Holiday crowds turned out for Valentine’s Day and the long President’s Day weekend as Disneyland continues various refurbishment and enhancement projects in both theme parks. In Disney California Adventure, Luigi’s Flying Tires closes permanently today and Walt Disney Imagineering will soon get to work on transforming the unsuccessful attraction into an all-new experience. Meanwhile, work continues transforming Condor Flats into the new Grizzly Peak Airfield and in Disneyland, the Innoventions Dream Home is being gutted to make way for something new.
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It’s another busy week at Disneyland, so kick back, relax and enjoy your holiday with today’s Disneyland update.
|Welcome to Disneyland!|
The Market House (and Fiddler, Fifer and Practical Cafe in Disney California Adventure) are still out of the new Starbucks “You Are Here” mugs and acrylic tumblers, but they do have new ceramic hot drink tumblers available.
In Cars Land, Luigi’s Flying Tires will fly for its last time today, Monday, February 16. Disney confirmed the ride will close permanently at the end of the day today to allow work to get underway on installing a new ride which, as Disney has said, will “feature a new ride system and ride vehicles.”
Al Lutz first reported back in 2013 on remote-controlled vehicles being added to Luigi’s Flying Tires to help push the flying tires around. That plan has seemingly evolved into new WiFi-controlled trackless vehicles replacing the tires altogether, which was reported in a September 2014 MiceAge Update:
The current plan is to replace the Flying Tires and the oddball and easily overlooked “Festival of the Flying Tires” backstory with a new attraction that removes the need for the riders to steer their own vehicles. A fleet of 1950’s Fiat cars, ostensibly Luigi’s extended family visiting from the old country, will spin and twirl around the floor in a choreographed musical production number in the new ride tentatively called “Luigi’s Festival of the Dance”.
The new ride will keep the existing tire showroom building and indoor queue, and use a version of the WiFi controlled system that guides autonomous vehicles through the Ratatouille ride at Disneyland Paris and Mystic Manor at Hong Kong Disneyland. The massive fans and deep basement that powered the Flying Tires ride system will be put into mothballs, while the new ride is built literally on its grave.
It’s a shame Luigi’s Flying Tires couldn’t deliver a worthwhile experience. Not only did enlarging Disneyland’s classic one-seater Flying Saucers to three-person tires weigh on the fun factor but the ride came along with a sharp learning curve that riders were expected to tackle in a short two-minute ride. No simple flat ride should require this much instructional signage:
In addition to all of the signage, riders had to listen to a Cast Member spiel about how to properly board and operate their tire before boarding. The loading area even included a tire ride vehicle parked so riders could practice boarding a tire before actually having to do it for real.
Take a ride on Luigi’s Flying Tires in our video below:
|Getting Ready to Dazzle|
The parks continue to get ready for the big 60th Anniversary before it kicks off in late-May.
The Disneyland Railroad has reopened but riders will notice that the Primeval World diorama is covered while it gets some much-needed TLC.
At the end of Main Street, Sleeping Beauty Castle remains behind scaffolding and tarps while the icon gets repainted and decorated for the park’s 60th Anniversary celebration.
If you look closely you can see glimpses of the new color scheme coming to the castle. Looks like it’ll be significantly toned down in comparison to the bright pink-and-blue color scheme that was added 10 years ago for the park’s 50th anniversary.
In Fantasyland, Peter Pan’s Flight is closed through early May for refurbishment and enhancements.
Critter Country and all of its attractions and shops remain closed through early April while Splash Mountain and Hungry Bear Restaurant get major refurbishments.
In Tomorrowland, the Innoventions Dream Home had suddenly and quietly closed just days before last week’s blog post. In just a week, the Dream Home’s common areas seemed mostly-gutted, with just a few large digital picture frames, a couple arm chairs and some rugs leftover.
Good bye, Elias family.
The Dream Home’s closure comes less than a month after a MiceChat Editor’s Note reported on a rumor that the Innoventions Dream Home would close and be transformed into a big exhibition space celebrating Disneyland’s 60th Anniversary.
The February 10th MiceAge Update noted that the Marvel exhibits and meet-and-greets would also close soon for enhancements.
Over in Disney California Adventure, Condor Flats continues its transformation into the new Grizzly Peak Airfield.
Note the new green-and-brown color scheme on Taste Pilot’s Grill, which is rumored to get a new dance floor and bandstand inside as well as be renamed Smoke Jumpers Grill
Over in Paradise Bay, World of Color is still undergoing its big refurbishment and enhancement project to get that show’s infrastructure ready for the new “World of Color: Celebrate!” show, which will debut in May as part of Disneyland’s 60th anniversary.
Meanwhile, Grizzly River Run remains closed through mid-March.
Over at the Disneyland Hotel, work continues on the hotel’s new fall safety additions.
In Disney California Adventure’s Hollywood Land, the Twilight Zone Tower of Terror now has a full line of “Hollywood Tower Hotel” signature merchandise, similar to the recent Haunted Mansion and Adventureland lines.
|This & That|
Back in Disneyland, the Main Street Opera House has been closed recently while Disneyland Resort Cast Members attend screenings of a new film about the story of Disneyland. Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln and the Disney Gallery exhibit are not open to regular park guests while these Cast-only presentations take place.
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|Weekly News & Information Round-Up|
|Weekly Theme Park Hours
February 16-22, 2015
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|Monday: 8 am – 12 am
Tue.-Thu.: 9 am – 11 pm
Fri.-Sun.: 8 am – 12 am
|Monday: 8 am – 10 pm
Tue.-Thu: 9 am – 8 pm
Fri.-Sun.: 8 am – 10 pm
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February 16 – 22
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