Defunctland: The Awful Wiggles Dark Ride

Defunctland: The Awful Wiggles Dark Ride

In this minisode, Kevin explores the Wiggly history of the defunct Wiggles dark ride, The Big Red Car Ride, at Dreamworld in Australia.

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42 Responses

  1. Alex Bramley says:

    I had just presumed the wiggles were just a bunch of random actors that were hired for a childrens tv show. Mad respect that these guys started this because they wanted too and not because they were forced to for a paycheck.

  2. Cherry Holt says:

    As a Kiwi who grew up in the 90s, hearing the phrase “Wiggles lore” in a YouTube video is just… unbelievably surreal. Put a smile on my face to be reminded of these guys and their songs. Haven’t thought about them in 20 years.

    • iammehowru says:

      It might make you happy to know they’ve recently had a resurgence in popularity here in Australia, amongst adults. They’ve sold out plenty of adult shows and performed with other artists such as Kid Laroi

    • Frog Friend says:

      @iammehowru that’s wild. Good for them. I wonder how wild an adult wiggles show is

    • iammehowru says:

      @Frog Friend I haven’t made it to one personally, but they certainly seem pretty wild. It’s the original 4 too!

    • Tiffany Vail says:

      The purple wiggle has been pretty popular on TikTok. It’s wild over there

    • Bunny Pajamas Productions says:

      Considering how much content The Wiggles have with TV shows and movies and other stuff, I’m not too surprised to hear that term.

  3. all blues, no clues says:

    As a long time fan who is Australian and who lives at the Gold Coast and visits the theme parks here regularly, this was an absolute dream of an episode. Would love to hear more about Australian parks! These days, after the accident at Dreamworld, most of the locals choose Movie World instead, and the general consensus is that Dreamworld is not as great these days. All of our parks are sadly very dated now, but I wish someone would start a new one, completely redo the existing ones, or even do a disney park here. It would be hugely successful. Our parks have never felt on par with the international standard, but I hope they will be in the future.

    For the wiggles, they were a huge part of my childhood. I was born in the 90s, and I knew they were big, but I had no idea they were so successful internationally. There’s not a lot Australians have to be proud of, culturally speaking, but they are definitely something that is close to many Aussie kids’ hearts. Greg leaving was definitely a very sad moment, he was iconic and I always saw him as “the leader”. As always, your comedic timing and editing is absolutely hilarious and I especially loved the zoom in on the dad’s exaggerated face on the poster for the ride. Loved this one, thank you Kevin!!

  4. Bee Hives says:

    “This level of wiggling was simply unsustainable.” You can tell Kevin had fun writing this one. Great video as always!

  5. Auspol Explained says:

    As an Australian it’s fascinating hearing you explain The Wiggles in such a methodical and external perspective. It’s great. It makes sense. I’ve just never had someone explain The Wiggles back to me before in such a matter of fact way because everyone here just automatically knows about them from birth before they even learn to recognise their own parents.

    • MeowTheRainbowX says:

      Hey, some of us Yanks also grew up with them (like me). However, not everyone knows their story, and I had forgotten some of the side characters and big hits until seeing this video. I wonder if Australians are reminded of them more often as they get older.

  6. Timothy McLean says:

    3:26: For people unfamiliar with Australian folklore/history, that guy in armor is presumably Ned Kelly or someone from his gang. They really did dress up in armor like that. Apparently, it was bulletproof.

  7. Digital Apple says:

    As someone who grew up watching The Wiggles in the 2000’s, hearing they once had a dark ride is both surprising and on brand for The Wiggles at that time.

    • im sacred says:

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    • jedimattc says:

      @im sacred spam

    • Black Moon Howls says:

      @jedimattc Report them, don’t reply to them, I know it’s for a “joke” but still. Bots will be bots.

    • Black Moon Howls says:

      I don’t know how it would be “on brand” but okay. It is a children’s show I know, but what are you getting at? Is there a darker side to The Wiggles than what is on the surface? Could this be something worth investigating like say a channel called, Blameitonjorge, or say Night Mind even? That’d be interesting and I would watch it too. I saw the Wiggles in the same era, I remember when they replaced some of the crew, I stopped watching it after that and also, I was well passed moving on then as I was a bit older anyways. I remember the songs but only one comes to mind every time I think back, Fruit Salad, Yummy Yummy. That was also a backmasking era as well, “Stairway to Heaven”, “Fruit Salad” and many many more like “Another one Bites the Dust” and Ozzy’s “Iron Man.” I was but a wee lad back then I am a fully grown adult now exploring the AOL internet at the time what a waste of time that was, Dial up. Jeeze was it utter trash. I know I say “lad” and Bri’ish terms at times THAT is just to keep things vague and ambiguous. Remember anyone can be anyone on the internet or over the phone like in the movie, “Boiler Room.”

    • Rook Blonko says:

      Honestly same LMAO, I’m not surprised but slightly envious that I did not get to go to it as I live in the US LMAO

  8. Tax Evasion Cleric says:

    Not content to simply pay homage to all the best parts of Disneyworld, evidently Australia also decided they needed their own version of Superstar Limo.

    Mad respect to the Wiggles, however. All this lore was new to me as a person that had long aged out of their target demo by the time they made it big in America, and it’s always heartwarming to see people that genuinely believe in and are passionate about children’s entertainment be rewarded with success.

    • Mama Luigi says:

      Except Disney put Superstar Limo out of its misery immediately, Big Red Car was left slowly dying an agonizing death that no one noticed.

  9. aysha says:

    As an Aussie and born in 1994, I grew up in the peak Wiggles era. They did an 18+ (aus drinking age) tour in Syd a few years back and toured all the local RSLs. Tickets sold out in 30 secs. Literally a bunch of grown adults a bit drunk singing ‘toot toot chugga chugga big red car’ at the top of our lungs. Iconic.

  10. Aerospace Education says:

    Our kids (and abashedly, the wife and I) were huge Wiggles fans. We would sing the songs and dance around the house. They made that phase of our kids childhoods that much better and will be fondly remembered. The years always catch up with us eventually unfortunately. Wished them many fruit salads in the future.

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