Posted on Wednesday, December 2nd, 2015 by Peter Sciretta
Luigi’s Rollickin’ Roadsters Set To Open
Disney California Adventure’s Luigi’s Flying Tires replacement/remake Luigi’s Rollickin’ Roadsters is completed and just waiting on inspection approval, which should have it for operation for a soft open before Christmas 2015.
Disney California Adventure’s Marvel Expansion
In August, we heard rumors of plans to expand Disney California Adventure with a new Marvel themed land behind Tower of Terror with an E Ticket thrill ride employing a new Imagineered hybrid ride system described as” a combination of Rock N’ Roller Coaster and Universal’s Transformers ride using every trick and gimmick WDI can throw at it, including on-board audio and effects and elaborate sets and animatronics.”
An update claims the project is moving ahead as the “indoor mega-coaster planned as the lands new E Ticket was wowing the designers but underwhelming the Anaheim operators” as it is very short on hourly rider capacity (which probably means long slow moving lines). Apparently the new plan is to open the Marvel expansion in two phases, with a series of meet n’ greet and “merchandise offerings” opening first before Star Wars Land comes in 2019. Apparently this is why the new Superhero HQ in Tomorrowland was not given a huge budget as Disney doesn’t expect it to be in the Innoventions building past 2017. The Marvel coaster attraction would supposedly open “a year or two later.”
Disneyland Railroad Rerouting Details
As for how the Disneyland Railroad will be rerouted to make this possible, here is what is rumored to happen:
Disneyland Railroad will form the southern border of the new land, passing along the rerouted Rivers of America and then over a series of trestles and along a high berm that will physically separate Star Wars Land from the existing lands. Once the railroad passes the Hungry Bear Restaurant, a new route will take the tracks along a snaking S-curve before it rejoins the original route just north of the Fantasyland Theatre. The new railroad route will also take the train along a rocky mountainside with a watery cave below that will lead to the new storage marina for all of the Fantasmic! barges and equipment. In what’s likely the final version of the Star Wars footprint, the Fantasyland Theatre will stay for now, although it’s prime real estate to access a smaller expansion pad just west of Toontown that will be left over after the Star Wars Land dust settles.
The fact that Fantasyland Theatre might not be going away should make some Disneyland pass holders happy.