Luigi Comes Home to Cars Land in New Attraction

If you’ve been to Cars Land during the last year, you are sure to have noticed this sign in front of what used to be Luigi’s Flying Tires:

Once Luigi's Flying Tires went away, so did Luigi, but at least he left this message
Once Luigi’s Flying Tires went away, so did Luigi, but at least he left this message

Soon that sign will come down as Luigi comes home and he is bringing some of his relatives with him!  On March 7th, the walls will be removed and Luigi’s Rollickin’ Roadsters will open in Cars Land.  Luigi’s Flying Tires, a modern recreation of the old Flying Saucers from Tomorrowland, closed quickly after opening.  The previous ride was vastly unpopular with technical difficulties from Day One.  At first there were huge beach balls, but those proved more hazardous than fun and were soon removed.  The tires themselves tended to drift toward the walls and once there could not move.  A long wait in line followed by a malfunctioning ride did not equal happy guests. Thus the wall was raised.

During the past year there was a lot of speculation about what was being constructed, but now we don’t have to wonder any longer.  Guests are invited to a dance party like no other where you will board a car positioned around the dance floor.  The cars will move and frolic around and each car has its own unique moves so every time you board a new car you’ll have a new experience.  Luigi’s Rollickin’ Roadsters features the first United States trackless ride system that has been such a success in Tokyo and Hong Kong.

LUIGI’S ROLLICKIN’ ROADSTERS (ANAHEIM, Calif.) – Guests enjoying a ride aboard Disney California Adventure's newest attraction - Luigi's Rollickin' Roadsters. (Paul Hiffmeyer/Disneyland Resort)
LUIGI’S ROLLICKIN’ ROADSTERS (ANAHEIM, Calif.) – Guests enjoying a ride aboard Disney California Adventure’s newest attraction – Luigi’s Rollickin’ Roadsters. (Paul Hiffmeyer/Disneyland Resort)

This is not a thrill ride by any means.  Made to be a family fun ride everyone can enjoy, the attraction is pretty mild and surprisingly similar to another Cars Land attraction down the street – Mater’s Junkyard Jamboree – where the premise is to board a “car” and dance around the floor to unique Mater-inspired songs.  It’s curious why the Imagineers chose to introduce two attractions right next to each other with very similar storylines and similar experiences.  Still, since I love Mater’s I’m sure I’ll love this ride too.  It reminds me of a cross between Pooh’s Hunny Hunt and Aquatopia (both at Tokyo Disneyland).

Everyone can experience for themselves this cute new attraction in just a couple of short weeks when it premieres.  Will you be in line?

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