A Bug's Land

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A Bug's Land
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Location Disney California Adventure
Status Operating
Opening date October 7, 2002
Closing date Early September 2018
Replaced by Marvel Land
Theme A Bug's Life
Attractions
Attractions 5 total
Other rides 2

"A Bug's Land" (stylized "a bug's land") is an area of Disney California Adventure themed after the 1998 Disney·Pixar film A Bug's Life. The area consists of Flik's Fun Fair, an area with four rides and a water play area targeted towards young children and set in a representation of the film's fictional universe, which opened in 2002; and an outside area that contains the It's Tough to Be a Bug! theater, which was an original area of the park when it opened in 2001.

History[edit]

It's Tough to Be a Bug! and Bountiful Valley Farm were original attractions at Disney California Adventure when the park opened on February 8, 2001; both were originally part of the sprawling "Golden State" area. The park suffered from low attendance in its early years, partially attributed to the lack of rides appropriate for young children and the low proportion of E ticket attractions to stores and restaurants. In response, Disney announced it would concurrently build The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror – a recreation of an attraction at Disney's Hollywood Studios – in the Hollywood Pictures Backlot; and Flik's Fun Fair – a collection of four rides and a water play area geared towards children and themed to the fictional universe of A Bug's Life – adjacent to the existing It's Tough to Be a Bug! theater. The fictional backstory for Flik's Fun Fair holds that Flik and the other bugs were inspired to create their own fun fair when Disney's California Adventure opened next door to them. When the Imagineers set out to build The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror, they discovered the bugs in the garden and decided to open up Flik's fair to park guests.

Flik's Fun Fair opened on October 7, 2002, and became part of A Bug's Land, the new name for the collection of A Bug's Life-related attractions. Concurrently, Its Tough to Be a Bug! and Bountiful Valley Farm were transferred from Golden State to A Bug's Land, and the area's only store was re-themed with more focus on the film's characters.

In 2010, Bountiful Valley Farm as well as the area's shops and restaurants were closed and demolished; their site is now part of Cars Land, which opened in 2012. With the construction of Cars Land, two new entrances from Hollywood Land and Cars Land to the Flik's Fun Fair area were opened; the area originally had one entrance.

On March 20, 2018, it was announced that A Bug's Land will close permanently, as the land will be the site for a new Marvel-themed land, opening in 2020. It's Tough to Be a Bug! closed on March 19, 2018, while the remainder of the land will close in summer 2018.[1][2][3]

Attractions[edit]

Flik's Flyers[edit]

Flik's Flyers
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Flik's bug-made balloons soaring
Disney California Adventure
Area A Bug's Land
Status Operating
Opening date October 7, 2002
Closing date Late Summer 2018
General statistics
Attraction type Hanging balloon
Manufacturer Zamperla
Designer Walt Disney Imagineering
Theme A Bug's Life
Vehicle type Hand built balloons
Riders per vehicle 6
Duration 1:30
Must transfer from wheelchair

Flik's Flyers is a spinner ride at "Flik's Fun Fair" inside A Bug's Land at Disney California Adventure Park at the Disneyland Resort in Anaheim, California. Guests ride in Flik's bug-made contraption fashioned from man-made objects. The vehicles appear to have been fashioned from used food containers and have been stitched together by leaves and twigs to become “balloons” that whirl around a pie plate centerpiece.

Also, the wait time sign resembles a button. Whirring, cranking gears are heard as they leave the ground. The attraction provides guests with a view of Guardians of the Galaxy – Mission: Breakout!. Flik's Flyers is similar to Blowfish Balloon Race at Tokyo DisneySea.

