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RC Racer at Walt Disney StudiosLast updated by Nick on Tuesday, March 05, 2013 10:08
Submitted by Nick on Tuesday, June 05, 2012 12:51
RC Racer is the most intense attraction in the Toy Story Playland area, and is inspired by the speedy remote control car that is seen in the “Toy Story” movies. A half-pipe roller coaster manufactured by Intamin, it is themed to resemble the Hot Wheels track that RC rides in the films. This theme is extended into the queueline, which is designed to look like an extended racetrack.
While it looks like a roller coaster, RC Racer actually offers a similar experience to the “swinging boat” rides that can be found at amusement parks all over the world. RC rocks backwards and forwards on the track, gradually building momentum until he reaches the top on either side. The vehicle then gradually slows until comes to a halt in the station.Review:
Whereas climbing into a traditional swinging ship ride is relatively fast and efficient, the loading time of RC Racer is painfully slow. Riders must wear full over-the-shoulder restraints (as for a major coaster), as well as buckling a seatbelt. Given that all riders must disembark before the next group can board, the result is long waits for much of the day. No wonder the original plans called for two identical versions of the ride to be installed next to each other.
To compensate for the low capacity, Walt Disney Studios has reduced the actual ride time on RC Racer to the bare minimum. Whereas swinging boat rides might hit their maximum height several times during each cycle, RC Racer reaches the top of the half-pipe just once on either side before slowing down. Anyone who has waited for half an hour or longer (which will be just about everyone who rides outside of the first hour the park opens) is likely to feel a little cheated.
On the plus side, RC Racer does genuinely fit its theme perfectly. Particularly for younger kids, it offers a convincing recreation of what it would be like to ride on a real Hot Wheels track - and there's a genuinely thrilling moment when the car reaches its peak height and appears to be about to fly right off the end of the track. If you rush straight to it after the park opens to avoid the queues, RC Racer is well worth experiencing - but we wouldn't recommend joining the massed crowds during the rest of the day.Top Tip:
If you want to ride RC Racer, make it one of your first stops in the park after Crush’s Coaster or consider returning just before the park closes.
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Upcoming refurbishments, rehabs and closures
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