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.
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 get a fastpass. (If you have concerns about waiting in the queue, check out this information about the Disability Access Service Card.) We headed straight to the attraction one morning and decided to go through the regular queue so we could check out all of the details. I encourage you to do that at least once if the wait isn’t too long. 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 really 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 the Disney Parks, just leave a comment below or e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org.