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    I never go a chance to either see or ride rocket rods. Does anyone have a video? Did it go fast? Was there any cool stuff to look at inside the tunnles?

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    Visionsfantastic.com has one

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    • #3
      If it was cool, it would still be there, seeing as how it opened in 1998, which was only 6 years ago. The fact that it's already closed and there's already another attraction in its place should let you know how "good" it was.
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      • #4
        I hardly remember it. The first and last time I went on it was in January of 2000. Funnily enough, all I remember is the queue and how it was "proposed" that they have these things between LA and Long Beach. :lol: Anyway, they went fast... until you got to a turn, then you sort of suffered from major whip lash.
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        • #5
          I have no fotos of the ride, but I want to say before everyone else comes on and bashes it, I thought it was fun. Riding in the front at night was neat, with the cold wind on your face. It made a cool noise too. I think it went like 20mph?? at the fastest part, but not for sure. Someone else will know that i bet. I never happened to ride it when it broke down, so for me it was never a bad experience, except having to wait 3 hours to ride it.
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          • #6
            Originally posted by melmel
            If it was cool, it would still be there, seeing as how it opened in 1998, which was only 6 years ago. The fact that it's already closed and there's already another attraction in its place should let you know how "good" it was.
            there's already another attraction it its QUEUE's place, not in its place...the track is still unused. I'm sure it went faster than 20 mph...
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            • #7
              [QUOTE=disneyfreeek]I think it went like 20mph?? at the fastest part, but not for sure. Someone else will know that i bet. [QUOTE]

              I believe it went 45 mph at the fastest part making it the fastest attraction within Disneyland. After closing, that honor reverted back to Splash Mountain at about 40 mph. Of course, both records are now bested in the entire resort by Screamin' at 55 mph.

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              • #8
                Rocket Rods had the best sounds and ride ever. If only they themed it a bit and fixed the mechanical problems with it the ride would of been great.

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by Disneyfreak
                  Rocket Rods had the best sounds and ride ever. If only they themed it a bit and fixed the mechanical problems with it the ride would of been great.
                  Well, that's the problem, innit? Rocket Rods, so far as I can discern, never had a theme at all beyond...er...going fast--at which it did a lousy job.

                  In all fairness, the Peoplemover had no real theme either--but it did what it was designed to do. The Rocket Rods attraction tried unsucessfully to do something else within the parameters of the Peoplemover's infrastructure, and couldn't overcome the limitations.

                  The best attractions begin as good ideas, for the execution of which technologies are found and invented. Existing ride systems upon which theming is imposed tend not to turn out half so well. RR was a curious case: an invented technology with no idea at all behind it.

                  Yeah, yeah. I remember the "Tomorrowland Transit Authority" business. Pure afterthought, if you ask me. Transportation system of the future? Please. My first time through the queue I saw the geographically incomprehensible "route map" on the wall and knew I was at the mercy of incompetents.

                  What I'm saying is: "themed it a bit" wouldn't have done a thing for that sad spectacle. Even if WDI had gotten to spend their original budget on the attraction, they'd only have been adding bells and whistles to a non-theme.

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                  • #10
                    I know, I know... everyone will bash Rocket Rods. But there was something cool about queing up to the "drag race xmas tree light thing" and watching it count down from red to yellow to green and-- Boom! You took off. And as another already mentioned in this thread, it was really pretty great at night. Don't get me wrong, I am a big proponent of PeopleMover and I'd love to see it brought back in a new 2005 design, but RR was certainly better than the nothing that we have now!
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                    • #11
                      I only rode the thing once (I still don't know why I waited in line for 70 minutes for that thing). The only thing I liked about it was the launch, when the vehicle would rise up. (Then again, sitting in the open-air like that so high up was pretty cool, too).




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                      • #12
                        I have to stand with those that liked it- our family always used the single rider (I believe it was the first attraction to offer it?) and we enjoyed it quite a bit- I agree that had the fixed the mechanical problems, it would have been a great ride.
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                        • #13
                          It would have been OK with a banked track on the first turn and out by the Autopia. Slowing down inside buildings is fine for me inside buildings. But I also agree that if you're not going fast, you should have something to look at, to improve the feeling of fast motion. Electric signs, projected speed tunnels, etc. These would have really helped the ride, to my way of thinking.
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                          • #14
                            I've heard that a lot of people really enjoyed this ride. The only reason why it's not there anymore is cause there was a lot of problems, not cause it wasnt popular.

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                            • #15
                              Peoplemover had fairly low attendance most of the time, Rods was constantly packed. Despite its issues Rods was an all around more atmospheric experience. It added kinetics to TL that the Peoplemover had not added.

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                              • #16
                                It's kinda sad that this ride didn't work out. The ride system is very kewl and if they had themed the ride and built it correctly, it could have been phenomenal--easily one of the top rides at Disneyland. Too bad Matt Ouimet wasn't President of the DLR at the time...imagine how awesome it could have been...
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                                • #17
                                  If only they put more money into it and banked those turns we would still have that ride today. I really like it especially the airtime you get from it! Too bad.

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                                  • #18
                                    Im glad we are getting some RR supporters. A few miths.

                                    Rocket Rods was NOT the downfall of People Mover. The PM track was vacant for a long time before the RR came in. Also, the RR was NOT taken down from lack of riders. I never saw the line below 2 hours. The line would extend all the way into the Little Mermaid lagoon, into and around the CircleVision, UNDER the park and up into the PM Q area. It was an insane line always.

                                    It was a lot of fun. Fast, the cars made a COOL screaming sound as they blasted through and around the park. The little beeping and chirping also sounded cool and they added a LOT of life and excitement to TL. TL seems so quiet, stale and simply... SLOW without them.

                                    I remember going to DL when the ride was still testing. They had tarps over the launch area. When they launched the Rocket Rod, you could not SEE it, but it created this bubble, or stockwave as it went down the tarp. VERY cool looking. And the SOUND! You looked up in amazement and thought "Wow! That things gonna be so cool!".

                                    If it was not for the technical issues, the ride would still be going. FACT. This is from the mouth of an WDI I am friends with. So put to rest the idea that its dead because nobody liked it.

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                                    • #19
                                      Originally posted by gibbage
                                      Im glad we are getting some RR supporters. A few mitI remember going to DL when the ride was still testing. They had tarps over the launch area. When they launched the Rocket Rod, you could not SEE it, but it created this bubble, or stockwave as it went down the tarp. VERY cool looking. And the SOUND! You looked up in amazement and thought "Wow! That things gonna be so cool!".
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                                      • #20
                                        Originally posted by pyrateslife4me84
                                        It's kinda sad that this ride didn't work out. The ride system is very kewl and if they had themed the ride and built it correctly, it could have been phenomenal--easily one of the top rides at Disneyland. Too bad Matt Ouimet wasn't President of the DLR at the time...imagine how awesome it could have been...
                                        I would love it if they put it back in and

                                        #1, renovated the tracks. Banked turn, hills and so on.

                                        #2, better show elements when inside TL's buildings.

                                        #3, Better Q

                                        #4, A LOT more capacity. That line was the slowest moving line EVER. Even during its up times.

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