RC Racer adds purple, orange splash to the Studios

Monday, 1st March 2010 at 23:39 by
Anthony
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RC Racer in Toy Story PlaylandFollowing Toy Soldiers Parachute Drop, the second towering new landmark of Toy Story Playland has topped out after just a single week of connecting piece A to part C (right?). Take a look at the much-anticipated RC Racer halfpipe, from Toon Studio and across the park...,

One week to build a single curve of orange Hot Wheels track would normally be a bit slow, but when you’re dealing with the new 25-metre steel halfpipe of Walt Disney Studios Park, this is certainly not bad going.

Looking sleeker and more playful than the slightly utilitarian structure of the Parachute Drop, RC Racer grew from purple/pink steel supports in the third week of February to its full orange height just last week.

Member mehdi5 on magicforum captured some great shots of the new ride being pieced together:

RC Racer in Toy Story Playland RC Racer in Toy Story Playland

Whilst this weekend, Dlrpteam took to the park and assessed the impact for us:

RC Racer in Toy Story Playland

Compared to the still very modest size of the Studios’ current floorspace, Toy Story Playland occupies quite a sizeable extension; this halfpipe positioned right at the back of the area up against the new curve in the repositioned Studio Tram Tour route. As such, it has a less dominating impact on the park at present.

RC Racer in Toy Story Playland

RC Racer in Toy Story Playland RC Racer in Toy Story Playland

Sitting between the other recent Toon Studio additions, the new attractions do appear to complete a very colourful palette of attractions — pink and orange for RC, green for Toy Soldiers, yellow and red for Cars and blue for Crush’s Coaster. But this attraction is what it is — a large steel halfpipe, similar to those produced for “regular” amusement parks by coaster manufacturer Intamin, with only minimal customisation above ground.

RC Racer in Toy Story Playland

RC Racer in Toy Story Playland

RC Racer in Toy Story Playland

That customisation has actually yet to appear — if you thought the ribcage design of the track is a little strange, that’s because flat orange pieces will sit between those steel protrusions, to give the look of a flat Hot Wheels-style track. In fact, the 20-seater vehicle will really be running on this very Intamin-like triangular track hidden in the middle.

Heading around the park, the more slender track and distant placement of RC Racer gives it much less impact than the Parachute Drop. The wide base, where the covered station loading area will span the track, nevertheless plays a few perspective tricks, making the ride looks wide and expansive from Backlot (and particularly the raised entrance area of Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster):

RC Racer in Toy Story Playland

Yet rather more slim and subtle from Vine Street, which runs diagonally past The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror entrance:

RC Racer in Toy Story Playland

From outside the main body of the park, Studio 1 completely blocks all visual intrusion from Toy Story Playland whilst in Front Lot. You’ve got to back up to the higher level of the main resort hub to catch a glimpse of the new attractions between Studios 1 and 3:

RC Racer in Toy Story Playland

Finally, let’s climb the Disney Village parking structure to see how the two towering new rides slot into the wider park. Zoomed in, it’s still the plump tower of Toy Soldiers Parachute Drop which has the impact from this angle. Currently unlit, RC Racer has less presence all the way in the distance there:

RC Racer in Toy Story Playland

And looking at the complete picture, the new land is completely dwarfed by Tower of Terror. As expected, the two attractions, both around 25 metres high, just about reach the top of the Tower’s front showbuilding, and no higher:

RC Racer in Toy Story Playland

Nevertheless, the ride presents a dilemma for the morals of Disney Imagineering fans. On the one hand, it’s a steel halfpipe that now towers over much of the park. On the other, the clever Hot Wheels concept might well allow it to justify itself — at least far more easily than past WDI creations such as Mulholland Madness (California), Primeval Whirl (Florida) or even mini coasters like Flounder’s Flying Fish Coaster (Tokyo) and Gadget’s Go Coaster (Tokyo/California), all of which feature bare steel track and supports with little grace.

Photos by mehdi5, Dlrpteam.

