One of the crown jewels of the rebranding for Disney California Adventure Park a few years ago was the flagship CARS LAND destination. The land was an unresounding success but one small gem in the new creation didn’t quite sparkle as brightly; Luigi’s Flying Tires was a nostalgia fueled remake of the time-cherished Flying Saucers attraction from Disneyland’s past.
Unfortunately, the bulky tech used to bring the attraction to life significantly dulled the experience and the painfully slow load-times led to painfully slow-moving queues for an attraction that delivered very little punch. A few attempts were made to help give the attraction some oomph including a last minute addition of over-sized beach balls. Ultimately, the attraction met its fate last year.
In attempt to salvage the attraction count, Disney has spent several months reworking the attraction into a new trackless adventure that takes guests into an unpredictable whipping whirling attraction. Each vehicle is a different character and thus has a different personality when guests join them on the dance floor making for a unique experience depending on which vehicle you board!
New video and photos provide a closer look at the new attraction which will be having Annual Passholder previews on MARCH 4.
Will the reworking be enough? Are you excited? What would you rather have seen done with the space?
LUIGI’S ROLLICKIN’ ROADSTERS at Disney California Adventure Park opens March 7.
Fun facts for LUIGI’S ROLLICKIN’ ROADSTERS
The Cousins from Carsoli, Italy
- A “roadster” is an open-top automobile that seats two. While Luigi is a Fiat 500, his cousins are an automobile brand invented by Walt Disney Imagineering, calledFrizzante, which had never been seen on Route 66. Now, they are exclusive to Cars Land.
- Half of Luigi’s cousins are male, and half are female. Guests may identify them by the front-end chrome grill “moustache” on the male roadsters.
- All of Luigi’s family members have their own names and unique looks—except for two coral-colored cars. Although they are identical sisters, guests may notice that Rosa has green eyes, and Gina has blue eyes.
- The cars have Italian license plates representing the place of their registration: their hometown of Carsoli, Italy.
- Each roadster performs his or her own routine, offering a different ride experience depending on which car a guest boards and which song is playing.
- “Rollick” means to behave in a jovial and exuberant fashion.
- Luigi’s Rollickin’ Roadsters is the first Disney attraction in the United States with a trackless ride system.
- Guests will enjoy spinning, turning and gliding across the track as the energetic roadsters perform their routines. The ride experience is also fun to watch, as the cars interact and dance together.
- The cousins need a lot of “vrooom” to demonstrate the dances of their village. The trackless “dance floor” behind Luigi’s Casa della Tires is approximately 125 feet long and 70 feet wide.
- Luigi is such a huge fan of Italian Formula Racer, Francesco Bernoulli from the Disney•Pixar film Cars 2, that he created a very special moment in his garden to showcase an “Autopiary” of his legendary hero.
- In honor of his cousins coming over to Cars Land for a glorious day of dancing, Luigi ordered the Fettuccini tire company’s newest model in dancing tires, the “Danza.” Around the queue and Casa della Tires, guests will see posters and banners sent from Fettuccini to go with Luigi’s order.
- In addition to dancing, Luigi and his cousins also sing vocals for the songs heard on the attraction. Guests may hear these songs:
- “Rollicking Night and Day” – sung by Luigi himself
- “Mambo Italiano” – sung by cousin Rosetta
- “The Tire-antella” – with call outs from Luigi
- “Eh, Cumpari” – sung by cousin Lou
- “Funiculi Funicula” – with call outs from Luigi