Is Disney California Adventure already set to remove an attraction from Cars Land? Recent rumors and a confirmed year-long refurbishment closure suggest the answer is “YES”.
Luigi’s Flying Tires, a throwback to the 1960’s Tomorrowland attraction Flying Saucers, has failed to meet guest expectations. The attraction suffers from a lack of entertainment and thrill, something that was realized during the attraction’s testing phase before Cars Land opened to the public in 2012. A last ditch effort was made to increase the interactivity of Luigi’s Flying Tires by adding giant beach balls to the ride. Guests who rode the attraction during the first few months following the Cars Land grand opening will remember getting hit in the head by an oversized inflatable ball, or nearly falling out of your seat reaching for one. It was for these reasons the giant balls were quickly removed.
The MiceChat rumor for replacing Luigi’s Flying Tires also mentions increasing safety concerns and injuries guests have sustained as they attempt to step into the ride vehicles. Less than a year after Cars Land opened, Luigi’s Flying Tires Cast Members began issuing a new safety spiel in the queues. The new speil attempted to draw increased attention to stepping “over” the deflated tire and not on it. Signs were placed near the loading gates and even on the tires themselves.
Disney has not yet confirmed the true fate of Luigi’s Flying Tires, and MiceChat has been shown to be inaccurate at times, however, a recently released refurbishment schedule may be the last shred of evidence needed to move this rumor to the news category.
Disney sent the new refurbishment schedule to travel agents and web sites, contained inside the lengthily list: Luigi’s Flying Tires, closed from January 12th through December 1, 2015. Not only does this suggest the rumor is true, but the rumor itself, posted a month ago, contained the same timeline.
We don’t really know what Disney has planed to replace Luigi’s Flying Tires as of yet. The MiceChat rumor suggests a version of a trackless system of Fiat cars. Here’s an excerpt:
The current plan is to replace the Flying Tires and the oddball and easily overlooked “Festival of the Flying Tires” backstory with a new attraction that removes the need for the riders to steer their own vehicles. A fleet of 1950’s Fiat cars, ostensibly Luigi’s extended family visiting from the old country, will spin and twirl around the floor in a choreographed musical production number in the new ride tentatively called “Luigi’s Festival of the Dance”.
The new ride will keep the existing tire showroom building and indoor queue, and use a version of the WiFi controlled system that guides autonomous vehicles through the Ratatouille ride at Disneyland Paris and Mystic Manor at Hong Kong Disneyland.
If Luigi’s Flying Tires is on your list of favorite attractions, or if you want some time to say goodbye to an original Cars Land attraction, I suggest you do so before January 12, 2015.