When Disney announces a change to its theme parks, it’s usually about some big addition that will bring joy to fans everywhere. However, Disney fanatics were less than pleased this week when the Mouse House announced it would be closing one of its most adorable rides to make way for a new Marvel-themed land by 2020.
“At Disneyland Resort, the new themed land will be anchored by the popular Guardians of the Galaxy – Mission: BREAKOUT! at Disney California Adventure park, which has become the highest-rated attraction at Disneyland Resort since its 2017 opening,” Disney said in a press release Tuesday. “The Guardians of the Galaxy will be joined by Spider-Man and the Avengers in what will become a completely immersive Superhero universe. This expanded presence will begin recruiting guests in 2020, furthering the evolution of Disney California Adventure park.”
However, to make room for this new land, Disney had to close another one. That’s right, they are squashing "A Bug’s Land.”
According to the Orange County Register, “It’s Tough to Be A Bug!” Theater, which opened in 2001, already closed on Monday, March 19. The rest of the "A Bug’s Land" attractions are slated to be closed by late summer. The rides set to close include Flik’s Flyers, Tuck and Roll’s Drive ‘Em Buggies, Francis’ Ladybug Boogie, the Princess Dot Puddle Park splash fountain, and Heimlich’s Chew Chew Train. It’s that last ride that has everyone on social media shedding a few tears.
Still, not everyone is heartbroken about the land’s closing.
David Koenig, author of "Mouse Tales: A Behind The Ears Look At Disneyland," told the Register that "A Bug’s Land" has “four off-the-shelf rides that are just horrible. It was unpopular from the start. It’s targeted for teeny little kids and most people grow out of it pretty quickly. It’s themed really well, the environment is very convincing, but it’s just cheap little carnival rides they dressed up.”
But, if you’re really heartbroken about the loss of this “chew chew” train you could always head to Disneyland over the next few weeks to catch its last ride around the track.