Disney California Adventure reportedly set to close Luigi's Flying Tires in January
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
, 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.
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?
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.
Is it not feasible for the beach balls to come back? It was Great!
Trash it! This ride was only good in photos
I always felt the concept was more enticing than the actual execution of the ride
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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"?
On the topic of the Subs, what exactly did they do to it? It was closed for about 9 months if I recall.
I guess this means the folks at Yesterland can expand their Flying Saucers: http://www.yesterland.com/saucers.html
Other web sites are reporting a themed flat ride will replace Luigi's Flying Tires.
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.
Move the Autopia here, use Luigi's as the queue, and thus clear up land in Tomorrowland for something big.
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.
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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