Summer Crowds Hit Disneyland, Cause Insane Wait Time For Popular Attraction

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Radiator Springs Racers

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Disneyland Resort is home to many beloved attractions, from timeless classics like Peter Pan’s Flight, Pirates of the Caribbean, The Haunted Mansion, and “it’s a small world,” to new and innovative experiences, like Rise of the Resistance at Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, and  WEB SLINGERS: A Spider-Man Adventure at Avengers Campus.

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Perhaps one of the most popular themed lands at Disneyland Resort is Cars Land at Disney California Adventure. In it, Guests can enjoy delicious food and drink offerings at Flo’s V8 Cafe, Fillmore’s Taste-in, and the Cozy Cone Motel, shop at Sarge’s Surplus Hut and Ramone’s House of Body Art, and meet the residents of Radiator Springs! The land also offers three attractions, Mater’s Junkyard Jamboree, Luigi’s Rollickin’ Roadsters, and Radiator Springs Racers.

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Since its opening day, Radiator Springs Racers has been one of the most requested attractions in the entire Resort, often beating the 90-minute wait time. However, one Guest recently shared a screenshot from the attraction with a whopping 180-minute wait time, way more time than any other attraction at Disney California Adventure or Disneyland Park. You can see the image posted by u/calibreaux on Reddit down below:

180 minute wait for Racers?? 😂 from Disneyland

This wait time can easily be compared with some of the most popular attractions at national Disney Parks, like Flight of Passage and Rise of the Resistance.

There are several factors at play causing this insane wait time besides the ride’s popularity, including the arrival of summer crowds at the Parks and the fact that this attraction has recently been in the spotlight with recent closures due to an alleged fire and, in recent days, presumably due to a collision between two cars in the attraction.

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We checked the wait times after the publication of this screenshot, going down to 150 minutes, 120 minutes, and, as of the publication of this article, 85 minutes. Some of the longest wait times at Disney California Adventure were Goofy’s Sky School with 90 minutes, Guardians of the Galaxy – Mission: BREAKOUT! and Toy Story Midway Mania! with 85 minutes,  Soarin’ Around the World with 70 minutes, and Incredicoaster and Pixar Pal-A-Round with 60 minutes.

Over at Disneyland Park, the longest wait times as of the publication of this article were Splash Mountain with 120 minutes, Indiana Jones Adventure with 80 minutes, Hyperspace Mountain with 75 minutes, and Matterhorn Bobsleds with 70 minutes.

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There is no question that crowds at Disneyland Resort are quickly growing and will probably continue to do so during the season.

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If Guests aren’t too keen on visiting Cars Land and experiencing Radiator Springs Racers, Disney California Adventure still has so much to see and do! Guests can enjoy Buena Vista Street as they walk the roads Walt had in Hollywood, enjoy a hand-dipped corn dog at Award Wieners, and check out the new Marvel-themed land in Avengers Campus, where they can meet Spider-Man, Loki, Ant-Man, Black Widow, Doctor Strange, and so many more characters. And of course, you have to ride WEB SLINGERS: A Spider-Man Adventure and Guardians of the Galaxy: MISSION BREAKOUT. Rock on the Silly Symphony Swings as well, and catch Jack-Jack on Incredicoaster! The list of rides and attractions never ends!

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Disneyland Park is currently making significant improvements to several attractions, with Pirates of the Caribbean closed for refurbishment and Tarzan’s Treehouse waiting for a complete reimagining. Toontown is also gearing up for a massive change that will be revealed in 2023 with the reopening of the land and the debut of Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway. However, there is still so much for Guests to enjoy! Now that the Main Street Electrical Parade and other nighttime spectaculars have made their way back into the Parks, Guests have so much more to look forward to on their next visit. Walking up to Sleeping Beauty Castle is always a dream, especially when you get to go inside and relive the story of Aurora and Maleficent. Riding classics like “it’s a small world,” Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride, The Haunted Mansion, Matterhorn Bobsleds, Splash Mountain, and more will have you feeling the magic and craving a churro! Plus, at Disneyland, Guests can now enjoy Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge for some blue milk or green milk and ride Rise of the Resistance and Smuggler’s Run.

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Have you experienced Radiator Springs Racers? What do you think of the attraction? Let us know in the comments below!

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