Published: October 21, 2014 at 2:59 PM
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:
- 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.
- 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.
- 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?