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Comments

  • Sorry, I have no other words for it, it’s just plain ugly… If they continue messing up their park with those low quality additions and create just another funfair of the Studios, then I might just skip it in the future.

    I had the impression, after the great additions from 2006 to 2008, that we would finally be on the right track, but looking at this pieces of crap they produced ever since, I can only conclude they totally lost it:

    – Toy Story Playland: as is now obvious, just a collection of cheap rides with Six Flags quality theming tacked on, repackaged as Disney/Pixar.
    – Mickeys Magical Party: A collection of pathetic events, a totally unnecesairy and tacky looking redecorations advertised with a cheap layer of bling.
    – Blockbuster Cafe: The art of making an already low-end place even look worse for the sake of some crappy branding.

  • With that wooded setting, the orange thing looks even more like a coaster in any European theme park.

    It looks ridiculous. And it’s going to keep looking ridiculous, because even after they’ve added the theming, the steel thing and the camouflage tower will still pretty much look this way. Sorry, but blegh.

  • woooooo carnt wait till may

  • Looks fantastic!

  • I am in full support of building new attractions for all ages to enjoy, but not to make the Studios look like any old theme park. I wish they could have built a Great Movie ride similar to the one in WDW, or a Movie action show like the Indiana Jones one. Even a 3D show like the Muppets in WDW or Shrek in Universal Florida would have been better for everyone IMO.

    The one area in WDW I hate is the ‘ funfair’ Dinoland in Animal Kingdom- totally out of place and un-Disney. Please don’t ruin DLP in this way!

  • I’m far from convinced about this new land but am willing to wait until they open before I mock it. Cars/Crush/Carousel/Tea Cups/Dumbo/Orbitron/Carpets are all cheap fairground rides but thanks to Disney they’re fun little rides. If the area is well themed with lush plants to make it feel like you’re in Andy’s Garden, it could be great.

    One of the big problems I have is that the Studios badly needs a dark ride. The Great Movie ride would have been ideal but I suppose these are a damn site cheaper and will be more popular with kids.

    This area would also have been better if it included a ‘real’ pizza planet style restaurant (not like the one in Discoveryland!) The Studios is lacking any decent dining options!

  • Forgot to mention how good the studios looks at night! It’s a shame it’s always shut before it gets dark! If the rumours of the Ratatouile, Hollywood Bouleverd extension, a lake & World of Colour are true, we could actually have a decent 2nd gate that could open late!

  • The main problem I have with Toy Story Playland is that it has little to do with the park’s supposed theme of making movies. Toon Studio is turning into Pixarland, a kind of overflow area where attractions that would belong in Fantasyland are put.

  • ^ People should *really* stop throwing Dumbo, Orbitron and the post-Millennium spinning rides on the same pile. The first two work because they are beautiful, majestic, timeless and are placed so as to add kinetic energy to the whole land. They’re like artful fixtures in a city park, only they happen to be rides.

    Toy Story Playland isn’t going to magically turn out to be that nice. Let’s not fool ourselves.

  • When is playland open?? RC Racer looks fun! I think Parachute drop looks a bit tacky though!

  • The worst part may be how boring these rides are, especially in comparison to how slowly they load. I rode Jumping Jellyfish at California Adventure and must say that even the five minute wait was too much. You go up. You go down. Twice. You feel nothing. You see little as it’s over so quickly. I have literally felt more movement on a swing set in my backyard. At least at DCA there are two Jellyfish to load at a time; the poor Studios will only get one Parachute Jump.

    Too bad all Disney can give Europe as a second gate is a “Six Flags Paris” full of wide concrete walkways, minimally themed buildings, few rides and lame restaurants. It seemed like the addition of ToT and the Hollywood street section were a sign of more good things to come, but that doesn’t seem to be the case.

  • Seriously people, they can not just build amazing expensive rides like T of T. Toy Story Playland will appeal to the younger kinds in the park, as right now it is more aimed at grownups. Disneyland has some real basic theme park rides as well, for example Indiana Jones. It’s a coaster with a bit of theming. Yes these rides are basic theme park rides, but it will be themed. And as long as we do not know how much theming will happen, we should not be so quick to judge…

  • So when does this new area open?

