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Disney Files Construction Permits for Luigi's Festival of the Dance

April 16, 2015, 2:20 PM · Disneyland has filed for construction permits for the next stages of work on transforming the former Luigi's Flying Tires ride in California Adventure's Cars Land into the new Luigi's Festival of the Dance attraction.

Luigi's Festival of the Dance
Concept art courtesy Disney

The permit, filed Tuesday, covers "Area Development, Architectural, Structural, and Electrical Work" for the new ride, including a "Ride Vehicle Maintenance Building (779 s.f.), Attraction Slab, Modified Exit Queue, New Ride Cabinets and Systems, and (to) Provide Revised Barriers and Gates."

Disney closed the old Luigi's ride in February, less than three years after it opened as part of the Cars Land expansion in June 2012. The Flying Tires ran like massive pucks on an enormous air hockey table, where riders tried to maneuver their tires across the platform by leaning one way and the other. Not everyone got the hang of it, and Luigi's quickly lost appeal with visitors.

The new Festival of the Dance ride will use a trackless, local position system to guide dancing cars across Luigi's backyard. Insiders say that the system will be similar to the one that drives the Aquatopia ride at Tokyo DisneySea, minus the layer of water across the floor that creates the illusion that those ride vehicles are floating boats.

Luigi's Festival of the Dance is expected to open next year.

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Replies (11)

April 16, 2015 at 2:53 PM · I'm of the minority that liked that ride. The non existent queue might have helped though.
April 16, 2015 at 3:05 PM · I would have liked to have tried it, but never made it back to California in time.
April 16, 2015 at 3:09 PM · I thought it was a fun, unique ride experience, but I did get the hang of it. The theme though, was horrible. As Tony Baxter said, no one on Earth wants to ride a flying tire. This needed to be the Tomorrowland flying saucers that inspired it, or Disney was just wasting its time.

I think the dancing cars will be an improvement for theming, but I worry that they won't be different enough from the Mater attraction in ride experience to really distinguish them.

April 16, 2015 at 3:26 PM · It doesn't sound like a fun ride. With all that money spend, it should be better than Mater's Junkyard Jamboree.
April 16, 2015 at 9:06 PM · It looks like a pretty odd concept. Maybe they should have just torn down the ride and started from scratch?

That said, I'll reserve final judgement until I actually ride it. At least they are finally doing something with trackless vehicles.

April 16, 2015 at 9:18 PM · I liked the old Luigi's. It was fun being able to direct the vehicle with one's body. At least it was a ride where the guest has some agency.
The new Luigi's sounds pretty bland and boring, and too similar to Mater's. But I'll wait and see...
April 17, 2015 at 3:35 AM · They should have rethemed it to Frozen and made the vehicles hockey pucks. Then they would have half of California lined up screaming "Anna and Elsa, mommy..."
April 17, 2015 at 3:35 AM · They should have rethemed it to Frozen and made the vehicles hockey pucks. Then they would have half of California lined up screaming "Anna and Elsa, mommy..."
April 17, 2015 at 4:56 AM · Still a lot better than that miserable excuse for a bumper cars ride at Bug's Land...
April 17, 2015 at 11:13 AM · Till better than everything at Bugs Land
April 17, 2015 at 11:49 AM · Correct me if I'm wrong, but wouldn't this may k Disney's first use of a trackless ride in the US? Seems a little disappointing considering its possibilities.

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