DISNEY CALIFORNIA ADVENTURE
Anaheim, California (Abbreviation: DCA)
Walt Disney Theme Parks
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(8/16/15) Soarin' Around the World Details (MORE...)
(7/30/15) Luigi's Rollickin' Roadsters Ride Details (MORE...)
(7/29/15) New ‘16 Cars Land Attraction Details (MORE...)
(6/8/15) Ant-Man 3D Sneak Peek On The Way (MORE...)
Ride Rehabs - The following information is not guaranteed to be 100% accurate.
Luigi’s Flying Tires - CLOSED FOR REPLACEMENT
It’s Tough to be a Bug - NOW CLOSED through ???? for Ant-Man Promotion
Toy Story Midway Mania - Aug 24 through Aug 27
General Park News - (6/8/15) Marvel fans will get an exclusive sneak peek at the new Ant-Man movie at Disney California Adventure starting on June 19th in the Bug's Life Theater. This will be a typical limited time "special preview" to give guests a look at select scenes from the film in 3D with special in-theater special effects. They will also have the Ant-Man suit on hand to check out first hand. Ant-Man hits theaters nationwide starting July 17, 2015.
(5/7/15) Just a reminder, Disney has confirmed that we will see the return of the Mad T Party (the Diamond edition this time) at Disney California Adventure in the evenings starting May 22.
(2/16/15) Disney has announced that The Mad T Party will be returning to Disney California Adventure starting in May, when the current Freeze the Night party comes to an end. Look for Mad T Party to kick off again on May 22, 2015.
(1/16/15) Looks like the rumor of a long-term fix for Luigi’s Flying Tires is true, as the park’s rehab schedule now confirms it shutting down from Feb. 3 through to Dec. 1, 2015.
(11/20/14) I’m not sure how true this report it, but the rumor going around is that MuppetVision 3D, closing temporarily for a Frozen-themed show during the winter holiday season, may not reopen and the Frozen sing-a-long themed attraction could linger on indefinitely.
On the subject of attractions leaving California Adventure for good, while Disney hasn't confirmed any rumors about the Muppets, Disney did confirme that the Mad T Party evening event will end on November 30th. No word yet on what will replace it, though I wouldn’t mind a second chance to see ElecTRONica… I missed it the first time around.
(11/7/14) Inspired by San Fransokyo, the city from Disney’s new Big Hero 6 animated film, Award Weiners at Disney California Adventure is now offering the Teriyaki Street Dog, a Teriyaki-glazed all beef hot dog on a garlic chive roll and wasabi mayo, ginger, carrot and cucumber slaw. You can also get your drink served in a Baymax souvenir sipper.
(11/3/14) For Disney Art fans, be advised that The Art of Guy Vasilovich will be on display at “Off the Page” inside the Animation Building attraction within Disney California Adventure on November 8 & 9 along with the artist himself doing a signing from 11am to 3pm. Check out the official details here.
(10/22/14) According to DisneyDose the long-running Aladdin musical show at Disney Calfornia Adventure could be on the way out again. I know… we’ve heard this all before… twice before if memory serves, each time with a different rumored replacement. According to the report a new show themed to Tangled may be the replacement, after a test run of a Tangled musical happens on the Disney Cruise Line sometime in 2015 and has time to work out the kinks. They say not to expect the current run of Aladdin to close until sometime between late 2016 or early 2017 most likely.
So is it time for Aladdin to bow out or go you want another decade of the Genie?
2015 - Frozen Fun - Confirmed - (12/23/14) A great photo report from Westcoaster showing off all the new Frozen Fun festivities that have already been added all across Disney California Adventure as well as a peek over at Disneyland too.
(12/22/14) Disney California Adventure will launch some new limited time “Frozen Fun” events in the park starting January 7th. The new additions to the park include For the First Time in Forever: A Frozen Sing-Along Celebration that will take place inside the MuppetVision 3D theater. Olaf’s Snow Fest will open inside the nearby Stage 17 with a giant snow play area, a snow slide and musical performances along with Wandering Oaken’s Trading Post just outside. Anna and Elsa’s Royal Welcome will see the sisters Meet & Greet area move from Disneyland over to California Adventure’s Animation Courtyard. In the evenings you can enjoy Freeze The Night!A Family Dance Party that will take over Hollywood Land with music, special treats and frosty beverages. For those who can’t wait… many of these special new additions have already begun to soft open for guests this week.
