Disney’s Hollywood Studios opened in 1989, and was originally named the Disney-MGM Studios. Hot off the box-office success the previous year, an entire land devoted to Roger Rabbit was then planned to be added to the park, but the land was never built. Many props and homages to the rabbit can still be seen in the park to this day.
One of the most interesting things is the original stunt car used for the Benny the Cab scenes from Who Framed Roger Rabbit. We’re taking a look at the history of Roger in the park, what types of rides were originally planned but never built, and behind-the-scenes of how they shot the Benny the Cab portions of the film.
Check out the full video above for more information on the history of Roger Rabbit at the park, as well as the photo gallery below for more details on the stunt car and current Roger Rabbit references!
Benny the Cab at Backlot Express
The Backlot Express is located to the right of Indiana Jones Stunt Spectacular
As decoration the restaurant features props from various movies and rides on the walls
In the front-left corner of the restaurant you can find this stunt car from Who Framed Roger Rabbit
Photos show how the Benny the Cab and Roger animation was added on top of the car
Production stills with Bob Hoskins on set
This crazy custom built stunt car had a movable seat in front for actor Bob Hoskins
A second chair in the back is where the real driver would sit, stunt driver Charles Croughwell
Real vehicle controls on back seat
Modified 4-wheeler engine under the actor’s seat
Front of this wacky car rigged with camera hook-ups and tow hooks
Other Roger Rabbit References in the Park
You can find Roger’s hand and footprints in front of Chinese Theater facade from the day the park opened
You can find a billboard for Maroon Studios at the park near Echo Lake
Although they never built the Roger Rabbit land, it’s nice that the billboard remains
Above the Hollywood & Vine restaurant you can see a window for Eddie Valiant’s Private Eye office
And it looks like Roger busted through the blinds here
Be sure to check out the video for details about Who Framed Roger Rabbit props and vehicles that used to be at the park, as well as the entire land and rides that were planned yet never built!
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Alicia has been visiting theme parks since the age of 3, has an incredible knack for memorizing park maps, loves theme park renovations and cannot wait to ride something new. She can often be found taking video at the parks and riding roller coasters!