Luigi's Rollickin' Roadsters
What happens when a bunch of 1950s-era cars of Italian descent get into a traffic jam? When those vehicles are 20 cousins of the Cars film's Luigi on vacation in Radiator Springs, dancing breaks out.
The ride uses a trackless system where the path is set, but it doesn't feel like it. And the ride is engineered to make the experience a little different every time you go on it. The ride feels chaotic at first, but near the end, all of the roadsters get organized into a synchronized dance routine that ends with a flourish.
What You Need to Know About Luigi's Rollickin' Roadsters
- Location: Cars Land
- Rating: ★★★
- Restrictions: 32 inches (81 cm) and children under age seven must be accompanied by someone age 14 years or older
- Ride Time: 90 seconds
- Recommended for: Everyone who's tall enough
- Fun Factor: Some riders say it looks cuter from the outside than when you're on it.
- Wait Factor: When the ride was new, lines were longer, but experts expect wait times to settle at about 30 minutes on the average.
- Fear Factor: Low
- Herky-Jerky Factor: Low
- Nausea Factor: Disney doesn't give any warnings about the motion, but the cars do move in slow circles, and sensitive individuals could find it uncomfortable.
- Seating: Ride vehicles look like cute little two-seater cars. Each one has one row with a seat much like an old-fashioned bench seat. It can accommodate two adults.
- Accessibility: This ride is wheelchair and ECV accessible, but you'll have to transfer to the ride vehicle by yourself or with help from your companions. More about visiting Disneyland in a wheelchair or ECV
How to Have More Fun on Luigi's Rollickin' Roadsters
- This is a Rider Switch attraction, which allows multiple adults who are visiting with a child who can't (or doesn't want to) ride to experience it without having to wait in line twice. One adult waits at the boarding area while the other rides, then they swap places.
- If you're lucky, you may be in a car that gets pulled into the middle of the pack for a solo moment with all the other cars spinning around you, but there's no way to predict which car will be the lucky one.
- For a little extra fun, join other riders who will likely be waving their arms in the air and cheering in the final spin.
- Part of the fun of this ride is something you can't get while you're on it. Take a moment to stand at the rail fence outside and watch those little cars dance.
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Fun Facts About Luigi's Rollickin' Roadsters
This ride has a trackless ride system that uses wireless location technology instead of fixed metal tracks. That allows the vehicles to move in more complex and exciting ways, while not crashing into each other. Disneyland is the first American Disney park to use that technology, although it has already been implemented in Hong Kong, Tokyo, and Paris.
The ride has five songs and eighteen paths, creating multiple combinations of movement that will each be different. LA Times theme park writer Brady MacDonald said this about his test rides: "Every car weaved, spun and jerked along a predetermined path that felt as random as a bowl full of spaghetti." He thought the cars were so cute that he wanted to drive one home.
Luigi himself if based on a Fiat 500, but the cars in the ride are manufactured by the fiction Frizzante car company, inspired by vehicles like the Fiat Jolly or Autobianchi Bianchina. Each one sports a unique paint job. Half are done up as girls and half as mustached guys.
In case you're wondering what "rollickin'" means, it means exuberantly lively and amusing or to behave in a carefree way.
The ride first opened as Luigi's Flying Tires. The new version opened in 2016.