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Disney California Adventure reportedly set to close Luigi's Flying Tires in January

October 21, 2014, 2:59 PM · Disneyland cast members have leaked a new schedule that will see Luigi's Flying Tires in Cars Land close next Jan. 12 for an 11-month refurbishment. It's highly unusual for a functioning attraction in a popular land to go down for such a long period so relatively soon after its opening. (Luigi's opened with Cars Land just two summers ago.) Given the unpopularity of the ride with fans and designers, it's easy to jump to the conclusion that this January closure might be the end of Luigi's — at least in its current form.

Selfie on Luigi's
Luigi's Flying Selfies

Let's keep in mind that many fans were ready to bury the Finding Nemo submarine ride at Disneyland when Disney closed it for a months-long planned refurbishment last January. But the subs did return as promised last month, so a plan to close an attraction temporarily does not necessarily mean that the ride will close permanently.

If Disney proceeds with the plan to close Luigi's for most of 2015 it could do one of three things:

  1. Simply mothball the ride to see the effect on wait times elsewhere in Cars Land and the park, then use than information to make a decision about replacing Luigi's.
  2. Test various tweaks to the ride system to improve the experience, such as changing the number of tires, the air pressure levels, the cycle time, etc.
  3. Tear out the ride system while leaving the queue and "Luigi's" name, allowing the park to introduce a different ride experience as a "refurbishment" of the existing attraction.

Depending upon the option the company choses, we could see the current or a slightly modified Luigi's reopen in late 2015. Or we could see a substantially different ride open in its place at the same time, or some later date. Whatever Disney chooses, it's unlikely that the company would tear down the Luigi's queue building, as that's a vital location within the Radiator Springs setting for Cars Land.

Here's another possible outcome: The flying tires yard out back remain closed while the Luigi's building becomes a walk-through attraction, or yet another merchandise location. If Disney can't find a cost-effective way to offer a popular ride in the yard out back, don't discount one of those possibilities.

What would you like to see Disney do with Luigi's?

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Replies (17)

October 21, 2014 at 4:09 PM · I'm glad I rode it back when it opened. I thought it was fun, albeit a long wait. I hope they don't replace it or worse yet, just close it with no replacement.
October 21, 2014 at 4:17 PM · Is it not feasible for the beach balls to come back? It was Great!
October 21, 2014 at 5:15 PM · Trash it! This ride was only good in photos
October 21, 2014 at 6:27 PM · I always felt the concept was more enticing than the actual execution of the ride

The beach balls seemed like an afterthought (and once you threw a ball once, it was pretty much done)

It didn't move fast enough for the "bumper car" aspect of bumping into other tires & although people caught on to the learning curve of how to stir, the ride itself (and least for me) didn't provide enough speed / excitement for an attraction based on cars.

October 21, 2014 at 5:55 PM · Other web sites suggest a new ride experience that may retain use of the existing ride vehicles that could move the vehicles in a set pattern.
October 21, 2014 at 7:08 PM · It is easier if you are just one person in the vehicle. If you follow the directions, you can actually get moving very fast and it can be a thrilling experience. I should know; I am very good at moving the tire and I can get moving quite fast. It is a very fun ride if you know how to move the vehicle.

There is nothing wrong with the ride mechanics, the problem is that people just don't follow the directions.

It is all about balance, you have to gently shift your weight in the direction you want to go. If you lean too much, you will skid. If you do it correctly, you can actually get moving really fast. (Again, I know this because I have done it many times.)

I refuse to put faith in online rumors from dubious sources. We have seen in the past how wrong these rumors can be.

By the way Robert, I was at California Adventure this past weekend, and a cast member at the Chamber of Commerce (guest relations) told me that they know of no plans for to close the ride.

October 21, 2014 at 8:21 PM · Yeah, everything I've heard points toward keeping the theming intact but putting a different ride system in that is more appealing to guests (basically option 3 above). While the Flying Tires are a unique experience, I've never thought it was that great of a ride, and due to capacity issues the line was usually longer than the ride was worth. It's always a shame to see a ride go, especially one that's only been around for a few years, but in this case I don't think I'd miss it much.
October 21, 2014 at 8:35 PM · Change the ride to "Luigis tire proving grounds" where guests are invited to drive cars using Luigis tires through an on and off road track...essentially autopia with a cars theme. Moving autopia to carsland is a no brainer. It is now irrelevant in the tommorowland theme, but perfect for Carsland. Use flying tires and empty backstage lot behind tower of terror and bugs land to extened the cadillac range and carsland. There's plenty of room for a decent size autopia track there. Then tomorrowland has plenty of room to bring a star wars, marvel, or tron e ticket to revitalize the land.
October 21, 2014 at 9:49 PM · I rode this again today to see if it was as bad as I remembered. Well first the good as this was a Tuesday in October I had no wait time. Nut the pressure is too weak and the tires barely move. Many not trash it and put in water bumper cars
October 21, 2014 at 10:55 PM · As one who has never had the opportunity to ride Luigi's Flying Tires, what are the pros to this ride? Does it have re-ride ability? Is it just very long wait times? Is it not "fun"?
October 21, 2014 at 11:28 PM · On the topic of the Subs, what exactly did they do to it? It was closed for about 9 months if I recall.
October 22, 2014 at 4:00 AM · I guess this means the folks at Yesterland can expand their Flying Saucers: http://www.yesterland.com/saucers.html
October 22, 2014 at 7:34 AM · Other web sites are reporting a themed flat ride will replace Luigi's Flying Tires.
October 22, 2014 at 9:01 AM · I thought it was a fun, a little short but not by much depending on the wait. When the lines were short the ride was very fun. If the wait for the ride was long >20minutes then it wasn't as fun. I like it much better than the crowded bumper cars. Its more open and you use your body and arms, leaning to control the tires. Very unique.
October 23, 2014 at 9:22 AM · Move the Autopia here, use Luigi's as the queue, and thus clear up land in Tomorrowland for something big.
October 23, 2014 at 10:37 AM · The main idea is to entertain the family and create memories. Why not tie in Planes. Add a joystick, change the body, and add scenery.
Bill Johnson (Bentronics) Redding, CA
October 27, 2014 at 12:25 PM · Glad to see it go, it was not an attraction I even thought about to even go on again. I rather go on Stitches great escape again before the Flying tires.

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