Radiator Springs Racers opening day puts Cars Land guests in neutral for hours wrapping Disney California Adventure

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As Disney California Adventure reopened this morning, guests poured into Cars Land and immediately lined up for the park’s biggest new ride, Radiator Springs Racers. The line quickly outgrew the attraction’s queue area, winding outside of Cars Land all the way to Paradise Pier with posted wait times up to 4 hours, though some Cast Members were saying it was closer to 5-6 hours long.

Radiator Springs Racers opening day line

Take a stroll around the entire line, which begins at the Radiator Springs Racers entrance, winds through its queue, back out into the park, around to Paradise Pier, then turns around and returns to finish at the ride.


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While standby wait times reached as high as 240 minutes, even the single rider line offered little relief at half that.

Radiator Springs Racers opening day line

Radiator Springs Racers opening day line

The mountain range of Radiator Springs Racers is flanked on all sides by seemingly endless switchbacks filled with guests eagerly awaiting their turn to ride.

Radiator Springs Racers opening day line

Radiator Springs Racers opening day line

Radiator Springs Racers opening day line

Radiator Springs Racers opening day line

Outside of Cars Land, guests cross a bridge and enter the Paradise Pier area, only to turn around and repeat their journey in reverse on the way back to the attraction.

Radiator Springs Racers opening day line

Radiator Springs Racers opening day line

Disney was prepared for an even bigger turnout – just in case- taping arrows and lanes all the way through the Paradise Park area.

Radiator Springs Racers opening day line

Radiator Springs Racers opening day line

Long lines have been made worse by regular downtime of the ride throughout this opening day and big crowds are expected to continue through opening weekend, particularly on Sunday when all Disneyland annual passholder blackouts are lifted. There’s no doubt everyone is excited to ride a race to the finish of both Radiator Springs Racers and the Disney California Adventure renovation.

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