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August 8, 1998 | Steve Carney
Disneyland's troubled speed ride Rocket Rods--sidetracked for four weeks after being touted as a featured attraction of the Anaheim theme park's revamped Tomorrowland--will resume operations early next week, at least intermittently. The open-air cars, which zip at 35 mph down the tracks formerly occupied by the sluggish People Mover, were shut down amid reports of axle and engine problems.
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May 8, 2013 | By Brady MacDonald
The eternal problem with Tomorrowland is that the commonplace reality of today inevitably catches up to and ultimately surpasses the ultramodern imagined future of yesterday. Disneyland's forward-looking land of tomorrow has seen many evolutions since opening day in 1955. Through the years, there have been major expansions in 1959 (Monorail), 1977 (Space Mountain) and 1986 (Star Tours) as well as complete makeovers in 1967 (New Tomorrowland) and 1998 (New New Tomorrowland). The current iteration has a retro-futuristic science fiction fantasy theme that was designed to be a bit more timeless but nonetheless is showing its age. Photos: Top 10 Tomorrowland rides of the past With the release of "Iron Man 3" and plans for "Star Wars" and "Tron" sequels in the works, I thought it would be a good time to do a bit of "blue sky" dreaming about what Walt Disney Imagineering might have in mind for the New New New Tomorrowland.
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BUSINESS
August 30, 2000 | DARYL STRICKLAND
The Rocket Rods, a glitch-prone Disneyland ride once heavily promoted at the revamped Tomorrowland two years ago, will be closed for maintenance soon after the Labor Day weekend, a company spokesman said Tuesday. The ride is scheduled for routine seasonal repairs, said Disneyland spokesman Ray Gomez. He said the company puts major attractions through the process at least every two years. But Gomez said neither a date nor a length of closure has been decided yet for Rocket Rods.
SPORTS
June 30, 2001
Paul Pressler's oversight of the Angels and Ducks ["Stay the Course," June 25] should be distressing news to fans of the two teams, because this is the same Pressler who personally oversaw Disney's California Adventure debacle that is a millstone around the neck of his company's bottom line as well as the Rocket Rods fiasco in Tomorrowland. Moreover, he then gives the New York Yankees some bulletin board fodder by basically saying that the Angels can beat Joe Torre's club any time it wants and that the Angels are hoping to draw New York in the playoffs.
BUSINESS
April 28, 2001 | E. Scott Reckard
Disneyland's misfiring Rocket Rods, a ride that was the brash new star of Tomorrowland when that aging fun zone got a $100-million face lift three years ago, was closed permanently Friday. The ride's demise was expected. Despite efforts by designers and mechanics, the Rocket Rods had suffered increasingly serious breakdowns. Announcing a lengthy rehabilitation in September, Disney posted a sign saying the ride would reopen come spring. But the sign was removed recently.
BUSINESS
May 22, 1998 | E. Scott Reckard, E. Scott Reckard covers tourism for The Times. He can be reached at (714) 966-7407 and at scott.reckard@latimes.com
Mario, meet Mickey. Mickey, Mario. The one would be Mr. Andretti, the famous race car driver. The other is Mr. Mouse, the famous leader of Team Rodent. And both helped start Walt Disney Co.'s publicity engines Thursday as Disneyland revved up its renovated Tomorrowland. Andretti and Mickey were drafted to open Rocket Rods, a wheelie-popping ride replacing the comically outdated People Mover.
BUSINESS
July 14, 1998 | E. SCOTT RECKARD, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Rocket Rods, a glitch-ridden new speed ride designed as one of the main attractions at Disneyland's revamped Tomorrowland, has been grounded for up to five weeks. The closure of this year's most heavily promoted ride at the height of the summer season could hurt not only the Walt Disney Co. amusement park but the tourist businesses in Anaheim that depend upon it. Many hotels and motels nearby already have reported fewer visitors this year, despite a strong U.S. economy.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 14, 1998
A whole new Tomorrowland will launch at Disneyland on May 22, with a new look and a handful of attractions, including Rocket Rods XPR, billed as the fastest and longest ride in distance. Rocket Rods XPR zips along the old PeopleMover path covering the previous 16-minute ride in 2 1/2 high-speed minutes.
SPORTS
June 30, 2001
Paul Pressler's oversight of the Angels and Ducks ["Stay the Course," June 25] should be distressing news to fans of the two teams, because this is the same Pressler who personally oversaw Disney's California Adventure debacle that is a millstone around the neck of his company's bottom line as well as the Rocket Rods fiasco in Tomorrowland. Moreover, he then gives the New York Yankees some bulletin board fodder by basically saying that the Angels can beat Joe Torre's club any time it wants and that the Angels are hoping to draw New York in the playoffs.