  • Opening “late Summer 2010″ officially. Latest we heard was August.

  • It might not turn out too bad. And I think some sort of expansion is better than nothing, especially after the previous high quality additions. Hopefully the next expansion will be of a high calibre again.

  • It could be much much worse, don’t complain. I’m still a bit sour that they haven’t built Splash Mountain in the Magic Kingdom yet, but wo is me, I guess ;).

    After those perspective shots of where you can and can’t see the rides, it makes it all the more real. Afterall given the choice of looking at the TOT and that Parachute Drop thing, i’d take the tower every time ;).

  • It makes me sad. Asthetics should come first. It’s supposed to be immersive.It’s been a while since I saw a track poking out of the Hollywood Hills. Lame.

  • Randy (ex CM)  6th March 2010, 23:32

    The critics are understandable in a way, but it’s always easy to talk about problem, instead of solving them. In this time of crisis, after a positive increase of revenues during the 15 years celebration – it’s now a fact that there hardly any money to invest in major attractions. We were lucky to obtain a coaster such as Crush and to get the Tower of Terror, but if you have no money to spend, this Toy Story theme is the best you can get sofar. It’s easy to compare those attractions with Six Flags, but these attractions you also find already in other Disney themeparks. Also in the amazing big financial moneymaker Walt Disney World you find such a part in the park (a Bug’s Life). An not to mention that the Rock ‘n Rollercoaster was already excisting in Six Flags Holland way before the Disney version came in Florida.

    Spalsh Mountain is nice, but only fun in hot springs and warm summers. It’s an attraction which you have to shut down in winter. Even in rain it’s crap. Soarin is to expensive for the moment. Mission Space would be cool, a blockbuster, but it has major difficulties to operate properly. You have all wonderful ideas how it should be, but you are sometimes far from the reality how it can be, with the money there is (n’t).

    Maybe it’s a good reason not to come for a while…to be suprised and amazed when a major attractions can finally be provided by external investors. Until then…enjoy the attractions you’ll find.

    First necessary investment: staff who can bring back the magic!

  • well said randy!!!

  • Randy (ex CM)  24th March 2010, 19:37

    The critics are understandable in a way, but it’s always easy to talk about problem, instead of solving them. In this time of crisis, after a positive increase of revenues during the 15 years celebration – it’s now a fact that there hardly any money to invest in major attractions. We were lucky to obtain a coaster such as Crush and to get the Tower of Terror, but if you have no money to spend, this Toy Story theme is the best you can get sofar. It’s easy to compare those attractions with Six Flags, but these attractions you also find already in other Disney themeparks. Also in the amazing big financial moneymaker Walt Disney World you find such a part in the park (a Bug’s Life). An not to mention that the Rock ‘n Rollercoaster was already excisting in Six Flags Holland way before the Disney version came in Florida.

    Spalsh Mountain is nice, but only fun in hot springs and warm summers. It’s an attraction which you have to shut down in winter. Even in rain it’s crap. Soarin is to expensive for the moment. Mission Space would be cool, a blockbuster, but it has major difficulties to operate properly. You have all wonderful ideas how it should be, but you are sometimes far from the reality how it can be, with the money there is (n’t).

    Maybe it’s a good reason not to come for a while…to be suprised and amazed when a major attractions can finally be provided by external investors. Until then…enjoy the attractions you’ll find.

    First necessary investment: staff who can bring back the magic!

  • Hoping to visit next year and see new land have been several times since parks opened and enjoyed all my visits .However the park is now back in the red and has no money for new big rides. I would also point out that most reviews point to the poor state of accomadation in the hotels.
    I think Disneyland Paris is the best theme park in Europe I just hope that penny pincing does not ruin it:[

  • Cant wait to go there, but does any one know the height restrictions on the Toy Story rides – can’t find any details anywhere!! I have a 3 and a 4 year old both really into Toy Story -they would be very disappointed if they cant go on!! Thanks anyone!

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