Radiator Springs Racers Photos!

By Ryan Pastorino on July 13th, 2012   |    Posted in:  Disney Photo Tips, News   |    5 Comments

Hey guys! It’s been about a month since Cars Land opened at the remodeled Disney California Adventure, and the main attraction, Radiator Springs Racers is still holding queues of 100-120 minutes on a daily basis. The ride experience is outstanding, with extensive dark ride scenes, sweeping wide outdoor vistas, and of course, racing! There are many different angles in which to shoot the racing portion of the attraction, and we’re going to share a few with you all today.

The classic, head on shot is one of the more obvious shots, but also one that you’ll absolutely feel compelled to shoot when you are enjoying watching the race. You’ll want a fast shutter speed here to make sure you freeze the action.

To completely contradict what we just said, there is the awesome option of totally slowing down the shutter speed and giving the cars a little blur to convey the sense of motion. You’ll want either steady hands or a tripod to make this shot work.

Capturing the race portion at night is a cool and different way to show the ride, but it also presents some new challenges. It is darker, so you’ll want to kick up the ISO to make sure you don’t get an ugly mess of a photo. The lighting will also be different at this point of day, so your post processing work might differ from the classic, blue sky, daytime shot we showed earlier.

And lastly, this one might be the most fun option. You’ve paid your due and waited 2 hours to ride, so attach a wide angle lens and take pictures of the other car in motion! There are several ways you can do this. You can have a fast shutter speed and freeze the car in motion. Or, since the cars travel side by side at almost the exact same speed, you can go into Shutter Priority mode, and set a speed of 1/15 or 1/25 of a second. Then lock focus, and fire away. You’ll get the car nice, sharp, and in focus, but the background will be totally blurred, making it seem like the cars are moving way faster than they really are!


It is clear that Cars Land and Radiator Springs Racers are incredible, and a very worthwhile addition to the new Disney California Adventure. You can also see from this article that there are tons of ways to capture just one part of this whole new adventure. So, if you’re in Southern California anytime soon, get out to the park and try some of these ideas! Then share them with us! Thanks for reading!


  1. Shawn   |   Jul 14, 2012

    Love the last pic, going in to the corner. Almost doesn’t look real, like a ‘mockup’ promo pic. One day I need to make it to DL/DCA. But WDW is just so much closer (and better).

    • Ryan Pastorino   |   Jul 18, 2012

      Easy now…whether WDW is “better” than DLR is highly debatable! Have you ever been to DLR?! :)

  2. Scarlett   |   Jul 15, 2012

    These shots are amazing – I’d love to go to Disney CA, i’ve only been to WDW an Disney Paris, but the cars land looks amazing x

    • Ryan Pastorino   |   Jul 18, 2012

      Thank you. Yes, get on out to DLR some time. I think it’s important for anyone who considers themselves a Disney fan to make the trip to see Walt’s original at least once!



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