NEWS
May 8, 2013 | By Brady MacDonald
The eternal problem with Tomorrowland is that the commonplace reality of today inevitably catches up to and ultimately surpasses the ultramodern imagined future of yesterday. Disneyland's forward-looking land of tomorrow has seen many evolutions since opening day in 1955. Through the years, there have been major expansions in 1959 (Monorail), 1977 (Space Mountain) and 1986 (Star Tours) as well as complete makeovers in 1967 (New Tomorrowland) and 1998 (New New Tomorrowland). The current iteration has a retro-futuristic science fiction fantasy theme that was designed to be a bit more timeless but nonetheless is showing its age. Photos: Top 10 Tomorrowland rides of the past With the release of "Iron Man 3" and plans for "Star Wars" and "Tron" sequels in the works, I thought it would be a good time to do a bit of "blue sky" dreaming about what Walt Disney Imagineering might have in mind for the New New New Tomorrowland.
BUSINESS
April 28, 2001 | E. Scott Reckard
Disneyland's misfiring Rocket Rods, a ride that was the brash new star of Tomorrowland when that aging fun zone got a $100-million face lift three years ago, was closed permanently Friday. The ride's demise was expected. Despite efforts by designers and mechanics, the Rocket Rods had suffered increasingly serious breakdowns. Announcing a lengthy rehabilitation in September, Disney posted a sign saying the ride would reopen come spring. But the sign was removed recently.
BUSINESS
September 20, 2000 | E. SCOTT RECKARD
Back at the Magic Kingdom, Tomorrowland's notoriously unreliable Rocket Rods ride apparently will get a long, long rest and overhaul after a final spin this weekend. Guest-relations workers say the attraction, which buzzes riders around the former People Mover track in vehicles that resemble dragsters, won't be back in action until April--seven months from now. "That is a very long time for a planned closure," a Disneyland ride expert said.
BUSINESS
August 30, 2000 | DARYL STRICKLAND
The Rocket Rods, a glitch-prone Disneyland ride once heavily promoted at the revamped Tomorrowland two years ago, will be closed for maintenance soon after the Labor Day weekend, a company spokesman said Tuesday. The ride is scheduled for routine seasonal repairs, said Disneyland spokesman Ray Gomez. He said the company puts major attractions through the process at least every two years. But Gomez said neither a date nor a length of closure has been decided yet for Rocket Rods.
BUSINESS
October 17, 1998 | E. SCOTT RECKARD, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Rocket Rods, a dragster-style ride grounded by glitches for three months at Disneyland's revamped Tomorrowland, is scheduled to reopen today. Buzzing and whining on its overhead track, the new ride was carrying paying customers Friday, the second day of testing with guests aboard. "It only broke down once yesterday, and not at all today," a ride attendant said. The ride will "reopen" at noon if further tests, which continued into the evening Friday, proved successful.
BUSINESS
August 8, 1998 | Steve Carney
Disneyland's troubled speed ride Rocket Rods--sidetracked for four weeks after being touted as a featured attraction of the Anaheim theme park's revamped Tomorrowland--will resume operations early next week, at least intermittently. The open-air cars, which zip at 35 mph down the tracks formerly occupied by the sluggish People Mover, were shut down amid reports of axle and engine problems.
BUSINESS
July 14, 1998 | E. SCOTT RECKARD, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Rocket Rods, a glitch-ridden new speed ride designed as one of the main attractions at Disneyland's revamped Tomorrowland, has been grounded for up to five weeks. The closure of this year's most heavily promoted ride at the height of the summer season could hurt not only the Walt Disney Co. amusement park but the tourist businesses in Anaheim that depend upon it. Many hotels and motels nearby already have reported fewer visitors this year, despite a strong U.S. economy.
BUSINESS
September 20, 2000 | E. SCOTT RECKARD
Back at the Magic Kingdom, Tomorrowland's notoriously unreliable Rocket Rods ride apparently will get a long, long rest and overhaul after a final spin this weekend. Guest-relations workers say the attraction, which buzzes riders around the former People Mover track in vehicles that resemble dragsters, won't be back in action until April--seven months from now. "That is a very long time for a planned closure," a Disneyland ride expert said.
BUSINESS
October 17, 1998 | E. SCOTT RECKARD, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Rocket Rods, a dragster-style ride grounded by glitches for three months at Disneyland's revamped Tomorrowland, is scheduled to reopen today. Buzzing and whining on its overhead track, the new ride was carrying paying customers Friday, the second day of testing with guests aboard. "It only broke down once yesterday, and not at all today," a ride attendant said. The ride will "reopen" at noon if further tests, which continued into the evening Friday, proved successful.
BUSINESS
May 22, 1998 | E. Scott Reckard, E. Scott Reckard covers tourism for The Times. He can be reached at (714) 966-7407 and at scott.reckard@latimes.com
Mario, meet Mickey. Mickey, Mario. The one would be Mr. Andretti, the famous race car driver. The other is Mr. Mouse, the famous leader of Team Rodent. And both helped start Walt Disney Co.'s publicity engines Thursday as Disneyland revved up its renovated Tomorrowland. Andretti and Mickey were drafted to open Rocket Rods, a wheelie-popping ride replacing the comically outdated People Mover.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 14, 1998
A whole new Tomorrowland will launch at Disneyland on May 22, with a new look and a handful of attractions, including Rocket Rods XPR, billed as the fastest and longest ride in distance. Rocket Rods XPR zips along the old PeopleMover path covering the previous 16-minute ride in 2 1/2 high-speed minutes.
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