I just got done with my first ride of Radiator Springs Racers. One thing that was excited about this ride for me was that it was the first time I experienced a new ride the same time as my five-year-old son. Well, that might be a stretch, but he’s old enough to remember this one and it would be comparable to an “E-ticket” ride.
Cars is not my favorite Pixar film, by far. I like it, but it is not something we are obsessed with over at our house. That being said, I was very excited to see how Cars Land turned out and I will say that it is very impressive. The scaling and detail stand out as their own and do not fall into the same category that one might put “Superstar Limousine.”
I won’t give too much away, but I was very surprised by the ride. I didn’t really do any research or look on YouTube at videos or pictures of the experience before going. I would recommend you do the same. You’ll be pleasantly surprised at how much the ride has the offer even the causal Cars fan, like myself.
Now, this isn’t really spoiler, but some of you might want to go into the ride completely blind like I did. From here on out I will just talk about the general aspects of the ride that caught my eye or made me want to go again.
The beginning of the ride you start out riding around Ornament Valley, which includes reenacting Lightning McQueen’s viewing of the great waterfall as he is on his ride with Sally. It starts out as more of a leisurely drive. It’s so nice to actually do this and not have to hold your pedal to the ground like you would on the Autopia.
Then comes the tunnel into the dark. This is where you will visit all of your favorite cars characters and moments from the film. If the ride is too fast for some kids, this is what will make them overcome the fear to ride again. My son found “Frank” to be a little freaky, but that doesn’t stop him from wanting to go again and again.
The racing at the end is great. There are banked turns, hills and great scenery. Don’t forget to look up and see what you are racing around while you do it. Take a look around as much as you can because it is detailed.
RSR area at night.
You will want to ride again, just like I did. So I grabbed a fast pass (remember I saw the ride at the Annual Passholder early entry so I got off the ride when the park opened) and went back later that day to do it. When I came back the line was at 240 minutes for staandyby and single rider was closed. The fast pass queue took 10 minutes or less. So it works efficiently. Love to see that.
Anyway, overall I would put Radiator Springs Racers in my top 10 attractions at the resort. I think it is too early to say Top 5, but it’s close. We will see how the impression lasts over the next few months.