Let's Ride on the New Luigi's Rollickin' Roadsters at Disneyland
March 4, 2016, 5:41 PM ·
Luigi's Rollickin' Roadsters opened to Disneyland Resort annual passholders today, allowing them a preview look at Disney's first trackless ride in the United States.
The ride, which replaces Luigi's Flying Tires, officially opens to the public on Monday. But anyone can stop by and watch these cartoon Italian roadsters "dance" around Luigi's backyard. And, given the excessive wait times for any new Disney attraction, that might be the best way to experience Luigi's right now. Heck, that just might be the best way to appreciate this attraction when the wait times come down to normal, too.
Disney's next-generation trackless ride technology opens up fresh narrative possibilities by allowing vehicles to move and interact in ways that were not possible on traditionally tracked rides. Starting with Pooh's Hunny Hunt at Tokyo Disneyland and continuing through Hong Kong Disneyland's Mystic Manor and Walt Disney Studios Paris' Ratatouille ride, trackless systems have allowed riders to explore classic tales in unique new ways.
Here in Cars Land at Disney California Adventure, Disney's placed these trackless vehicles outside - with no dark ride narrative, as found on those other attractions. Instead, Luigi's cousins, visiting from Carsoli, are dancing around the backyard of Luigi's Casa Della Tires. They'll let you climb aboard for a ride, but the real joy is watching the entire field of cars as they swerve and spin around one another, eventually driving into formation for a line dance. Ever since Cars Land opened, we could watch cars dancing around each other — up the road at Mater's Junkyard Jamboree. That's nothing new. But seeing dozens of cars break out of their circles and into sharp lines, moving back and forth, then side to side, in perfect synchronization? That's new... and impressive.
Unfortunately, you miss that impressive sight when you're riding aboard the cars. Sure, it's fun to be out there spinning around, but without a vantage point at the edge of the action (which comes too rarely when on the ride), you feel like you're just riding another spinner. It's fun, but just not as impressive as it should be, or is from the sidelines.
Here's a look at Luigi's Rollickin' Roadsters, from the front, back, and on the ride itself.
But, hey, at least these cars drive themselves, without forcing you to learn how to contort from side to side to get them moving, as was the case on the Flying Tires. For most fans, that's enough of an upgrade to make Luigi's a must on a Cars Land visit again.