Heimlich's Chew Chew Train[edit]

Heimlich's Chew Chew Train
Heimlich's Chew Chew Train.jpg
Disney California Adventure
Area A Bug's Land
Status Operating
Opening date October 7, 2002
Closing date Late Summer 2018
General statistics
Designer Walt Disney Imagineering
Theme A Bug's Life
Vehicle type Heimlich's body
Vehicles 2
Duration 2:11
Must transfer from wheelchair

Guests board a train in the shape of Heimlich, the German-accented caterpillar from the film. Heimlich himself narrates the ride through the speakers on the trains. Heimlich's tendency to overeat is the theme of the ride, as the train appears to eat through oversized portions of human foods: candy corn, animal crackers, carrots, Brussels sprouts and watermelon. Appropriate scents accompany the giant food sets so guests can sniff to attract them. Large bites have been taken out of all the foods, so guests can tell that Heimlich has been there before. At the ride's end, Heimlich bids guests farewell and reminds them to eat their fruits and vegetables.

Francis' Ladybug Boogie[edit]

Francis' Ladybug Boogie is a spinning attraction and first opened in 2002, along with the rest of A Bug's Land.

Guests board one of the six Francis Lady bugs with up to six adults and children aboard each bug. The ride spins guests around in a figure eight style. Unlike the Mad Tea Party, guests are unable to spin the ride. The theme of this ride is the character Francis from the Disney·Pixar film A Bug's Life. The ride features jazz music as guests are spun around while they boogie to the music.[4]

Princess Dot's Puddle Park[edit]

Princess Dot's Puddle Park is a water-type play area designed by Walt Disney Imagineering located inside of A Bug's Land section of Disney California Adventure. The area features an oversized garden hose nozzle that sprays water at guests as well as a giant spigot that spurts water. This area provides the sensation of being a bug among the oversized garden tools.[4]

Tuck and Roll's Drive 'Em Buggies[edit]

Tuck and Roll's Drive 'Em Buggies is a bumper car ride located inside of A Bug's Land section of Disney California Adventure. In this attraction, up to two people can fit inside a bug-shaped bumper car, as they ride around bumping other cars. There are restrictions on who can drive the car. If riding alone, the driver must be seven years or older.[4] There is also a height restriction on this ride; all riders must be at least 36 inches (91 cm) tall.[4] There are a total of 21 bumper cars on the floor at a time. During the ride the car talks to the guests with the voices of pill bugs Tuck or Roll, depending on the assigned car.

Former attractions[edit]

  • Bountiful Valley Farm[5]
    • Farmer's Market
    • Sam Andreas Shakes
    • P.T. Flea Market (originally Santa Rosa Seed & Supply)
  • It's Tough to Be a Bug!

References[edit]

  1. ^ Peter Sciretta (March 20, 2018). "Marvel Land Coming To Disney California Adventure In 2020; See The First Concept Art (Including Black Panther)". SlashFilm. ...in the adjacent space that is currently occupied by “a bug’s land.” “It’s Tough to Be a Bug” closed March 19 to make way for this new heroic experience; the rest of the land will close in late summer. 
  2. ^ Chaim Gartenberg (March 20, 2018). "Disney is bringing 'immersive' Marvel lands to its theme parks". The Verge. Retrieved 25 March 2018. According to Marvel, a new “completely immersive Super Hero universe” will be coming to the Disney’s California Adventure park, taking over the space currently occupied by a land inspired by Pixar’s A Bug’s Life. (The “It’s Tough to Be a Bug” attraction closed earlier this week, with the rest of the land to shutter in the summer.) 
  3. ^ "Disneyland adding new Marvel attractions; replacing 'a bug's land'". ABC7. It will be located in space currently occupied by "a bug's land." The "It's Tough to be a Bug" show was closed this week to make way for the new experience and the rest of "a bug's land" will be closed later this summer. 
  4. ^ a b c d "Attractions at the Disneyland Resort". Retrieved May 15, 2013. 
  5. ^ "Bountiful Valley Farm at Yesterland". Yesterland.com. Retrieved January 17, 2012. 

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Coordinates: 33°48′24″N 117°55′05″W / 33.8068°N 117.9180°W / 33.8068; -117.9180