One of the attractions I was most looking forward to checking out on our trip to the Disneyland Resort was Radiator Springs Racers at Disney California Adventure. The good news, Radiator Springs Racers is wheelchair accessible and it’s a really fun attraction.
Before we get into details let’s talk about strategy. Radiator Springs Racers is extremely popular. If you stay at at Disneyland Resort hotel you can take advantage of Extra Magic Hours on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, and Sundays. That extra hour invaluable, especially when the parks are crowded. Most people head straight for Radiator Springs Racers but when we’ve been there it’s never running right at park opening.
I recommend visiting Mater’s Junkyard Jamboree or another attraction right when the park opens so you are not wasting time in the queue. Just make sure to get in the queue before the park opens to everyone else. For example, the DCA opened at 7:00 am for Extra Magic Hours so we got in the queue at 7:45 am and waited about 10-15 minutes. After you ride the first time you can go get a FastPass to ride again later. The FastPass machines don’t open until the park opens for everyone. If you are not staying at a Disney hotel getting a FastPass is your best option. The machines are located next to the Cars Land at the entrance to A Bug’s Land.
Once you are in link you’ll see that Radiator Springs Racers has a long, winding queue but it is absolutely gorgeous. Since the queue is wheelchair accessible you either enter through the standard queue or FastPass queue. (If you have concerns about waiting in the queue, check out this information about the Disability Access Service Card.) Once you get through the queue, a Cast Member will direct you to the wheelchair loading area.
Once you get to the wheelchair loading area there are two options to get into and out of the cars. If you have ever ridden Test Track at Epcot the cars are pretty much the same. The first spot the you have to step down to get into the car so if you can stand for short periods it should be easy for you to get into the car.
For me it was easier to ask them to pull up to the second loading area. That way the car was at the same level as my wheelchair and I was able to go from my chair to the side of the car and then, with my husband’s help, lower myself into the car. Since this area is separate from the main loading area you can take your time. The Cast Members are great and I never felt rushed.
Once your race is over you return to the same area to get out of your car. You can use either spot but it was easier for me to use the same one. With help it was pretty easy to get back to the side of the car and then into my wheelchair.
Another nice touch to the wheelchair loading area is that they have a spot to view your ride photos. Since it takes us a little longer to exit attractions we usually miss our photos. Here they have two screens to view your photos and a phone that you can use to call and order them. We just snapped a photo of ours.
While you do have to transfer from your wheelchair it is fairly easy to do. Especially if you have some help. I love that Disney made the wheelchair loading area separate from the main queue. I know I don’t have to rush but it’s hard when people are waiting behind you. We had a great time and I can’t wait to race again!
If you have a question about Radiator Springs Racers or the accessibility of any of the attractions at Disney California Adventure, just leave a comment below or e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org.