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Radiator Springs Racers

Radiator Springs Racers

An Attraction in California Adventure

Last updated: May 3, 2023

This attraction is currently closed!
It is scheduled to re-open on Saturday, March 2, 2024.
At a Glance

To the right of the Radiator Springs Courthouse at the end of Route 66 lies the entrance to the most ambitious attraction built at Disneyland Resort in more than a decade. Disney's Imagineers have wedded an enhanced version of the high-speed slot-car vehicles developed for EPCOT's Test Track with immersive sets and elaborate animatronics. The ride, which covers nearly 6 of Cars Land's 12 acres, mixes slow indoor sections with thrilling open-air acceleration in a way that will appeal to every end of the demographic spectrum.

You begin your road trip by walking through Stanley's Oasis, the town's original 1909 settlement, and end up in a cavernous loading station. There you board a six-passenger convertible, each with a smiling face on its front grill, and you're off on a scenic tour of stunning Ornament Valley, on your way to compete in today's big race.

After a leisurely drive past massive rock formations and a majestic waterfall, you enter the show building for a series of indoor scenes depicting the residents of Radiator Springs. These environments don't quite match the awe-inspiring scale of scenes in Pirates of the Caribbean or Indiana Jones, but they are a big step up from the old-fashioned Fantasyland dark rides and feature movie-accurate animatronics with impressively expressive eyes and mouths (achieved through a combination of digital projections and practical effects).

Along your tour, you'll be sidetracked by a tractor-tipping expedition with Mater, which leads to a run-in with an angry harvester. Before reaching the starting line, you'll need some new tires or a fresh coat of paint. Then it's time to line up alongside another carload of guests as you await Luigi's countdown.

The last third of the ride is a flat-out race over camelback hills, under outcrops, and around banked curves, with a randomly chosen car crossing the finish line first. Radiator Springs Racers's top speed of 40 miles per hour falls short of Test Track's 60-plus peak, but the winding turns and airtime-inducing humps supply an exhilarating rush. After a final swing past the glowing stalactites of Tail Light Cavern and some parting praise from Lightning McQueen and Mater, you'll exit your vehicle and inspect your obligatory on-ride photo.

Current Standby Wait Time
Park Closed
Lightning Lane - Individual
Not Yet Available on 3/1/24
Guest Overall Rating
Our Overall Rating
Preschool
Grade School
Teens
Young Adults
Over 30
Seniors
Duration
6 min
Rider Switch?
Yes
Minimum Height
40 in
Queues
Accessibility
  • Physical Considerations
  • Must Transfer From Wheelchair/ECV

Radiator Springs Racers Ride Through

Touring Tips

When To Go
The first 30 minutes the park is open.
Loading Speed
Moderate-fast
Early Entry?
No
Wait per 100 People Ahead
4 min
As the $200 million, 800-pound gorilla of DCA's makeover, Radiator Springs Racers is a massive draw from the minute the park opens every day. With a carrying capacity of about 1,500 riders per hour, the attraction regularly sees standby waits of 60 to 90 minutes; even the single-rider queue can run 45 minutes or more. Your best options are to arrive at least 20 minutes before the park officially opens and head straight to the standby line, ride shortly before closing. If time permits, try to ride once by day and again after dark; evening illumination makes the outdoor portions especially enchanting.

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Wait Times

Here's roughly how many minutes you'll wait for Radiator Springs Racers at each California Adventure Crowd Level.

1
40 to 80
2
43 to 80
3
51 to 87
4
57 to 91
5
64 to 101
6
69 to 105
7
75 to 114
8
80 to 126
9
92 to 145
10
108 to 168
Hourly View and Lightning Lane Return Times
Friday,
Mar 1, 2024
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Radiator Springs Racers is not operating on Friday, March 1, 2024.
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