2015 - Diamond Celebration / World of Color - Celebrate! - Confirmed - (1/29/14) Disney confirmed last night that Carthay Circle Theater in Disney California Adventure will be given a little up-do for the Diamond Celebration. Similar in look to what they are going to Sleeping Beauty Castle (read more here) the theater will be given a diamond medallion (with a big letter "D") and covered in blue Diamond Celebration banners and decor to celebrate the anniversary.
The big new addition to DCA however will be an all new version of the park's popular World of Color show, this one to be called "World of Color - Celebrate!" The new show will kick off on May 22, 2015 along with the rest of the new Diamond Celebration additions resort-wide, and will " illuminates the night in a contemporary and moving celebration of Walt and his dream of Disneyland, showing that anything is possible if we never give up on our dreams." Mickey will take guests on this fun and inspirational filled journey through the imagination of Walt Disney himself to explore and relive his decades-long legacy of memorable animated moments as well as the dream of building Disneyland park.
2016 - Soarin’ Around the World - Confirmed - (8/21/15) Disney announced the new official name for the new adventure film coming to the Soarin' attractions at Disney California Adventure and Epcot at Walt Disney World. The new ride-film experience will be called "Soarin' Around the World" and will put to use all new digital projection systems and screens. The new ride-film will take riders to visit some of the world's most unique natural landscapes as well as man-made wonders of the world. Soarin' Around the World will also open as part of the attraction lineup at Shanghai Disneyland.
Great new concept art showing off the new themed look of what will soon be the Grizzly Peak Airfield area of the park (formerly Condor Flats) was released by Disney this week. In addition to seeing what Soarin’ Over California will look like in a few months when it reopens (along with screen and projection upgrades!) They also report that the first phase of the land to reopen will be the new Smokejumpers Grill, opening on March 20th. The quick-service location will offer an updated menu offering Bacon Cheddar Burgers, Grilled Chicken & Jack Sandwiches and a Chilli Cheeseburger.
(1/10/15) As predicted, Soarin’ over California is closed for a lengthy overhaul that is expected to see the projection system upgraded, but in addition Disney has closed off the entire Condor Flats area of the park. In fact, Condor Flats is going extinct, and when the land reopens in May or June 2015 it will be renamed as Grizzly Peak Airfield according to the signs placed on the construction walls this week.
(7/26/13) I’m not quite sure how true this is, but according to one possible source the new Soarin’ 2 ride (aka: Soarin’ Over The Horizon) may borrow a little technology from the Star Tours 2 project. This would be more than the switch over from Imax film to Digital (each has it’s own merit), but a switch to digital would also allow for the possibility of using a randomizer to include different possible ride scenes to be shown during each visit.
Now while I can’ verify that this will happen, the simple fact that there are really far too many incredible places in the world worth Soarin’ over, more than would easily fit into a quick 5-6 minute ride film, this would be a great way to add them all into the mix of possible locations. In fact… they could even incorporate some of the great scenes from Soarin’ over California into the mix, ensuring that some of the existing ride lives on into the next generation.
However, I’ve always have one major complaint about the Soarin’ ride setups in California and especially in Florida at Epcot. The line is always… ALWAYS… way to friggin’ long! This is because Soarin’ only has two theaters, and I think it really should have had 3 or 4 to keep the line moving. If they do add this random scene concept, creating an even bigger urge for guests to ride this over and over they are really going to need to add two more theaters somehow. Lets hope they are looking into it at least in Florida because I don’t think they have the room to do anything in California.
(7/17/13) According to what I’ve been told, if Disney were up “upgrade” the Soarin’ ride system to use a 4K style digital projection system, it would actually be a downgrade from the current resolution achieved with the current IMAX film system used for Soarin’. From what I’m told, there really is no digital projection format yet that could replace the image quality achieved from IMAX.
