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  • Thoughts on Cars Land

    So, I finally got to experience Cars Land. That major expansion that was primarily responsible for the massive increases in AP cost. And I must say, I was quite disappointed with it.

    First, the massive E-Ticket attraction, Radiator Springs Racers. I have to give them credit for how well they handled single rider on that ride, having actually put a designated queue for it is a drastic improvement over single rider on other rides. The queue overall was nothing so impressive as Indiana Jones, but was certainly not a boring and detail-less queue like Nemo. No problems there.

    Boarding the ride, I was struck by how high quality the seats were. Very soft. Not sure the seat belt across the chest was necessary, it feels as if just across the waist would do, but safety takes priority. I am not sure about the design for 3 people across, with an average (in my experience) group size of four. The inclusion of brake lights on the vehicles was a nice added detail. The cars were quite good overall.

    For the first section, the ride seems quite nice. Then we reach the waterfall. A grand musical build up leas to a failure of forced perspective. They attempted to make a bridge a short distance away seem to be a massive bridge, and it just flopped. And, rather than try to hide it, they make it seem like some grand imposing structure. From a distance the effect is almost passable, but up close it doesn't work in the slightest.

    Onward into the show building. I feel like the shock of the truck could have been timed later to make it more of a surprise and up close. The two cars "swerving" around you just sort of sit there, and the effect really doesn't work at all. Car animtronics for the sheriff and Mater were smoothly done, no complaints there.

    As we move into town, it's obvious that the far end of the town is just a painting. EFFECTS LIKE THAT DO NOT WORK CLOSE UP. Overall the town was a nice simple enough little show scene, nothing exciting but not horrendous.

    Both the paint scene and the tire scene were quite cool little effects, but I felt like they were added just as "oh look at this cool effect we can do" more so than because it added to the story as a whole. The paitnt scene would have been better with actual animatronics and not just CG models of them.

    On to the scene with Doc Hudson, it felt kind of weird. "It takes more than new tires to win a race. I'm your new crew chief." The wording felt awkward to me, not the way a person would normally talk.

    Starting countdown, how exactly did Guido and Luigi get into position? Weren't they just giving me tires like two seconds ago? Slight nitpick there (as is the rest of this thread mostly).

    On to the race. I could get a similar, perhaps even better, experience driving in a convertible on the highway. The ride felt as if it was being held back, and needed to be toned down for the younger target audience. Frankly, the race portion of the ride bored me. Having never been to any kind of race I'm not sure how realistic the sounds were, but they didn't sound, or to be more precise feel correct to me. Something just felt wrong about the sounds.

    So, yeah, general nitpicks. Gonna post my thoughts about the rest of the area later.
    Last edited by Spirit King; 07-29-2012, 12:45 AM. Reason: Typo
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  • #2
    Re: Thoughts on Cars Land

    I was disappointed as well:

    The ride is barely longer than a dark ride in Fantasyland, and it doesn't have the same intimate feeling of detail that any of them do. Little Mermaid is about three minutes longer than Racers.

    Although it's fun to ride, it doesn't really have the depth or sheer number of events that many other attractions in the parks do. Also, given the huge footprint, it's difficult to fathom why the designers didn't create alternate experiences, other than the paint shop/new tires scenarios.

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    • #3
      Re: Thoughts on Cars Land

      When you are in Luigi's Tire shop you can hear Luigi say towards the end of the scene, "Guido, to the starting line!" So I guess that kind of explains it...

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      • #4
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        Wow... I seriously can't believe that anyone can be disappointed with it- I think it's all incredible! Oh well, to each his own. Sorry it didn't live up to your expectations.

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        • #5
          Re: Thoughts on Cars Land

          The thing about Carsland....is maybe as a kid it would have been as amazing as Indy or Pirates...but coming into it as and Adult there are many things I like but many things like the racing part which just aren't too thrilling like Big Thunder or Space

          The land as a whole is growing on me and is the reason right now that I want to keep going back so much just to sit there and eat food...the land is beautiful and like many things over hyped but over all I still love this new land based on a movie i don't really like
          Happy Halloween!!!

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          • #6
            Re: Thoughts on Cars Land

            Favorite ride and land of any Disney Park right now... Period. Glad about people that like Fantasyland dark rides and 1970's dull coster rides at DL better... Hopefully this will translate into shorter lines and a less crowded land.

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            • #7
              Re: Thoughts on Cars Land

              ^keep wishing....I don't see the line going anywhere until the beginning of next year

              This is the first E ticket ride in years....and most Ap's have not even seen it yet....so come August it could get worst
              Happy Halloween!!!

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              • #8
                Re: Thoughts on Cars Land

                We just got back from our trip. The first time I rode it, I thought it was great. After multiple rides, I'm not feeling the same way. It's still a very fun ride, but the racing portion is unforgivably short.

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                • #9
                  Re: Thoughts on Cars Land

                  ^and slow.......I guess if you think of it as just a Big Dark ride then you were impressed but as a Thrill ride....it lacks for me real thrill like even the coasters over at Disneyland
                  Happy Halloween!!!

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                  • #10
                    Re: Thoughts on Cars Land

                    The theme details of the land as a whole are completely first class. As for RSR in particular, it is certainly a great ride experience overall, although I agree that the race part is a bit anti-climactic compared to the dark ride portion. I certainly wouldn't wait more than about 45 minutes in line for it. (That's about as long as I will wait for any attraction at the resort.)

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