Disneyland removes beach balls, speeds up Luigi’s Flying Tires in Cars Land

Written by Andy Castro. Posted in Cars Land, Dateline Disneyland, Disneyland Resort, Features

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Published on August 20, 2012 at 4:15 am with 36 Comments

About Andy Castro

Andy is a Southern California native, raised with Disneyland and a life-long fan of Disney theme parks and animation. Andy writes the weekly Dateline Disneyland column, which can be found every Monday on MiceChat.

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  • Lonnie0616

    Did I somehow miss the announcement that Indiana Jones was closing in the fall for 3 months? I don’t see BTMRR on the list yet but if it’s closed as Al Lutz reported, that is 2 major rides closed when I come visit in October.

    • BC_DisneyGeek

      People on Micechat are saying that the Big Thunder closure has been delayed until January.

      I’m not sure why they waited until the last minute to announce the Indy closure. Disney used to be pretty good about getting that sort of information out. If I were planning a once-in-a-lifetime trip, I might plan it around certain ride closures, and could be upset at the last-minute closure.

      • produceguy

        This makes me very very sad. I was sad that Big Thunder RR was going to be down, but could handle the news…. but Indy? I was going with people that will never be able to go again and it’s what I wanted them to see the most. Damn!

  • mratigan

    Thanks Andy

  • whamo

    I’m glad to hear the crowds are down. I’ll have to go to the park again, soon.

  • Erik Olson

    Thanks for the RoundUp! Did anyone get a price on those bat and teardrops candelabras?

  • DisneySam

    It seems interesting to me that Disney would go back to something that had originally failed in it’s inception so many years ago. You would think that with updates to engineering and technology that they could have come up with something to make it work better but as far as a ride goes it’s still basically just bumper cars riding on air, just as the Tow Mater rides seems to be a scrambler ride with better theming. I can’t judge too much because I haven’t been on either, however watching the video I saw people leaning in the vehicles but it was having no effect at all. It would be comical if it weren’t for all the money that was spent building the ride. Perhaps John Lasseter was just a little too nostalgic and let his love for a “classic” Disney ride get the better of him.

  • Hildy

    Umm. You said that the Luigi ride is faster now? My goodness it must have been practically at a stand still if that is faster. I was there in July but didn’t ride Luigi’s because of the wait time and we thought we would pick it up after all the grand opening rush had worn off a bit. I agree with DisneySam. Why would they re institute a failed ride from the 50′s? If it failed to engage people in the 50′s surely they couldn’t think it would please people in the 2000′s. I hate to be critical I loved Cars Land. It is truly amazing. Those rocks. My 12 year old daughter thought they were real. We live near red rock mesas and she couldn’t believe these were man made. It is truly a wonderful land. Themed so well. The cozy cones. So like the real ones. The sign Here it is. If you’ve ever traveled down the original 66 and seen all the real live things that this land is fashioned after – it is just amazing.

    Any word yet on what they will do in Hollywood Land? Needs something. Especially back there by Monsters Inc. Lots of property back there and it is almost always empty during the day. Needs a major ride and rethemed. Another roller coaster please.

    Wonderful update always the best part of my Monday morning.

  • ben1utah

    Wow. Luigi’s looks totally lame in that video. What a dud. Reminds me of the Tuck and Roll Buggies. Maybe they could keep the tire cars and put them on a track for use in some sort of dark ride built in the same spot. Most anything would be better.

  • FredSimmons

    “We probably underestimated how much people would demand Disney when they come to a park that has the Disney name on it.”

    Well, duh! That may be the biggest understatement of the century.

    If people wanted a non-Disney park, they could always go to Knott’s, Universal, Sea World, Magic Mountain…

    Is is really a surprise that people come to Disney parks for… Disney?

  • ayalexander

    well the thing about the tires is, they did fix a lot of the technological problems that they had in the sixties such as maintaining enough air pressure, proper air dispersing and the ability to hold up to two or three guests on one vehicle whereas the original saucers relied on air valves built into the floor to maintain the pressure, the vehicles were too small and heavy for proper air dispersing, and could only support one guest at a time. Plus since everything back then was operated manually, the air pumps had to be constantly checked during operation for faults, and the attraction operators had to operate the arm that pushed guests up against the side. Now the air pumps and ride mechanisms not seen by guests are all computer controlled with one touch of a button. They fixed some things, but I agree they should have foreseen safety issues like the easily unbuckling seat belts, the no step zone on the tires and the SLOW loading and unload process, plus the limited ride capacity. I had to give credit where credit is due.

  • ayalexander

    oh and another thing I wanted to add to my comment above, was that I think the tires are a success, but the only thing stopping people from not liking it is the HUGE line. If the line were under 30 minutes and somehow the vehicles went a little faster, then guests would be more satisfied. Otherwise it honestly was a good idea.

    • Actually, I don’t think anyone in the company really thinks that the tires are a success. Marketing and PR may be spinning it that way, but the guest research shows that the ride is not popular with the majority of guests. Cute? Yes. But not even close to being a success.

      This ride needs some major fixes, including perhaps a whole new ride system. Or better yet, a complete replacement. There is no failure in trying something new. Walt had many attractions not succeed. The ideas may have been good, but it just didn’t work out. That seems to be the case here as well. And I’m fine with that.

      Rather than dwell on fixing a ride that will likely never really be a success, they should go back to the drawing board and come up with something else. Something which enhances Cars Land and the story of the characters.

  • Wreckless Abrandon

    Is Glow with the Show Fantasmic! going to be a permanent thing? And same with WoC’s Glow? I would hope that it works with every show going forward.

  • TodAZ1

    I wonder if Bob Iger would adopt me?

  • disneymademoiselle

    Perhaps I needed a really good laugh, but the video of Luigi’s Tires had me in stitches!!! It’s scary to think it went slower than that.

  • [email protected]

    I guess we can finally say it. “I told you so !” From the very beginning alls I heard was that the flying tires was a mistake waiting to happen. They did not make it the first time. What in the world made you think they would make it this time ? Here we could be enjoying a dark ride, like ” The Ghost Light” or something. No…. We get a remarketed early 1960s flop. Cars land is such a great success for DLR and to put a negitive mark because of this ride is unfair. But, it is what it is. Ohh. almost forgot, Great Update Andy !!!

  • whitestrat

    Hatbox Ghost t-shirt!!!