24 September 2013

Terror Tunnel

There are all sorts of attractions, parks, restaurants, resorts and unattached concepts that never made it off the drawing board or out of the model shop. When it comes to Disney’s Hollywood Studios, previously known as Disney-MGM Studios, everyone from Andrew Lloyd Weber to David Copperfield had experiences that could’ve, should’ve, but didn’t make it into the park. There were no grander ideas, however, than those tied to the face of Disney-MGM Studios during its formative years, Roger Rabbit.

In fact, Roger wasn’t going to have just a single attraction, he was going to have a whole land that was going to be known as Roger Rabbit’s Hollywood. Picture Roger’s influence on Toontown in Disneyland, but ramped up to an epic level. Baby Herman would have been given his own attraction, as would have Benny the Cab, and another attraction would have sent guests on a tour of Toontown. Perhaps the marquee attraction, the weenie of the land if you will, would have been this high flying roller coaster.

Based upon Roller Coaster Rabbit, the 1990 short that was released in theaters as the opening act to Dick Tracy, the ride would have sent guests through an antic-ridden wooden roller coaster. In the short, Roger and Herman make their way through a very dangerous state fair in central Florida and end up on the highly suspect coaster.

It’s likely that the argument over controlling interest in Roger and his shorts had something to do with hampering Roger’s spread further into the park and the entertainment industry as a whole. In the end though, the roller coaster and Roger Rabbit’s Hollywood were both shelved when Sunset Boulevard and The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror were given the green light.

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