So there has been insight on Test Track coming out here to the Disneyland Resort, but with a Cars theme. Well, I was thinking. Wouldn't cartoon stock cars look a little too... goofy? Why not re-Imagineer the Rocket Rods idea?
I'm also going to revive the third gate topic here, so bear with me.
Many fans want to see the PeopleMover back, and many want to see the Rocket Rods back. Why not kill two birds with one stone, and do both? This would allow the PeopleMover to reopen in Disneyland, and the Rocket Rods to open back up somewhere else. Although we've spotted the Rocket Rod take up residence in Disney's California Adventure for a few months, I don't know how well it would fit the theme of the park (but this has already happened with other attractions, too), so it could be saved for a new idea for the third gate, if and when it occurs.
Since nearly all of the old 'Rods were scrapped, new ones would have to be built. These new Rocket Rods will be made somewhat wider, and one seat will be added to make them longer. This will allow the vehicle to better accommodate the Test Track ride system, as well as add momentum. Each Rocket Rod 2.0 will have neon lighting at night, with a different color for each vehicle. Hopefully you have an idea of how it will appear.
So, you walk down the wide pathway toward a large building with a highly-banked track wrapping around above the entrance. You walk in and see small exhibits on the history of mass transit, automobiles, etc. as well as old transportation vehicles from Disneyland: the Viewliner, the Monorail, the PeopleMover, a Skyway bucket, and an original Rocket Rod. After watching a short film on how you are the first to test this new transportation system, you enter a large room (same size as the Test Track loading area) and board your Rocket Rod!
You're off into the test building, and simulated obstacles like that of Test Track's are there, as well as seeing a simulated Interstate 5, jampacked with traffic, and other ways to show how Rocket Rods are an effecient mode of transportation. You'll pass by PeopleMovers, Monorails, and StarSpeeders, all of which, alongside Rocket Rods, are now the best ways to get from Point A to Point B.
The ride ends with the big finale outside the building, of course hitting the 65 mile-per-hour mark, and slowing down, and going down a ramp back to the loading area.
So, anyone think it's a good idea? Be sure to say why it is, or why it isn't. I'm interested in your thoughts on the idea.