Imagine replacing the Mark Twain with a speedboat with 1/10th its capacity and that made the trip around the roa in 3 minutes. That's the impact, I believe the rocket rods had on Tomorrowland. IMHO they destroyed the place, and it never recovered.
Actually, this is the analogy I was meaning to comment on.
Well, I hated it because I had to work on the popcorn wagon underneath the track all that summer, and for every guest I sold a box of popcorn to, I would have 5 guests come up to me and interrupt the transaction and ask "How do I get on the Batman ride?". It really got on my nerves. But that's probably an issue that is unique to me.
Also, if you look at Test Track, you think of what could have been with the Rocket Rods if they had only banked the turns. Test Track has a story, but in my opinion it gets in the way of the ride and I wish it would just simply go as fast as it could and not do the stupid "trials" with ABS, heat, cold, etc. I haven't been on Test Track 2.0 so maybe they've fixed that part.
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1996 - 1999
Puffin999 if you saw the kinetic energy of Tomorrowland during the 70s-80s you would know why there is such hatred for this failed attraction. To see pics of the ghostly tracks above Tomorrowland for as long as they have been sitting abandoned has to detract from the experience in that land. I imagine a kid saying to his mom, "Mommy why isnt there anything going on those tracks above us," "Well jr. you see, there was once this ride called Rocket Rods.........."
Darth Goofy, I was born in 1981, I rode the Peoplemover and Sky buckets before they left. I also rode the rockets when they were ABOVE Tommorowland. I remember what it was before. I can't read people's minds, that's why I asked. I was curious to what other people's opinions were. Please don't suggest that I'm stupid.
Well, basically we did end of getting a new "racing type" attraction 11 years after Rocket Rods closed in Racers that is beautifully done with a great storyline and technology (they still have their bugs with the Test Track style system but that was expected) but at least we did get something that wasn't a complete piece of garbage that unnecessarily killed off not only the Peoplemover, but also Circlevision and Rocket Jets (Observatron).
"Hello folks, welcome aboard the Disneyland Railroad..."
"The Gods have been angered by all the celebratin'..."
I thought it was okay, but the problem was it took away a great experience that a guest could savor and gave us a rushed experience that wasn't particularly memorable. WIth the original, you could enjoy the views, take great photos, get a nice rest and cool down. But Rocket Rods had none of this going for it, except it was fast. It was like the difference between a peaceful stroll through a beautiful garden, and sprinting through it.
This plus the fact that the line was 2 days long.
"The old man's gonna knock on the sky. Listen to the sound."
I'm not the best person to talk to about Rocket Rods because I personally loved the hell out of it.
Yes, it died a lot. Yes, the tracks should have been banked.
Puffin, this was the biggest issue. Basically the cars would accelerate down the road, then have to break to turn. It would accelerate when it didn't have to turn super sharply, but everytime a major turn came up, it had to break. The tires had to replaced every few days? Hours? Something huge like that, and eventually they it just cost too much or something?
I loved the theme inside of the big circle vision theater. I was mesmerized by the future-tech videos, and I wanted that future to be real!
I remember my favorite part of the line was going down the hallway, underneath Tomorrowland, and seeing the sign on the wall which stated the Rocket Rods path was eventually going to expand to California Adventure, and some other places which I can't remember. I can't find an image online either
My favorite memory of Rocket Rods was once I went late at night before the park was going to close. There was no line for some reason, so I jumped on and I got my own car, sitting in the front. While it was way out near Autopia the ride died, but the music stayed on. We didn't receive any messages, so for about 5 minutes or so I just sat there, surrounded by music, and the night. It was pretty cool, and it solidified The Rocket Rods as one of my favorite rides.
I still miss it!
going underground was the most fun part for me. I looked around a lot lol