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Roger Rabbit in Walt Disney World: What Is, Was, and Might Have Been- June 16, 2013


Hello and welcome to The WDW Radio Show – Your Walt Disney World Information Station. I am your host, Lou Mongello, and this is show #327 for the week of June 16, 2013.

Join me at Disney’s Hollywood Studios where we’ll celebrate the 25th Anniversary of “Who Framed Roger Rabbit” by looking back at the movie’s history, Roger’s presence in the Studios and elsewhere around the parks (both current and extinct), what might have been, and what the future may hold.

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– Lou Mongello

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18 thoughts on “WDW Radio Show #327 – Roger Rabbit in Walt Disney World: What Is, Was, and Might Have Been – June 16, 2013”


    Yes I would love to see more of Roger Rabbit, in the parks and in the movies

  2. I grew up watching Disney and going to Walt Disney World and I never met Roger Rabbit before, but I would like to meet him one day if Disney decides to bring him back into the parks for meet and greets again.

  3. ImNotBad says:

    YES – we need MORE Roger … and more Jessica too!

  4. Bob Sikon says:

    Absolutely, more Roger! Roger is one of Disney’s least-appreciated characters, in my opinion.

  5. Kate says:

    I loved the Looney Bin! My favorite pictures from myself as a child in WDW are all concentrated in that area and I have memories of opening the boxes, laying under the steamroller, and taking pictures with the cutouts. I miss that place!

  6. Rick says:

    We own a Disneyland sing-a-long DVD and a costumed Roger Rabbit is one of the main characters in the sing-a-long

  7. Kevin W says:

    I loved Who Framed Roger Rabbit? and the shorts that followed. Listening to your podcast, I was disheartened to hear that Pearl Harbor (a movie I loathed) may have killed a sequel.

    But is now the time for a sequel? I don’t think so. Not yet.

    Thanks to Bob Iger, TWDC has its fingers in a lot of pies these days: Pixar, Avatar, Marvel and Star Wars. TWDC needs to decide what it’s going to do with all this before they think about bringing back Roger and Co.

    When they do get around to bringing back Roger (assuming they do), I think the best place for him is DHS.

    He’s a great tie between the Golden Age of Hollywood and the cartoon world. And right now, DHS needs a guiding star. DHS is a ship without a clear direction. Is is a celebration of the Golden Age of Hollywood? Is it “Pixar Land”? Is it “Star Wars Land”? What will it be?

    I’d like to see Roger become the leader that unites all these elements of moviedom, from live-action to animated. He’s a symbol of cartoons during the Golden Age, and he could help give DHS the direction it desperately needs.

  8. Charles says:

    I would love to see more Roger Rabbit in the parks. Who Framed Roger Rabbit still stands as one of my favorite Disney movies.

  9. GoofyFriend says:

    When I was at Magic Kingdom in January ’93, Roger Rabbit was still part of the Mardi Gras parade in the Magic Kingdom. So, I wonder when he completely stopped making major appearances?

  10. Rick says:

    I always thought a “Magic School Bus” ride on the same level as the proposed Roger Rabbit Bus ride would be awesome.

  11. Kristi says:

    I think Roger Rabbit is as popular as Stitch.

  12. Arthur Allen says:

    Netflix Instant has an odd selection of Disney movies, TV shows and shorts. By coincidence this week before listening to this episode of WDW Radio, I happened to watch The Adventures of Mr. Toad on Netflix. I had seen Mr. Toad & Ichabod Cane before long ago. Between Mr. Toad being falsely accused and jailed and Mr. Cane being bullied all but to death, these movies informed my childhood nightmares. Seeing Mr. Toad again, I noticed that the weasels in this movie resembled the weasels in Roger Rabbit. Until this week, I thought they were characters original to Who Framed Roger Rabbit.

  13. Wayne Le Brocq says:

    Ive just finished listening to this podcast. I have to say that when I first saw Roger Rabbit I thought that it was a classic movie and always wished for a sequel. But alas nothing as of yet. I would like to say that I hope Disney takes note of the what the fans want. Not only would a Roger Rabbit 2 be good to see, I would like to see the character more in the parks. But not only him. How about releasing all the retro cartoon series from the saturday mornings. As kids we all enjoyed our time with the Gummi Bears, Talespin, Ducktales etc.
    Come on Disney, wake up and introduce the kids of today to the characters of yesterday.

  14. Jeremy Saada says:

    I would love to see more Roger Rabbit in the parks. I remember the Looney bin way back when I visited Walt Disney World in 1991! Loads of great props and sound boxes to play with.

  15. Denise Junice says:

    I think it would be easy to bring Roger back almost everywhere, being as nostalgic as he is. There’s lots of “old styles” of character merch where the retro-designs of Minnie, Mickey, etc are what make them cool & appealing.

    Plus, look at how much Disney & other animated char merch Hot Topic moves just on the sole fact that that character’s face is slapped on? Regular old Tink is sooo hot for ANY item, with absolutely ZERO correlation to her new movies, shows, etc. Care Bears has been going through its changes over the years, as I’ve watched with my lil sis & cousins, but the stuff at Hot Topic is targeting the classic nostalgic Care Bears that I remember from the 80’s/early 90’s.

    It’d be so easy to reintroduce Roger. They just need to take care of the business paperwork already!

  16. Carlos Muñoz Ramírez says:

    Roger Rabbit has made more Disneyland appearances this year. I just got off the phone with the Walt Disney World guest relations they said and I quote “Roger Rabbit No longer makes appearances in the Walt Disney World Resort” I believe that we made to make a petition to get people to show that they want Roger Rabbit back in the Walt Disney World Resort

  17. Chuck Zitta says:

    I have to say. I agree with Jim. Even though I own the movie, Roger Rabbit never took with me. And I’ve watched several times over the years. Call me crazy, but I found the movie confusing as being a Disney movie. IMO, it had more of a Looney Tunes “feel” to it (the animation style of the characters, their personalities, etc). Which I do enjoy. But, I never saw Roger as a Disney character, like Mickey, Goofy, Donald, Pluto and Minnie. Or any of the classic movie characters for that matter. So Roger’s absence from the parks, was not critical to me. Maybe if they were to reinvent Roger as Jim mentioned? Change his voice? Change his illustration styling? I do love the concept of a toon town. Just not sure how Disney would go about doing it?

    Thanks again for another fabulous and insightful show, Lou and Jim!!!

  18. Bobby Friedman says:

    Spielberg/amblin didn’t even use Roger ethier. They created new rabbits. Buster and Babs bunny for tiny tunes, and the animatics. They were very big in the 90’s but like Roger have gone the way of the dodo.