Tuesday, June 12, 2012
Radiator Springs Racers (RSR)
Radiator Springs Racers (RSR)
The most anticipated attractions of the new Disney California Adventure expansion is Radiator Springs Racers. As hard as I tried I did not get a preview of the new area and attractions. So I’ll share what friends that have seen it and the net has to say about Radiator Springs Racers.
RSR is the same style ride as Test Track in EPCOT. Where TT takes you through a car testing facility RSR will take you through your favorite little town in Ornament Valley and then for a wild race after your visit with the towns folk.
Anticipate long lines for this ride for next few years. I suggest when you get to the park go straight to RSR and get a Fastpass. If the line is short then ride it then and come back again when it’s time to use your Fastpass.
In my opinion the DCA RST will be much better than the EPCOT TT. From what I’ve seen the theming will be much more engaging and entertaining and better fitted to a Disney Park than TT. Yes, I’ve ridden TT and enjoyed it very much. In fact I have a picture of my family riding TT, including my 80+ year old mother.
Here is some more information from http://en.wikipedia.org
Radiator Springs Racers is a slot car dark ride attraction currently under testing (Opening June 15th) that will be part of Cars Land at Disney California Adventure Park. The attraction will feature third-generation Test Track technology, an attraction located at Epcot in Walt Disney World. Radiator Springs Racers will be themed based on the world from Disney/Pixar’s Cars. The attraction will be the most expensive to be built in the entire Disneyland Resort, one of the most expensive attractions Disney has ever built, and one of the most expensive theme park attractions in the world at an estimated cost of over $200 million, which will take up about 18% of the entire cost of the $1.1 billion expansion plan for Disney California Adventure Park. The attraction will take guests in a six-person vehicle through a briefing with Doc and Lighting McQueen, characters from the movie Cars. Suddenly, guests will find themselves racing another guest vehicle through hairpin turns and steep banks, ending with a random race result.
The attraction, along with the rest of the Disney California Adventure multi-year expansion, was announced on October 17, 2007. However, the first indication of the attraction and the new land was some concept art published in the Dreaming section of The Walt Disney Company's 2006 annual report. By late 2009, construction on the attraction and the land within had begun, taking 2.5 years to build. Ride testing began in early 2012 with soft openings beginning in the spring. On March 7, 2012, it was announced that the area would officially open to the public on June 15, 2012. Radiator Springs Racers will be one of the most expensive attractions ever constructed in the Walt Disney Company's history.
At the "What's Next?" presentation at Disney California Adventure Park on June 11, 2010, Imagineer Kathy Mangum gave a brief rundown of the storyline for the attraction.
Guests board their ride vehicle and are taken on an idyllic drive through Ornament Valley Range. The vehicle enters the dark ride portion of the attraction as guests nearly run into several Audio-animatronic characters. As the vehicle swerves out of the way, it encounters the Sheriff who appears as if he is going to issue a speeding ticket, but instead is impressed with the driving skills and invites the car to the town's big race. Before the race can begin, though, Mater has to take the vehicle for a round of tractor tipping. Suddnely, Frank the Tractor wakes up and chases the trespassers off of his farm. On the way back into town, the vehicle is prepared for the race. At this point, the vehicle will either turn into Luigi's Casa Della Tires for a tire change or into Ramone's House of Body Art for a quick paint refresh. From there, the two vehicles sit idle to one another at the starting point. After Luigi's word, the race begins through the remaining out-door portion of the attraction reaching the ride's top speed of over 40mph. The race finishes after the vehicles drop a sloped bank where guests have their on-ride photo taken.
Michael Wallis and Cheech Marin provide guests with the Disney Parks safety spiel in English and Spanish, respectively.