Heimlich's Chew Chew Train

Heimlich's Chew Chew Train

NOTE: This ride is now closed. Heimlich's Chew Chew Train was a ride in Disney California Adventure's Bug's Land area. Bug's Land closed in September 2018 to make way for Avengers Campus.

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Heimlich's Chew Chew Train

Heimlich's Chew Chew Train at Disney California Adventure
©Betsy Malloy Photography

Heimlich is the German-accented caterpillar from the film "It's a Bug's Life." In this ride, Heimlich's body formed the basis for a little train. Inside each car, speakers let riders listen in on his constant commentary about food. His tendency to overeat was actually the theme of the entire ride.

The train passed oversized portions of human food that included carrots, watermelon, animal crackers, and candy corn. Each one emited a scent: vanilla for the animal crackers, watermelon for the watermelon and so on. Most people liked this, but a few sensitive smellers said it was a little overwhelming.

The foods were all missing a few bites. You might guess that Heimlich has passed them before. In fact, he seemed to be munching on a piece of candy corn as he took you for a ride.

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Fun Facts About Heimlich's Chew Chew Train

Heimlich's Chew Chew Train in A Bug's Land
© 2006 Betsy Malloy Photography

Heimlich is a fat green caterpillar with a German accent who works as a clown in P.T. Flea's circus troupe. He eats all the time and dreams of becoming a beautiful butterfly. At the end of the film, he pops out of his chrysalis, his dreams come true. Unfortunately, his wings are too small to carry him.

The name Heimlich surely refers to the famous maneuver used to save people from choking, which may be appropriate considering how much this caterpillar eats.

Pixar animator Joe Ranft is the voice of Heimlich.

These are a couple of the funniest things Heimlich has to say: "Ooh, I vish candy corn was a vegetable!" "I hope this box is not as empty as mein schtomach!" “Mama says carrots are good for my eyes. But I don’t want to put carrots in my eyes!” 

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