(7/14/13) Disney and More has posted some great news this week about the future of the Soarin’ rides at California Adventure and Epcot. While the new Soarin’ Over The Horizon ridefilm is still expected to launch at both parks in 2016, they report that both of the US Soarin’ ride systems will receive projector system updates in 2014 that will bring the ride to life in new vivid HD style clarity. I’m guessing they’ll be upgrading the system up to the new 4K style projection systems.
As for the new ride film coming in 2016… while there will probably be a few more changes this new global Soarin’ concept is expected to shoot new aerial scenes in England, France, Italy, Egypt, India, China, Japan as well as in new locations in the USA like New York City and in the Grand Canyon.
Disney and More goes on to guess about the possible filming locations, but that is all just speculation. Some are obvious as any filming in India would likely involve the Taj Mahal and any footage of Egypt would have to include the massive Pyramids. Make the jump to see what world icon’s they think would be ideal in each location.
(5/22/13) After doing a little more digging about the concept of the blending the Soarin’ Over the Horizon ride concept with the new Planes movie, I realized one very important thing. The two concepts, while being slightly complimentary, are materially foreign enough to each other to keep any kind of Planes theming down to a minimum. In other words... IF there is any kind of true Planes tie-in at all made there, look for it to be restricted mainly to the queue and pre-show experience.
After all, the entire point of the Soarin’ ride is to show us REAL footage of the beautiful sights, landmarks and wondrous natural terrain of the earth itself. If the ride concept were suddenly given a full treatment to become themed to the world of PLANES (which is really the world of Pixar’s CARS) then the ride film would have to be computer animated and show off the false landscapes as seen in the films, rather than the majestic real-world scenery that we enjoy in the current version of Soarin’.
That news should make a number of people feel more at ease about the concept of the next Soarin’ ride, which would essentially sideline any kind of PLANES themeing to serve as pre-ride entertainment in the queue or hosting for the pre-show safety videos instead. Of course, we’re talking about something that isn’t expected to hit the US parks until 2016... and unless PLANES is a huge hit, or something worthy of it’s own sequel or ongoing TV series on the Disney Channel, the general public might have forgotten entirely about it by mid 2016... nearly 3 years after the film hits the silver screen.
So in other words… the chances of a Planes / Soarin’ crossover are not very good at all.
(5/20/13) Disney & More reports that the top secret new version of Soarin’ opening at Shanghai Disneyland in 2015 is expected to be called Soarin’ Over The Horizon, essentially a Global version of the Soarin’ concept featuring famous icons and landcapes from around the world. This same new ride will also come as an update to the existing Soarin’ rides at Epcot in Walt Disney World and to Disney’s California Adventure at the Disneyland Resort in 2016.
That said… there may be a slight twist to this entire plan as new details about the upcoming PLANES animated film are slowing comingout. The film, once planned as a direct to DVD spin-off from Pixar’s Cars films was upgraded to a full theatrical feature film release last year. (It is also interesting to note that PLANES is from Walt Disney Animation and not Pixar.) The story behind PLANES involves air races at famous locations all around the world… a storyline that might tie in nicely with this new Soarin’ ride concept as well.
On another front… they also report that the new WDI Twister Ride Patent discovered earlier this month also seems destined to be used with a theme that ties into the Planes movie as well. (Of course, one of our readers also suggested that the Twister Ride system would also be a good one to be used for a Star Wars themed version of ride system… with alternating X-Wings and Tie Fightered themed cars I hope… giving you the ability to try and target the car ahead of you for points.)
(10/22/10) Disney and More has an interesting article about the long rumored, Soarin’ over the World attraction, a follow up to Soarin’ that would feature international locations and expand the ride’s use beyond the American parks and into Disneyland Paris, Tokyo Disney and possibly beyond.
Early 2016 - Luigi's Rollickin' Roadsters - (7/30/15) New details were sent to Screamscape that tie things up nicely with the previous rumors that the new Luigi's Rollickin' Roadsters ride would use a dry version of the self-driven car technology Disney used on the Aquatopia at Tokyo DisneySea. According to what I'm told, I believe this will be the first example of Disney's trackless ride system to be put to use in the US. Much like the Aquatipia cars that this will be based on, your ride car will be capable of some complicated and crazy movements, including rapid spinning.
