By Pink Diva
Disney Pixar’s “Cars 3” Tour recently kicked off in Disney Springs. I jumped at the chance to take the kids. My son is 3 and really likes Lightning McQueen. Plus, he has seen every princess in the park on several occasions due to his princess-obsessed sister. It was time for something he would really enjoy.
We arrived around 5:30pm with it shutting down for the day at 7:00pm. It was tucked back in a secluded spot at Disney Springs. (It was where the Christmas Tree Trail was) It was sectioned off so that they could let a designated amount of people in at a time. The line was pretty long, but we waited less than 15 minutes.
- There were several different stations for the kids to do stuff.
- A big color wall where they took home a small box of colored pencils.
- A small racing station with the Cars characters.
- Paper racers they could cut and tape together.
- A tire changing station. Both kids liked this one best.
- Smoothie station
- A fun picture station where they emailed you the “postcard”. This one also had a wheel to spin for little prizes-tattoos, stickers, and other small items.
- A trailer set up to watch the trailer.
- Pictures with all three Cars, Lighting McQueen, Cruz Ramirez and Jackson Storm individually.
- The Cars themselves were pretty cool. They are full-sized cars and the paint job is excellent.
- Limiting the amount of people in the area really helped. The small crowd allowed us to do everything in a reasonable amount of time and leave.
- The Photopass photographers were there.
- The kids enjoyed it.
- It was free!
- It doesn’t last long. Without watching the trailer you will be in and out in under 30 minutes. Disney Diva Trip: If you want to spend more time in the area without feeling rushed, some stations (the coloring and the racing station) will keep you occupied for longer periods of time.
- The paper racing station was overly crowded and they didn’t have enough supplies. They weren’t supposed to let people just take the paper without cutting and taping, but since it was late in the day, they let us. If you go, bring your own scissors and tape so you don’t have to wait. Even better if they let you take it home to complete it.
- The racing station was completely disorganized and kids that are more will assertive take over. It’s a table with the cars and track on it for kids to race each other on one end. The other end is sloped so the cars can race down the hill. The toy cars are for both sides, but pending on the kids, they may stay on one side. We had a little girl sitting on the table blocking most of it. This was definitely the worst station.
- The cars DO NOT talk or move.
- You are NOT allowed to touch the cars. Or spend too much time with them. Or breathe on them. Okay, that last one may not be true, but that’s how it felt.
- The photo opportunity was very rushed. There was a sign saying “One photo with one camera.” We have Memory Maker, so it was fine for us. I’m not sure how the photography (if any) will work in other cities.
- They had tape on the ground for where to stand next to the cars. You took your picture and were quickly escorted to the next car. There wasn’t any time to get to look at the cars or take a picture of just the cars.
- If the amount of people aren’t regulated, then it could be too crowded to see and enjoy anything.
Overall, the event was a little disorganized and underwhelming. If I had to pay money for the same experience, I’m not sure that it would have been worth it. However, my kids had a good time. If you have a big Cars fan in your life, it’s relatively close to you, it’s free, and you want to go, then you should do it! You now know what to expect if you do go. Click here to see if Disney Pixar’s “Cars 3” Roadshow is coming to a city near you.