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Luigi’s Rollickin’ Roadsters now open at Disney California Adventure

by Banks Lee

Luigi’s Rollickin’ Roadsters Disney California Adventure

The newest attraction in Cars Land at Disney California Adventure, Luigi’s Rollickin’ Roadsters, is ready for guests to join the party on March 7.

Twenty of Luigi’s cugini (cousins) are visiting from Carsoli, Italy, to help celebrate Race Day in Radiator Springs with music and dancing at Casa della Tires.

Guests are invited to hop aboard miniature Italian roadsters, inspired by late 1950s micro cars. Each car performs the traditional dances of Carsoli, moving to upbeat music and Luigi’s singing in precision-choreographed moves across a trackless “dance floor.”

Luigi’s Rollickin’ Roadsters off-ride and on-ride POV at Disney California Adventure

“Here at Luigi’s, the roadsters seem to have a mind of their own,” said Kevin Rafferty, executive creative director of Walt Disney Imagineering. “When you come back to ride again, chances are you’ll enjoy an experience that’s different than the last time you rode – especially since each of the cars has a signature move they love to perform.”

A “roadster” is an open-top automobile that seats two. While Luigi is a Fiat 500, his cousins are an automobile brand invented by Walt Disney Imagineering, called Frizzante, which had never been seen on Route 66. Now, they are exclusive to Cars Land.

Half of Luigi’s cousins are male, and half are female. Guests may identify them by the front-end chrome grill “moustache” on the male roadsters. All of Luigi’s family members have their own names and unique looks—except for two coral-colored cars. Although they are identical sisters, guests may notice that Rosa has green eyes, and Gina has blue eyes.

The cars have Italian license plates representing the place of their registration: their hometown of Carsoli, Italy. Each roadster performs his or her own routine, offering a different ride experience depending on which car a guest boards and which song is playing.

Luigi’s Rollickin’ Roadsters replaces Luigi’s Flying Tires, which operated in the same place from the opening of Cars Land in 2012 until 2015.

Fun Facts:
• “Rollick” means to behave in a jovial and exuberant fashion.
• Luigi’s Rollickin’ Roadsters is the first Disney attraction in the United States with a trackless ride system.
• Guests will enjoy spinning, turning and gliding across the track as the roadsters perform their routines. The ride experience is also fun to watch, as the cars interact and dance together.
• The cousins need a lot of “vrooom” to demonstrate the dances of their village. The trackless “dance floor” behind Luigi’s Casa della Tires is approximately 125 feet long and 70 feet wide.
• Luigi is such a huge fan of Italian Formula Racer, Francesco Bernoulli from Cars 2, that he created a very special moment in his garden to showcase an “Autopiary” of his legendary hero.
• In honor of his cousins coming over to Cars Land, Luigi ordered the Fettuccini tire company’s newest model in dancing tires, the “Danza.” Around the queue and Casa della Tires, guests will see posters and banners sent from Fettuccini to go with Luigi’s order.
• In addition to dancing, Luigi and his cousins also sing vocals for the songs heard on the attraction. Guests may hear these songs:
– “Rollicking Night and Day” – sung by Luigi himself
– “Mambo Italiano” – sung by cousin Rosetta
– “The Tire-antella” – with call outs from Luigi
– “Eh, Cumpari” – sung by cousin Lou
– “Funiculi Funicula” – with call outs from Luigi

See our video of the former Luigi’s Flying Tires attraction below.

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