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Old 03-22-2014, 11:12 PM   #1
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Radiator Springs Racers - Strategy?

Planning an Extra Magic Hour to DCA. I'm attempting to get two rides in at RSR in a day. What would save me time?

1) Line up for a FP, then line up for RSR?

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2) Line up for RSR, then line up for the FP after the ride?
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Old 03-22-2014, 11:20 PM   #2
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If you get there for the start of EMH, I think you'll probably be able to ride RSR and then get a FP. FPs tend to last until about 90 minutes after (regular) park opening. They do allow guests to start lining up for RSR FP as soon as they allow guests into the park, but they don't start distributing the FP until the park opens to everyone.
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Old 03-23-2014, 12:08 AM   #3
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Fast pass doesn't open until 9, so I would say it would be best to ride RSR first, you should be done by 8:30. I wouldn't even line up for fast passes until 9:30. Your return time will be late afternoon to evening.
We rode it twice a day on 2 separate occasions, doing this. Once, I got in line at 10 and got a later evening return as we wanted to ride at night (highly recommended!)
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Fast pass doesn't open until 9, so I would say it would be best to ride RSR first, you should be done by 8:30. I wouldn't even line up for fast passes until 9:30. Your return time will be late afternoon to evening.
We rode it twice a day on 2 separate occasions, doing this. Once, I got in line at 10 and got a later evening return as we wanted to ride at night (highly recommended!)
It would be more clear if you referenced FP to the park opening time. On days DCA opens at 9, then, yes, the FP machines do not open until 9. Throughout the year DCA opens for regular hours at either 8, 9 or 10.

I agree that waiting 30 minutes after park opening to get FPs is a good idea.

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Old 03-23-2014, 08:29 AM   #5
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Planning an Extra Magic Hour to DCA. I'm attempting to get two rides in at RSR in a day. What would save me time?

1) Line up for a FP, then line up for RSR?

or

2) Line up for RSR, then line up for the FP after the ride?
It depends what else you want to do. Assuming you want to do other things at DCA like TSMM, etc., riding RSR twice in one day can be tricky because RSR still goes down so often.

If RSR is open at park opening or in your case EMH opening, then getting to the gates early and being near the front of the RSR line will save you time. As a PP said, circle back to get FPs roughly 30-40 minutes after the park opens. Your FP window will be for the afternoon or early evening int his case.

When using EMH it can also be a good idea to send a FP runner to the RSR FP line about 5 minutes before EMH ends. You will be in the front of the FP line and have FPs by 5 minutes after park opening. Your FP window will be the for the morning some time in this case,

Also, the single rider line is an option for riding RSR multiple times.

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Old 03-23-2014, 10:24 AM   #6
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It would be more clear if you referenced FP to the park opening time. On days DCA opens at 9, then, yes, the FP machines do not open until 9. Throughout the year DCA opens for regular hours at either 8, 9 or 10. I agree that waiting 30 minutes after park opening to get FPs is a good idea.
So right! Sorry, I am new to giving advice...I've only been receiving it! We were in at 8:00 for EE. The regular park opening was 9:00. I stood in line for fast passes between 9:30-10:00.
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Old 03-23-2014, 12:18 PM   #7
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I think the queue is interesting... A 90 minute wait isn't too bad when you have people to spend time with. If you are worried about losing time in the park, get there a little before the park closes and they will let you stand in line after the park closes.
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if some one wanted an evening rsr fast pass time, when would you say getting in line for a fp would be good?
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if some one wanted an evening rsr fast pass time, when would you say getting in line for a fp would be good?
No later than 60 minutes after the park opens.

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Old 03-23-2014, 04:04 PM   #10
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Use wide right strategy when EMH begins and get in line for a fast pass before the park opens to all guests. We are here now and did that on both DCA EMH days. We were on RSR at 8:05. (They opened at 8 for EMH.)
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Old 03-23-2014, 05:35 PM   #11
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We were able to ride RSR 3 times on a Friday early this month. We got to the gates for early entry about 7:30 and found a short single line formed between 2 turnstiles. We ended up the first group through one side and then proceeded to use the wide right strategy. After that we rode Luigi's and Mater and headed to Soaring. I left the kids to ride and got in the RSR FP line about 8:55 and got a FP return time of 10:15. I met up with the kids at Starbucks and then spent a little time in Bugsland, rode the swings and ferris wheel. Before riding RSR the second time, I got in the FP line one more time and got another set just as my time opened up. Return time was still early afternoon.
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I like to grab a fast pass and then get on the single rider line. Most times my friend and I were always in the same car!
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I like to grab a fast pass and then get on the single rider line. Most times my friend and I were always in the same car!
That seems odd that the majority of the time you would be in the same car. Our experience has been the CM will look far into the line for a party of 2 before putting 2 single riders together. We only had one instance where 2 of us rode together so I don't think anyone should ever go single rider expecting to ride together.
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Old 03-24-2014, 09:54 AM   #14
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I have a question about single rider lines. This wait time app I have shows the wait time for RSR's single rider line. If the regular line is showing a 120 minute wait, the SR line shows a 50 minute wait. Is this truly the case? I heard single rider lines were normally around 20 minutes max.
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I have a question about single rider lines. This wait time app I have shows the wait time for RSR's single rider line. If the regular line is showing a 120 minute wait, the SR line shows a 50 minute wait. Is this truly the case? I heard single rider lines were normally around 20 minutes max.
Yes, that sounds about right. The RSR SRL is the most popular one in all of the parks. Lots of groups use it and are willing to be broken up to the ride RSR with less of a wait. I tend to estimate that the RSR SRL is about 1/3 to 1/2 of the wait time of the standby line.
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