Maybe because it's one of the last scenes in the ride....?
Like the gypsies, Mr. Toad was an outcast in society who deserved to burn in hellfire. ;)
I went on the ride first and then watched the movie. I thought "where the hell is hell?!".
the whole ride is basically the story of "you" (Toad) going on a hit-and-run rampage, getting thrown in jail and finally getting killed due to your motormania and going to hell. it's actually sort of a depressing ride when you think about it, but i think that's why the ride is so legendary.
It's a true classic and the only one exclusive to Disneyland. WDW's version has closed it's doors a long time ago. The dark ride never gets boring, it's short and hella sweet, but actually you're going to 'nowhere in particular.'
I'm glad I'm not the only one who found this weird. I went to DLR for the first time a few months ago. Upon exiting this ride, my brother and I looked at each other and had the following exchange:
Him: That ride got pretty intense towards the end, there.
Me: Yeah. I don't remember him ending up in Hell.
Of course, I'd only ridden Mr. Toad once before, and that was over 20 years ago at WDW, but I don't seem to recall a hellish scene in that ride. And it definitely wasn't in the book or film.
My brother and I were actually pretty amused by this bit of WTFery seemingly tacked randomly onto the end of the ride. My guess is they wanted to end the ride with something big and pyrotechnical, and thought, "what the Hell?"
I still thoroughly enjoyed this ride, and I'm glad it's withstood the test of time at DLR. It's definitely a classic.
Oh, and FigmentJedi, you're totally my hero for the Invader Zim reference! Made my day^-^
It's in the ride because unlike Imagineers and management of today, they had this thing called originality and didn't follow a movie to the letter because they felt that would be boring. Hell is the best part of the attraction and is a major factor why Mr. Toad continues to be popular. It's also a testament that Disneyland was not designed for children.
I've read in The Disneyland Encyclopedia that you as the rider ending up in hell was supposed to add to the whimsical aspect of the ride and make the rider laugh...and that, most people not realizing, that as you turn through the swinging doors and arrive back at the loading area of the ride, you're supposed to have effectively escaped hell. Perhaps in the 1950s this played better, but I'm 34 and have been going to Disneyland all my life and I still constantly hear people talking about how out of place the hell scene is, both with regard to the specific story and the park as a whole.
I'm all about rides being inspired by the films they represent and having a bit of a different take or spin on the original story, but in the case or Mr. Toad's Wild Ride, the final scene just seems so odd.
That part did confuse me and have me scratching my head as well. That being said, I do like it.