Theme park attractions come and go all the time, and even though we’d like all our favorite rides and attractions to stick around forever, the sad fact is that we have to say goodbye to at least a few every year.
The following confirmed "extinct" and heavily rumored "endangered" attractions are set to see closures in 2015, so if you want to experience these rides and shows, you'll have to do so very soon...some of these attractions have mere weeks left!
1. A’Lure: Call of the Ocean
Location: SeaWorld Orlando
Status: Going Extinct in January 2015
SeaWorld confirmed late last week that it would be removing the long-running A’Lure: Call of the Ocean show after the holiday season. Though we don’t have an exact date for the closing of this attraction, if you want to see this show one last time you may want to go sooner rather than later, as SeaWorld has been making some other cuts throughout the park in recent days, including removing the pearl divers just last week.
The Nautilus Theater (where this attraction is housed) will remain at SeaWorld Orlando, and will still play host to the occasional special event performance, but no regular replacement has been announced.
Location: Busch Gardens Tampa
Status: Going Extinct in February 2015
Though Gwazi has only been running one of its dual tracks for the past few years, it looks like this roller coaster is set to close for good this February. As with A’Lure at SeaWorld, this closure is due to budgetary reasons. Interestingly, because Busch Gardens does not have the capital to pay for demolition, Gwazi will continue to stand without operating after it closes for good in the next few weeks.
3. Luigi’s Flying Tires at Disney California Adventure
Location: Disney California Adventure
Status: Endangered (in its current form)
Ever since it opened in 2012, Luigi’s Flying Tires has been the subject of much criticism from Disney parks fans, who largely dislike the hard-to-control ride system. Because of all the negative feedback, Luigi’s Flying Tires is said to be closing in early 2015, and will remain shuttered for eleven months while it is turned into a (mostly) new attraction, rumored to be titled Luigi’s Festival of the Dance.
Though still unconfirmed by Disney, Luigi’s Festival of the Dance is said to use a new wireless control system that will essentially remove rider-control from the experience, and instead allow guests to experience a choreographed “dance” while they sit in familiar tire-shaped vehicles.
If you are a fan of this attraction in its current form, rumors suggest that its last day of operation could be as soon as January 12, 2015, so you’ll need to take your last spin soon!