DISNEY CALIFORNIA ADVENTURE
Anaheim, California (Abbreviation: DCA)
Walt Disney Theme Parks
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(7/23/16) BREAKING - Guardians of the Galaxy Takeover of Tower of Terror Confirmed for Disney California Adventure in 2017 (MORE...)
(5/23/16) Soarin' Update and Reminder (MORE...)
(5/11/16) Guardians of the Galaxy Confirmed For 2017 (MORE...)
(5/5/16) Selfie-Stick Brings Coaster To A Halt (MORE...)
Ride Rehabs - The following information is not guaranteed to be 100% accurate.
Nothing is known to be scheduled for rehab at this time.
General Park News - (5/5/16) The local news stations all reported that Disney's California Screamin' coaster was suddenly shut down the other day after a guest on the ride pulled out a selfie stick in mid-ride. (Facepalm...) Seriously, didn't Disney ban those things in their parks a long time ago? There is an old theme park industry saying that goes something like this, "Never underestimate the stupidity of tourists".
(4/7/16) ThemeParkConnect dropped by the Food & Wine Fest at California Adventure this week and posted a nice little photo update.
(3/8/16) The Disney Parks Blog confirms that the last day for guests to experience the Marvel themed Super Hero HQ in Tomorrowland will be Saturday, April 2nd. Spider-Man and Captain America will then move over to Disney California Adventure for Meet & Greets in a new location starting April 3rd. Unfortunately, the Iron Man Tech Presented by Stark Industries will be retired at this time, and Thor will be returning as Asgard.
(2/17/16) The Disney Parks Blog has confirmed that after a long absence the Disney California Adventure Food & Wine Festival will return this year on weekends from April 1st to May 1st. Meanwhile the Mad T Party night party event will close down once again, for good I assume, on March 30th.
(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.
2016 - Soarin’ Around The World - (5/23/16) Just a reminder, Soarin' over California will close on June 16 to transform into Soarin' Around The World and reopen on June 17th.
(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.
(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 clarity.
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.
(5/20/13) 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.
Early 2016 - Luigi's Rollickin' Roadsters - (2/26/16) The official Disney Parks Blog has announced that the new Luigi's Rollickin' Roadsters attraction will officially open on March 7th. A great video was also posted showing off the attraction in motion, with the dancing cousin cars all moving in perfect sync. Each of the cars is unique, with a name, color and even a personality of their own as they "dance" across the floor. Apparently some of the cars will even have unique special moves they will perform if their favorite song is playing. Check out the video below to see the ride in action... it’s kind of cute and a bit mesmerizing all at the same time.
Disneyland Annual Passholders will apparently have the chance to experience the new attraction first, with a private preview session on March 4 from 9am to 10pm. You must present your AP (and photo ID) to get in during this preview session.
(2/23/16) So will the new Luigi's Rollickin Roadsters ride be ready to open soon at DCA? I'm told that Cast Members are being trained this week on the new attraction, so depending on how long that takes, perhaps the new ride may be ready to open sometime soon.
(12/13/15) Looks like a YouTube user got a lucky sneak peek at the new Luigi's Rollickin' Roadsters attraction making a nighttime test run with lights and music. Check out the video below.
(9/9/15) A reader pointed out a video to me on YouTube posted the other day that caught a couple of brief looks at a new red car on the Luigi's Rollickin' Roadsters ride being tested. Check it out below.
(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.
Summer 2016 - Frozen - Live at the Hyperion - (3/5/16) Disney has confirmed that "Frozen - Live at the Hyperion" will open to guests on May 27th, 2016 at the Disney California Adventure theme park. As you would expect, this is a new musical stage production to re-tell the story of the hit film, while still trying to provide a unique point of view on the story. Just before the new show opens the "For the First Time in Forever: A Frozen Sing-Along Celebration" show will close and hold a final performance on April 17th.
(9/14/15) Disney has confirmed that the long-running Aladdin musical show in the Hyperion Theater will come to a close at the end of January 10th, 2016 after nearly 14,000 performances. Replacing it in Summer 2016 will be an all new musical show themed to Frozen.
2017 - Guardians of the Galaxy Mission: Breakout - Confirmed - (7/23/16) During the Marvel presentation at the San Diego Comic-Con a few minutes ago Disney took the time to also confirm and announce the conversion of the Twilight Zone: Tower of Terror ride at the Disney California Adventure park into "Guardians of the Galaxy Mission: Breakout!"
The former Hollywood Tower Hotel will be transformed into a storage fortress for The Collector, and become the first of many, going forward, Marvel themed attractions in this corner of DCA when it opens in Summer 2017. Guests will enter the fortress and walk through the museum like collection of artifacts (and alien species) that The Collector has deposited here. Eventually your group will be contacted by Rocket Raccoon, who informs you that he and the rest of the Guardians of the Galaxy have also been imprisoned within the fortress by The Collector and Rocket needs your help to escape.
