Luigi's Flying Tires concept art

Disney has released a new video showing the installation of a leaning tower of tires in Cars Land, the major new expansion that will open at Disney California Adventure in summer 2012.

The tires have been installed in front of Luigi's Casa della Tires, a recreation of the mechanic's shop seen in Pixar's Cars movies. Luigi's tire yard will be the home of Luigi's Flying Tires, a new attraction based on the classic Flying Saucers ride that operated at sister park Disneyland from 1961 to 1966.

Flying Saucers saw guests taking part in something akin to a giant air hockey game, boarding saucers that were made to float just above the ground by air blasters. Luigi's Flying Tires - themed around the 1959 Fiat 500 who runs the tire shop in the Cars movie - will be based on a very similar setup, though guests will ride in big-rig truck tires rather than flying saucers. As well as navigating around tilting towers of tires, riders will also be able to bump into each other as Luigi and sidekick Guido watch on.

Luigi's Flying Tires concept art

Luigi's tire yard will be the home for his namesake attraction.Image © Disney

The opening of Cars Land will mark the completion of a $1.1 billion series of upgrades to Disney California Adventure, which are designed to drive up attendance at Disneyland's sister park. While it will be dominated by the $200 million Radiator Springs Racers ride, the area will also feature two other rides and a range of retail outlets and restaurants.

You can find full details of the Pixar-inspired expansion to Disney California Adventure in our in-depth Cars Land preview.

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