The Disneyland Resort has closed one of its most popular attractions indefinitely after what appeared to be smoke coming out of one of its cars.
Radiator Springs Racers, the centerpiece of Disney California Adventure Park’s Cars Land, was closed Tuesday night for investigation after witnesses said they saw smoke coming out of one of the vehicles after crossing the finish line.
A Disneyland spokesperson confirmed there was a single vehicle issue and the ride was closed all day Wednesday. It will remain closed indefinitely “out of an abundance of caution”.
The Disneyland spokesperson said guests “may see visible testing over the weekend.”
WDW News Today posted this video taken by one of its group readers trying to get out of the smoking car.
Accidents and mechanical problems involving Disneyland or other theme parks are investigated by the State Cal-OSHA Amusement Ride and Tramway Unit.
The MiceChat Disney fan blog reported on Thursday that “a lot of things could cause smoke or an electrical smell,” according to a former maintenance worker. The vehicles have circuit breakers that shut down the ride if something goes wrong, the blog reported, adding that the cars are “real vehicles that draw power from a power bar under the track” and regularly break down.
“Tires and engines blow out all the time on this attraction according to the maintenance worker I spoke with,” said Todd Regan, who uses the pseudonym Dusty Sage when writing for his MiceChat blog. “It’s just part of the ride’s operations.”
Although another Disney blog reported that other rides in the Cars Land section of Disney California Adventure had also been closed, a Disney spokesperson said Thursday morning that the Maters Junkyard Jamboree ride was operating and Luigi’s Rollickin’ Roadsters would be temporarily operational.
The ride takes visitors into a fantasy world from the “Cars” movies, set against the backdrop of the red rock country of the Southwest. It became an instant hit when it opened in 2012.
Disneyland author David Koenig said he expected visitors to be “disappointed but accepting”.
“By now, customers are used to regular attraction closures,” Koenig said. “Radiator Springs Racers is losing its fair share, and with the addition of the more recent Marvel Zone, Disney is no longer promoting Cars Land as the #1 thing to see in DCA.”