip factory and see how the green substance is being manufactured.
The loading area, which is brimming with details!
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.
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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