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  • Nov. 10, 2006: Superstar Limo

    Superstar Limo was the only dark ride at Disney's California Adventure when that park opened in February 2001. Now Superstar Limo is the first entry in the new California Adventure section of Yesterland.
    Link to Superstar Limo at Yesterland.

    What are your thoughts about Superstar Limo?
    Werner Weiss
    Curator of Yesterland, featuring discontinued Disneyland attractions

  • #2
    Re: Nov. 10, 2006: Superstar Limo

    Huh. You make the ride seem like it was better than it was. Strange. I always thought this ride was an embarassment to Disney. And the facade, like most of DCA was the worst. I suppose it was designed to look like one of the pop-up post-cards. It never worked, just like the entire entrance to the park. Thnak goodness it's gone.

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    • #3
      Re: Nov. 10, 2006: Superstar Limo

      I never minded the ride, although it certainly wasn't a don't miss. By the way, I'm pretty sure Pirates and the HM are NOT considered dark rides. Isn't "dark ride" the term for the simpler attractions that you find in Fantasyland, like Snow White and Peter Pan?

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      • #4
        Re: Nov. 10, 2006: Superstar Limo

        Thank you Werner. Strange to think that a park as new as California Adventure already has shows and attractions in Yesterland.

        I actually rode Superstar many times. While I didn't really like it, it was the only dark ride in the park and one that never had a line. So it became a staple for me until it closed. Visually your pictures reminded me of why I tolerated the ride. It was bright and ever changing - not unlike a music video. However, the text you provided makes me wonder how I was able to stand riding that mess for so long. It was really just a series of "Oh look who that is". VERY poor storyline and script.

        In any case. Well done Werner. "You are big boffo"

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        • #5
          Re: Nov. 10, 2006: Superstar Limo

          Years of therapy were undone by reading about that ride.
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          • #6
            Re: Nov. 10, 2006: Superstar Limo

            Originally posted by danyoung View Post
            . . .I'm pretty sure Pirates and the HM are NOT considered dark rides. Isn't "dark ride" the term for the simpler attractions that you find in Fantasyland, like Snow White and Peter Pan?
            By the authority invested in me as a former Jungle Cruise guide and Tomorrowland attractions host, I declare that the HM and POTC are, indeed, dark rides.

            I went to DCA while Superstar Limo was open, but I heard it was one to put off since it wasn't very good, and so I never saw it. However, those pictures made it look like one of those rare things that was actually so bad it was good. (Like "Dean Martin's Christmas Special at Sea World" and the film "Plan 9 from Outer Space.")

            Monsters, Inc. is a good ride and I've been telling family members visiting the park not to miss it while waiting for DCA's "Aladdin" show. (I do like the inventive movie more than most people did--esp. the little girl, "Boo," who keeps calling the monster "Kitty!") It's larger than Fantasyland's dark rides, though not as charming "Peter Pan."

            The weakness of Pixar is its music, specifically the songs. "You've Got a Friend in Me" is the only Pixar tune that ranks with Disney's (and Katzenberg's newer) classics. I know Pixar's movies are less like musicals than Disney's best, but John L. just doesn't seem to be very demanding when it comes to songs. When I think of Disney music many tunes come mind, and this music is as central to Disney's Magic Kingdoms as Christmas music is to the holidays. Unfortunately, as the parks become more Pixarized, they might become less musically magical.
            Last edited by jcruise86; 11-10-2006, 06:42 AM. Reason: typo

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            • #7
              Re: Nov. 10, 2006: Superstar Limo

              Originally posted by danyoung View Post
              I never minded the ride, although it certainly wasn't a don't miss. By the way, I'm pretty sure Pirates and the HM are NOT considered dark rides. Isn't "dark ride" the term for the simpler attractions that you find in Fantasyland, like Snow White and Peter Pan?
              No, HM and POTC are in fact dark rides. They are just dark rides that are done EXTREMELY well.

