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Toon Patrol

Hidden around the Studios are many references to a film that was huge in the 1990's but has faded considerably in popularity since. I'm talking of course about Who Framed Roger Rabbit and the Studios was filled with references to films in an effort to capitalize on the film's popularity as the park initially opened around the same time the film came out. In this week's article, we'll look at one you may be familiar with or perhaps have seen but haven't noticed it's actually from the film. In fact, you more than likely have seen it if you've ever eaten at the Backlot Express restaurant. As you enter the restaurant, you'll find in the outdoor seating area a large black vehicle that has a connection to the famed film.

The vehicle is from the Roger Rabbit film, which in the film is the prefered mode of transportation for weasel henchmen of Judge Doom. The patrol itself is a group aimed at capturing cartoon characters in an effort to rid the world of the cartoons, as envisioned by Judge Doom. You now know why the Toon Patrol car is here, but what you may not know is where this car used to be. Imagineers didn't design the Backlot Express with this vehicle in mind. Rather, the Toon Patrol vehcile started it's life out in the Studios where visitors could tour a recreation of the Acme Gagworks that featured the Toon Patrol vehicle, along with cardboard cutouts of the weasel henchmen.


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Ever seen something in Hollywood Studios and wondered why it was placed there by Disney's Imagineers? Matt Hochberg leads you on a regular look at the hidden details in Hollywood Studios and explains why it's there.


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