NOTE: This ride is now closed. Tuck and Roll's Drive'Em Buggies was a ride in Disney California Adventure's Bug's Land area. To make room for its new Marvel-Themed section, Bug's Land closed in September, 2018.
Guardians of the Galaxy is the first part of the Marvel-themed area that will replace A Bug's Land. It is scheduled to open in 2020. Until then, you can read below about the old ride.
Remembering Tuck and Roll
Tuck and Roll are the Hungarian pillbugs from the Bug's Life film. It may be a bit of a stretch, but they somehow inspired this bumper car ride.
Adults complain about how slow the buggies are. Fans of the rough impacts of traditional bumper cars complain that the impacts are too soft. They also complain that the cars get into jams and it's hard to get out of them. In fact, the best thing about the ride may be the cute design of the cars, which look like the pillbugs it's named for.
Most of them say it's best for younger children. However, with a minimum height of 36 inches, which would make it doable for the average three-year-old.
What You Need to Know About Tuck and Roll's Drive 'Em Buggies
- Location: Flik's Fun Fair in Bug's Land
- Rating: ★★
- Restrictions: 36 in (91 cm)
- Ride Time: 90 seconds
- Recommended for: This ride is good for children up to pre-teen age.
- Fun Factor: Medium
- Wait Factor: Medium
- Fear Factor: Low, seldom longer than 10 minutes.
- Herky-Jerky Factor: The "bumps" are gentler than the old-fashioned bumper car, but Disney still cautions that it's not for anyone with neck or back trouble, heart problems or for expectant mothers.
- Nausea Factor: Low
- Seating: Ride vehicles have one row with a bench seat and steering wheel. Each one holds 2 people, but it's a tight fit if both of them are wider than a Skinny Minnie. You have to step over the side to get in.
- Accessibility: You will have to transfer from your wheelchair or ECV into the ride vehicle, by yourself or with help from your traveling companions. Enter with everyone else. Service animals are not allowed.
How to Have More Fun on Tuck and Roll's Drive 'Em Buggies
- Some riders complain that this ride is too slow. If you're a fast-paced kind of rider, you might want to skip it.
- Tuck 'n' Roll is one of the rides at California Adventure that you can go on when rain closes the outdoor attractions.
- Getting in and out of the cars may be hard if you have knee or back problems.
- The ride vehicles have two pedals, in case your child wants to drive but can't reach their own pedal. They don't have brakes. Instead, you stop by taking the pressure off the gas pedal.
- The height measurement marker looks like an ink pen with a bent cap. If your child has just grown above the 36-inch limit, it would make a cute photo opportunity.
- If you are stuck somewhere and can’t move forward, don't fret. Just turn the wheel all the way to one side, and after a few seconds, the car will automatically back up.
- You can hear Tuck and Roll chattering the whole time, but no matter how many languages you speak, you won't be able understand their gibberish which is not a real language.
- The exit looks like a giant belt buckle.
- Tuck and Roll is one of the lowest-rated rides in California Adventure at Yelp. One of the most telling comments I read there included this line: "Devastatingly slow bumper cars that pack the kinetic force of a Mylar balloon," You can read some of their reviews to find out why.
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Fun Facts About Tuck 'n' Roll's Drive 'Em Buggies
Tuck 'n' Roll are pillbugs. You know, those little creepy-crawly critters that roll up into a ball for protection. In the Bug's Life film, their constant fighting and arguing gets them fired.
Don't try to understand what they're saying. They talk all the time, but it's not a real language, just a bunch of sounds strung together to sound vaguely Slavic. The only English words they know are "Hey!", "Tweet-tweet! Tweet-tweet!", "You fired!" and "Charge-a!".
Tuck 'n' Roll's ride is unique to the Disneyland Resort in California. None of their other parks have one like it.