Yesterland

Flik’s Flyers

at Flik’s Fun Fair
Flik’s Flyers at Disney California Adventure

Photo by Allen Huffman, 2008

You don’t have to be a myrmecologist to be fascinated by how ants build elaborate underground tunnels and other complex structures. Flik, the hero of A Bug’s Life (1998), is a particularly ingenious ant. He built a carnival from litter dropped by humans, along with leaves and twigs dropped by nature.


Flik’s greatest achievement is constructing a spinner ride called Flik’s Flyers. Eight single-portion food containers fly in a circle. They’re suspended from eight “balloons”—fallen leaves stitched together by Flik. The central tower consists of a non-dairy whipped topping tub, an aluminum pie tin, and bundles of twigs.

Flik’s Flyers at Disney California Adventure

Photo by Chris Bales, 2011

No minimum height

Flik’s Flyers is part of Flik’s Fun Fair. When you visit this land, you miraculously become the size of a bug. Are you ready?

Your first decision is whether you’d rather sit in a Fun In the Sun Raisins box, a “Thank you” Chinese food carryout container, a Homespun Applesauce Super Snack Pack, or a Casey Jr. Cookies box. (Did you catch the homage to the train in Dumbo and the Disneyland ride?)

Flik’s Flyers at Disney California Adventure

Photo by Werner Weiss, 2013

Pick a container

Flik’s Flyers at Disney California Adventure

Photo by Werner Weiss, 2013

How about a Casey Jr. Cookies box?

Flik’s Flyers at Disney California Adventure

Photo by Werner Weiss, 2013

Lifting off the ground

Flik’s Flyers at Disney California Adventure

Photo by Werner Weiss, 2013

Flying!

Flik’s Flyers at Disney California Adventure

Photo by Werner Weiss, 2013

At maximum height

Flik’s Flyers at Disney California Adventure

Photo by Karen Weiss

Looks more thrilling in this photo than it really is

Flik’s Flyers at Disney California Adventure

Photo by Werner Weiss, 2013

Prepare for landing

Flik’s Flyers at Disney California Adventure

Photo by Werner Weiss, 2010

Whip-O-Whirl—a dessert topping or a description of the ride?

Flik’s Flyers at Disney California Adventure

Photo by Werner Weiss, 2013

The back side of Whip-O-Whirl

As you leave the ride, note that Flik’s Flyers is the only Yesterland ride with nutrition information.


Flik’s Flyers and the rest of Flik’s Fun Fair opened at Disney’s California Adventure (now Disney California Adventure) on October 7, 2002. It was part of A Bug’s Land, which had previously been Bountiful Valley Farm.

The attraction was based on the Samba Balloon ride from Antonio Zamperla S.p.A., an Italian amusement ride company. Instead of Zamperla’s typical light theming—usually just a custom paint scheme—the Disney version was wildly inventive. That didn’t stop some Disney fans from complaining about an “off-the-shelf ride.”

As the next two photos show, each balloon originally had a flower petal propeller.

Flik’s Flyers at Disney California Adventure

Photo by Tony “WiseBearAZ” Moore, 2002

Flower petal propeller on each balloon

Flik’s Flyers at Disney California Adventure

Photo by Allen Huffman, 2017

No propellers in the later years

Flik’s Flyers and the rest of A Bug’s Land closed permanently September 4, 2018, to become the site of the Avengers Campus.

Flik’s Flyers hasn’t really “gone to Yesterland.” It’s gone to Pixar Pier—in the form of Inside Out Emotional Whirlwind, which opened June 28, 2019. It’s said to use the Zamperla Samba Balloon mechanism harvested from Flik’s Flyers.

Inside Out Emotional Whirlwind at Disney California Adventure

Photo by Chris Bales, 2019

Inside Out Emotional Whirlwind

Inside Out Emotional Whirlwind at Disney California Adventure

Photo by Chris Bales, 2019

Flying!

Only this time there isn’t any nutrition information.


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