              By the way, I think that the facade of Superstar Limo reminds me of ToonTown -- which isn't saying much of either. This is just my honest opinion, and I do not mean to offend anyone. Personally, I have never ridden Superstar Limo, so maybe seeing the facade in real life is different from seeing a picture of it so maybe my assumption is wrong, but when I saw the picture posted here, my first reaction was that it was a picture of ToonTown.

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              • #8
                Re: Nov. 10, 2006: Superstar Limo

                Great article! I was on SSL many times and I think that mock ride-thru captured the cheesy tone of the attraction perfectly.

                I always thought it was fun how they never checked the photo that was taken of you and projected in the attraction (you couldn't buy the photo). Most people had those stunned looks, but my friends and I did stuff like taking off our shirts or pretending to bite each others' nipples and whatnot and lo and behold, there it was on the big screen. Hilarious!

                Or how many of the animatronics (especially Melanie Griffith, Cher and Regis) looked more like real humans than the actual person
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                • #9
                  Re: Nov. 10, 2006: Superstar Limo

                  Originally posted by jcruise86 View Post
                  By the authority invested in me as a former Jungle Cruise guide and Tomorrowland attractions host, I declare that the HM and POTC are, indeed, dark rides.
                  Like any semi-intelligent person with a large ego, I just did some online research before opening my big mouth again. And you know what? I was wr.... I was wro........ I WAS WRONG!!!! Seems the official definition of a dark ride is a moving vehicle that travels past animated scenes.

                  But I'd like to say that I still stubbornly insist in my own mind that Pan and Snow and Pooh are dark rides, while HM and POTC are something more.

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                  • #10
                    Re: Nov. 10, 2006: Superstar Limo

                    Originally posted by danyoung View Post
                    Like any semi-intelligent person with a large ego, I just did some online research before opening my big mouth again. And you know what? I was wr.... I was wro........ I WAS WRONG!!!! Seems the official definition of a dark ride is a moving vehicle that travels past animated scenes.

                    But I'd like to say that I still stubbornly insist in my own mind that Pan and Snow and Pooh are dark rides, while HM and POTC are something more.
                    Meh. "Dark ride" has a pretty general definition. HM and POTC are much more.


                    There are a few parades and shows that have thankfully gone to Yesterland but not on the web site, I think. Maybe it would be more efficient to wait until the whole park goes there.

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                    • #11
                      Re: Nov. 10, 2006: Superstar Limo

                      Well to tell you the truth, I never liked that rider. I even dubbed it the worst ride that Disney ever produced and to be the only Dark Ride in the whole park is offensive and embarresing. My family came off that ride the first time with stunned faces and we all said to eachother "What was that crap?" We only went on it once and thought once was enough.

                      It was pretty funny to see that our next trip out there (which usually is only a couple of months) it was already gone. But it was a sad to see that the management didn't put something in there as soon as it was gone leaving that part of the park completely empty. It was all so tragic and I think it wasn't until Matt came along and said "Hey, this needs something!" and put in Monster's Inc. which is way better then Superstar Limo.

                      I'm not sad it's gone but it's kinda nice sometimes to see what was there before. Thanks Yesterland!:thumbup:
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                      • #12
                        Re: Nov. 10, 2006: Superstar Limo

                        I am reminded once again why this ride was a loser... I can see how it was trying to be clever promoting Disney contracts... But I find this type of satire a bit insulting, really.

                        But did anyone ever realise this type of satire isn't funny? People come to LA to get lost in it's culture - because they genuinely are interested, not to have people insult it or have the whole thing reduced to a real cheap dark ride...
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                        • #13
                          Re: Nov. 10, 2006: Superstar Limo

                          Good idea, bad execution. I think a wild ride through Hollywood would have been incredibly fun, like Mr Toad meets Great Movie Ride. However, we got Pooh meets ABC. I think the big problem was it was built on cursed land. I mean, even Monsters Inc is sub-par. Bulldoze and build something NICE in that section of the park.
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                          • #14
                            Re: Nov. 10, 2006: Superstar Limo

