Counting Down While Waiting in Line [Part 2]

Like death and taxes, waiting line at Disneyland is inevitable. Fortunately for us, the venerable theme park has turned the mathematical inevitably of waiting in line into an art form. It’s because of this thoughtful design that some queues rival the main attraction in areas such as story, interactivity and atmosphere. Let’s take a few moments and bask in the glory of Disney Imagineering as we explore the Top Five Places to Wait in Line at the Disneyland Resort.

Number 4: Roger Rabbit’s Car Toon Spin


Here you can jump behind the wheel of Benny the run-away cab, as he spins through the real animated world of Roger Rabbit. It’s the Mad Tea Party on steroids, because you control the spinning steering wheel as you whirl through this highly themed (in 365 degrees no less) attraction. What’s fun, depending on how you feel about spinning in circles while moving backward and forward, is that no two trips through the attraction are exactly the same. Watch out for Judge Doom and keep your eyes peeled for the super sultry Jessica Rabbit (she’s not bad, she’s just drawn that way).

Why It’s In the Top Five: Roger Rabbit is arguably one of the most underrated and wholly overlooked great attractions inside Disneyland. Unique to the California park and quietly tucked away inside of Mickey’s Toon Town, it’s the ride many people forget is even there. It’s a shame really, because once inside those cartoony front doors, riders are treated to a unique walking tour of Toon Town. This isn’t your Mother’s Oldsmobile though, it’s dark, seedy and crime-ridden. Speakeasies, criminals and back alleys are the main focus – not to mention a vile and mysterious boiler room bubbling over with “dip”. Your journey’s just getting started by the time you hop into that crazy cab and head off spinning toward adventure. Lots of tightly packed twists and turns mixed with a full sensory overload of sights and sounds bring this queue in at Number 4.

Why It’s Not Number One: Roger Rabbit should be higher on the list – thematically it rivals our number one pick. It also has the distinction of having a line that is almost better than the ride itself. However, the attraction’s (and the queue’s) biggest flaw is, once the line hits daylight, tragedy strikes. Having to wait in a boring, shadeless, loud, stroller-laden, child-infested, hotter-than-the-gates-of-hell overflow queue exacerbated by the unnecessary use of Fastpass will pretty much ruin your weekend. Rule of thumb, if the line is out the front door, that’s your cue to avoid the queue.

Trivia: Is there a Roger Rabbit Sequel in the works? Also, did you ever wonder why this ride wasn’t cloned to other Disney parks around the world? This may have something to do with it.

Don’t Forget to check out our Number 5 pick for the Top Five Places to Wait in Line at the Disneyland Resort.

4 Comments so far

  1. Dave Share (daveshare) on August 11th, 2009 @ 8:47 am

    I LOVE the queue for RRCS. One thing that bugged me though was when they introduced Fastpass for this ride. You never stood in one place long enough to enjoy the queue! The way it was set up, you would show your ticket at the door, and then you moved non-stop all the way up the the ride vehicles. Sure you could “see” everything, but you didn’t really have the time to enjoy and appreciate it. I just went on this several months ago and they had changed that. One of my favorite parts is the area where you can see into the ride. As a kid, getting a glimpse of what you’re in for, I can only imagine the excitement that builds up.

  2. Counting Down While Waiting in Line [Part 3] | Orange County Metblogs (pingback) on August 11th, 2009 @ 1:24 pm

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  3. Jon (oc_jon) on August 11th, 2009 @ 1:36 pm

    My wife loves loves loves that you can see the inside of the ride from the queue – it’s the first thing she always mentions! Additionally, their Fastpass revision to better utilize the awesome queue is a welcomed change.

    Here’s a tip: The RRCS Fastpass is *not* connected to the rest of the network – it just says it is. What this means is, you can get a FP to Space Mountain and then immediately walk over and get one at RRCS (without waiting two hours) and vice versa. Consider it a perk for visiting Toon Town.

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