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|Attraction type||Dark ride|
|Manufacturer||Ride & Show Engineering, Inc.|
|Designer||Walt Disney Imagineering|
Superstar Limo was situated in the Hollywood Pictures Backlot area of the park and was one of the original attractions featured on opening day.
The attraction closed in 2002, earning the dubious distinction of being the park's first attraction to permanently close. It has since been replaced by Monsters, Inc. Mike & Sulley to the Rescue!, which opened in 2006.
The attraction's purple "stretch limo" ride vehicles took riders through a cartoony rendition of Hollywood. Riders were introduced to animated figures modeled in the likeness of celebrities (some of whom appeared at the time on ABC shows.) The celebrities were Joan Rivers (appearing only in puppet-form on TV screens in the attraction's queue), Regis Philbin, Melanie Griffith, Antonio Banderas, Cindy Crawford, Tim Allen, Jackie Chan, Drew Carey, Cher, and Whoopi Goldberg. A Hollywood talent agent character named Swifty La Rue further appeared infrequently on small inseat video screens.
The story of the attraction placed the guest (rider) as Hollywood's newest celebrity, taking them through a variety of recognizable and somewhat stereotypical locations and situations throughout the greater Los Angeles and Hollywood areas including Rodeo Drive, the Sunset Strip, a nightclub, Bel Air, a pool party, Malibu, a tattoo parlor, a fictitious street in Hollywood lined with studios, the interior of a soundstage, Grauman's Chinese Theater, a billboard, and Downtown Los Angeles.
Superstar Limo was criticized amongst internet writers as lacking or poor in concept and limited in motivating story, spurred by rumors of the elimination during its development phase of a more exciting 'paparazzi chase' storyline, which was deemed inappropriate after the death of Princess Diana.
The depiction of celebrities in the ride were stylized and cartoony. Though the celebrity figures were animated (moving arms or heads), none of Disney's famed human-like Audio-Animatronics technologies were used in the attraction. Between the time the attraction was designed and it opened, many of the celebrities depicted had lost much of their celebrity status.
- Hill, Jim. "Superstar Limo: What Went Wrong?". Jimhillmedia.com. Retrieved January 13, 2014.