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Radiator Springs Racers reviews

Theme Park Insider readers offer their ratings and reviews for Radiator Springs Racers, a track ride in Cars Land at Disney's California Adventure. (The minimum height to ride is 40 inches.)

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Posted: June 16, 2012

This high-speed track ride puts riders in the middle of a race featuring characters from the Pixar animated film 'Cars' opened officially with the rest of Cars Land on June 15, 2012.

From the editor of Theme Park Insider's review: "We often joke here on Theme Park Insider about that moment in every theme park attraction when something goes terribly wrong. But Radiator Springs Racers is one major theme park ride where nothing ever does go terribly wrong. It's a day in the 'Happily Ever After' instead - when Lightning McQueen's made his friends, there are no villains to be found, and there's nothing more important facing us than a high-speed race around Carburetor County."

Readers' rating:

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86 votes, so far

Just amazing. Sometimes you experience an attraction that reminds you why you like theme parks in the first place, and Radiator Springs Racers is that type of ride. It renews your faith in Imagineering and gets you excited for great things to come. Radiator Springs Racers is a poster child for an E-Ticket attraction. If you don't have plans to visit DCA and experience Radiator Springs Racers first hand – why not? It is an absolute must do. Wow. - James Rao

The ride itself is great, albeit a tad short. The first part is cute and fun, and the race portion is a gas. That being said, the music while you're waiting in line (which can be quite a wait) sucks. Yes, that's right, it sucks. I don’t care that “it’s from the movie” or that it fits with the genre of the location and characters. It’s some of the most annoying, mindless drivel I have ever been forced to listen to. Just when you’re thinking “this has got to be the stupidest song I’ve ever heard”, the next song starts up and it’s even stupider. By the time we were actually on the ride I was ready to put a gun in my mouth. Beats Audio should do a commercial here like the one where the quarterback gets off the bus and drowns out the yelling crowd with his noise-cancelling headphones. Believe me, I’ll have some before I come back. I can’t possibly be the only person who feels this way. I have a great appreciation for many different styles and eras of music, but this was really, really awful. - Charles Davis

Pretty cool ride, especially if you're into the Cars movies. I enjoyed the racing portion of the ride but other than that I was pretty uninterested. I will say, however, that Disney does an amazing job with the theming. It really doesn't get much better. I especially liked the animations of the characters from the movies. Overall this is a magnificent ride for Cars lovers, good ride for the average person. 7/10 - Joe Keenen

Jaw dropping. But don't be a chump. Single rider line is the only way to ride unless you have young children who can not be left alone. - Rob McCullough

Woo! RSR is the next big hit at the Disney parks! We managed to arrive 1 hour prior to opening to find out only 4 people were waiting at the front gate! The gate opened at about 8:30 and we were all getting fastpasses ready for 11am by 9am. Then, the moment begins. The queue is basically an oasis made by Stanley, a car who found Radiator Springs. The ride was amazing; just amazing. A very nice dark-ride section mixed with a high speed ending. Disney has outdone themselves with a mixture of family-fun and thrills which is RSR. - Brendan Harrison

I rode in July, and all the effects were working, which was great to see! :) - Eli G

I rode the attraction on 7/2/13 and every detail of the ride worked as designed. It looks like Disney read the reviews in this page and fixed those things that were not working. We had a lot of fun. - Jorge Perez

This is not the same ride as when it opened in 2012. In June 2013, most of the interior elements within the ride no longer function: No tipping tractors. No Frank. No Mater sailing over the moon. No dialogue in the Radiator Springs town scene. No conversation between Lightning McQueen and Sally. Basically, between Mater and the track split between the Luigi's tires and Ramone's paint shop options, there's no audio at all in the heart of the ride, save for snoring cars and light background music. And I thought Disco Yeti was bad. That's a fully functioning attraction compared with this. - Robert Niles

If I had not gotten a fast pass for this ride I would have been REALLY pissed off. As it is, the line to get a fast pass was about 30 minutes, and was our longest line of the day on my trip (we had good luck!). The regular line for standby for the ride would have been an hour and a half. NOT worth it. The ride is fun (at least the second half where you do the "race" but super short and half of it is a slow dark ride, which is visually really cute, but I just wanted to go FAST! - Elia Juarez

Be sure to get the fast pass before 9am as they are usually all gone by then. To wait maybe 20-30 minutes with that fast pass ticket is much easier than the 2-3 hours in the standby line and the ride is over to quick to justify that kind of wait. FAST PASS FAST PASS!!!! We went in and got our fast pass for this ride and Soarin and then over to Disneyland for an Indiana Jones fast pass. The two parks don't relay info to each other so you can hold the fast pass from both parks. Just make sure the times don't overlap to close. - John Ball

We almost missed out on this ride since it was down when the park opened. We did keep checking on it for the rest of the day and finally got a chance to ride after a 45-minute wait following World of Color. This ride was worth the wait. When compared to Test Track at Epcot, the theming of this puts it over the top. I say outstanding. - Carl Stovall

We almost missed out on this ride since it was down when the park opened. We did keep checking on it for the rest of the day and finally got a chance to ride after a 45-minute wait following World of Color. This ride was worth the wait. When compared to Test Track at Epcot, the theming of this puts it over the top. I say outstanding. - Carl Stovall

Near perfection. I only wish the line moved faster, and that the attraction didn't shut down so often. The animatronics are top notch with some of the most expressive non-humanoid characters ever. They have to be seen to be believed. Video and photos do not do them justice! The race portion is pure fun giving us the experience of going through a condensed version of Motocross "Woops" and a fantastic hairpin turn. Sure the cars aren't really hitting race car speeds, but it really doesn't matter considering how fun it is! - Brandon Mendoza

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