Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Lost Imagineering: Baby Herman's Runaway Baby Buggy Ride

Relating to our recent series of Freeze Frame! posts derived from the Roger Rabbit cartoon Tummy Trouble, we present our newest Lost Imagineering virtual trading card.  Baby Herman's Runaway Baby Buggy Ride was yet another component of the ill-fated Disney Decade, an ambitious slate of theme park projects announced in 1990 by Michael Eisner and Frank Wells, most of which went unrealized.  The ride was inspired by the St. Nowhere hospital setting from Tummy Trouble.  A 1990 Disney Crew publication described an attraction where, " . . . guests zoom through the cartoon sets of Toontown Hospital, fly down stairs, crash through doors and bound over beds."

At the Disney-MGM Studios at Walt Disney World, the ride would have been part of Roger Rabbit's Hollywood, an area located on Sunset Boulevard that would have also included the Toontown Trolley and the Benny the Cab Ride.  At Disneyland, it would have been part of a proposed Hollywoodland that had been projected to open in 1999.