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Disney's Luigi's Flying Tires ride loses the giant beach balls

September 19, 2012|By Hugo Martin
  • Visitors float on a cushion of air at Luigi's Flying Tires during the opening day to the public of Cars Land at Disney California Adventure.
Visitors float on a cushion of air at Luigi's Flying Tires during the… (Mark Boster / Los Angeles…)

Tweaks and adjustments are common in theme park attractions.

The abominable snowman was not added to Disneyland's Matterhorn Bobsled ride until more than a decade after it opened in 1959.

The Pirates of the Caribbean ride was remodeled in 2006 to include the likeness of Johnny Depp, who played Capt. Jack Sparrow in the popular movie series.

The latest adjustment of a Disney attraction is not that severe: Disney California Adventure Park has eliminated the giant beach balls from Luigi's Flying Tires.

The ride that puts visitors on giant tires that float on a cushion of air opened in June with dozens of colorful beach balls that bounced on and between the floating tires. (Often they bounced on the riders, as well.)

The balls apparently slowed down the process of loading and unloading visitors from the ride, making the wait for Luigi's Flying Tires longer.

"We regularly make modifications to our attractions to provide our guests with the best possible experience," said Disneyland spokeswoman Suzi Brown.

She said other "creative elements" may be added to the ride in the future but declined to elaborate.

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