Disney Imagineers apparently were sent to Italy to study the various dances done at large Italian family gatherings, and find a way to translate those complex dance movements (complete with partner swapping) into a technological dance for the cars to perform. It sounds both crazy and absolutely wonderful at the same time, as something that should be both fun to ride, as well as fun to watch the complicated movements of the cars from the outside as well.
(7/29/15) While we still don't know what the new Cars Land attraction will be like, Disney did confirm that the new ride's official name will now be Luigi's Rollickin' Roadsters. It will be themed around Luigi and all his cousins from Italy who have come to visit Casa della Tires to celebrate Race Day with the dances of their village with all the Cars Land guests. They have listed the new ride to open in "early" 2016.
(4/20/15) Permits were filed in California to begin work on building the new Cars Land ride to replace the Flying Tires. The paperwork lists the name of the new ride as Luigi's Festival of the Dance.
(2/18/15) Luigi's Flying Tires is closed for good, but Westcoaster has posted one final detailed look at the attraction and queue to remember it by, before it vanishes into the Neverland history books.
(2/9/15) Disney has confirmed that Luigi's Flying Tires ride will be retired when it closes this month, with the last operating day to be February 16th. They will build a brand new ride in place of it that will open in 2016 that will feature an all new ride system and ride vehicles themed as new cars.
They have not issued a new name for the ride, or any serious details on what it will be like, though I'm told it will be an off-shoot of the technology Disney used for the Aquatopia ride at Tokyo DisneySea, but instead of a ride on a little boat, guests will go for a wild spinning ride experience around a parking lot in a self-driving vehicle, likely to feature some near-miss action with both other vehicles and some stationary objects in the course.
(1/16/15) Looks like the rumor of a long-term fix for Luigi’s Flying Tires is true, as the park’s rehab schedule now confirms it shutting down from Feb. 3 through to Dec. 1, 2015.
(10/30/14) A reader pointed out a possible connection to that new Disney attraction patent idea listed last week on 10/22/14 and the possible renovation of Luigi’s Flying Tires. The patent story detailed the ability to allow a rider in a seat to lean in any given direction and have their body movements translated into a reaction from the ride vehicle. Lean left, and your ride car might lean or move left, lean back to slow down, etc.
Well, since your control (or lack thereof) over Luigi’s Flying Tires is all based on how the riders lean while riding, and the rumors claim the ride will have more action and possible control when it reopens, it would make sense to possibly see the technology described in the patent application put to use as a new form of control for the Flying Tires. This would allow the riders to still lean in their seats to control the movement of the Tire, which would no longer be physics based, but under some kind of motion control, while still retaining the illusion that they were still floating on a cushion of air as before.
(10/29/14) Regarding the rumored and lengthy rehab of Luigi’s Flying Tires, it is worth noting that several other sites are reporting that the attraction will be completely removed and never reopen. Of course, many of these same sites said the same thing about the Finding Nemo Submarine Voyage and… well, we know how that story went.
That said, we did hear a new rumor claiming that when the ride system reopens, it may be a completely different concept. It may have the “look” of the Flying Tires idea, but the movement of the tires could end up being automated and computer controlled trackless vehicles moving about in synchronized but pre-programmed chaos like patterns. Much like the Aquatopia ride system used at Tokyo DisneySea.
(10/28/14) I’m hearing rumors that Luigi’s Flying Tires is set to close down this January for a potential nearly year-long refurbishment that would see it stay closed until Christmas 2015. I’m guessing this would involve a complete overhaul of the attraction, perhaps making it a bit more exciting to meet guest expectations.
???? - Marvel Land / Coaster - Rumor - (8/20/14) The latest updates at MiceChat are full of interesting rumors about ideas in development, but remember these are just possible ideas. Nothing has been green lit yet. Keeping that in mind, they claim that plans are now being worked on to bring a proper Marvel themed land to California Adventure. This would effectively take up the empty back corner of Hollywoodland, once pitched as a Monsters Inc. themed land before that project got the axe. As you would expect, it will be full of character meet & greet opportunities as they move out of Innoventions, and be anchored by a Marvel themed version of Rock ‘n Roller Coaster, which would located the main coaster building in the parking lot between the Tower or Terror and Luigi’s Flying Tires.