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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  • Tinkbelle

    I’m so excited about more days for the Candlelight Ceremony! I’ve always wanted to be there for it and hope we will find a way to make it now that there will be more opportunities.

    I don’t really see a difference between the speed of the tires in the two videos. It does look more plain and boring without the balls, though. (We haven’t been yet, so I’m basing this all on the videos).

  • Myahlove1

    It shows both Casey Jr. and Storybook refurbs from Sep. 4-18th. Is this correct??? I thought they weren’t reopening until November?

  • Swisskapolka

    I guess I rode Luigi’s with low expectations, but I had fun when I rode it for the first time a few weeks ago. The line theming is great and I enjoyed watching folks try to move around and chase each other. Obviously a shorter line would make it more enjoyable — so hopefully the removal of the beach balls will help with that. Faster would be cool and maybe retooling the ride vehicle will help with that.

  • Hildy

    Man, I sure wouldn’t want to be in Disneyland that 2nd week in September. Looks like a lot of the rides will be closed.

  • Aaebert67

    Luigi’s seems so boring without the beach balls! It really livened it up. Now it seems like you just slowly drift around for a minute and a half.

  • Susan Hughes

    It’s nice to finally see some substantial progress on the new Fantasy Faire. I thought they were only going to build facades of the buildings, but it looks like they’re bona fide structures.
    Kind of makes me a little sad though. For the past few years the Princesses would make the long walk from Tomorrowland over to the castle. That was always an unexpected surprise for park guests. But it looks like the walk will be a thing of the past. And even sadder…no more Princesses by the castle. Throughout the entire resort, there is no more magical backdrop for a Disney Princess than the castle. Even the old (and new) Fantasy Faire can’t come close to the look and feel of a Princess by the castle.

  • SpectroMan

    As many have said for the past year….Luigi’s will be gone within 2 years. So, let’s just enjoy it now and document it so we don’t have to scrounge to find evidence of it 50 years from now like we’ve been doing with the Saucers.

  • Orange Co Native

    Luigi’s Flying Tires. A ride with a total lack of imagination. I don’t know. I can see that ride being ripped out within a year or two. The wait time is not going to be problem fairly soon as people ride it, experience it and go “I won’t being that ride anytime soon.”

  • Orange Co Native

    What I was meaning to say was “I won’t be riding that ride anytime soon.” That is what happens when you get distracted while you are writing.

  • GoneAway562

    It is a disappointment to not even be able to ride Luigi’s with the joysticks since I work in the shop that made them. I even took an extra one opening day to play a joke on the Castmembers, only to find out they werent there. :[

  • dsnygrl13

    Perhaps a viable alternative to the tires would be a standard bumper car ride with the vehicles shaped like tires?

  • Marko50

    Gee. There are sure a lot of negative remarks on here by people that haven’t even ridden the ride. I love it. Sure, I’d love a shorter wait. I’d also love a shorter wait for RSR, but I don’t see people saying, “Let’s rip it out because the line’s too long.”

    There are also people that don’t seem to understand why the Flying Saucers stopped flying. It’s because the mechanisms wouldn’t hold up. Not because they were unpopular. They weren’t. Every time I went on them, every saucer on the floor was in use. They weren’t brought back just because JL was nostalgic.

    • miceagefan

      We just visited Cars Land for the first time last week. Loved it all. Luigi’s was great. Loved the theming. No line first thing in the morning. Fun to figure out how to make it go. How many of us go on Snow White every time we are in the park? Not the fastest most exciting ride, but great theme and makes you feel good. I look at Luigi’s as the same. Kids love it and adults can too. The biggest surprise of Cars Land was Maters and Larry the Cable Guy. Loved him speaking spanish and LOVED the songs. So much fun. And of course Racers was amazing.
      My favorite part was Buena Vista Street. Can not believe it is the same place. Thanks to Disney for finally doing it all right.
      And pick up the Hat Box Ghost Halloween shirt quick! It is awesome. Will wear it all year.
      Finally Huge thanks to Andy Castro!! Love your column and the photos that are always in it.

  • Spongeocto4

    Thanks for the update!

  • AvanteGardens

    Im thinking the problem with Flying Tires isnt what they replicated from the Flying Saucers, its what they changed. Perhaps it was a GOOD idea to just have one rider, so you dont have to rely on your partner who is leaning the wrong way, and an even BETTER idea to have an arm that clears the air table of one set of vehicles so they can load while annother set of vehicles is in use. Would that also have just been too inauthentic to the cars land theme for JL?

  • pattimarie

    the pictures here are fantastic!
    i rode luigi’s twice a few weeks and and loved it. it doesn’t move consistently fast the whole time, but when it does fly, it’s really fun. when it doesn’t, it’s usually because people are leaning in different directions, or too far over. i loved the balls too. they were fun to watch and play with.
    as for the guests complaints, it’s really easy to nitpik when asked to do so. the fact that the line remains long says something about it’s popularity. i agree with whoever said that if the line were slower, people would like it better.