John Lasseter Gives Luigi's Flying Tires a Test Spin

John Lasseter Gives Luigi's Flying Tires a Test Spin

Disney-Pixar's own John Lasseter gave the upcoming Disney California Adventure ride Luigi's Flying Tires a test spin last week.

Learn more about the new ride and see video of John's test run after the jump.
John Lasseter Gives Luigi's Flying Tires a Test Spin

Cars Land is now set to open in just six short months (give or take a few) at Disney California Adventure, and the new land is coming together rapidly.

A couple weeks ago I wrote about the land's installation of the Leaning Tower of Tires, and now Disney-Pixar CCO John Lasseter was able to test drive the ride located near the tower: Luigi's Flying Tires.

Created as a nod to Disneyland's Flying Saucers (which operated in the park from 1961 to 1966), Luigi's Flying Tires hover on a bed of air as they float across an "arena." The vehicles look like two stacked Fettuccini brand tires.

Once riders are safely inside their tire, a compressor pumps air up through the floor (think of it like a giant air hockey table), and the tire will begin to hover. By shifting their weight around, riders will be able to control the direction of the tire (similar to how a Segway moves) and will also have the ability to work a lever that causes the tire to spin (similar to the spin control on Mad Tea Party).

Here's a video of Lasseter and Imagineer Mike Kilbert, who also serves as the ride's lead engineer and designer, giving Luigi's Flying Tires a ride.

The 12-acre Cars Land is set to open sometime this summer.

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