                            I never got to ride on SSL, but it seems I didn't miss much. I wonder where that Cher animitronic is??? One problem with Monsters is that if you haven't seen the movie, it doesn't make any sense. Also the doors scenes in that movie are one of the best parts, and the scenes in the ride are ok. The door idea alone is enough to develop a ride.....thatswhatI'mthinkin'
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                            • #15
                              Re: Nov. 10, 2006: Superstar Limo

                              Originally posted by Professortango View Post
                              Good idea, bad execution. I think a wild ride through Hollywood would have been incredibly fun, like Mr Toad meets Great Movie Ride.
                              I've heard that this was actually the original concept, having papparazzi chase you through Hollywood, but the whole Princess Di thing happened right around the planning stage, so they axed it.... and you see what we wound up with.

                              THE WORST part of the ride, however, was mercifully not pictured in Werner's article..... PUPPET JOAN RIVERS! Run in horror, children. RUN!!!!
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                              • #16
                                Re: Nov. 10, 2006: Superstar Limo

                                Originally posted by danyoung View Post
                                . . .I was wr.... I was wro........ I WAS WRONG!!!!
                                Sorry, Danyoung, I'm having trouble reading your font--would you please repeat that?

                                Actually, it's so rare to come across "I was wrong" that I want to hold you up as an imperfect hero.

                                In closing, I thought that if someone was going to quote me it was going to be because I wrote that John Lasseter is not very demanding when it comes to songs--though, in fairness, his movies aren't musicals, and Pixar's background music (for example in "The Incredibles"), is often an excellent match for their stories.
                                Last edited by jcruise86; 11-10-2006, 11:22 AM. Reason: typo

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                                  Re: Nov. 10, 2006: Superstar Limo

                                  Originally posted by Professortango View Post
                                  Good idea, bad execution. I think a wild ride through Hollywood would have been incredibly fun, like Mr Toad meets Great Movie Ride. However, we got Pooh meets ABC.
                                  Sounds fun, but how about Mr. Toad meets the Haunted Mansion? Frightened ghosts could be entertaining and empowering for little kids. ("I ain't 'fraid o' no ghosts!")

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                                  • #18
                                    Re: Nov. 10, 2006: Superstar Limo

                                    I never rode it, but watched ridethroughs of it.

                                    I found it funny that before the audio I thought that the Cindy Crawford AA was actually Jillian Barberie.

                                    It's also amusing to see how in retrospect those AA's were used for Monster's Inc. Like Drew Carrey is the CDA officer who says "Have you seen this child?" right before you enter the Monster's Inc. building.
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                                    • #19
                                      Re: Nov. 10, 2006: Superstar Limo

                                      Originally posted by jcruise86 View Post
                                      Actually, it's so rare to come across "I was wrong" that I want to hold you up as an imperfect hero.
                                      I crack myself up sometimes, when I'm sure of something and that the other guy is totally wrong. I'll race off to the internet on my white steed, convinced of my righteousness and my holy cause, only to find out bit by bit that I was grossly misinformed. But it's happened enough times in my 50 years of living that I don't really find it so hard anymore to say I was wr...... I made a mista........ Sorry, I just can't say it again . . . . .

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                                      • #20
                                        Re: Nov. 10, 2006: Superstar Limo

                                        Originally posted by jcruise86 View Post
                                        In closing, I thought that if someone was going to quote me it was going to be because I wrote that John Lasseter is not very demanding when it comes to songs--though, in fairness, his movies aren't musicals, and Pixar's background music (for example in "The Incredibles"), is often an excellent match for their stories.
                                        I'll quote you on that one. you know, it's funny, I love pretty much everything that Pixar has done so far, but I've never thought critically about their music... and I'm a professional musician! I guess their musical choices have worked well enough for me because they've unobtrusively supported the storyline. I don't think it was their goal to make tunes that would hit the pop charts or that you'd come out of the theater whistling.

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