Accessible Attractions | Radiator Springs Racers

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.

Accessible Attractions | Radiator Springs Racers

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.

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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.

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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.

Accessible Attractions | Radiator Springs Racers

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.

Accessible Attractions | Radiator Springs Racers

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.

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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.

Accessible Attractions | Radiator Springs Racers

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!

Radiator Springs Racers


Accessible Attractions | Radiator Springs Racers


  1. disneybound on March 27, 2015 at 5:16 am

    I normally use my sliding board to get in n out of my wc….should i carry it with me around Disneyland? Haven’t been here sine my sci.

    • Melissa on April 3, 2015 at 3:20 pm

      It might be helpful. Several attractions have transfer access vehicles but I think the board would make things easier especially at attractions without special ride vehicles. I have some new photos from Radiator Springs Racers that I will post soon to give you a better idea of what a transfer is like.

  2. disneyonwheels on January 19, 2015 at 2:26 pm

    brookeperrysepulveda The seat itself is low but I used the side of the car to help get in and out. Since the loading/unloading area is separate you really can take your time if you need to. I have photos of the cars at Test Track in Epcot that is similar if you want to check them out.

  3. brookeperrysepulveda on January 12, 2015 at 1:32 am

    I have a difficult time getting out of low chairs, cars, etc. Is the seat/car really low?

  4. DIStherapy on July 14, 2014 at 11:20 pm

    I can’t imagine the Disney Parks creating a new headline attraction that was not fully accessible Melissa.  I was thrilled to read that Radiator Springs Racers not only gets your thumbs up, but offers the convenience of viewing and ordering photos!!

  5. mrsmommymouseears on March 9, 2014 at 10:21 am

    The Mrs. Mommy MouseEars crew is heading west for our first trip to Disneyland EVER :). (Ssssh, kids don’t know). So happy to read your review…we’ve been thinking a lot about accessibilty for DD. As always, loving your blog!

    • Melissa on March 10, 2014 at 7:49 pm

      Yay! Let me know if you have any questions. I’d love to help. 🙂

  6. CapMagicalMem on February 8, 2014 at 7:38 am

    Still waiting to ride this ride.

  7. RoeMo326 on February 6, 2014 at 4:36 pm

    Rosanne @ The Disney Point

  8. FrontierlandSta on February 3, 2014 at 12:28 pm

    I have never made it out to California to visit CarsLand. Radiator Springs Racers sounds like so much fun! And you are right – that queue is absolutely gorgeous!

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