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When Cars Land opened in 2012, one of its three attractions was Luigi's Flying Tires, a reincarnation of Disneyland Park’s Flying Saucers, a Tomorrowland attraction that lasted five years in the early 1960s. Imagineers retreaded the concept of hovercraft bumper cars, using a system similar to an air hockey table, as the basis for a tribute to the Radiator Springs resident Ferrari fanatic.
Luigi’s Flying Tires turned out to be an example of nostalgia being better than reality; the tires accelerated very gradually and were tricky for firsttime riders to control. Lines dwindled substantially in the years after the tires debuted, despite how glacially slow the attraction was to load.
In early 2015 Disney shuttered Luigi’s to reimagine the attraction, which reopened in 2016 as Luigi’s Rollickin’ Roadsters. Guests still first queue inside the Casa Della Tires shop (where memorabilia from Luigi’s and Guido’s careers is on display), and then pass through a garden of automotive-inspired topiaries before approaching the attraction itself, which occupies the same outdoor arena. However, instead of giant tires, 20 small open-top faux Fiats (with the franchise’s signature cartoon faces) serve as the ride vehicles. And instead of controlling their destiny, this time, passengers are just along for the ride, as the cars spin and “dance” autonomously around each other in unpredictable patterns, thanks to trackless GPS technology.
With a library of Italian tunes like “Volare” and “Mambo Italiano” for the cars to dance to, each ride experience is a little different (you may even get a solo in the center of the floor while everyone else swirls around you), though each routine ends with a brief but brisk bout of spinning. But the cars’ movements are surprisingly jerky, sometimes feeling like a shopping cart with a stuck wheel, and it’s impossible to appreciate the choreographic patterns while you’re in the middle of it. Much like its predecessor, Luigi’s Rollickin’ Roadsters may actually be more fun to watch than to ride, so it’s fortunate that benches are provided near the exit.
During the Halloween season the ride transforms in to Luigi's Honkin' Haul-O-Ween, featuring playfully spooky decorations and a new set of songs. For the Holiday Season it becomes Luigi's Joy to the Whirl.
Luigi's Rollickin' Roadsters Full Ride Through
Here's roughly how many minutes you'll wait for Luigi's Rollickin' Roadsters at each California Adventure Crowd Level.
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