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Crush's Coaster at Walt Disney Studios

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Toon Studio

Roller coaster

Maurer Söhne

Spinning Coaster

Installed in 2007, Crush’s Coaster rapidly became one of Walt Disney Studios most popular rides. At its heart, it is a spinning roller coaster manufactured by German firm Maurer Söhne, similar to those at many other theme parks all over the world. In order to create a unique experience, though, Disney located the coaster almost entirely indoors, and installed extensive theming elements around its circuit.

The ride’s backstory is based on Pixar’s Finding Nemo, with riders taking an “underwater” trip on East Australian Current with Crush the turtle, his son Squirt and Nemo himself. After queuing through a recreation of Sydney Harbor at sunset, guests board turtle shell-themed vehicles. These can hold four guests each, with two starting seated in a forwards-facing position, and two facing backwards.

After a short initial drop, guests race around a corner that is the only part of Crush’s Coaster to be visible from outdoors. After meeting up with Nemo and Squirt and passing through a short dark ride-style scene populated by glowfish, they then climb the coaster’s lift hill. Before reaching the top, they are attacked by Bruce the shark and his gang, escaping just in time by plunging down the first drop.

The bulk of the coaster itself takes place in near-complete darkness, with only screens showing riders’ animated companions lighting the way. The circuit features a number of twists and turns, which are designed to cause riders’ vehicles to spin rapidly. On reaching the end, guests emerge back into Sydney Harbor, where they disembark.
As of summer 2019, there is still no Fastpass available for this ride and long queues build up rapidly to at least 60 minutes. Unless you want to join the long zig-zag line then its best to dash there as soon as the park opens.

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Reviews of Crush's Coaster:

Great First Half, Wild Second Half
Submitted by Anonymous (not verified)
on Wednesday, October 05, 2016 05:21

The ride starts with a beautiful undersea ride, with jellyfish and sea plants. Suddenly, the ride becomes a chaotic, stomach churning contest of endurance. I didn't know up we were up, down, upside down, left or right. After the ride ended my bodily fluids were still in motion.

You may think at the entrance that this ride for young fans of the movie but it is NOT for small children.

A great ride with a poor throughput
Submitted by Anonymous (not verified)
on Thursday, January 09, 2014 17:44

This is a really fun spinning coaster. The themeing in the section before the lift hill is lovely as is the last part of the queue and station. The first drop is excellent and really must take a lot of people by surprise. We had quite a balanced car weight wise so didn't spin that much but this didn't spoil the ride at all.

If you visit on a busy day be prepared to queue for a long time. Each shell only seats four people so the throughput is low for a that is really popular. Having said that this is not a ride to miss on your trip as it is great fun.

Great ride, not so great queue.
Submitted by Anonymous (not verified)
on Tuesday, September 03, 2013 11:24

Crush's coaster is brilliant, from the moment you see the outside, to until you get off.

The exterior of the building is made to look like a studio, with the bottom half, sort of turned into part of the movie.

After a large queue, you finally enter the inside, to see, the station is themed to a port, with funny quacking seagulls. When you board your 'shell' you go round a corner, up a small lift hill, and outside for a short while, once you are back inside, you go slowly round a reef, with bright colours and amazing theming. Next you come across an angler, drop down a short drop and up the lift hill.

Whilst on the lift hill (which is a submarine) you get a surprise attack by Bruce, the shark. The rest of the rid is fast paced dropping and spinning, to get the most spinning, place the two heaviest people on the same side.

There is only one problem with this ride...

The queue. The queue is always big and there is no fastpass because of how inefficient the ride is. Try to get on the ride first thing as soon as possible, preferably waiting outside the front gate of the park the sprinting to it.


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