According to the teaser video posted by Disney (see below) the ride system will be essentially the same as it is now, featuring the very fast rise and fall sensations you know and love, however how it all plays out will not only be different than how it is now, but it will be different every time you ride. Much like the Tower of Terror in Orlando, this new version of the attraction will feature several different ride programs that can take place, each with it's own motion profile, special features and even a custom soundtrack for each, as we know Guardians of the Galaxy is all about the music from Star Lord's mix tapes.
They say that the new ride should be ready to go in time for the launch of the new film which premiers in May 2017. While an exact date to close the current tower wasn't given, they do say “early 2017”, which will probably end up being around the first or second week of January after the Christmas/New Years’ crowds are all gone. Obviously this is not a lot of time to complete the amount of work this should take to do properly, and when you consider the normal snails pace that Disney seems to work at lately on their project, I’m sure more than a few people are quite concerned about this project being finished on time and on budget. Of course, they could begin some of the exterior work before they close the ride of course, but we’ll have to wait and see how this plays out.
(5/11/16) Screamscape sources have confirmed for us that the Guardians of the Galaxy transformation for the Twilight Zone: Tower of Terror attraction at Disney California Adventure is 100% locked in now and happening. While we don't know exactly when the ride will close down (best guess is sometime after summer, either in fall or early winter) the plan is to have the new Guardians version up and running in time for the May 2017 opening of the Guardians of the Galaxy 2 movie premier.
As we previously rumored, the overall theme of the building will now be based around the character from the first film known as The Collector, or more importantly, his collection of rare and unique artifacts gathered from around the galaxy. I've been told that the story will essentially be somewhat similar to the unique story told in Tokyo DisneySea's Tower of Terror...but with a Marvel / SciFi spin to it all. As we saw in the first Guardian's film, sometimes the items gathered by The Collector can be a bit temperamental, and even explosive.
This will be the starting block for what will eventually become a Marvel themed section of the park it seems, but the main problem is that the transition from the old "Hollywood" theme into the new SciFi theme is going to be quite jarring and sudden, to say the least. So it should be interesting to see how this plays out as the first Marvel themed attraction for the US market.
(3/22/16) A new Marvel themed project that many will find quite shocking is in the works... and it involves putting a Marvel theme over an existing Disney icon style attraction that has a lot of fans. Rumors of this are already starting to spread, and according to my sources the rumor has moved into discussions about parks that are quite simply not involved yet, or were not really ever intended to be involved. So what is it?
What would you say if I mentioned that a Guardians of the Galalxy themed retrofit of the existing Tower of Terror attraction had been pitched as a possible new Marvel themed attraction concept for Disney California Adventure and the Walt Disney Studios Paris parks? While you are picking up your jaw off the floor, yes... this is a real proposal. But that's it at this point... just an idea being proposed as a way to quickly add a Marvel attraction to DCA in time to take advantage of the Marvel Phase 3 film slate.
How will the Tower be rethemed to fit Guardians of the Galaxy? I really don't know... though the one theory that I've heard seems to try to use The Collector character (Benicio Del Toro) in a similar fashion to Lord Henry Mystic from Hong Kong Disneyland's Mystic Manor. Guests, passing through a vault of The Collectors' rare artifacts disturb something they shouldn't that sends them on a wild adventure.
Again... this is all just a proposal, and from what I'm hearing the concept has been pitched as both a permanent change as well as just a temporary overlay over the existing attraction.
Unfortunately the rumor mill got a hold of this way too soon, and have already started to spread rumors of the concept taking over the Florida Tower of Terror which is mechanically very different from the others and has evolved over the years into serving as the virtual icon of that entire park. In addition, many would be quick to point out that the Tower of Terror represents what many feel is the pinnacle of WDW attraction design. Now, this isn't to say that WDW doesn't know about the plan, as they do, and I'm sure they too have played the "What If?" game to see what would happen if they jumped on the bandwagon. So while anything is possible... this was not the original intent. Nor was sticking another clone in Tokyo DisneySea for that matter. So for now... this is all we know, and nothing has been decided anywhere for any attraction. It's just a proposal, so put away the torches and pitchforks for now.
2023/2024 - Marvel Attraction / Land - Rumor - (2/24/16) A Marvel themed area has been earmarked to open at Disney’s California Adventure as the next major new “land” to follow Star Wars Land. With Star Wars Land not looking to open until about 2020, the Marvel area at DCA isn’t likely to open until 2023/2024. At the moment however, it sounds like they will be trying to dazzle all the Marvel fans with one giant E-Ticket attraction rather than an assortment of attractions. Given how far and wide spread the themeing and concepts for Marvel comics go, trying to group the entire Marvel Universe into one ride and make all the fans equally happy is likely impossible. But this project is a long ways out, so a lot can change between then and now. Another interesting item I was told was that once Marvel does open in DCA… we can expect to see the Iron Man Experience ride in Tomorrowland close. At that point in time they’ll decide to either drop it entirely, or if it is really popular they may opt to move it over to DCA somehow.
(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.